April 21, 2022

20 things even the most seasoned locals haven't done in Tampa Bay (and a bit beyond)

When someone spends their days writing about dead people, they’re bound to learn a few things about how to live. Just ask Kristen Hare, whose day job is writing obituaries for the Tampa Bay Times.

As she makes the rounds in support of the third edition of her “100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die” book, Hare said that writing obituaries during the pandemic really started to coincide with searching for adventures.

“I didn't set out to write both obits and a bucket list book, but, looking back, they are tied together by one very big thing—our lives and how we live them,” Hare who first moved to Tampa Bay in 2012 and released her first “100 Things” book in 2014, said.

“I hope the obits that I write help people connect with our neighbors, and I hope this book helps people connect with this fantastic, crazy place we get to call home.

“To celebrate the release—and ahead of Hare’s St. Pete (Friday, April 22, Tombolo Books) and Tampa appearances (Sunday, April 24, Oxford Exchange)—she’s hand-picked the 20 activities from the book that even the most seasoned Tampa Bay locals might not have done.

Have a look below, and get the latest edition of Kristen Hare’s “100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die” at your local bookstore or directly via Reedy Press.

All photos captions below are by Kristen Hare unless otherwise noted.
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Try the devil crab at Brocato's5021 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. (813) 248-9977 We have some great restaurants in Tampa Bay, and more open all the time. Don't forget the classics, like Brocato's in Tampa, where the devil crab is fried and delicious.
Photo by Kristen Hare

Try the devil crab at Brocato's

5021 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. (813) 248-9977
We have some great restaurants in Tampa Bay, and more open all the time. Don't forget the classics, like Brocato's in Tampa, where the devil crab is fried and delicious.
Discover the past from your couch00 N Ashley Dr., Tampa. (813) 273-3652 You can visit the John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa for this one, or you can just visit their website and see decades of photos from the Burgert brothers. Their work spans the late 1800s to the 1960s and shows Tampa as it once was.
Photo Courtesy, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System
Photo Courtesy, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System

Discover the past from your couch

00 N Ashley Dr., Tampa. (813) 273-3652
You can visit the John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa for this one, or you can just visit their website and see decades of photos from the Burgert brothers. Their work spans the late 1800s to the 1960s and shows Tampa as it once was.
Photo Courtesy, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System
Step right up to the Carnival Museum6938 Riverview Dr, Riverview. (813) 671-3503 Head to Riverview to see 54,000-square feet of carnival history at the International Independent Showman's Museum. You'll find an old ferris wheel, a costume from Gypsy Rose Lee, and a lot of clowns.
Photo by Kristen Hare

Step right up to the Carnival Museum

6938 Riverview Dr, Riverview. (813) 671-3503
Head to Riverview to see 54,000-square feet of carnival history at the International Independent Showman's Museum. You'll find an old ferris wheel, a costume from Gypsy Rose Lee, and a lot of clowns.
Get fresh juice and pie at the Citrus Place7200 U.S. Hwy-19, Terra Ceia. (941) 722-6745 This family owned shop is just off the highway in Terra Ceia and it's the place to go for fresh orange juice and delicious key lime pie.
Photo by Kristen Hare

Get fresh juice and pie at the Citrus Place

7200 U.S. Hwy-19, Terra Ceia. (941) 722-6745
This family owned shop is just off the highway in Terra Ceia and it's the place to go for fresh orange juice and delicious key lime pie.
Be fancy and spend the day at the Don3400 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-1881 Maybe spending the night at the Don CeSar Hotel on St. Pete Beach isn't an option, so how about the day? You can get a day pass for $75 (it doesn't include parking), and spend the day by the pool, in the sauna, in fitness classes or in the steam room.
Photo by Kristen Hare

Be fancy and spend the day at the Don

3400 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-1881
Maybe spending the night at the Don CeSar Hotel on St. Pete Beach isn't an option, so how about the day? You can get a day pass for $75 (it doesn't include parking), and spend the day by the pool, in the sauna, in fitness classes or in the steam room.

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