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20+ Spring Break Bucket List Locations for Tampa Families

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It’s 2021 Spring Break and school is out! Now what do you do with the entire family with the least amount of complaints? Tampa Bay parents are asking this very same question.

Thankfully, we’ve come up with our Spring Break bucket list of fun things to do around Tampa Bay for the ENTIRE family. If you have a combination of young children, tweens or teenagers, we think this list will satisfy (OK, mostly) even the pickiest family member.

You’ve probably already thought of going to some of the best beaches. But what about something different? We have a wide selection of Outdoor & Indoor Fun.

Check out our bucket list of over 20 Things to Do for Spring Break around Tampa Bay:

Visit our list of Spring Break Camps

 

2021 Spring Break: OUTDOOR FUN ATTRACTIONS 

While we have some great attractions like Busch Gardens, play zones and others. What about those natural attractions that are unique to our area? We have come up with some of our top picks for fun and affordable options that helps your family to explore the natural beauty of the Tampa Bay Area.

Check out our Flash Back Spring Break TV segment on Great Day Live 

1. Most U-Pick Strawberry Farms are open for the season. With prices as low as $2 a lb for organic strawberries, it’s definitely worth the trip. Check out our Tampa Bay list of U-Pick Strawberry farms.

Bonus: Stop by the Parkesdale Farm Market for some strawberry milkshake and their world famous, strawberry short cake in Plant City. You’ll thank us later;-).

2. Come visit the Heritage Village, an open-air living history museum in Largo, FL from Wednesday-Sunday for free admission. See more than 31 historic buildings dating back to the 19th century.

Photo Credit: Cari Daley

3. Visit the beautiful Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. The Florida Botanical Gardens remain open every day, 7 am-5 pm, free admission, leashed pets welcome. You will be amazed at how much you will learn and the many species of plants you will encounter. Pack a picnic lunch and take a stroll through the gardens. 12520 Ulmerton Road Largo,  FL  33774

Photo Courtesy: https://flbgfoundation.org/

See our full list of Botanical Gardens Near You.

4. The orange is the state fruit for Florida and did you know you could pick your own orange from one of our Florida Orange Groves? We took our family and had a blast with the kids at Hancock Groves in Dade City. There is also another orange grove in Ruskin, FL at Dooley Groves.

Dooley Groves: U-Pick honeybees and tangerines. Open daily from 10am-4pm.

1651 Stephens Rd,
Ruskin, Florida 33570

(813) 645-3256

Fun for the whole family. They will supply everything you’ll need. Bring your camera and a smile for a fun day of picking.
U-Pick Honeybells  are open 7 days a week, now through March and maybe even April! (or until they’ve all been picked)COVID guidelines apply.Cost: $2.59  per lb
Pick ONLY what you intend on paying for. You will be charged for everything you and your family pick off the trees.It is recommended that you wear long pants and enclosed shoes. No Pets allowed.

Hancock Groves: U-Pick Oranges

31107 Blanton Rd
Dade City, Florida 33523

(352) 588-3801

5. Miniature golf is an affordable way to have fun with the family and it’s all outdoors.

See our full list of Miniature Golf Venues.

6. Visit the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs which is a leader in the world’s natural sponge market. 
In addition to seeing the history of sponge harvesting, visitors can take a boat ride with the family to see how the sponges were extracted in the past, you can also  experience the Greek influence, Greek restaurants and shops and even visit the local aquarium and parks. Find out more here. 

Photo Credit: Sponge Docks

7. Go On A Walking Tour. Walking is a great exercise for everyone and it’s free. It’s also fun and relaxing, too.

Curious about the Sunshine City? Try the St. Petersburg History Mural Tour.

Immerse yourself with Tampa’s Downtown Murals.

Find even more murals in Tampa.

8.  Visit a park. Some of our favorite parks include:

  • Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, FL.
  • Largo Central Park, Full of interactive play features, synthetic turf safety surface and lots of green space.
  • New Tampa Nature Park, Features paved & unpaved trails for hiking & cycling, plus a zip line & ropes course.
  • Julian B Lane Riverfront Park, Playground, splash pad and green area to relax.

9. See our full list of Splash Pads/ Splash Parks.

A little girl child is playing in the water fountains at a splash park playground on a summer day.

 

10. Water Parks

Adventure Island, 1001 N. Mickinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602 – Home to Tampa’s largest water park. You’ll find water slides, pools and lazy rivers. The cool waters will cool you down very quickly. Adventure Island is a seasonal attraction that usually run from Spring to Fall.

