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The Ultimate Tampa Bay Summer Bucket List

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Well Tampa Bay, it’s sweet Summer time and it’s time to cross off those bucket list to-dos! We have put together the ultimate Tampa Bay Summer Bucket List guide that will help with planning your entire Summer out from concerts, hotel passes, staycations and so much more! P.S. Download our bucket list and tag us as you check things off. 

Are you looking to get out of Tampa Bay for the day and explore around Florida? We have put together some of the must-do-day trips from Tampa Bay to fulfill your adventurous side of the Summer Bucket List! From Devil’s Den to the Ringling, there are so many places to visit.

Relax, enjoy, and take in every second on a daycation at a hotel or resort in the Tampa Bay! Resort Pass makes exploring all the local resorts for the day in one step and easier than ever! Some participating hotels include the Epicurean and the Hyatt Regency in Clearwater.  Make sure to check out a list of our favorite day passes!

3. Spend The Day Exploring One of Tampa Bay's Unique Neighborhoods

Looking for a new place to hangout and/or try? With this ultimate list of unique neighborhoods in Tampa Bay, you’ll be able to see what each has to offer. Check out local guides in Dunedin, Seminole Heights, DTSP, Downtown Tampa, Ybor, Gulfport, and Brandon

Grab some popcorn, your favorite snacks, and a soda to enjoy a movie at a local drive-in theater in your very own car! Tune in and check out 4 drive-in locations in Tampa Bay, is one near you?

Are you trying to find a day to cool off indoors? Visiting a museum is a great way to go! Explore some of Tampa Bay’s finest museums filled with art, history, and culture for all ages to enjoy!

Get out your cute outfits and give your pictures a pop of color and style with these Tampa Bay backdrops! There are spots all over the Tampa Bay area to check out and capture those moments with your besties!

We’re not just on a regular vacation, we’re on a STAYcation! Sometimes spending your time somewhere close, makes it feel so far away and on a tropical vacation! Check out some staycation spots in Tampa Bay! From The Don Cesar to The Fenway, there are so many great options.

Adventure off this Summer to beautiful scenery and cool off in a nearby natural spring near Tampa Bay! You may encounter some wildlife on your adventure. Check out natural springs in the area to explore!

Raise the roof and enjoy these rooftop bars in Tampa Bay! Both luxury and casual, you and your friends will be able to enjoy these hotspots with the best views of the city or water!

With amazing weather all year round, you can’t go wrong with outside dining to enjoy a night out! Be sure to grab a bite at one of these outside restaurants/bars!

Keep calm and drink a cocktail. Make sure you check out the best cocktails in Tam. You can enjoy some delicious creations, like Sangria Tinto from Columbia and the Bangin’ Tang-a-rita from Gen X Tavern!

Make plans to bike the Bay! This ultimate bike trail guide in Tampa Bay is for you to enjoy some exercise or even a relaxing ride in the area! Time to get those wheels spinning and check out these scenic views.

Are you trying to plan a beautiful party or intimate dinner outdoors? Look no further because these picnic services are perfect to plan with stunning design and decor for all to enjoy across the Bay!

Are you looking to find somewhere different to eat but not sure where? These hidden gems around Tampa have the best food! From sushi, italian, seafood, sandwiches, and more…it’s so hard to choose which one!

Florida is known for their beaches and tropical atmosphere, so get out and take in the beautiful sea, bright sun, and soft sand at a nearby beach in Tampa Bay! 

I scream, you scream, we all scream, for ICE CREAM! Satisfy that sweet tooth of yours with the best ice cream to try in Tampa Bay! With so many different places to have ice cream in the area, we have put together the perfect guide for you to start with!

There’s no better way to spend time in Tampa Bay than on the water! Enjoy the scenery around us, take a dip into the water and take a look at this guide that has it all from the Pirate Water Taxi, renting kayaks from Tampa Bay SUP, and taking a luxury cruise for a night out on the Yacht Starship

Tampa Bay is brewin’ up with the wide selection of breweries around the area! If you’re looking to try somewhere new with the crew, come out and get a brew! Check out our local guide to breweries you have to check out!

Grab your fishing rod, some bait and tackle, and head to some of the best fishing spots in Tampa Bay! Make sure to venture out and enjoy the time on the water, like Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach and the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier! Tag us when you catch a big one!

Are you looking for a refreshing post-beach meal after a long day in the sun? Two words. Poke Bowl. With so many amazing poke bowl restaurants in The Bay, you won’t be able to decide on just one!

Plan your next night out with an entertaining, fun-filled atmosphere with good music, good food, and good drinks. It can’t get much better that that! There are so many awesome spots you need to check out this summer, from Double Decker (a karaoke bar in Ybor) to Sonder Social Club in Dunedin…you’re about to have the best night out! Check out where else to go here.

Dive into Summer with our local love list filled with the must-visit places and businesses in Tampa Bay! You can experience so many different things to do such as spas, restaurants, scuba trainings, you name it! 

Are you looking for a relaxing and beautiful sunset view in the Bay? We have come together to create the best sunset view locations around Tampa Bay that you have to check out for an evening out!

Concerts in Tampa Bay are back in action just in time for some Summertime fun! Check out the latest on concerts and dates with this go-to guide and listen to some of the amazing artists like Chris Stapleton and Alanis Morissette!

What is better than a cold drink in your hand and a great waterside view? We’re waiting! Sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the best beach bars with this beach bar list you have to check out around Tampa Bay! Some great ones include Caddy’s and PCI.

Tag us in your posts!

While you cross off things to do from your Tampa Bay Summer Bucket List, be sure to tag us on Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtag #StuffToDoInTampaBay. Have a great summer!

Meggan Thomas

Meggan Thomas

Meggan is a blogger and author 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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