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12+ Fun and Totally Free Things to Do in Tampa Bay

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Just because something is fun doesn’t mean it has to cost you something! Here at UNATION, we are all about showing you the best things to do in Tampa Bay, but today we are going to share with you the best free things to do in Tampa Bay.

That’s right – forget your wallets at home, but bring your I.D. of course if you’re driving, and get ready for these fun, free things to do in Tampa Bay. This is going to be a good one!

Get a Sneak Peek of Some Free Things to Do in Tampa Bay!

Strolling through a local market is one of our favorite free things to do in Tampa Bay. From fresh produce to local art to homemade treats, there is no shortage of markets in Tampa Bay! Most weekends, and some weekdays, you can find an awesome market to check out and shop local. Whether you’re in Clearwater, Tampa, St. Pete, or somewhere in between, there is a local market for you to visit.

Head to UNATION to see what markets are happening this weekend!

Many of our local beaches have been ranked nationally, like St. Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach, and Siesta Key Beach. Grab your suit (your swimsuit that is), a towel, and some sunscreen because that’s all you’re going to need for this one. To make your beach experience that much more fun, you can always bring a tube to wade in the water or a bougie board to glide across the shoreline. 

There is so much to see and do at these beaches that does not require a cent, except maybe for parking depending on where you choose. Beach Day definitely is among the toppers of the list for free things to do in Tampa Bay.

If you need a beach recommendation, check out our list of best beaches in Tampa Bay!

Get Your Sweat on at a Free Outdoor Workout Event

Whether you want to get your flow, sweat, or cardio on, there are so many outdoor workout events across Tampa Bay – many of which are free! Many of the best outdoor spaces, like Armature Works and the St. Pete Pier, host free outdoor yoga and fitness classes. This is a great way to get moving and enjoy the outdoors because its a free things to do in Tampa Bay and also keeps you fit as well! 

Head to UNATION to see upcoming free workout events!

Every day two hours before sunset until two hours after sunset, the Sunsets at Pier 60 festivities take over Clearwater Beach! This free, nightly celebration features local artisans, street performers, musicians, and of course, a Clearwater Beach sunset. This is a great way to cap off a great day at the beach as it is a free things to do in Tampa Bay, where you don’t need to spend a penny!

Free concert? Yup! Rock the Park happens the first Thursday of the month at 6:30PM in Curtis Hixon Park. There’s nothing better than a sunset concert overlooking Tampa’s downtown. Come out to support local musicians and rock the park!

Step into a real life fairytale at the Florida Botanical Gardens! Here you can enjoy a refreshing stroll through 150-acres of formal gardens to see unique flowers and plants. The best part? Admission is totally free! 

Pro-tip: Visit during the winter holidays, because the gardens are decked out in thousands of twinkling lights! 

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Not only does Tampa Bay have so many amazing museums, so many of our local museums offer free entry days! On Mondays, the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota is free for all guests. With lush gardens in the front lawn, a beautiful view of the ocean in the back, and stunning art lining the walls of this mansion, the Ringling Museum truly is a site to see. 

  • Glazer’s Children’s Museum – first Tuesday of the month
  • Tampa Museum of Art – Thursdays from 4-8PM
  • Henry B. Plant Museum – fourth Friday of the month from 5-7PM
  • Tampa Firefighter Museum – free daily by appointment

From hiking into swampland to seeing a gorgeous view of the Tampa skyline, each of these parks has something unique about them making it a great day activity with zero cost. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and head to a park for a fun afternoon.

Have you ever noticed how colorful the walls are in downtown St. Pete? Local artists have taken boring alley ways and sides of buildings and turned them into an outdoor art gallery. Using our guide below you can walk, bike, or scooter around downtown St. Pete on a mural tour – all for free! 

Who knew visiting Greece would make a list of free things to do in Tampa Bay? Alright, so not exactly, but the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks are about as close as you can get to exploring Greece while stateside. The Sponge Docks are home to mouth-watering Greek restaurants and bakeries, shops, and of course, the sponge docks where divers retrieve live sponges.

There are so many gorgeous trails around Tampa Bay that will have you biking or walking for miles without even realizing it because you’re so caught up in all the beauty! 

One of our favorites is the Riverwalk. This is a staple for all locals to explore at least once, and all visitors to see while they are here. With stunning views of the bay, the Tampa city skyline, and of the University of Tampa campus, there is so much to enjoy on this specific walk. 

But, there are walks for all different occasions! This free activity is not only energizing, but is a great way to explore the city on foot while some scenic photos.

Tampa Bay might not have a subway, but we’ve got the TECO Streetcar and it’s completely free to ride! With routes from downtown Tampa to Channelside and through Ybor City, the TECO Streetcar is a fun way to explore. Hop on and off as many times as you want, all for free!

Who says people are the only ones who want to have fun for free? Don’t forget about your furry friend! We are paw-sitive that they are going to love going to one of the many dog parks around Tampa Bay. Not to mention, all of the parks listed are absolutely beautiful for your human eyes to enjoy too. 

Free Things To Do In Tampa Bay and More

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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 Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.