Things To Do
The state of Florida is a beautiful and relaxing state full of fun things to do.  Whether you are a newcomer trying to find out what is in the area or a longtime resident who  is looking to find something new, you will find it here.  We have included some really great websites which provide comprehensive calendars for this area and the state as well as breaking down many of the activities available to you.  Please let us know if you have any questions!

 

Upcoming Events

Click here to visit TBO.com Extra!This is our local news website which will provide you with a comprehensive calendar of event coming up in the Tampa Bay area.

Tampa Bay Visitors Bureau

The Tampa Bay Visitors Bureau can help you book a hotel, choose a restaurant, or plan a special outing.

VisitFlorida.com

VisitFlorida.com is another tool to help you find all of the fun, relaxing, and exciting things to do that there are in our beautiful state!

 

 

Zoos, Theme Parks, Etc

Busch Gardens
3000 E Busch Blvd, Tampa 33674, (888) 800-5447
Beautiful gardens (for botanical enthusiasts), wild animals (for zoo enthusiasts) - this park has something for all ages but seems best known for its outstanding rides. This major attraction of Tampa offers a full day - or more - of activity for those of all ages. And don't forget the shopping, live entertainment and restaurants!

Adventure Island
10001 Malcolm McKinley Dr, Tampa 33674, (813) 987-5600
A great place to spend the day getting wet. One of Tampa's best attractions. A 36-acre water theme park open from February-October features 17 water play areas, pools and slides.

Lowry Park Zoo
1101 W. Sligh Ave, Tampa 33604, (813) 935-8552
Rated as one of the top three midsize zoos in the country, Lowry Park Zoo features more than 1,500 animals of 375 different species. Several areas within the zoo focus on native animals such as the rare Florida panther, primates, a free flight aviary, and a petting zoo. Sure to score big points with the kids, the reptile encounter showcases lots a slimy inhabitants. The park is also a major research center and hospital for the endangered West Indian manatee.
E-Mail: information@lowryparkzoo.com

    Florida Aquarium
    701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, (813) 273-4000
    Discover the flora and aquatic wildlife of Florida as you journey through the state's waters from underground springs to the Everglades, the beaches and the sea. Special programs and films provide education in ecology. Over 4,300 fish, plants and other animals are displayed.
    Big Cat Rescue
    12802 Easy St, Tampa 33625, (813) 920-4130
    Big Cat Rescue is one of the world’s largest sanctuaries for wild cats. We provide a permanent retirement home for approximately 150 lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, servals, caracals, sand cats, etc., representing 16 of the 35 species of exotic cat. Nowhere else can so many species of exotic cat be found in one place. We offer guided educational tours at 14 set times during the week. We also have special tours where you can closely observe the feeding of the cats, the “operant conditioning” used to train the cats to do natural behaviors on command to allow us to provide better care, and the “enrichment” activities that help make their lives more interesting. We also do private tours, tours for schools or other groups, weddings and birthday parties.
    Malibu Grand Prix
    14300 N. Nebraska, Tampa, (813) 977-6272
    The high-powered Indy style Formula racecars are the major draw at Malibu Grand Prix. These miniature versions travel at speeds up to 60 miles per hour, and visitors race around a ¾-miletrack. Guests must be 18 or older with a valid drivers license, or 16 or older with a valid drivers license and parent or guardian present. For the younger kids, a Mini-Grand prix is available for children 8 years or older. The attraction also offers batting cages, a miniature golf course, and a gameroom.
    Celebration Station
    10230 Palm River Rd, Tampa 33619, (813) 661-4557
    When you come to Celebration Station, you'll discover they have more ways to play than you can imagine. Batting cages to sharpen your swing, Miniature golf, Go-Carts, Bumper Boats, and Laser tag are only a few of the many activities sure to please young and old alike.
    Kennedy Space Center
    Located west on 405, between Range Rd. and E Ave SW, Orsino, (321) 449-4444
    At Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, you get the unique chance to tour – up close – NASA’s launch and landing facilities. Experience interactive simulators, live shows and jaw-dropping encounters with massive rockets. As well as have the opportunity to meet a real member of NASA’s Astronaut Corps. It’s all what you can expect from an inspiring day at Kennedy Space Center.
    Clearwater Marine Center
    249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, (727) 441-1790
    Exhibits of marine environment with guided tours. Attractions include dolphins and sea turtles with feedings daily. Non-profit.
    Cypress Gardens
    6000 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven 33884, (863) 324-2111
    Beautiful gardens to stroll - or boat along with a tour guide. Entertainment includes acrobatic water ski shows, botanical gardens, the Wings of Wonder butterfly conservatory, ice skating, circus, reptile and bird shows, children’s’ play area - and much, much more.
    Fantasy of Flight
    1400 Broadway Blvd. SE, Polk City 33868, (863) 984-3500
    For flight enthusiasts this is a must see. Feel the sensation of flying in realistic flight simulators. More than 30 vintage aircraft are on sight. Watch a full-scale diorama of a WWII bombing mission.
    Dinosaur World 
    5145 Harvey Tew Rd, Plant City, FL 33565-6101, (813) 717-9865
    Wonderful and affordable fun for the family.  Life size dinosuars, fossil dig, exploration caves, playground, and gift shop!

