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10+ Date Ideas in Channelside for a Day or Night Out

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Cruise across the bay, enjoy a friendly competition of bowling, and sip and dine on a memorable date out in Channelside! Tampa’s Channelside district offers a bunch of attractions, restaurants, and more worth exploring… especially with someone special! Here at UNATION, we’ve created a list of 10+ date ideas in Channelside for a day or night out!

Our team had so much fun exploring Channelside, check out our favorite spots!

Let's jump into the date ideas in Channelside!

Go Bowling at Splitsville

A little friendly competition never hurts! So, why not challenge your date to a bowling showdown at Splitsville?! This date hot spot offers a fun location to visit filled with food, drinks, and, of course, bowling! There’s plenty to do at Splitsville! After a couple of rounds of scoring strikes, you can take the competition to Splitsville’s ping pong table, pool table, skee ball machines, and tabletop shuffleboard.

Refuel with a delicious treat from Splitsville’s menu and refresh with a drink from their bar! Splitsville has got you covered on all your date-out necessities, ranging from food to entertainment!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 4:00pm–9:00pm
Wednesday | 4:00pm–9:00pm
Thursday | 4:00pm–9:00pm
Friday | 12:00pm–11:00pm
Saturday | 12:00pm–11:00pm
Sunday | 12:00pm–9:00pm

📍 615 Channelside Dr, Suite 120, Tampa, FL 33602

Our team had so much fun exploring Channelside, check out our favorite spots!

Try a Margarita Flight at Jotoro

Board onto the first flight out for an enjoyable date with a dining experience at Jotoro’s! This Mexican restaurant serves mouthwatering foods and thirst-quenching cocktails! Their menu includes treats like wood-fired tacos, fresh flour tortilla burritos, and various enchiladas, among many more selections.

Take your date on an exploration through various tequila concoctions with one of Jotoro’s signature margarita flights, and let your tastebuds traverse an array of flavors! Each flight offers a mix of sweet, fruity, and fresh tastes, presented in a photo-worthy drink display! To top it all off, Jotoro has a romantic and cute outdoor patio! Twinkling lights and colorful murals adorn their patio, making it a picture-perfect date night spot!

Monday | 4:00pm–10:00pm
Tuesday | 4:00pm–11:00pm
Wednesday | 4:00pm–11:00pm
Thursday | 4:00pm–11:00pm
Friday | 12:00pm–12:00am
Saturday | 11:00am–12:00am
Sunday | 11:00am–10:00pm

📍 615 Channelside Dr, Suite 114, Tampa, FL 33602

Go Back in Time at the Tampa Bay History Center or the SS American victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum

Travel through time with your date and go on an adventure into the past at the Tampa Bay History Center and the SS American Victory Mariners’ Memorial and Museum! At the Tampa Bay History Center, you can step back in time to Tampa’s early beginnings. Explore collected treasures, meet important figures, and witness the growth of an amazing city! Once you’re done with your journey to the past, you can treat your date with a delicious plate of dessert at the Columbia Café located within the center!

The SS American Victory Mariner’s Memorial and Museum transports you to life on the open waters before the rise of WWII! While touring this great floating war machine, you get to learn about the people who helped manned and made this vessel that’s lasted through time.

Tampa Bay History Center

Monday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Tuesday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–5:00pm

📍 801 Water Street, Tapa, FL 33602

SS American Victory Mariners’ Memorial and Museum

Monday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Tuesday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–5:00pm

📍 705 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

📷 Photo Credit: UNATION

Explore the Florida Aquarium

Get up close and personal with some adorable aquatic creatures by exploring the Florida Aquarium! Like many of our date ideas in Channelside, visiting the Florida Aquarium entails a long list of fun things to do!

Walk through an underwater tunnel and experience what it’s like to explore the world below the sea (and river). Pet stingrays and squishy starfish at the touch tank. And witness countless adorable animals that soar, swim, and slither! You can also relish a bite to eat at the Aquarium’s cafeteria and sign up for special experiences like their dolphin cruise (another great date idea to enjoy)!  