Splash Harbor Water Park, 399 2nd St, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785 Beat the heat with miles of water slides, waterfalls, and lazy rivers. Plus, there’s a cool game room where guests can get out of the sun and have a blast winning prizes. Locker and cabana rentals are available, and there’s plenty of places to eat and drink.

2021 Spring Break: INDOOR FUN ATTRACTIONS 

1. Museums

For those who prefer to stay cool and low-key, check out one of the many local museums for a day of cool exploration and education. In Tampa, head to: 

  • Tampa’s  Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI),4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33617 – Learn and expand your mind in fun ways that will connect you to science and the stars. Smaller museum but a great option for those science-minded family members.  Check out their Spring Break Camps while you’re here. 

  • Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602– Play, discover, and connect through exhibits and hands-on exploration. 

Check out their Wild Krats Exhibit during Spring Break.

  • Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W Gasparilla Plz, Tampa, FL 33602 – A modern museum with art pieces that will wow even the little ones. They have a free arts program for kids on Saturdays.
  • The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd, St Petersburg, FL 33701 – Dedicated to the works of Salvador Dalí. It houses the largest collection of Dalí’s works outside Europe.

        Visit the Dali for their Van Gogh Alive experience 

Photo Credit: Visittampabay.com

Visit the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL to see one of the most beautiful Museums in the Tampa Bay Area. Every Monday the Museum of Art, including special exhibition galleries are free to the public. There are 21 galleries, garden, courtyard with sculptures and so much more.Regular admission pricing applies if you wish to visit the Circus Museum or Ca’d’Zan.

 

2. Ice Skating Rink

What can be cooler than gliding over a rink of ice that’s 32 degrees F? Not only will ice skating help you keep your cool, it’s a great activity that the family can do together.  Check out these ice skating rinks that have open public skates (check schedules for times) for the ultimate in icy coolness:

  • The Ice Sports Forum, 10222 Elizabeth Pl, Tampa, FL 33619 Tampa. –  The Ice Sports Forum is the official practice facility of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning. They also have public skating, hockey leagues and even Parent & Me skating. 
  • Tampa Bay Skating Academy Oldsmar,255 Forest Lakes Blvd. Oldsmar, FL 34677,
  • Clearwater Ice Arena: 14044 Icot Blvd, Clearwater, FL
  • Countryside Mall: 33760, 27001 US Hwy 19N, Clearwater, FL 33761- Located in the center of the mall so you can skate and take in some shopping.
  • Advent Health Center Ice, 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd Wesley Chapel FL 33544 – They offer public skating, hockey leagues and dining inside so no need to leave the facility to catch some real tasty bites. 
Photo Courtesy Advent Health Center Ice

3. Indoor Fun Center

All you need for a day of fun can be found within the square footage of a fun center. Many include a wide variety of things to do and even a restaurant, arcade and tons of active fun with free wifi. Families can easily spend several hours at a location which will tire out any active kid. We just can’t promise you they’ll leave willingly. 

Here are some of our favorites:

Hillsborough County:

  • Urban Air Adventure Park Ropes course, trampolines, bumper cars, rock climbing and more, 6250 Commerce Palms Dr, Tampa, FL 33647

  • Airosphere– Indoor Bounce Park, 622 Ware Blvd, Tampa, FL 33619

Pasco County:

  • Main Event Arcades, bowling, ropes course, laser tag and full restaurant,  2839 Creek Grass Way, Lutz, FL 33559
Photo Credit: Main Event Facebook Page

Pinellas County:

  • Celebration Station, (Mostly outdoors) Amusement park with bumper boats, arcade, mini-golf, go-karts & more.,  24546 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33763
  • Xtreme Fun Center, Epic place if you love laser tag, 13211 93rd St N, Largo, FL 33773

 

 

Spring Break: Get Creative

1. Kids of all ages will love to create their own masterpieces. Pottery and painting locations around Tampa is great for all ages and it makes for a great family keepsake. Plan ahead and create a Mother’s or Father’s Day gift. Many locations offer discount days on their studio fee. Find the closest pottery studio and check out their calendar for discounts/specials.

2. IKEA Tampa Kids Academy is in swing during Spring Break! Reserve your spot for free kids art activities on their events calendar. 

Spring Break: Movies

1. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could watch a movie and eat real food? Well you definitely can, and at these two locations you can bring the entire family. Studio Movie Grill in Tampa offers an eat-in experience while watching a movie.

2. These classic Drive-In movie theatres will bring you down memory lane and save you a few bucks off of your movie ticket for spring break.



Spring Break: Good Eats

4. Kids Eat FREE everyday of the week. Check out our master list of kids eat free and cheap days. Make sure to always call ahead to confirm.

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