20 Unusual But Super Fun Things To Do In Tampa For Cheap
It's time to get weird!
Bored of the ordinary? No need to worry because we've found the weirdest and most unusual activities and attractions available right here in the Tampa area!
You won't have to break the bank, either! Each of the experiences listed here is on the cheap end, and some are completely free!
Whether you want to merely dip your toes into the unusual or go full-throttle weird, we've compiled a range of oddities for every taste and scale! Ready, set, get crazy!
Where: 8703 Bowles Rd
When one thinks of a petting zoo, thoughts of baby goats and miniature pigs come to mind. But now it's time to shake things up and go the unusual route: baby gators and giant reptiles! At Croc Encounters, you'll be able to cross "hold a live gator" off of your bucket list! Better yet, you'll have an adventurous new profile pic courtesy of your scaly new pals!
Axe Throwing Tampa
Where: 5811 Memorial Highway #204
Skip lifting weights for a day and try out an unusual (and unusually awesome!) upper body work: Axe Throwing! The instructors at Axe Throwing Tampa are ready to teach you how to master this medieval art! Want to get even weirder? Keep an eye on their calendar for special programs like glow-in-the-dark axe throwing complete with facepaint and black lights! Axe Throwing Tampa often offers Groupons so you won't have to break the bank to throw an axe!
Where: 11909 125th St, Largo
Take a break from the usual grind of modern life and enjoy a blast from the past at Heritage Village in Largo! This interactive museum is a historically accurate depiction of how Floridians used to live before the age of smartphones and Netflix. Tour the interior of wooden cabins, view live reenactments, and learn how to use a washboard to wash clothes!
Spongeorama Sponge Factory
Where: 510 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Spring
Did you know that the world's largest selection of natural sea sponges is located right here in the Tampa area? That's right! Tarpon Springs is home to some of the world's finest sponges, and the best part is that visiting this attraction is completely free! Explore the curated collection of sea sponges at the Spongeorama museum, tour the Sponge Docks, and learn about the local sponge industry. Don't forget to go souvenir shopping in the gift shop!
Kapok Tree Inn
Where: 923 N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater
Kapok Tree Inn has so many statues on its grounds that you'll feel like you're in Wonderland! Once a restaurant, the outdoor architecture of Kapok Tree Inn has been preserved and is open for public viewing. With a massive collection of Roman sculptures, ornate fountains, and other stone treasures, this is an unusual attraction with endless Insta-worthy opportunities that you won't want to miss!
Tampa Bay Skating Academy
Where: 14044 Icot Blvd, Clearwater
Here in the bay area, we're blessed with year-round weather that is sunny and warm. Seriously, we live where most people vacation! Experiencing freezing temperatures is definitely unusual, but that's exactly what you'll get while gliding the ice at one of the skating locations of Tampa Bay Skating Academy! Lessons are available for those new to ice skating, or for skaters looking to strengthen their skills. Other offerings include ice hockey, competitive figure skating, and group parties. So what are you waiting for? Lace up your skates and let out your inner Michelle Kwan!
Dysfunctional Grace Art Co.
Where: 1903 E 7th Ave
Located in Ybor City, Dysfunctional Grace Art Co. is a storefront and curated collection of odd and unusual items that will challenge your imagination! Per the company's slogan, Dysfunctional Grace Art Co. is "The only shop in Ybor City where death and dysfunction dance in a graceful ballet." The store is open seven days a week for your daily fix of oddities and creativity!
St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market
Where: 101 1st Street Southeast, St. Petersburg
Looking for some weekend fun? The St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market is filled with an array of vendors, including local artisans and farmers. This popular market has gradually grown to become one of the area's largest. Every time you attend, you're certain to leave with a treasure or two! You may even have the chance to touch an owl! How's that for unusual?!
Where: 3012 W Palmira Ave
Balance out all of the delicious holiday treats coming your way with an unusual (and unusually awesome) workout! Owned by the innovative Ciccio Group, Camp is one of Tampa's hottest fitness locales! Sign up for classes like "Hip Hop Yoga" and "Hot Full Body" for routines so much fun you won't even realize how hard you're working out!
Ben T. Davis Beach
Where: 7740 W Courtney Campbell Causeway
Ben T. Davis Beach is unusual because it's located right off of a highway, but don't let that fool you into thinking that this beach is anything less than amazing! Hugging the Courtney Campbell Causeway, Ben T. Davis Beach is a prime location for witnessing breathtaking sunsets and enjoying sunny days. With multiple restaurants within walking distance and a collection of activities like beach volleyball, you can easily craft a full day of fun! Looking to get in a workout? There are excellent hiking and biking trails that run along the beach and Courtney Campbell Causeway.
