20 bucket list activities to do in Tampa Bay this summer

From new thrill rides, to berry season, and spring hopping, Tampa Bay is full of cool summer activities. Here are a few things to do and places to go in and around Tampa Bay before the summer's over. 
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Visit the new Arts and Crafts museum
355 4th St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-440-4859
Dedicated to the American Arts and Crafts movement, St. Pete’s new museum showcases stunning architecture and incredible works of art in the downtown waterfront district. The five-story building features 40,000 square feet of gallery space alongside private dining rooms, a graphic studio, outdoor green space and more. General admission is $25, and if you haven’t figured it out, arts & crafts is way, way, way more than your local Michaels store, people. Photo via Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement/website

Visit the new Arts and Crafts museum

355 4th St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-440-4859
Dedicated to the American Arts and Crafts movement, St. Pete’s new museum showcases stunning architecture and incredible works of art in the downtown waterfront district. The five-story building features 40,000 square feet of gallery space alongside private dining rooms, a graphic studio, outdoor green space and more. General admission is $25, and if you haven’t figured it out, arts & crafts is way, way, way more than your local Michaels store, people.
Photo via Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement/website
Scream your lungs out on Iron Gwazi
10165 McKinley Dr., Tampa. 813-884-4386
Busch Gardens’ new addition claims the title as North America’s tallest and world’s fastest and steepest hybrid roller coaster. The crocodile-inspired ride reaches 76 mph as it plunges its riders from its 206-foot peak. 
Photo via Busch Gardens/website

Scream your lungs out on Iron Gwazi

10165 McKinley Dr., Tampa. 813-884-4386
Busch Gardens’ new addition claims the title as North America’s tallest and world’s fastest and steepest hybrid roller coaster. The crocodile-inspired ride reaches 76 mph as it plunges its riders from its 206-foot peak.
Photo via Busch Gardens/website
Pick berries and drink wine at Keel Farms
5202 Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City. 813-752-9100
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes trolley ride tour that explores Keel Farms’ scenic landscape and winery. Each ticket costs $10 and includes a glass of wine, beer or cider.
Photo via Keel Farms/website

Pick berries and drink wine at Keel Farms

5202 Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City. 813-752-9100
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes trolley ride tour that explores Keel Farms’ scenic landscape and winery. Each ticket costs $10 and includes a glass of wine, beer or cider.
Photo via Keel Farms/website
Swim in one of our many nearby natural springs
From Weeki Wachee to Ichetucknee to Madison Blue State Park, Florida offers a diverse variety of options when deciding which nearby natural spring to cool off at. Grab some friends and floaties and head to one of these spots on a hot summer day.
Photo via Florida State Parks/website

Swim in one of our many nearby natural springs


From Weeki Wachee to Ichetucknee to Madison Blue State Park, Florida offers a diverse variety of options when deciding which nearby natural spring to cool off at. Grab some friends and floaties and head to one of these spots on a hot summer day.
Photo via Florida State Parks/website
Climb the lookout tower and spot some gators at Lettuce Lake
6920 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. 813-987-6204
Open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. during the summer, this Hillsborough County park features a hardwood swamp forest, picnic and playground areas, a 1.25-mile paved exercise trail and 3,500-foot boardwalk with a scenic lookout tower. Expect a $2 entrance fee per vehicle.Photo via Hillsborough County/website

Climb the lookout tower and spot some gators at Lettuce Lake

6920 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. 813-987-6204
Open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. during the summer, this Hillsborough County park features a hardwood swamp forest, picnic and playground areas, a 1.25-mile paved exercise trail and 3,500-foot boardwalk with a scenic lookout tower. Expect a $2 entrance fee per vehicle.
Photo via Hillsborough County/website

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