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Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Activities, PLACES AND THINGS, St Pete Saints, Tampanians | 0 comments

Free & Cheap Sundays – Tampa Bay Events Perfect for Family

family walking on coast in Tampa Bay Florida

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So you need to stretch a buck and find cheap Tampa Bay events this weekend, particularly Sunday. After a full week and sometimes hectic Saturday, Sunday is truly the perfect time to catch up with family. Whether it is the heat of summer or just finding time outside of work and school the rest of the year– family time is important. Here are a few fail-proof ways to spend your Sundays in the FREE to Very Cheap zones yet have tons of fun.

Tampa Bay Events on Sunday :


Super Skates

9185 Ulmerton Raod
Largo, Florida 33776

Super Skates offers $1 entrance fees on Sundays. Better than that, you can bring your own skates. Better than that? Pitchers of soda are a mere $4. So a family of 4 can skate, be out of the elements and get refreshed for a total of $8. You have that cash in your sofa cushions. On Sundays, the rinks have special races and themes. Invite all your friends for some afternoon skating. Bonus? The average adult burns 1200 calories in two hours of roller skating and that makes up for skipping the gym on Saturday.

tampa bay event specials and skate rentals

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Wat Mongkolratanaram

5306 Palm River Road
Tampa, Florida 33619

Visit the Wat and enjoy some traditional faire as you peruse the temple and have a few moments of pure zen. August 2nd is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. Try a visit that day when Buddha delivered his first sermon to his five disciples at the Deer Park in Benares over 2,500 years ago. August 9 is Buddhist Mother’s Day. Take your mother out for a wonderfully peaceful day to Wat Mongkoratanaram.

Dinosaur World

5145 Harvey Tew Road
Plant City, Florida 33565

Dinosaur World in Plant City is a kid summer staple. Love dinos and need a day trip for the kids? Then this Sunday pack the car and head to Dino World for educational fun. For this summer until August 23rd take $3 off admission Sundays before noon and have some great fun with the kids at Dinosaur World.

Dunkin Donuts

Go grab a FREE coffee with friends whenever the Tampa Bay Ray’s win a Sunday game. True story. Anytime the Tampa Bay Ray’s win a Sunday game your closest Dunkin Donuts will give you a FREE small coffee. Only catch is you must download the Dunkin Donuts app on your smartphone. Sounds like a fun time to me.

Letter Boxing

Letter Boxing is the precursor to Geocaching. Back in the day before people had a way to geocache, the game was played with anonymous clues. All one needs for letter boxing is a book to collect stamps, a custom stamp or unique stamp, a stamp pad and the list of location clues.  is where you can find the clues to the closest letter boxes near you. The fun part is locating the letterboxes. Sometimes, they are in a person’s yard, a park or even on the beach. I found a letter box in a small grove of trees at the beach. I had passed that clump of palms a number of time and never saw the box. I even found a box hanging from a tree once, too. Once you locate a box you stamp their pad with your stamp and write something to them and stamp your book with their stamp. Tons of FREE fun!

letterboxing in tampa bay florida on a Sunday

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HorsePower For Kids, Inc

8005 South Racetrack Road
Tampa, Florida 33635

General admission to the HorsePower For Kids Farm is only $5. The entrance fee includes a the train ride for children and adults– as well as plenty of fun petting bunnies, goats, deer and one big pig. Pony rides are $3. There are private and group horse back riding lessons and so many options that I strongly suggest perusing their website. Who knew we had this kind of horse activity this close to downtown Tampa?

Highlands Pool and Aquatic Center

13120 Vonn Road
Largo, Florida 33774

Closer than Adventure Island and way cooler than the usual city pool, Highlands Pool and Aquatic Center has so much to offer to you and your family. Highlands has one of the neatest pools and water activity centers outside of a water park– with two high slides (one is a straight shot to the water and the other takes the meandering round about way down). They have a kiddies area that is safe for young children with supervision. It is complete with water features and fountains. And to top off the whole Highlands experience, they also have a world-class gym. They have a thrilling slide for after your workout for the whole family (trust me it is a ton of fun) and a jungle gym for the kiddos while you work out. This is one municipal idea that is what a community wants. Leslie Knope would be proud to call Highlands Aquatic Center her brainchild.

girl floating in pool in Tampa Bay Florida

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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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