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18+ Things to do Instead of Drinking in Tampa Bay

  • January 08, 2023
  • | 20:17 PM

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Don’t drink? We’ve got you covered! Here at UNATION, we’ve created a list of 18 fun things to do instead of drinking in Tampa Bay this weekend! Go on countless adventures this weekend filled with dancing, kayaking, feasting, and more.

Try a Coffee Flight from the Blend Coffee

Swap a beer flight for a coffee flight this weekend! Blend Coffee serves beautiful coffee flights. They offer three other regular coffee flights, showcasing classic coffee favorites like lattes, cold brews, and iced white chocolate. Head on over to Blend Coffee this weekend and board the coffee lovers’ one-way flight to deliciousness!

Hours & Location

Monday | 6:00am–6:00pm
Tuesday | 6:00am–6:00pm
Wednesday | 6:00am–6:00pm
Thursday | 6:00am–6:00pm
Friday | 6:00am–6:00pm
Saturday | 7:00am–6:00pm
Sunday | 7:00am–6:00pm

📍 2760 34th St N St Petersburg, Florida 33713

Monday | 7:00am–6:00pm
Tuesday | 7:00am–6:00pm
Wednesday | 7:00am–6:00pm
Thursday | 7:00am–6:00pm
Friday | 7:00am–6:00pm
Saturday | 7:00am–6:00pm
Sunday | 7:00am–6:00pm

📍 1211 4th St N St Petersburg, Florida 33701

Monday | 6:00am–6:00pm
Tuesday | 6:00am–6:00pm
Wednesday | 6:00am–6:00pm
Thursday | 6:00am–6:00pm
Friday | 6:00am–6:00pm
Saturday | 7:00am–6:00pm
Sunday | 7:00am–6:00pm

📍 6730 Central Ave S St Petersburg, Florida 33707

Monday | 7:00am–6:00pm
Tuesday | 7:00am–6:00pm
Wednesday | 7:00am–6:00pm
Thursday | 7:00am–6:00pm
Friday | 7:00am–6:00pm
Saturday | 7:00am–6:00pm
Sunday | 7:00am–6:00pm

📍 9951 W Hillsborough Ave Tampa, Florida 33615

📷 Photo Credit: @thespookeasy - Instagram

Have a (non-alcoholic) Drink at the SpookEasy Kava Lounge

Just because you don’t drink, it doesn’t mean that you should miss out on a weekend party! The spirits won’t allow it. Relish a non-alcoholic drink at the SpookEasy Kava Lounge in Ybor City! This harrowing kava lounge serves numerous non-alcoholic drinks at a lively hot spot!

Their entire menu includes delicious botanical and herbal teas, coffee, and kava! Dress up in your best goth attire, witness spooky feature shows, and take in a unique night-out experience at a non-alcoholic bar that goes beyond the grave.

Hours & Locations

Monday | 9:00am–1:00am
Tuesday | 9:00am–1:00am
Wednesday | 9:00am–1:00am
Thursday | 9:00am–1:00am
Friday | 9:00am–3:00am
Saturday | 9:00am–3:00am
Sunday | 9:00am–1:00am

📍1909 N 15th St Tampa, FL 33605

Stroll a Market

Stock up on groceries, find unique gifts, and discover talented artisans by taking a stroll through a local market. From fresh veggies to hand-crafted goods and décor, weekend markets offer an eclectic range of goodies worth exploring. Plus, you get to spend some time outdoors as you stroll down the rows of stalls!

Grab a Cupcake form the Cupcake ATM

Sweeten your weekend with a yummy Sprinkles cupcake from the Cupcake ATM! Not only does the ATM provide you with a decadent dessert to savor, but it also provides a fun and one-of-a-kind experience to cherish. Sprinkles list of goodies includes allergy-friendly, vegan, and puppy-safe cupcakes, offering a sweet treat for all.

Make your way to Hyde Park to scout out this stunning pink ATM, and treat yourself to a sugary delight this weekend. We love Fun Things to do Besides Drinking that’s paired with food!

Hours & Location

Monday | 10:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 10:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–8:00pm

📍 717 S. Dakota Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

📷 Photo Credit: @piratewatertaxi - Instagram

Explore the Hillsborough River with a Pirate Water Taxi

Aarrrrghhhh, you ready to bring your adventure to the water? Set sail down the Hillsborough River this weekend with Pirate Water Taxi! While traversing downstream, scavenge the shores for the top treasured places to visit along the riverside. Unearth Tampa Bay’s secrets from the captain and hop-on-and-off at an array of attractions!

Pirate Water Taxi makes for a fun, entertaining, and useful mode of transportation. downtown Tampa offers numerous water activities to partake in, including a water taxi ride! To discover other downtown Tampa water activities, click here!

