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12+ Free Things to Do in Tampa Bay

  • March 12, 2023
  • | 5:51 PM

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Free Things to Do 👀

We love that our bustling city is packed with plenty of exciting activities and attractions, but if you’re like us and you’re out exploring all of the amazing things to do in Tampa Bay, your bank account might not be so thrilled. The good news is you don’t always need to spend a ton of money to have a great time here. In fact, there are loads of ways to enjoy Tampa Bay without breaking the bank!

Leave 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!

Ride the TECO Streetcar

Tampa Bay might not have a subway, but we’ve got the TECO Streetcar and it’s completely free to ride! This is one of our absolute favorite things to do in Channelside and Water Street.  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!

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Jam out at Rock the Park

Free concert? Yup! Rock the Park happens the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM 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!

Explore Florida Botanical Gardens

Step into a real-life fairytale at the Florida Botanical Gardens for one of the most amazing free things to do! 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!

Hours & Location

Saturday | 7am–5pm
Sunday | 7 am–5 pm
Monday | 7 am–5 pm
Tuesday | 7 am–5 pm
Wednesday | 7 am–5 pm
Thursday | 7 am–5 pm
Friday | 7 am–5 pm

📍12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774

Visit the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

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.

Free Things To Do On Water Street, Channelside, and Beyond 🙌🏼

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the best free things to do on Water Street and Channelside!   Now that you’ve added to your list of free things to do in Channelside and Water Street follow us @StuffToDoInTampaBay on Instagram and Facebook!