Monday | 9:30am–5:00pm
Tuesday | 9:30am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 9:30am–5:00pm
Thursday | 9:30am–5:00pm
Friday | 9:30am–5:00pm
Saturday | 9:30am–5:00pm
Sunday | 9:30am–5:00pm

📍 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

📷 Photo Credit: UNATION

Enjoy a Yacht Cruise from Yacht Star Ship

Set sail on a romantic trip with a yacht cruise from Yacht StarShip! As you glide through shimmering waters, dance, dine and unwind with your date by your side. Yacht StarShip offers public and private charters. They provide brunch, dinner, and cocktail hour cruises.

Sailing with StarShip definitely leans more towards one of our more expensive date ideas in Channelside. But, for a single price, you can make the most of an open bar, stellar views, the fresh ocean breeze, and a 2-hour cruise on a lavish yacht!   

Monday | 8:00am–8:00pm
Tuesday | 8:00am–8:00pm
Wednesday | 8:00am–8:00pm
Thursday | 8:00am–8:00pm
Friday | 8:00am–8:00pm
Saturday | 8:00am–8:00pm
Sunday | 8:00am–8:00pm

📍 615 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Grab some Bites and Drinks at Sparkman Wharf

Can’t decide on a restaurant to pick for date night? Head on over to Sparkman Wharf! This amazing Channelside attraction houses numerous restaurants and food options on-site! They serve a diverse collection of delicious delights, ranging from ice cream to bbq. They even have plenty of drink possibilities to explore as well!

For a date during the day, grab a light bite to eat paired with a coffee from Sparkman’s newest edition coming soon, Shortwave Coffee. To combat the heat and for a sweet treat, refresh with a frozen dessert from Jeni’s. For date night, cheers to good company and happy hours from Sparkman’s beer garden!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 12:00pm–9:00pm
Wednesday | 12:00pm–9:00pm
Thursday | 12:00pm–9:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–9:00pm

📍 615 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Hop on Pirate Water Taxi

Hop on Pirate Water Taxi and travel to the hottest spots in downtown Tampa by traveling through the Hillsborough River! Pirate Water Taxi offers stops at various locations worth exploring on your date, including the Riverwalk, Straz Theatre, Tampa Museum of Art, and Armature Works, among other fantastic destinations!

While chugging along the river, listen to tales about Tampa’s history and uncover the best spots to visit in the area! Pirate Water Taxi also offers private charters and happy hour specials! All-day tickets cost $25, and annual passes cost $99.95.

Monday | 11:30am–9:30pm
Tuesday | 11:30am–9:30pm
Wednesday | 11:30am–9:30pm
Thursday | 11:30am–9:30pm
Friday | 11:30am–10:30pm
Saturday | 11:30am–10:30pm
Sunday | 11:30am–9:30pm

📍 333 S. Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Try a Sangria Flight at La La's Sangria Bar

Soar through sensational sangria flights from La La’s Sangria Bar! This vibrant bar specializes in this famous wine-based libation, serving both white and red mixtures! Choose up to 3 flavors of their selection of 7, and curate a delicious row of drinks to share!   

Pair your drinks with one of the many yummy bites served, ranging from air-fried chicken tenders to flatbreads. La La’s also offers hookah hookups, cigars, and vapes. Plus, you can enjoy live DJ performances as you sip and share your dream flight of sangrias with your special someone!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | 7:00pm–2:00am
Thursday | 7:00pm–2:00am
Friday | 7:00pm–3:00am
Saturday | 7:00pm–3:00am
Sunday | 5:00pm–12:00am

📍 203 N. Meridian Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Sit by the Fire at Grand Central Channelside

As the stars begin to paint the sky with speckles of light as the cool evening breeze settles in, unwind with your date by the fire at Grand Central Channelside! This romantic and casual date night spot comes with cozy seating, drinks, and outdoor TVs. The Grand Central courtyard houses a couple of bars and restaurants within this collaborative space, offering plenty of tasty selections to explore.

Cozy up by the fire and melt into each other’s arms while enjoying drinks at hand and entertainment on the screens! This also makes for a fun and inexpensive date idea to experience!