Hours & Location

Monday | 11:30am–9:30pm
Tuesday | 11:30am–9:30pm
Wednesday | 11:30am–9:30pm
Thursday | 11:30am–9:30pm
Friday | 11:30am–10:30pm
Saturday | 11:30am–10:30pm
Sunday | 11:30am–9:30pm

📍 333 S. Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Test Your Skills at an Escape Room

Secure your Sherlock hats and get sleuthing this weekend by testing your skills at an escape room! Escape rooms are one of our favorite things to do besides drinking in Tampa Bay. You get to become spies, zombie survivors, criminals, and more crazy characters as you solve puzzles with some great company! Tampa Bay offers various escape rooms, each providing a different challenge, story, and experience worth trying!

📷 Photo Credit: @mfastpete - Instagram

Visit an Art Museum

Immerse yourself into a world filled with vibrant colors, abstract shapes, and endless wonder by exploring visions created by artists. Visit an art museum this weekend and enjoy spectacular displays of masterpieces!

Discover Dali’s story at the Dali Museum, gaze at what the imagination can create with glass at the Imagine Museum, and traverse through time and historic moments at the St. Pete Museum of Fine Art! Art museums in Tampa Bay showcase a diverse collection of art and bring to life various artist interpretations of the world and their mind!

Attend a Dance Class at the Dance Den

Get moving with a dance class from the Dance Den! From hip-hop to Latin dance styles, Dance Den hosts an array of dance classes suitable for ages 16 – 76. Whether you’re a beginner or have been dancing since you were young, they’ve got a class fit for you!

They even host dance fitness and wedding choreography classes. At the end of September, they’ll be moving to a bigger studio and new location. So keep an eye out on their website for their new address and hours!
Dancing keeps you fit and healthy and this is a great recommendation for fun things to do besides drinking.


📍 204 E. Henderson Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Visit an Arcade

For endless entertainment, visit an arcade! Celebrate the weekend with games galore at one of the many arcades around town. Shoot your shot at a game of air hockey, race through the streets of Tokyo, protect your friends from vicious creatures as you tour the jungle, and make music with a giant keyboard. Arcades provide plenty of entertaining games and activities to explore!

Some popular arcades in town include the Replay Amusement Museum in Tarpon Springs and the Dave and Busters in Brandon!

Catch a Film at the Tampa Theater

Channel your inner movie critique and catch a film at the Tampa Theater! Tampa Theater showcases a range of screenings, from classic movies to exciting documentaries. Its historical architecture and breathtaking interior sometimes steal the show, but we can’t help but marvel at the delicate details filling the space.

The best part? Tampa Theater lives in the heart of downtown Tampa, putting it in a very ideal location! Before or after the show, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants located nearby!


📍 711 N. Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Try a Non-Alcoholic Beer

If you’re going dry for January, non-alcoholic beers still have the same great taste as regular beers but can be enjoyed safely! There are plenty to choose from, no matter what your taste is. If you want something light, try a Heineken 0.0, if you want something rich, creamy, with a velvety finish, try a Guinness 0. There are even IPAs that are alcohol-free like the Sam Adams Just the Haze N/A IPA and Athletic Brewing’s Run Wild N/A IPA!

Seas the Day on a Paddleboard or Kayak

Seas the day on a paddleboard or kayak this weekend! Cool off with a day out on the water and spend some quality time out on glistening blue waters. In and around Tampa Bay, you can find numerous places to paddleboard, kayak, canoe, jetski, and boat.

Make use of all the stunning water spots in town and gather your friends for a fun day out on the water. Pssst! Don’t forget to keep an eye out for dolphins, gators, manatees, and other beautiful wildlife friends.

Take a Trip Back in Time at the Tampa History Museum - things to do besides drinking
📷 Photo Credit: @tampabayhistory - Instagram

Take a Trip Back in Time at the Tampa History Museum

Travel through time to witness the beginning of Tampa Bay’s tale by taking a trip back in time at the Tampa History Museum! Across three floors, step into history with stories, displays, and theaters that share secrets from the past.

Meet famous figures like pirate Jack Rackham, Teddy Roosevelt, and Coacochee. Hear war stories from survivors. Learn about the Tocobaga and Timucua native communities that once claimed Tampa as their home. Unearth treasures, secrets, and more. The Tampa History Museum offers so much to explore for all ages to enjoy!

Hours & Location

Monday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Tuesday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–5:00pm

📍 801 Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602

Play Shuffleboard - things to do besides drinking
📷 Photo Credit: @stpeteshuffle - Instagram

Play Shuffleboard

Shuffle on down to St. Pete and Seminole Heights to play shuffleboard! At the St. Pete Shuffle Board Club, put your shuffling skills and aim to the test with a game or two of shuffleboard. Compete with friends, family, or other talented shufflers at tournaments or league events hosted by the club. Or, you can just have some fun with a chilled game of shuffleboard during their open hours!