    Big Red Balloon Sightseeing Adventures
    8710 West Hillsborough, Tampa 33615, (813) 969-1518
    Big Red Balloon Sightseeing Adventures are flown only at sunrise in the Northern Hillsborough and Southern Pasco County area and provide an outstanding birds eye view of Florida's most beautiful landscapes. See picturesque lakes reflect the tall cypress laced with Spanish moss. Watch deer prance across open fields and then disappear under the lush green oak trees. Fly over alligators swimming lazily across a pond or bathing in the morning sun. A wide variety of native birds as well as other members of Florida’s diverse wildlife also enhance this magnificent, panoramic view. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that our passengers will never forget. Email: info@bigredballoon.com

    Tampa Cruise Lines

Theatre 

    New Tampa Players
    PO Box 48502, Tampa 33647, (813) 386-6687
    The New Tampa Players was formed by a group of talented and experienced people to establish a community theatre group in the New Tampa area. The New Tampa Players’ focus is to provide its members the opportunity to participate in the exciting process of bringing the best in dramatic and musical productions to the stage. With years of experience behind them, the New Tampa Players offer their audiences the words and emotions of great plays, the songs and exuberance of the great musicals, and the opportunity to step through the Theatre Curtain to become a part of the creation process whether its in the spotlight or behind it.  Email: ntpinfo@newtampaplayers.com
    Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
    1010 N. WC MacInnes Place, Tampa 33602, (813) 229-7828 
    The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is located downtown on a picturesque nine-acre site along the east bank of the Hillsborough River. It boasts one of the nation's leading Broadway series and is nationally respected for producing grand opera, as well as presenting a wide variety of concerts, performances and events.

    The Florida Orchestra
    101 S. Hoover Blvd. #100, Tampa 33609, (813) 286-2403
    Now in its 37th season The Florida Orchestra is recognized as Tampa Bay's leading performing arts institution, one of the leading professional symphony orchestras in Florida, and one of the best regional orchestras in America. With a full orchestra of 80 professional musicians, the Orchestra performs more than 150 concerts annually, including Masterworks, Super Pops, Coffee Concerts, Blue Jeans Classics, Kids Time Classics, free parks concerts, youth concerts and more. 

    The Tampa Theatre
    711 Franklin St, Tampa 33602, (813) 274-8982
    In addition to movies, the Tampa Theatre has hosted many famous performers, celebrities and politicians over the years and recently. Less celebrated but just as important are the performances for school children each year that are part of Hillsborough County's Theatre Field Trip Program. Performers love playing The Tampa for the same reasons audiences love seeing them here: Tampa Theatre is a very intimate venue that puts the audience and the artist close to each other in a spectacular setting.  Email: gargoyles@tampatheatre.org
    Masque Community Theatre
    Temple Terrace 33687, (813) 980-3321
    Masque Community Theatre was founded in 1986 for the cultural enhancement of the community through the performing arts as well as an outlet for the creative talents of all ages. Since the beginning, Masque of Temple Terrace has provided an educational and cultural venue for all ages, with special attention to the young, the disadvantaged and the senior citizen.  E-Mail: info@masquetheatre.net

    The Mahaffey Theatre
    400 First Street S, St. Petersburg 33701, (727) 892-5767
    Located in the heart of Downtown St. Pete, the newly renovated Mahaffey Theater is a 2030-seat bayside cultural jewel featuring elegant ballroom space, spectacular waterfront views, and European box-style seating and is just minutes from white sandy beaches, world-famous museums, and enticing activities. Since its opening it has hosted a wide variety of events, including The Florida Orchestra, Broadway performances, dance, popular music, family entertainment, and Class Acts, a program enabling school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach programs  Email: info@mahaffeytheater.com

    Ruth Eckerd Hall
    1111 N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater 33759, (727) 791-7400
    Ruth Eckerd Hall was nominated one of the top five concert halls in the United States. It comfortably seats 2,180 for concerts, recitals, plays and special events. In addition to the 200 events presented annually by the center, community groups and nationally recognized arts organizations, including The Florida Orchestra, lease the venue.

 

Nightlife

    When the sun goes down, Tampa Bay's nightlife scene heats up. Bay Area bands crank out reggae, rock, blues, country, punk, salsa and jazz all over town. New on the party scene as trendy spots for a sophisticated crowd are Channelside and International Plaza's Bay Street. SoHo is a trendy site to mix and mingle while Ybor City is largely considered party central in Tampa Bay.
    On weekend nights, Ybor's 7th Avenue welcomes up to 40,000 fun-seekers converging on the district in search of a good time, as music flows out into the avenues creating a street party atmosphere. It is no wonder Tampa is considered the "Nightlife Capital of Florida's West Coast."

      Channelside

      Ybor

      Centro Ybor

      Hyde Park / SoHo

      Westshore District

      Downtown Tampa

      North Tampa
      Brandon - Coming Soon!
      Seminole Hard Rock Casino


      Comedy Clubs


        Venues

            Jannus Landing
              16 2nd Street N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
              (727) 895-3045


          Night Cruises

              Starlite Cruises
                25 Causeway Blvd; Slip 58
                Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
                (800) 444-4814

            Other

              Festivals

                Events

                  Concerts
                        Jannus Landing
                          16 2nd Street N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
                          (727) 895-3045