50 Fun Things to do in the Tampa Bay Area
38. Palm Harbor’s historic downtown & Orange Street
If you are craving a little bit of Hawaiian atmosphere, head right over to Orange Street, a tropical inspired neighborhood of Palm Harbor. Here you will find plenty of interesting themed restaurants. Ohana Cafe is a great little Hawaiian themed restaurant with excellent food and an outdoor patio for the nice fall and winter months. What a nice change of pace – a great section of town with plenty of refreshing local eateries, as opposed to the many bland chains found elsewhere in the city.
Also be sure to take a stroll around Palm Harbor’s historic downtown, a unique section of town, featuring historic buildings, local restaurants and shops, and ongoing festivals throughout the year.
Address: Orange St, Palm Harbor, FL 34683
39. Sunset Beach
As the name implies, Sunset Beach is an excellent beach for sunset photography. A small little beach with a great setting: the palm trees covering the beach lead to fantastic photo opportunities. Here you will also find a few extra amenities like a sand volleyball court. A great beach to relax with a good book or plan a picnic sunset date. Sunset concerts are offered throughout the year. Best of all, it is one of the few area beaches with no parking or admission fees!
Address: Gulf Rd., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
40. Sunken Gardens
This tropical oasis in busy St. Petersburg provides a casual, relaxed setting for those looking to avoid the beach crowds. At this 100 year old natural treasure (the gardens were formed in 1903 when gardener George Turner purchased the land, including a lake 10 feet below sea level), you will find all different species of palm trees, relaxing waterfalls, flamingos, beautiful Koi ponds, and even a few exotic birds (pictured above is the Australian Cockatoo). Walking around for an hour or so is like taking a mini tropical vacation. Due to the picturesque setting, the Gardens has become a popular wedding venue. Be sure to look into the calendar of events which includes weekly yoga sessions. Tip: Be sure to check Groupon for deals. I received a 50% off coupon.
Address: 1825 4th St N, St Petersburg, FL 33704
41. Essentials Massage
Where else can you find a fantastic $30 massage? With 18 locations throughout Tampa Bay, a relaxing Swedish massage is always there for you when you need it. Even better, various deals including a fantastic 2 for $50 deal (1 hour relaxation massage and a 1 hour facial) give you plenty of excuses to plan extra me time.
Address: Visit the Essentials Massage website to find a location near you.
Florida’s oldest restaurant is located in historic Y-bor city, a Tampa neighborhood founded in the late 1800s by cigar manufacturers. Columbia restaurant features an extensive menu of Spanish and Cuban specialties, a beautiful dining room, and live flamenco dancers. Don’t miss your opportunity to visit the world’s largest Spanish restaurant.
Address: 2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605
43. Treasure Island
Treasure Island is a beautiful sandy wide beach in St. Petersburg. It feels different than many other area beaches due to the wide expanse of sand. You really get some elbow room here! It’s happens to be the longest and widest beach in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area. Plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the much cooler Florida fall weather.
Parasailing, collecting sea shells, sunbathing, and enjoying a beautiful sunset are all popular pastimes at Treasure Island. This beach has a little bit of everything: cabana rentals, volleyball nets, a snack shop, plenty of sea shells to collect, and a short boardwalk. And, like all great Florida Gulf Coast beaches, beautiful white sand and warm waters.
Address: 11260 Gulf Blvd. St. Petersburg, Florida 33706
44. Eagle Lake Park
Conveniently located in suburban Largo, Eagle Lake is easily accessible to most residents and tourists of Pinellas and Hillsborough County. It’s a great local park for nature walks and any other type of daily exercise. The paved recreation trail is perfect for biking and jogging. The shady nature trails are also great for some relaxing time away from the sun. The real highlight here is the wooden boardwalks which take you over beautiful wetlands. A relaxing park which is sure to please birdwatchers, nature enthusiasts, and exercisers.