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Hello and welcome back to your guide on all the best things to do in Tampa Bay! Due to COVID-19, we understand there’s not as much going on as normal in our city. But not to worry, there are still plenty of things to do in Tampa Bay that can be done at distance and/or with a mask on.

One of the events in Tampa this weekend that we are looking forward to is Parking Lot Social! This event makes it easy to have fun and social distance at the same time. But if that’s not your cup of tea, you may want to check out the new St. Pete Pier, it just opened last week!

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The Pier is here! After 7 years, the St. Pete Pier is reopened and better than ever. We have no doubt that visiting the Pier will be one of your favorites things in Tampa Bay from now on. It’s a great exPIERience!

Say hello to 26 beautiful acres where you can stroll, bike, dine, drink, shop, swim, and more. From art installations and markets to a beach and an epic playground, there are many incredible things to see…but our favorite is this breathtaking view from the Pier Teaki Bar. Y’all, there are 6 restaurants opening up on the Pier.

New restaurants to check out at The St. Pete Pier:

Looking for events in Tampa this weekend? Tampa Bay, meet Parking Lot Social. One of the only large events in Tampa this weekend that you can have fun while socially distance properly! 

The Parking Lot Social is a touring entertainment concept that blends live music, movies, DJs, interactive games, themed trivia, and comedy into one thrilling day/night out. While guests are required to remain in their car, there’s a focus on mass participation at all times to bring the audience together, while keeping them that safe distance apart. There is no doubt this is one of the safest family-friendly things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend!

Event Details
📍 Raymond James Stadium

What you can expect at Parking Lot Social:

Silent Disco
Boom Boom Bingo
Themed Trivia Contest
Street Food
Movie Nights
Parking LOL Comedy Night
Social Kids Day

It’s no secret that the Florida Aquarium is one of our favorite places to visit in Downtown Tampa! They offer so many fun things to do in Tampa, FL. You can now go on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays to experience Aqua Night.

Stroll through their stunning galleries that are home to over 8,000 aquatic animals and plants or get up close and enjoy animal encounters with Moon Jellies or a Stingray in their interactive exhibits.

You can even take an Aqua Nights Sunset Wild Dolphin Cruise! For more fun explore the two Tampa Museums right by the aquarium–the American Victory Ship and Tampa History Museum!

Event Details
📍 Florida Aquarium

Other places to see animals in Tampa Bay:

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Undr:wtr Fridays

All of us could use some good vibes right about now. Chill out at the WTR Pool and Grill for one of the most relaxing things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend. Undr:wtr Fridays is where you can dine and relax while enjoying the fresh ocean breeze, sunsets over the bay, and the groove-filled sounds of house music into the evening. 

Reservations suggested, but not required. They will be operating at 50% capacity per phase 2 guidelines.

If house music isn’t your vibe but you still want to be on the water, check out Top 10 Waterfront Restaurants in Tampa Bay.

Event Details
🗓 FRI | 7PM–2AM
📍 WTR Tampa

More waterfront restaurants/bars in Tampa Bay:

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Movie on the Beach: Summer Rental

There are so many more safe things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend where you can easily keep a social distance. We suggest heading down to Archibald Beach Memorial Park in Madeira Beach, right outside of Tampa, Florida, for their free movie on the beach!

Saltwater Destination will be renting chairs for the film, feel free to call them to get reserve a spot.

Event Details
🗓 FRI | 8PM–10PM
📍 Archibald Beach Memorial Park

A few more spots to watch a film outdoors:

Sparkman Wharf Movie on the Lawn: Avengers
Sparkman Wharf Drive-in Movie Series: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Pier 60 Movies: Frozen 2
Drive-in Movie Night: Dirty Dancing
Parking Lot Social Movie Night: Grease
Parking Lot Social Midnight Movie: The Purge

Hiball gave us the opportunity to deliver good energy to healthcare workers around our city. We are so thankful for their hard work during these tough times! Thank you for all the nominations, but did we miss someone? It’s not too late to nominate hospitals that could use a good pick-me-up. 

To learn how you can help,  head over to their website where you can continue to nominate hospitals and spread good energy to healthcare professionals across Tampa Bay!

Hiball flavors:

More things to do in Tampa Bay

For more things to do in Tampa Bay this week check out more of our city guides! Here are a few articles we think you’d love: 

8 Best Day Trips from Tampa Bay

11 Best Water Activities in Tampa Bay

12 Best Spots for Dessert in Tampa Bay

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Jenna Podesla

Jenna Podesla

Jenna is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe for updates and follow be sure to follow us on social!