Summer Bucket List, Part 2: MORE Fun Things to Do in Tampa Bay!

summerbucketlistpart2We brought you numbers 1 through 25 in our first part of Tampa Bay Moms Blog Bucket List for Summer. Are you ready for more?

Here’s part 2…again, in no particular order:

26. Visit the Ybor City Saturday Market. Every Saturday, rain or shine, this open air market offers produce, fresh baked breads, plants, pet treats, gourmet foods, unique gifts and more! Parking is free and pets are welcome!

27. Jump on a trampoline. Enjoy bouncing and getting some exercise with the kids the fun way! Don’t own your own trampoline? Avoid the heat and head over to a favorite jump spot, AirHeads.

28. Visit a lighthouse at Egmont Key. Accessible only by ferry or boat, this wildlife refuge is home to a diverse community of animals including birds and turtles.

29. Go snorkeling on Honeymoon Island. Grab some snokel masks and fins. This beautiful state park offers a beach, wildlife, and is a great spot for hunting seashells!

30. Make armpit fudge. Ok, ok…this one sounds gross, but trust us! It’s delicious and the kids can’t get enough of this disgustingly-named, but yummy-tasting treat! Put a 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of softened butter, 2 teaspoons of cream cheese, a dash of vanilla, and 2 teaspoons of cocoa in a sandwich-sized ziplock bag. Squeeze out all the air. Put the bag under your arm and smoosh the ingredients together until creamy. The heat from your body will help blend the ingredients.

31. Take a trip to the library. With so much to do at the library…from checking out books, enjoying storytime, participating in their many programs…the library can keep your kids busy all day long! For free!

32. Take a picture at the Kapok Tree outside the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. This rain forest, tropical majestic tree has amazing branches that twist and turn that provides a dramatic backdrop for pictures.

33. Make tie-dye t-shirts. What better way to let people know you are working on your summer bucket list than designing and wearing some cool matching t-shirts?

34. Go to the zoo. Voted the #1 zoo in the country by Parents Magazine, Lowry Park Zoo is a perfect summer destination! With waterplay spots to cool off as well as hundreds of animals to enjoy–including some new babies, Lowry Park Zoo is fun for the whole family!

 35. Go to a Drive-In Movie. Virtually extinct, the drive-in movies are an experience your kids are sure to remember! Fun-Lan offers movie tickets for the latest releases for $2.00 for kids ages 5 to 11 years old.

36. Visit Great Explorations in St. Petersburg. Your kids will learn about sea creatures, beach ecosystems, fitness, safety, nutrition as well as pretend to be a vet, a fireman, or a news reporter!

37. Relax at Ballast Point Park. Full of shade trees, a gorgeous view of Tampa Bay, grilling areas and the new playground and splash pad, this hidden gem is one to be discovered!

38. Canoe on the Hillsborough River. Bring your own or rent one there, the Hillsborough River is home to Florida’s wildlife such as alligators, herons, turtles, and much more. Grab your life vest and a camera for a fun-filled family adventure!

39. Enjoy the great outdoors on the Pinellas Trail. Built along an abandoned railroad corridor, this trail offers a peaceful path for walking, biking, rollerblading, and jogging.

40. Explore historic Ybor City. A National Landmark, this unique area offers Cuban restaurants, entertainment, and several tours of this lively section of Tampa.

sunset41. View a sunset. It’s not really summer until you’ve watched the glorious colors of a Florida sunset ribbon the sky. A perfect viewing place after a day of sunbathing is on Pass-a-Grille Beach.

42. Go Reading with the Rays. A great way to keep your kids excited about reading over the summer…read for a total of 24 hours to earn a Rays game ticket. Smaller prizes are earned along the way to keep them motivated.

43. Check out the Plant Museum. With it’s distinct architecture, the Henry B. Plant Museum is one of the most distinct buildings in Tampa.

44. Take a family bike ride. Go for a bike ride in your neighborhood or rent a bike and tour Riverwalk in downtown Tampa or bike along the world’s longest continuous sidewalk, Bayshore Boulevard Linear Park.

45.Visit Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. Take a tram tour, offered twice daily, to check out the amazing 245-acre park with 6 miles of trails and boardwalks.

46. Host a block party BBQ. Have your kids help create flyers and set up an neighborhood event. Grill hamburgers and hot dogs and get ready to have fun!

47. Watch the cruise ships come in at Channelside. These boats are bigger than most buildings. Your kids are sure to be amazed at the size of these ships!

48. Visit the Aquarium. Both Tampa and Clearwater have aquariums filled with sealife that is sure to delight your entire family!

49. Tour Tarpon Springs. With the world famous sponge docks, Greek restaurants, tours, sightseeing cruises, and more, there’s something for your whole family to enjoy!

50. Climb the tower at Lettuce Lake Park. With wooded picnic areas and a playground as well as a 3,500 foot boardwalk leading to an observation tower, this park provides an opportunity for your family to enjoy all the nature in Florida!

Bonus!

Here’s the Tampa Bay Moms Blog Summer Bucket List for you to print! Hang it up some place handy and check off what you do all summer!

So there you have it…the top 50 things on the Tampa Bay Moms Blog Summer Bucket List! How many of these do you plan on doing this summer? Did we leave off your favorite activity? Tell us about it in the comments below! Happy Summer!

Check out Summer Bucket List 1 and List 3!

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6 Responses to Summer Bucket List, Part 2: MORE Fun Things to Do in Tampa Bay!

  1. artsnark June 19, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Another great list! I’d also suggest Weedon Island Preserve . There are naturewalks, fishing piers, a watchtower to climb and a small museum. They also run many programs for the public, some free.

    • Debbie June 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

      Thanks for the suggestion! I’m already working on Part 3 of this series coming up in a few weeks. I’ll be sure to add that one to the list! 🙂 Happy Summer!

  2. THeEcoChic June 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Armpit fudge – ewww!

    We should do a Honeymoon Island beach meet-up soon!!