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Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Activities, PLACES AND THINGS | 5 comments

10 Free Things to Do In Tampa

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Summer is here and so is the 10 Free Things to Do In Tampa list.  Why spend your hard-earned cash if there is no need to spend it?  Why drive miles away to do fun things in Orlando or Jacksonville when you can have FREE fun right here?  I have scoured the Tampa Bay and I have found some of the best free attraction around.

10 Free Things To Do In Tampa:

 

Manatee Viewing Center

The Manatee Viewing Center is actually a power plant that pours clean water  into the bay at a warm 68 degrees which manatees adore.  The manatees are at the plant year round to enjoy the warm water which makes it perfect for manatee lovers to watch them.  When the weather gets lower than 68 degrees (rarely) the manatees flock to the power plant in herds and bask in the warm water.  The best part of this is that the admission fee is nothing.
6990 Dickman Rd
Apollo Beach, FL 33572
(813) 228-4289

Saturday Morning Market

The Saturday Morning Market is part festival, part flea market, and part downtown trendy fun.  This market is full of vendors, performers, food and farmers.  Need organic veggies?  Need a balloon man?  Want to try unique cuisine or see local art?  The Saturday Morning Market is THE place to go to experience that and people watch.  Oh, and your furry four-legged friend is completely welcome.  St. Pete loves dogs. The Saturday Morning Market has not only made the Top 10 Free Things To Do In Tampa list – I have also compiled a list of the best vendors at the St. Pete Saturday Morning Market! You cannot go wrong with stopping here.
100 First Street SE
St. Petersburg, FL  33701
(727) 455-4921

Tampa International Airport

Like to travel but need to save a few bucks?  Hit the Tampa International Airport.  Bring the kids for an adventure they will never forget.  Press your face against the glass at the terminals and listen to the impressive whirring of the airplane engines.  Talk about dreams, aspirations and future plans.  Nothing like a visit to Tampa International Airport to spark excitement and a sense of adventure.  As long as you make the visit an hour or less, parking is pro-bono.
4100 George J Bean Parkway
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 870-8700

The Ringling Museum

Every Monday the Ringling Museum is absolutely FREE.  The Ringling is the former estate of John and Mabel Ringling, built in 1926.  The Ringling Estate consists of the Fine Arts building, the Circus Museum, the Ca’ D’Zan, the Ap0llo Historic Theater and the Education building.  Not all the museums are free, only the Fine Arts Museum, which is actually enough.  It took me all day to see the entire Fine Arts Museum.  My best advice is to pack a picnic lunch because eating on the grounds is free.
5401 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 359-5700

Heritage Village

Heritage Village is the home of the historic buildings of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.  The Heritage Village Society raises funds to buy the local historic buildings that link us to our past.  These historic buildings are then dismantled and transported to the village – where they are reassembled with love for all to see and experience.  Heritage Village has a doctor’s house, a rich man’s house, a poor man’s house, a real Florida cracker shack, a pine log cabin and even the gazebo that stood downtown Dunedin for a century.  The boat and sponge store from Tarpon, and even a farmer’s home complete with garden.  A school house, a firehouse and a shelter makes for a great place to eat lunch.  Heritage Village has been magic to me for three decades.  I went as a student and I take my children.  It is that awesome.  Best part?  It’s free.
11909 125th St
Largo, FL 33774
(727) 582-2123

Florida Botanical Garden

Florida Botanical Garden 10 Free Things to do in Tampa

via Flickr :: Rain0975The Florida Botanical Gardens is amazing. The gardens are broke up into “garden rooms” with a wedding garden, tropical garden, etc…  They even made use of the natural water feature and it is the perfect place to sit and watch gators slowly swim and heron nest.  Once finished chill-axing, cross the bridge to the garden extension and experience the tasting gardens.  This costs nothing – except your time. That is why it is one of the 10 Top Free Things to do in Tampa.

The Florida Botanical Gardens is amazing. The gardens are broke up into “garden rooms” with a wedding garden, tropical garden, etc…  They even made use of the natural water feature and it is the perfect place to sit and watch gators slowly swim and heron nest.  Once finished chill-axing, cross the bridge to the garden extension and experience the tasting gardens.  This costs nothing – except your time. That is why it is one of the 10 Top Free Things to do in Tampa.
11909 125th ST
Largo, FL  33774
(727) 582-2123

 

Working Cow Ice Cream Factory

Working Cow is the local ice cream brand.  It is literally the best ice cream I have had.  Their Butter Pecan has won medals.  Their Superman is my favorite.  Their Chocolate Peanut Butter is salty and sweet.  Am I biased?  Absolutely, and you will be too once you take a bite.  Want some free Working Cow?  Take their factory tour, you will get a free serving of their award winning ice cream.  What is better than free ice cream?  FREE Working Cow ice cream.
4200 US Hwy 19
St. Pete, FL 33713
(877) 320-2269

Largo Central Railroad

Largo Park has the neatest design.  It has a park with a railroad running though it.  Not a huge railroad, but a scale model railroad and it is ridable.  The only requirement is you do need to check the railroad schedule because the train does not run everyday.  You also need to be over one-year of age.  I cannot wait to ride this one this summer.
225 Central Park Dr
Largo, FL 33771
(727) 586-9835

Glazer Children’s Museum

The Glazer Children’s Museum is having Target Tuesdays.  Every first Tuesday of each month is free admission for all children from 2-7pm.  This museum is amazing for children and adults.  You are welcome for the heads up.
110 W Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 443-3861

Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary

The Suncoast Seabird Sacntuary rescues and rehabs injured birds.  So often, birds are hooked by fishing lines, hit by cars, or attacked by cats or other wildlife. SSS comes in and rescues these poor birds.  I personally have called SSS when I saw a crane that was caught in fishing line and I sat and kept an eye on the bird until SSS could come take it and save it from harm.   SSS is so needed in this neck of Florida and they do all they can to protect our local birds – now you can tour their sanctuary.  You can leave a donation but it is not required. It is a wonderful venue to teach children and tourists about protecting our local natural resources.  The sanctuary is free and is worth the visit.
18328 Gulf Blvd
Indian Shores, FL  33785
(727) 391-6211

 

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Audra Christian

Audra M. Christian is an avid writer, and a knower of all things in Tampa Bay. She is a native St Pete saint and lives in St Pete, Florida with her husband, motley crew of daughters and tiny little maltese, Zsazsa Gabor.

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5 Comments

  1. Do any of these places have physical addresses?

    • Yes, I will add them.

  2. Dean guitars does a free tour facility on Thursday afternoons. Who even knew they were located and headquartered here in Tampa.

    • I will look into that! It sounds awesome!

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