📍 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602

Eat a Bowl from Poke Company then Grab Dessert from Gelato-Go

Speaking of various businesses sharing the Grand Central Courtyard, our next idea on our list of date ideas in Channelside includes eating a bowl from Poke Company and Co and grabbing dessert from Gelato-Go! Poke Company Co serves customizable poke bowls and burritos. Select from a large selection of fresh finds and create a filling delight! Eating at Poke Company Co makes for a fantastic date dining spot because it caters to different diets and allows you to choose your ingredients!

After filling up on tasty fuel, end your date on a sweet note with dessert from Gelato-Go! Choose from a selection of gelato flavors, ranging from chocolate to wild berries for a frozen treat, or split a decadent tiramisu!

Poke Company and Co.

Monday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–9:00pm

📍 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd, Suite 116, Tampa, FL 33602

Gelato-Go

Monday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Tuesday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–10:00pm

📍 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd, Suite 115, Tampa, FL 33602

Catch a Game at Maloney's

If you and your date love to keep track of sports, catch a game at Maloney’s! This casual and lively bar serves delicious drinks and classic pub fare! Maloney’s offers inside and outdoor seating. Both seating options come equipped with numerous TVs showcasing the latest games.

At the bar, Maloney’s serves classic favorite drinks and a range of flavors on tap. For some game viewing snacks, they serve wings, burgers, and chicken strips! During happy hours, you can score stellar deals on select drinks, and, depending on the day, you can make use of their daily special!

Monday | 11:00am–12:00am
Tuesday | 11:00am–12:00am
Wednesday | 11:00am–12:00am
Thursday | 11:00am–12:00am
Friday | 11:00am–12:00am
Saturday | 11:00am–12:00am
Sunday | 11:00am–12:00am

📍 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602

Pedal into the Sunset with Kraken Cycle Boats

Drink, pedal, and coast along the river with Kraken Cycle Boats! Get active and party-it-up on your date with this fun boating experience as you view Tampa from the waters! Starting at the Tampa Convention Center, cruise down the river passing Tampa staples such as the University of Tampa, Curtis Hixon Park, and the Riverwalk!

At the end of the line, you’ll hop off at Armature Works, grab a bite to eat, and take in picturesque views from the land. When you return to your trusty boat, you’ll drink and drift back to the start as you jam to tunes!

Monday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Tuesday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Wednesday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Thursday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Friday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–6:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–2:00pm

📍 333 S. Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Take Mural Pics

Go on an adventure through Channelside and discover all the beautiful murals around the neighborhood during your date! Make memories and capture them as you search and find the numerous colorful murals adorning the area! Some spots sporting dazzling murals around Channelside includes Bell Channelside’s guest parking entrance, Sparkman Wharf, in front of Milkin’ It, and all along down Franklin Street!

Enjoy Drinks and Games Night at Park & Rec Tampa

For a date night full of endless entertainment, enjoy drinks and various games at Park & Rec Tampa! This arcade and bar provide adults with a fun flashback playground with odes to the ’90s! Sip on sweet party pouches as you play retro arcade games, play a game of table hockey, shoot your shot at garbage pong, and challenge yourself at giant Jenga!

Park & Rec Tampa offers so many fun activities to explore with your date it’ll be hard to find a way to end the night! Plus, they offer a throwback menu serving tasty bites like burgers, shakes, tacos, and sweet treats!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 5:00pm–3:00am
Wednesday | 5:00pm–3:00am
Thursday | 5:00pm–3:00am
Friday | 5:00pm–3:00am
Saturday | 12:00pm–3:00am
Sunday | 12:00pm–3:00am

📍 290 S Meridian Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Date Ideas in Channelside & More!

Plan a memorable, fun, and romantic date with help from our list of date ideas in Channelside! Explore the best of this trendy neighborhood with your special partner in crime and create bonding experiences as you deepen your knowledge of one another!

To discover more date ideas and the rest of Tampa Bay, make sure to check out our Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and TikTok!

Serafina Besecker

Serafina Besecker

Serafina is a blogger and author for the Stuff to Do in Tampa Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinTampa on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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