Things To Do

We look forward to welcoming you to the Tampa Bay area where the semitropical climate invites visitors to enjoy the area’s beautiful beaches, nature preserves and parks year round.

 

Here you can be adventurous while engaging in recreational activities like swimming, kayaking or paddle boarding along the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico or across a lake or bay or spend a leisurely day playing around on a local golf course. Tour miles of scenic hiking and biking trails or simply relax on the deck of a sailboat while soaking in the sun or celebrating the area’s spectacular sunsets.
The St. Petersburg-Clearwater coast boasts secluded barrier islands to world-renowned beaches extending 35 continuous miles. And many of those stretches of powdery white sand rank among the best in the U.S.

 Clearwater Beach:

TripAdvisor’s No. 1 beach in the U.S. in 2019 (and 2018 and 2016)

St. Pete Beach:

TripAdvisor’s No. 2 beach in the U.S. in 2020

Caladesi Island State Park:

Rated seventh-best beach in the U.S. for third year in a row in 2019 by beach expert Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach

Local waterways are also ideal for chartering deep sea fishing excursions, booking a guided offshore fishing trip or just dropping a line from a nearby pier.

If spectator sports are more your style, be sure to check out the roster of professional sports teams who call the Tampa Bay area home and compete here throughout the year: Tampa Bay Rays baseball, Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer, Tampa Bay Buccaneers football and Tampa Bay Lightning hockey.

Cultural pursuits encompass venues exhibiting classic to contemporary artworks, museums dedicated to local history, plus outdoors sculptures and public murals that provide visual interest to the local landscape. Among the area’s leading art centers are the Dali Museum, where the largest collection of the surrealist’s works outside of Spain are displayed, and the Chihuly Collection that dazzles visitors with its brightly colored collection of glass. World-class performing arts venues provide a vast menu of memorable entertainment that can include operas to orchestras, comedy to concerts and ballet to Broadway plays.
Other popular attractions include the Busch Gardens theme park that features wild animals and extreme roller coasters, the Florida Aquarium and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
From brewpubs to ethnic restaurants, the dining scene throughout the Tampa Bay area caters to all sorts of appetites. Local chefs include James Beard nominees, dining options include sidewalk cafes to Four Diamond-rated fine dining experiences and memorable meals can range from freshly caught seafood to top-rated steakhouses and barbecue joints. Be sure to enjoy the view, too. Take your pick of panoramic overlooks from a rooftop restaurant to a beachfront seat offering unobstructed views of the white sand beaches and the Gulf of Mexico’s turquoise shaded surf.
Round out your time in the bay area by attending any of the many special events, festivals and multi-cultural celebrations that take place here throughout the year.

For information about all that the area offers, check out these community wide resources: