Summer Bucket List, Part 1: 50 Fun Things to Do in Tampa Bay!

summerbucketlistSummer is officially here this week! It is time to check out the Tampa Bay Moms Blog Bucket List for Summer! In this two-part series, we have compiled a list of some of the most exciting things to enjoy this summer with your kids…50 things in all.

In no particular order, here’s the list:

1. Play Frisbee at Fred Howard Park. A gorgeous 155-acre park with a beach on the Gulf of Mexico. With a beautiful beach, two playgrounds, a nature trail and more, your family will enjoy hours of relaxation here!

2. Take a picture every day. With smart phones in many of our pockets and purses, it’s easy to snap a picture of your summer adventures each day!

3. Take a Trolley Ride between downtown, Channelside, and Ybor. Kids under 4 years old ride free and a family pass for five is only $12.50. All aboard!

4. Play in the fountains at Curtis Hixon Park. In this 8-acre park on the water in downtown Tampa, put on your swimsuits and enjoy both the Louver Fountain on the East Side and the Mist Fountain along Riverwalk.

5. Go to a Tampa Bay Rays Game and enjoy a concert after the game. The Tampa Bay Rays offer after the game weekend concerts this summer included with the price of a game ticket.

6. Make ice cream in a bag! Put 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 cup of half and half, and a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a pint-sized ziplock bag and seal tightly. Put 1/2 cup of salt (Kosher or rock salt work best, but table salt is fine) in a gallon-sized ziplock bag. Place the pint-sized (tightly sealed) bag inside. Add enough ice to surround the pint-sized bag and seal bag. Shake bags well until ingredients start to harden, about 5 minutes. Remove small bag and enjoy your home-made ice cream right from the bag!

7. Head to the bowling alley. On a hot day, hitting the lanes at a local bowling alley with ice-cold A/C is sure to beat the heat. One favorite in Tampa is Pinarama–clean and friendly, your family is sure to enjoy this one!

 8. Camp out in the living room. Too hot to play outside? Pouring rain? Pull sheets off the beds, grab the dining room chairs and create some make-shift tents. Add some s’mores with graham crackers, marshmallow fluff, and some Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread. Microwave for 25 seconds and enjoy–no campfire needed!

9. Get cool in the pool! Don’t own a pool? No problem! Head to St. Pete and enjoy their public pools for a small fee. Cannonball!

10. Hit the driving range. Fore!Kids can hit a free bucket of balls at the driving range every day this summer at Ace Golf Range in Brandon. The range opens at 8 a.m. daily.

11. Go visit The Pier in St. Petersburg. Although it closed on June 1, the St. Pete Pier isn’t scheduled to be demolished until August. Take your kids to see a bit of history in the making. They will be able to tell people the remember “the old Pier.”

12. See the fireworks on July 4 at Coachman Park. Celebrate our country’s independence with a concert and fireworks in Clearwater. Gates open at 4 p.m., fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

13. Experience science at MOSI. With 400,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, you and your kids will spend hours exploring Kids in Charge, a butterfly garden, and more than 450 hands-on activities. Also at the museum is an IMax Dome Theater, The Saunders Planetarium, and the new Sky Trails Rope Course.

waterflowers14. Play in the sprinklers. Hook up the hose and get on those swimsuits, it’s time to go get soaked! Extra points if mom and dad join in the fun!

15. Visit a Farmer’s Market. There’s just something that says “summer” when you get to go browse the stands at a farmer’s market. Check out Parkesdale Farm in Plant City or one of the other locally run markets in Tampa Bay.

16. Plant wildflowers. Summer is planting time for wildflowers! Bring a beautiful mix of colors to your yard or a window box in 6 to 12 weeks, depending on what you plant. Have fun watering your sprouts and tracking their progress.

17. Visit the Florida Botanical Gardens. At this Pinellas County Park, your child can visit the Children’s Trail and learn about butterflies, trees, and Florida fruit.

18. Write letters. Surprise grandparents or other family members with a handwritten letter. Add some pictures of your summer fun and mail.

19. Watch the planes takeoff at TIA. Head to the roof level of the parking garage at Tampa International Airport to see the planes coming and going. Parking for less than an hour is free!

20. Have a family movie night. Rent a movie (or pull out some old favorites), get some movie-sized candy boxes, and heat up the popcorn, the show’s about to start!

21. Plan a picnic. Have the kids help write up a menu, help with shopping, and set out for a family lunch at a nearby park. Stop by a dollar store for some fun (and cheap) paper goods to make your picnic extra special!

22. Have a water balloon fight! Help the kids fill up some balloons and head outside for some cooling-off summer fun!

23. Spend a day at Busch Gardens. Explore the 335-acre African themed animal theme park. Stay for the Summer Nights music and fireworks. Summer Nights runs from June 8 to August 18.

24. Go fishing. Visit the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park. This old bridge connecting St. Petersburg with Sarasota is the world’s longest fishing pier. Snacks, drinks, bait, and fishing supplies are available.

25. Visit the Giraffe Ranch. Offering two tours daily, this working ranch is home to exotic species as well as domestic cattle and horses.

Still looking for more? Tampa Bay Moms Blog brings you Summer Bucket List 2 and List 3!

Tampa Bay Moms Blog provides this list for your summer enjoyment only. No affiliation with any businesses listed is expressed or implied.

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8 Responses to Summer Bucket List, Part 1: 50 Fun Things to Do in Tampa Bay!

  1. Holly Jean June 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Great post, Debbie! I will add some of these on our summer agenda!

  2. THeEcoChic June 17, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    What a great list of things to do!!!

  3. debbie1717 June 17, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    I’m glad you’re enjoying the list! We are bringing you part 2 of the Summer Bucket List on Wednesday! Happy Summer!