It’s that time of the year again – The Florida State Fair is BACK! Can you smell the funnel cakes and the nachos already? Whether it’s your first time attending or your 10th time, we’ve got you covered on the ins and outs to prep you before your visit from February 9th-20th.
Bring your family, your best friend crew, or your special someone – trust us, you’re going to want to experience this unique 15-acre fair together. With over 90 rides, you can expect a full day of thrills!
Before we get to the good stuff, let’s cover the basics. Admission and armbands for the fair are available now online, at a participating Wawa location until February 10th, so grab yours and skip the lines later!
Some things to remember: Admission tickets are required for entry. Armbands for rides do not include admission. You can also get your tickets at the gate, of course.
Parking is free every day of the fair! For more general info, check out their FAQs.
Monday – Sunday | 11:00am-10:00pm
(No entry after 9:00pm)
📍 4800 US Hwy. 301 North, Tampa FL 33610
This one is for the foodies! You can’t take on the fair without trying some fair food, right? Plus, there’s so many NEW items we can’t wait to try.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with some apple fries, a sweet potato pie, or a delicious cookie taco! One thing’s for sure – come with an empty belly, so you can get the most of the fair – your taste buds will thank you! To make the kids happy, try the chicken parm on a stick and the tie dye smoothie. You can never go wrong with the famous Tampa Cuban Funnel Cake Sandwich, the Mac Daddy, or the Mexican Street CornPizza!
There’s no shortage of thrilling rides at The Florida State Fair!
We can’t leave without going for a ride on the Ferris Wheel – it’s the best view of the fair day or night. Ranging from family-friendly rides, to stomach-dropping roller coasters, arrive early to fit them all into your schedule.
From live music to live action, there’s entertainment of all types at the fair to fit every taste!
Be sure to check out the entertainment show times before you visit the Florida State Fair, so you know exactly which are the ones you can’t miss! We’re so excited to see what the Extreme Dogs and the Flying Royal have in store for their shows, as well as listen to what Modern Measure and The Soul Miners will play for us!
As many treats and rides there are at the fair, there are just as many exhibits! Come face to face with majestic creatures at the Giraffic Menagerie, or learn more about the Florida Fish at the Florida Wish & Wildlife Exhibit.
Who says you can’t have fun while also learning a thing or two about the place we call home?
Discover plenty of agricultural competitions at the fair. From the Boer Goat Show, to the Youth Dog, you’re sure to experience the best of the best open livestock competitions, and educational programs!
Let us know which part of The Florida State Fair you’re most excited for! Tag us on Instagram if you’re treating yourself to fair goodies or in line for the next ride. We’d love to be part of your experience at the Florida State Fair!
Peachey’s Baking Co is must-stop for us at the fair! They are fresh, hot, and the most delicious donuts. We’re suckers for classic glazed, but make sure to checkout their socials to see what flavors they will have that day!
If you’re 21 or up, be sure to find our friends from Keel and Curley to enjoy one of their beers, wines, or ciders. Each year they release a Florida State Fair inspired cider, it’s always a must-try!
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