The 25 best things to do in Tampa Bay when it’s hot AF outside

If you live here you know it can be brutal outside all year round. So, if you're too burnt to spend another day under this evil star, or just generally sick of the heat, here are our top picks for things to do in Tampa Bay when its just TOO HOT.

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Take a watery theme park adventure
Adventure Island, 10001 McKinley Dr, Tampa, 1-813-884-4386 adventureisland.com 
Whether you’re with friends or taking the kids out for that classic theme park experience, Adventure Island’s slides, splash areas, pools and lazy river are a fool-proof way to beat the heat. Let the thrill seeker in you take the plunge down The Vanishing Point, Adventure Island’s 70 ft. drop slide, or kick back and float down the Rambling Bayou’s half-mile tube trip.
Photo via Adventure Island/Facebook

Take a watery theme park adventure

Adventure Island, 10001 McKinley Dr, Tampa, 1-813-884-4386 adventureisland.com
Whether you’re with friends or taking the kids out for that classic theme park experience, Adventure Island’s slides, splash areas, pools and lazy river are a fool-proof way to beat the heat. Let the thrill seeker in you take the plunge down The Vanishing Point, Adventure Island’s 70 ft. drop slide, or kick back and float down the Rambling Bayou’s half-mile tube trip.

Photo via Adventure Island/Facebook
Stop in at Armature Works during your SoHo stroll
Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, 813-250-3725 armatureworks.com 
Armature Works is modern-rustic fusion hangout built up out of SoHo’s old TECO streetcar warehouse. With a public market, central courtyard with cool misters, and a number of restaurants and bars, this revitalized hangout spot attracts crowds of all ages.
Photo via Armature Works/Instagram

Stop in at Armature Works during your SoHo stroll

Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, 813-250-3725 armatureworks.com
Armature Works is modern-rustic fusion hangout built up out of SoHo’s old TECO streetcar warehouse. With a public market, central courtyard with cool misters, and a number of restaurants and bars, this revitalized hangout spot attracts crowds of all ages.

Photo via Armature Works/Instagram
Swim in a giant fake lagoon at Epperson Lagoon
Epperson Lagoon, 31885 Overpass Rd, Wesley Chapel, 813-527-0775 lagooninformation.com 
Epperson Lagoon’s purified, bright blue waters opened to the public late last year. The 7.5-acre, man made lake and beach has a little something for all ages and activity levels, featuring a waterslide, swim-up bar, floating obstacle course, concert area and kayak rentals. 
Photo via Epperson/Facebook

Swim in a giant fake lagoon at Epperson Lagoon

Epperson Lagoon, 31885 Overpass Rd, Wesley Chapel, 813-527-0775 lagooninformation.com
Epperson Lagoon’s purified, bright blue waters opened to the public late last year. The 7.5-acre, man made lake and beach has a little something for all ages and activity levels, featuring a waterslide, swim-up bar, floating obstacle course, concert area and kayak rentals.

Photo via Epperson/Facebook
Dinner and a movie? How about dinner IN the movies?
CinéBistro, 1609 W Swann Ave, Tampa, 813-514-8300 cinebistro.com 
Airing both new releases and independent films, CineBistro makes date night a one stop shop by serving up bistro style dishes, cocktails and wine straight to your seat. Of course, the more traditional viewer can always pick up popcorn and a soda from concessions. Get out of the sun, sit back in their spacious, high-back leather rocking chairs and let the lights dim. You just might forget your sweltering car outside.
Photo via CinéBistro Hyde Park/Facebook

Dinner and a movie? How about dinner IN the movies?

CinéBistro, 1609 W Swann Ave, Tampa, 813-514-8300 cinebistro.com
Airing both new releases and independent films, CineBistro makes date night a one stop shop by serving up bistro style dishes, cocktails and wine straight to your seat. Of course, the more traditional viewer can always pick up popcorn and a soda from concessions. Get out of the sun, sit back in their spacious, high-back leather rocking chairs and let the lights dim. You just might forget your sweltering car outside.

Photo via CinéBistro Hyde Park/Facebook
Slip into a plush robe and slippers with a day pass to The Don CeSar Spa
The Don CeSar, 3400 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, 727-360-1881 doncesar.com 
The Don CeSar, the unmistakable pink palace of St. Pete Beach, features a number of indulgent treatments and amenities in their Spa Oceana. Treat yourself to a day pass for access to spa locker areas, whirlpools, steam rooms, whisper lounge, and rooftop terrace overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, or parooze the spa’s full list of services for additional fees.
Photo via doncesar.com

Slip into a plush robe and slippers with a day pass to The Don CeSar Spa

The Don CeSar, 3400 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, 727-360-1881 doncesar.com
The Don CeSar, the unmistakable pink palace of St. Pete Beach, features a number of indulgent treatments and amenities in their Spa Oceana. Treat yourself to a day pass for access to spa locker areas, whirlpools, steam rooms, whisper lounge, and rooftop terrace overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, or parooze the spa’s full list of services for additional fees.

Photo via doncesar.com