School is out, and whether it’s kids with their families or college students looking to take a well-earned break, summer is here and that means vacations are in full swing.
Summer won’t end until after Labor Day weekend — and on the calendar, not until Sept. 23, to be exact. That’s plenty of weeks left for people of all ages to enjoy the events, activities and great locations in this region.
Florida has always been a popular state for summer fun, whether it’s exploring the beaches and the coastline, or heading further inland for theme parks and other attractions.
And anybody who has been to Tampa Bay also knows the area is the ideal place to be for summer fun.
What some folks might not realize is just how diverse the available activities in Tampa Bay area.
Discovering Tampa Bay’s appeal is a terrific way to keep the entire family active, having fun, and discovering new things to do.
What Does Tampa Bay Offer in the Summer?
Tampa has a fast-growing population, and the reasons for that are obvious. They include:
- A strong economy creating new jobs;
- A housing market where homes are still considered affordable by national standards, and where new homes are being built;
- A revitalized downtown with a lot of new commercial development going on;
- And plenty of cultural and entertainment facilities to keep everybody busy.
People love living in Tampa Bay because year-round, there’s always something fun to do here. And that’s particularly true in the summer months — not just because Tampa has the nearby beaches or highly popular theme parks like Busch Gardens to enjoy.
Everyone knows how appealing the beaches and theme parks are, so they need no introduction.
But there’s a lot more to Tampa than that.
Something to keep in mind is that Florida has a lot of natural advantages to offer visitors. That includes tropical weather year-round, access to the ocean and rivers, and a generous list of fun attractions.
Tampa has all of Florida’s natural advantages.
And with easy to access here from the highways or from Tampa International Airport, Tampa is a great place to relax during the summer months and recharge your batteries before the school season starts up again in the fall.
And if you are looking for things to do this summer, you’re certain to find plenty of them here.
For example, have you thought about how popular boating is as a summer pastime in Tampa Bay? Don’t forget, the bay is here, and those moving waters are very inviting.
Tampa Bay waters are connected to a lot of rivers, which can take you to winding waterways or to freshwater retreats where bird watchers love spotting wildlife.
Tampa Bay is also ideal for a variety of watersports activities, including skiing, wakeboarding and diving. Fishing is a cherished outdoor activity as well.
No pun intended, but you literally have a boat load of activities to enjoy.
And along the Tampa Bay waterfront, there are restaurants, bars and shopping opportunities galore.
Try checking out Freedom Boat Club, a national boating service offering a variety of boats for the day.
They provide on-the-water training as well. They have four locations in Tampa Bay: Treasure Island, Downtown St. Pete, Clearwater Beach and South Tampa.
And if you love spending time at the beach, Cypress Point Park in Tampa is a hidden gem of a beach that not a lot of people know about, but it offers the ideal place to relax and watch the sunset.
What’s Going on In Tampa Over the Summer?
There’s plenty happening in Tampa Bay over the summer months. That includes special events.
Your options include:
- The Tampa Bay Lobster Festival, held in August at the Kapok Special Events Center in Clearwater, and known as Tampa Bay’s Crustacean Celebration. It addition to having something that every lobster and shellfish lover would want, there’s live music, karaoke, dancing, vendors, crafts and a full-service bar.
- The Righteous Rockers Music Festival, held on Aug 18 from 2-9 p.m. at Waterworks Park in Tampa, an outdoor concert with plenty of local bands, hosted by Urban D, and music that includes Reggae, hip hop, soca and traditional. There will also be giveaways and food vendors available.
- The annual Tampa Salsa & Bachata Festival, held over Labor Day Weekend at the Hilton Tampa Downtown, and billed as the state’s biggest Latin dance extravaganza, a four-day event featuring world-class choreographers, instructors and performers showcasing their talents. There will also be intensives and workshops based around Bachata and salsa. Additional attractions include DJ-led dance and pool parties.
And a great way to spend your summer in Tampa is to explore the fun things to do that are either downright cheap – or free! If you’re on a budget, Tampa Bay is the place to be.
Take a trip over to Davis Island, the ideal place to go biking, to enjoy a picnic or to watch the Tampa sunset.
Watch free movies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Xscrape Theatres Riverview 14 at 9:30 a.m. during the summer.
Take a stroll or go biking along Tampa Riverwalk, a 2.5-mile scenic walkway with small parks along the way, right along the downtown waterfront and with a lot of good resting spots along the way.
The Tampa Firefighters Museum in downtown is a real treat, built in 1911 and beautifully restored to serve as the Fire Department Headquarters until 1974. Today it’s a tribute to all those who have served and continue to serve the city of Tampa, preserving the history of the city’s fire department in this 18,000 square foot facility. You can even check out an early fire wagon.
Visit the lengthy boardwalk in Clearwater where you can enjoy artisans, crafters, street performers and live music.
You can also take advantage of Citypass, which offers a discounted, 53% prepaid admission to several Tampa Bay attractions, including The Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa at Lowry Park, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and the Museum of Science and Industry. This is an ideal way to get out of the heat and have fun indoors.
You can also try checking out Tampa’s amazingly diverse list of restaurants, and the historic sites in Ybor City.
Tampa and St. Pete regularly show up on lists of the best vacation spots or best beach vacations in the U.S. Tampa Bay is a lot of fun to visit during the summer – but it’s also a wonderful place to live, because all those fun activities are available here year-round.
It’s no wonder Tampa Bay has a growing population, and why downtown Tampa is filled with exciting entertainment and cultural activities.
And as more and more people look to relocate to the Tampa/St. Pete area, the housing market will continue to need new homes to accommodate them.
Domain Homes is the Tampa Bay area’s Urban Neighborhood new home builder. Domain Homes procures sites in Tampa Bay’s most highly desirable and sought-after neighborhoods.
That includes St. Petersburg, as well as other established neighborhoods like South Tampa, West Tampa, North Hyde Park, and the Heights.
Domain Homes purchases older, dilapidated homes that are often badly in need of repair and replaces them with move in-ready new homes. Domain Homes believes that buyers shouldn’t have to settle for a “used” home once they’ve discovered how beautiful St. Petersburg is.
And right now, Domain Homes is building new homes in these neighborhoods, which could include your dream home in an ideal location in St. Petersburg.