Hong Kong Willie
Where: 12212 Morris Bridge Rd
Hong Kong Willie is the definition of "weird" and "unusual" in all of the best ways! This attraction is a junk art composition that is made up of oddities ranging from painted fishing nets to retired street signs. There's even an actual helicopter on the grounds! The artist and curator behind the collection is a humble advocate of "reuse art" and has generously opened his private property to the public for the viewing of this unusual exhibit that is truly unlike anything you've ever seen before!
Straz Live! In the Park
Where: 600 N Ashley Dr
The Straz Center is Tampa's leading institution for the performing arts. Wanting to give back to the community, The Straz Center proudly and generously presents "Straz Live! In the Park", an outdoor concert series that is free to the public! With programs that span various musical styles, as well as local vendors and artisans, it's a fun time to be had by all!
Where: 312 Bayshore Boulevard
Bayshore Boulevard in South Tampa is unusual... Unusually long! As the longest sidewalk in the entire country, Bayshore Boulevard is a prime spot for walking, running, and even rollerblading! And the length isn't the only awesome thing about Bayshore Boulevard; Being waterfront, the sights are breathtaking! Whether you're admiring the downtown skyline or watching the pastel sunset reflect over the water's ripples, you'll be amazed at how gorgeous our city truly is! You may even get lucky with a dolphin sighting!
Datz & Dough
Where: 2616 S MacDill Ave
Indulge in an unusual treat at Datz, one of Tampa's most creative restaurants, and its sweet shop counterpart, Dough! Enjoy delicacies as giant waffles filled with chocolate chip cookie dough, cocktails garnished with bacon, and ice cream served in doughnut cones! Yum, yum, delish!
TECO Big Bend Station Manatee Viewing Center
Where: 603 Big Bend Rd, Apollo Beach
Every year, manatees migrate to Tampa in search of warm water. But sometimes even the bay gets a little chilly! When local waters experience a drop in temperature, the adorable manatees seek refuge near the Tampa Electric (TECO) Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach, where the discharge canal is filled with clean water that is statistically warmer than other neighboring areas. TECO has sponsored an official Manatee Viewing Center that is open to the public so that everyone can catch a sighting of the affectionally termed "sea potatoes". Take advantage of this local attraction and visit the center for a manatee sighting that is sure to make you say, "Awww!!!"
Where: 1710 N Highland Ave
Here in Tampa, we love the water! Be it the beach, the pool, or the front lawn sprinkler, we are all about that H2O Life! Looking for a new way to get wet and wild? Spend the day at WaterWorks Park, a city park built around a giant splash pad that is as much fun for adults as it is for kids! The park is also home to spectacular waterfront views of the Hillsborough River and Tampa Riverwalk. For some extra fun, located nextdoor is Ulele Restaurant, which is known for its delectable cuisine and fantastical statues that depict iconic fairytale characters like Humpty Dumpty (think unusual Insta pics!)
South Howard Murals
Where: S Howard Ave
Spice up your Instagram with a journey along South Howard Avenue! Popular restaurants like Daily Eats and Green Lemon present Insta-worthy murals and paintings both inside and outside of their buildings! Team up with your besties and travel along SoHo in search of the best spots for impromptu photo shoots. Be it selfies or group shots, your choices for inspirational and colorful backdrops are endless!
Largo Central Railroad & Largo Central Park
Where: 225 Central Park Dr, Largo
Largo Central Park has an unusually high number of perks available for its users! Known for its clock tower, this 70-acre public park presents endless beauty and adventure! The on-site playground, Rainbow Rotary Playground, prides itself on being fully accessible to users of all abilities. And the Fit Zone, designed for adult users, has been curated to provide many of the same workouts you can find in a paid-membership gym! During the holidays, you won't want to miss out on seeing the ornate light displays!
Golden Spirit Alpaca Ranch
Where: 10937 Tarpon Springs Road, Odessa
You've probably been to a farm before, but have you ever been to an alpaca farm?! Head just north of Tampa to Odessa for the chance to see the unusual sight of over 200 alpacas at Golden Spirit Alpaca Ranch! Take advantage of this opportunity to see, pet, and even feed these adorable furry animals! Tip: Book your tour in advance because they're popular and fill up quickly!
Sulphur Springs Water Tower
Where: 479 E Bird St
Is it a castle? Is it a lighthouse? No, it's the Sulphur Springs Water Tower! This majestically designed water tower is unusual in the most beautiful way! At 214 feet tall, it is considered a landmark of Tampa and an attraction known for its architectural similarity to the tower of a medieval castle. In need of a date idea for your next outing with bae? The view of the sun setting over the water tower is stunning and equally as romantic!