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10+ Judgement Free Places to Cry in Tampa Bay

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Hey Tampa Bay, sometimes life is hard – we get it! Whether you’re going through a breakup, had a tough day at work, or just need to let it out, some days you just need a place to shed a few tears or throw a full on temper tantrum. Here are the best judgement-free places to cry in Tampa Bay.

Anywhere in Tampa Bay between 3PM-5PM

Like the sky lets the rainfall every afternoon between 3PM and 5PM, you too can let the tears roll. Whether you’re stuck in traffic or hiding in the bathroom at the office, a quick cry is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. It’s like coffee, minus the gitters! 

The Bathtub at Mandarin Heights

There’s nothing like drowning your sorrows in a bathtub with a cocktail! Mandarin Heights is a unique cocktail bar located in Seminole Heights. The quirky decor and friendly staff makes this place one of the best places to cry in Tampa Bay.

📍 5901 North Florida Ave. Tampa, FL 

On Your Way to Get Ice Cream

Ice cream & crying, name a more iconic duo! There’s something so comforting about a good cry session followed by some delicious ice cream. We’ve curated a list of our go-to ice cream shops. And don’t worry if you’re vegan, there are dairy-free options on our list too.

Going Through the Car Wash at a Clean Machine Location

Your tear ducts won’t be the only thing cleansed after visiting a Clean Machine car wash location near you. There’s something so cozy about crying in your car, then you add the colors from the soap and rumble of the car wash, it’s a great place to cry in Tampa Bay. Plus you’ll leave with a shiny, clean car!

Benches Near Gazebo in Anderson Park

Retail therapy is expensive so skip the shops in Hyde Park and head to Anderson Park just around the corner. The benches near the gazebo offer the most secluded place to cry. And if that’s not enough, head to Bayshore for another great place to cry in Tampa Bay!

📍 821 S Rome Ave. Tampa, FL 

Rent an E-boat and Cry in the Middle of the Hillsborough River

Picture this: you’re on a E-boat in the middle of the Hillsborough River, just you and your tears. The beautiful scenery of downtown Tampa is enough to bring a tear to our eyes!

📍 333 S Franklin St. Tampa, FL 33602 

While Devouring "The Works" from Bake'n Babes

This one is definitely one of the most tasty places to cry in Tampa Bay! Each month Bake’n Babes creates a new extravagant dessert called “The Works.” Topped with cookies, cupcakes, and other fun treats, this is the perfect way to eat your feelings and shed a few tears. 

Armature Works Location
📍1910 North Ola Ave. Tampa, FL

Davis Islands Location
📍 231 E Davis Blvd. Tampa, FL

The Beach

Are those tears or just drops of saltwater from the waves? The world will never know! Our award winning beaches are a great place to gaze down the shoreline, contemplate life, and let it all out. Check out our list of the best beaches in the bay.

Drive on Bayshore Boulevard

“Alexa, play songs that will make me cry.” Driving down Bayshore with the windows down and music on is the ultimate place to cry in Tampa Bay. Just make sure your tears aren’t keeping you from seeing the road!

The Murals by Green Lemon

Let’s face it sometimes you need to be reminded that you ARE beautiful! Head to the mural outside Green Lemon for this colorful reminder. And no judgement if you grab a margarita (or two) afterwards!

📍 915 S. Howard Ave. Tampa, FL 33606

The Sunken Gardens

Sad and wishing you were on a tropical vacation? Us too! Head to the  Sunken Gardens in downtown St. Pete where you can ball your eyes out in an oasis that is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region.

📍 1825 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Cry Baby Cafe

The name says it all! Cry Baby Cafe, located on Harbor Island, is a the ideal spot to grab your morning caffeine fix and shed a few tears. 

📍 710 Harbour Post Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602

Top of a Parking Gargage at Sunset

Crying on the top of a parking garage at sunset makes us feel like we’re in a coming of age movie and we’re here for it. Whether someone broke your heart or you had a tough day at the office, grab your box of tissues and make yourself the main character. 

Clam Bayou

Escape the hustle & bustle and escape to Clam Bayou. This secluded nature preserve is a the perfect spot to do some soul searching and be one with nature while letting out some tears.   

📍4099 34th Ave. S. St. Petersburg, FL

More Things to do in Tampa Bay

After you’ve visited one of the best places to cry in Tampa Bay and are looking for something fun to do, give us a follow @StuffToDoInTampaBay on Instagram and Facebook

Madison Skipper

Madison Skipper

Madison is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinTampaBay on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.

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