Shuffle in Seminole Heights provides a large indoor shuffleboard court. This court does allow children, but they do prefer to keep their environment a 21+ space. They welcome walk-ins for $10 an hour for a group of 2-4 people. You can also reserve their courts for large celebrations like bar mitzvahs, social gatherings, and weddings!

Hours & Locations

St. Pete Shuffleboard Club Location 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 6:00pm–9:00pm
Wednesday | Closed
Thursday | 6:00pm–9:00pm
Friday | 7:00pm–10:00pm
Saturday | Closed
Sunday | 9:00am–12:00pm

📍 559 Mirror Lake Dr. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Shuffle in Seminole Heights Location 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 5:00pm–11:00pm
Wednesday | 5:00pm–11:00pm
Thursday | 5:00pm–11:00pm
Friday | 5:00pm–12:00am
Saturday | 12:00pm–12:00am
Sunday | 11:00am–5:00pm

📍 2612 N. Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602

Stroll Through a Fairytale Garden

Escape this weekend to a wonderland overflowing with blooming flowers, lushes greenery, and fresh scents! Stroll through a fairytale garden at the Florida Botanical Garden and Selby Garden. These gardens will transport you to a tropical oasis filled with popping colors and breathtaking scenery. They make you feel like you’re wandering in a fairytale garden designed by the magic of fairies!

Snap some shots, smell the hibiscus flowers, and discover native and new plants, all while taking a stroll through a magical garden!

Hours & Locations

Selby Garden Location

Monday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Tuesday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–5:00pm

📍 1534 Mound St, Sarasota, FL 34236

Florida Botanical Gardens Location 

Monday | 7:00am–5:00pm
Tuesday | 7:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 7:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 7:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 7:00am–5:00pm
Saturday | 7:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | 7:00am–5:00pm

📍 12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33774

Have a Beach Day

This weekend unwind with a beach day; one of our all-time favorite things to do besides drinking in Tampa Bay! Snuggle your feet into soft sand, simmer in the sun, and refresh with a dip in the ocean. A beach always comes in clutch with a mental refresh.

Being in Tampa Bay means you have access to numerous beach options to explore! Plus, if you want to cast some shade and get fancy out on the beach, we recommend renting a gorgeous boho-cabana set up from the Cabana Club!

Snap a Picture at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts - things to do besides drinking
📷 Photo Credit: @FloridaMuseumOfPhotographicArts - Facebook

Snap a Picture at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

Fan of photography? Snap a picture at the  Florida Museum of Photographic Arts! This museum preserves and exhibits historical photographic art. Capture the world through the lens of artists and see cultures, places, and people from their point of view.

The museum features a diverse collection of exhibits, showcasing a wide variety of pieces to admire! Gain inspiration for your own photographic moments and appreciate photographed treasures while visiting the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts!

Hours & Location

Monday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Tuesday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Wednesday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Thursday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Friday | 12:00pm–7:00pm
Saturday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Sunday | 12:00pm–5:00pm

📍 400 N. Ashley Dr, Cube 200, Tampa, FL 33602

Explore the Depths of the Ocean

Dive into the depths of the ocean to explore secrets of the world underwater at one of the many aquariums in Tampa Bay! From touch tanks to underwater tunnels, these aquariums let you explore the depths of the ocean in a multitude of entertaining ways!

In Channelside, let sharks soar above your head while traversing the Florida Aquarium’s long underwater tunnel! At the Mote Aquarium, get up close and personal with stingrays, manatees, otters, and other adorable creatures. While over at Clearwater, visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to say hi to the famous dolphin duo Winter and Hope! Tampa Bay offers multiple opportunities for animal encounters.

Have a Par-Tee at Top Golf

Par-tee with friends at Top Golf! Swing into action and practice your aim at this lively driving range. They’ve got entertainment, food, bopping music, and cozy campfire lounges. Whether you’re a pro golfer or a swinging starter, Top Golf offers a fun environment for all kinds of golfers to enjoy. They’ll supply the clubs, the balls, the food, and entertainment, all you have to do is bring the company.

Hours & Location

Monday | 10:00am–12:00am
Tuesday | 10:00am–12:00am
Wednesday | 10:00am–12:00am
Thursday | 10:00am–12:00am
Friday | 10:00am–1:00am
Saturday | 10:00am–1:00am
Sunday | 10:00am–12:00am

📍 10690 Palm River Rd, Tampa, FL 33619

Things to Do Instead of Drinking in Tampa Bay & More!

For a fun weekend free from booze, this list of things to do besides drinking in Tampa Bay has got your back! Plan a weekend full of fun activities, ranging from a relaxing beach day to a wild kayaking adventure.

To discover more activities and places to visit in Tampa Bay, make sure to check out our social media! You can find us on FacebookInstagramTikTok, and Youtube.

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