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Free & Fun Date Night Ideas in Tampa Bay You’ll Actually Want To Try

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Date night doesn’t have to take too much out of your wallet!  Just take some of these free and fun date night ideas as proof!  There are so many different things to do and places to see in Tampa Bay that won’t even cost you a penny. 

Check out our master guide below to see some awesome free date night ideas in Tampa Bay!

Take a stroll on The Tampa Riverwalk

The top spot for a free date night in Tampa Bay has to be the amazing Tampa Riverwalk!  Stroll along the to see all of Downtown Tampa’s destinations – from Armature Works to the Tampa Convention Center.  Wandering along, you’ll find new restaurants and bars to stop in – it’s the perfect spot for a last minute date.  Along the Riverwalk, there’s also markers of where you can often see manatees and even dolphins!  Try visiting in the daytime to watch the sun glitter against the water or in the night, when the colored lighting comes on to bring the Riverwalk alive.

Open 24 Hours

📍Tampa Riverwalk, Tampa, FL 33602

Catch a Sunset

Tampa Bay’s best kept secret is that we have the best skies in the world.  Take advantage of this for your next date and catch a sunset!  Whether it is at one of our favorite rooftop bars or at one of our beautiful parks, you’re sure to get an amazing view of the sunset.  We recommend visiting Vinoy Park, if you are in the St. Pete area, or bring some hammocks to the Henry B. Plant Park, located at The University of Tampa.  At sunset, Tampa’s cotton candy pink skies reflect off of the Downtown Tampa skyline – which you can view perfectly from this park.  For more ideas, check out our blog on the best rooftop bars in Tampa Bay!

📍S Plant Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Take a free walking tour

Ever wanted to explore Downtown Tampa but get lost in the hustle and bustle?  Take your date to the area’s finest by taking a free walking tour, held by the Tampa Downtown Partnership.   Optional donations from the tours go to hungry children in our community through the Where Love Grows charity!

Morean Arts Center

A secret of the art community  is the free art museum in St. Pete.  The Morean Arts Center holds a beautiful collection of visual art, including local, national, and international artists.  They even offer creative art classes, so you and your date can stretch you artistic side!  Admission to the main gallery is completely free, making it a great option for those looking to have a good time for less dollars.  

Every Day | 10AM–5PM

📍719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Pinellas Trail

Why stay inside all the time, especially with our amazing Florida weather?  If you’re looking for some time outdoors, the Pinellas Trail is a great spot for a bike ride or to go for a run!  This long trail runs from Tarpon Springs and goes all the way to Clearwater – passing through the cute town of Dunedin.  You and your date will get to enjoy the changing scenery along this long trail – from lush greenery to cityscape.  Not only is it a unique date idea, but it’s also free for the both of you to enjoy!  

Open 24 Hours

📍Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, Florida

Hit the beach

What is a better way to spend the day than a day at the beach?  Nothing that we can think of!  In Tampa Bay, you have so many different beaches to choose from – you could go to a new one every weekend!  Some of our favorite beach destinations that you should visit include the quiet and intimate Honeymoon Island or the crystal blue waters of Anna Maria Island.  If you want to hit the town for beachy drinks and live music, make a trip to St. Pete Beach!

Sunday-Saturday | 8AM-9PM

📍Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL

Go on a Mural Tour in Downtown Tampa

Tampa’s Downtown Partnership has put together an amazing resource of all the murals in the Downtown Tampa area.  Did you know that there are about 52 murals and counting?  Perfect for whether your date loves art or loves to take amazing pictures for Instagram.  Going through their mural tour at the website below is a fantastic and unique idea for your next date.

Florida Botanical Gardens

Do you have a plant lover in your life?  You need to visit the Florida Botanical Gardens!  This free park is 182 acres full of different tropical flowers and fauna.  This is perfect if you love eco-friendly spots, as this park has a big focus on promoting a green lifestyle.  It is also dog friendly, which makes this garden the dreamiest walk that your dog will ever have.

Every Day | 7AM–5PM

📍12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33774

Plan a picnic

Having a picnic is easy to do in Tampa Bay, with so many amazing parks to choose from.  One of our favorite parks to have a picnic is the Vinoy Park in St. Pete, with their gorgeous waterfront view.  If you are on the other side of the bridge, check out Davis Islands Park!  This park is a serene haven, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.  Just grab some snacks, some drinks, and a blanket – you’ll be set! If you want someone to create the picnic for you, check out our blog on the best companies to book for the perfect picnic service.

Every Day | 6AM–11PM

📍701 Bayshore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Visit a museum

Visiting a museum is a fantastic date night idea, especially with all the deals available!  A lot of the museums in the Tampa Bay area offer free days and free access for students.  Like on Thursdays after 3pm, the Tampa Museum of Art offers free entry to the museum with the option to provide a donation.  It is also always free for USF and University of Tampa students – so make sure you have your ID or school email on hand!

Wednesday | 10AM–5PM
Thursday | 10AM–3PM
Friday | 10AM–3PM
Saturday | 10AM–3PM
Sunday | 10AM–5PM
Monday | 10AM–5PM
Tuesday | 10AM–5PM

📍120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

A day trip to the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks is always a good idea!  Here at the historic sponge docks you can stroll along the docks, relax by the water, and watch the boats roll in.  Along the docks are small businesses that sell sea sponges and local skincare, not to mention the best Greek food in the Tampa Bay area!  You’ll love to grab some souvenirs from this city that brings you a blast from the past.  

Wednesday | 10AM–10PM
Thursday | 10AM–10PM
Friday | 10AM–10PM
Saturday | 10AM–10PM
Sunday | 10AM–10PM
Monday | 10AM–10PM
Tuesday | 10AM–10PM

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Ride the TECO Streetcar

The TECO Streetcar not only offers you a great way to get around Tampa, but it’s also completely free all year-round!  This fun mode of transportation is charming, as the inside is decorated just like an old school streetcar.   Use this to get from Downtown Tampa to Channelside, and then Ybor City!  It’s a great way to spend a date, watching the city pass you by as you make your way to another fun destination.  Did we mention it’s air conditioned too?

Operates every 15 minutes
Monday – Thursday | 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Friday | 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Saturday | 8:30 AM to 2:00 AM
Sunday | 8:30 AM to 11:00 PM

📍603-611 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

St. Pete Pier

For a date full of shopping, sights, and things to do, you need to head to the St. Pete Pier.  Full of gorgeous art installations and local vendors, there’s plenty to browse!  If you make your way to the end of the pier, there are stores and food vendors for you to recharge.  It’s also a gorgeous spot to watch the sunset over the water!  Worried about the walk back?  The St. Pete Pier offers a free tram that will take you all the way back to the start, so you and your date can kick back and relax.

Every Day | 6AM–11PM

📍600 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Free Date Night Ideas in Tampa Bay

Excited about exploring different spots for a perfect date night in Tampa Bay? Let us know your favorite by tagging @StuffToDoInTampaBay on Instagram and Facebook!

Jacky Saunders

Jacky Saunders

Jacky is a blogger for 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 Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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