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6 Free Activities Around Tampa Bay Florida

Updated: Nov 8, 2019

Life is expensive and sometimes you still want to go out and do something without spending a ton of money. Here are 6 free activities and attractions you can find around the Tampa area.

Activity #1: Dunedin Downtown Market

During the cooler part of the year, Dunedin hosts a Downtown Market on Saturdays. They open up at 9am and run until about 2pm. There are lots of great crafts, homegrown plants, and delicious foods to buy. Parking and the event are free. Obviously, if you want any of the goods, you’ll have to make a purchase. But this is still fun—even if you don’t buy anything. Oh, and I almost forgot, Dunedin is VERY dog-friendly so feel free to bring the pups!

Activity #2: Indian Rocks Beach

There are LOTS of beaches around the Tampa Bay area, but this beach is great because it’s totally free. Sure, you can choose to pay for parking, but if you get there early, there’s parking alongside the beach access points. Or, if you don’t mind a bit of a walk (a block or two), you can find parking along the residential streets. Check out my post about my 3 favorite beaches to discover why Indian Rocks Beach is THE beach to go to.

Activity #3: Florida Botanical Gardens

I freaking love flowers and plant life so naturally, this place makes the list. The park is free and open basically every day, so make sure you check it out and scope out the lush nature Florida has to offer.

Activity #4: First Friday

On the First Friday of every month, St Pete closes off a block Central Avenue for a block party. There’s always a live band, street vendors, and lots of people. It’s something fun for the whole family. Although I will admit this is more of an adult setting later in the evening.

Activity #5: Manatee Viewing Center

Here’s another one for you nature lovers. Check out manatees up close and personal at the Apollo Beach Manatee Viewing Center. This one won’t cost you a thing, except gas to get there!

Activity #6: Pier 60

From sunsets, to dolphin watching, to fishing, to night vendors, to street artists, there’s a lot to see at Pier 60—especially when the sun goes down. All of this is free unless you want to fish from the pier, then you’ll be charged a few bucks. Last time I went, it was $8 a person as long as you brought your own gear and bait.

There's always something going on around the Tampa Bay, Florida. Whether you're in Clearwater, St. Pete, Dunedin, or any other part of the area, you can find an activity that won't break the bank. What's your favorite free activity?

Main Image by Evi. T on Unsplash.

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