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Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Activities, Family, PLACES AND THINGS, St. Petersburg, Tampa | 0 comments

12 Entertaining Things to Do in Tampa for Under $25

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When looking for things to do in Tampa, there are plenty of options that won’t break the bank. Whether you are looking to take in some of Tampa Bay’s extensive history, visit nostalgia at a drive-in theater, or just take in the sights– there are plenty of cheap things to do in Tampa Bay.

Things to Do in Tampa for Under $25

Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602

Open Daily from 10AM until 5PM, the Tampa Bay History Center hosts an extensive collection of artifacts ranging from ancient times to the current century. Parking is free with admission ($12.99 for adults), and be sure to stop by the gift shop for locally made products!

Ruskin Family Drive In

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Ruskin Family Drive-In

5011 U.S. Hwy 41 North, Ruskin, Florida 33572

Want to watch a movie but the theater is too expensive? Take a step back in time and experience the family- friendly Ruskin Family Drive-in theater. Tickets are only $6 for adults, and it includes 2 back-to-back movies. Check their website for showtimes and be sure to arrive early– the drive-in fills up fast!


615 Channelside Drive, Suite 120, Tampa, FL 33602

With 12 bowling lanes, 7 pool tables, and an outdoor boathouse bar, you have every reason to visit Splitsville. Open to the public Tuesday – Sunday (with Monday reserved for private parties only), lane rentals are only $3.50 per person per game. Make sure to stop by for happy hour for $3 drinks and cheeseburger sliders.

Tampa Theatre

711 N Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602

Built in 1926, the Tampa Theatre is a shrine to the beauty of Florida and the arts. With movie showings and live concerts, there is always a reason to visit the theatre. Tickets range from $9-11, and guided tours of the balcony and backstage are also available for those who want to go behind-the-scenes.

Museum of Fine Arts

255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Indulge in your artsy side at the Museum of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg. Admission is only $17 for adults, and the museum regularly has events such as yoga, painting classes, live entertainment, and more. Check out their calendar for a list of upcoming events.

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Sunken Gardens

1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Standing proudly in the Historic Old Northeast section of Saint Petersburg, this centennial garden is home to tropical plants and wildlife alike. Their hours are Monday-Friday 10AM – 4:30 PM and Sunday from noon until 4:30PM. Admission is only $10 for adults.

Ybor City Ghost Tour

King Corona Cigars, 1523 East 7th Ave., Ybor City, 33605

Do you believe in ghosts? The Ybor City Ghost tour is the place to go, even if you don’t believe in the supernatural. On the 120 minute tour you will be guided through the history, people, and lore surrounding Ybor City and you might even have a haunting encounter. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children between the ages of 8 and 12.

Florida Holocaust Museum

55 5th Street S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

Learn about the lives and struggles of those affected by the Holocaust in the vast Florida Holocaust Museum. Rotating exhibitions keep the museum ripe with new stories and recollections of the genocide, and tickets are only $16 (with discounts for students, seniors, and active military).

Armed Forces History Museum

2050 34th Way North, Largo, FL 33771

Nestled in Largo just off Ulmerton Road, the Armed Forces History Museum gives an immersive experience into the lives of American soldiers throughout history. With life-size dioramas of the various wars and thousand of items to view, there is always something more to learn about the men and women who gave their lives for their country. General admission tickets are $17.95, but be sure to check out their website for discounts and coupons.

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4537 Lowell Rd., Tampa, FL 33618

Looking for a way to spend your Saturday morning? Look no further than the Saturday Morning Market in downtown Saint Petersburg. Packed with over 200 local vendors, you can find everything from homemade goods to local produce. Be sure to come by the aspiring “heart of Saint Petersburg” from 9AM – 3PM and see what the market has to offer!

Tampa Riverwalk

1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602

If you enjoy scenic walks with stops for museums, theatres, and aquariums, then the Tampa Riverwalk is for you. Traverse 1.8 miles of the best that Tampa has to offer, and be sure to take a look at the event calendar to see what is happening along the Riverwalk today!

Ben T. Davis Beach

7740 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, FL 33607

When all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a beach. The Ben T. Davis beach, in particular, is a beautiful stretch of white sand alongside a four mile biking and pedestrian bridge overlooking the waters of Old Tampa Bay. Don’t miss out on this prime sunbathing spot!

Comment below and let us know what your favorite cheap things to do in Tampa are!

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Melissa DeHart is a graduate of Florida State University currently residing in Orlando, Fl. When not writing articles for the Tampa Traveler she enjoys writing novels, going on adventures, and taking care of her pet cat. For more of her work visit her website: Candied Letters

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