Fun doesn’t have to break the bank! Whether you’re looking for a fun date night or weekend plans with the family, we’ve got something for you and all you need is a $20 bill. From arcades to museums to drive-in theaters, there is lots of cheap things to do in Tampa Bay.
As one of the oldest roadside attractions in the country, the Sunken Gardens in downtown St. Pete is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. For only $12 (adult admission), you can explore 4.5 acres of lush gardens with over 50,000 tropical plants and flowers, flamingos, and cascading waterfalls. This makes the perfect date or fun day with the family!
Play Games at the Replay Amusement Museum
Embrace your inner kid and get your game on at Replay Amusement Museum! Located in Tarpon Springs, this unique arcade is free play which means for only $14 (adult day pass), you receive a wristband that allows you to play for as long as you want. After purchasing your wristband, you have unlimited entry to the arcade all day. So grab a bite to eat and head back for some more games. With over 120 games, you’ll find yourself with endless options!
Have a Picnic at Straub Park
Grab a blanket and head to South Straub Park for a picnic! Find the perfect spot while strolling through 7.3 acres right in the heart of downtown St. Pete. The waterfront views of South Straub Park are unmatched. If you get hungry, grab a bite from one of the vendors at the St. Pete Pier which is just a short walk.
Avoid the traffic and hit the seas with the Clearwater Ferry! For only $4 (adult, one way), you can explore downtown Clearwater, Clearwater Beach Marina, and North Beach, by request. The Clearwater Ferry is a great way to visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium or Clearwater Beach. Who knew a day on the water could make our list of cheap things to do in Tampa Bay!
Thursday – Sunday | Hours Depend on Location
📍 Downtown Clearwater: 150 Pierce St, Clearwater, FL 33756 (City Hall Lot and Pierce Street lot)
📍 Clearwater Beach Marina: 25 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach FL 33767
📍 North Beach: 442 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach FL 33767
📍 Clearwater Marine Aquarium/Island Estates: 20 Island Way, Clearwater Beach FL 33767
Located in the 1923-era Ferlita Bakery, the Ybor City Museum State Park is representative of a typical cigar-worker’s family home. For only $4, you can experience the rich cultural heritage of Ybor City and learn about the role it played in Tampa’s development. Ever wondered about Tampa’s reputation as the “Cigar Capital of the World”? Head to Ybor City Museum State Park to learn all about it!
You’ve been to a movie theatre, but have you ever been to the Tampa Theatre? This unique movie palace is an experience like no other. Located in downtown Tampa, the Tampa Theatre was built in 1926 when tickets were only 25 cents! Today the theatre offers a full schedule of first-run films, classic films, and live events. Adult tickets start at only $11.50 and can be purchased online.
Monday – Friday | 10am–6pm
On evenings and weekends, starting when doors open before the first show time until a half-hour after the last show time.
📍 711 N Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602
All aboard the Jolley Trolley! For only $5, you can enjoy the views all across Pinellas County from a vintage-style trolley. The Jolley Trolley offers two routes, the Beach Route and Coastal Route. Whether you’re wanting to brewery hop in North Pinellas or avoid traffic at the beach, the Jolley Trolley is a great way to do it!
Clearwater Beach Trolley Hours
Sunday – Thursday: 9:45am – 10:18pm
Friday – Saturday: 9:45am – 11:48pm
Coastal Route Trolley Hours
Sunday – Thursday : 8:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday & Saturday : 8:30 AM – 1:00 AM
📍 Various locations
Depending on the season, a great way to spend an afternoon is at a u-pick farm! From strawberries to sunflowers to blueberries, Tampa Bay has it all. Not only is this a fun activity, but you will leave with fresh and, often times, cheaper produce. What a win win!
Trade in your four wheels for two and rent a Coast bike in downtown Tampa or St. Pete! Whether you want to explore downtown or hit one of Tampa Bay’s beautiful bike trails, a Coast bike is the perfect way to do it. They even offer electric bikes! The cost starts at $1 to unlock and 25 cents afterwards or $20 for a day pass.
Shuffle on into a good time at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club, the largest shuffleboard club in world! For non-members, it’s only $10 to play and you’re welcome to bring your own food and drinks. Did we mention it’s also dog-friendly? What could be better!
Ever noticed the minarets in downtown Tampa and wondered what they were? It’s the Henry B. Museum! The museum is housed in the icon 1891 Victorian railroad resort, the Tampa Bay Hotel, and now the University of Tampa. Unlike many museums of its kind, the Henry B. Plant Museum contains the actual furnishings enjoyed by the first guests. After enjoying the museum, a walk through the waterfront Plant Park is must!
Just like bell bottom jeans, drive-in movies are back in style! Enjoy a fun night at one of the four drive-in movie theaters in Tampa Bay. Tickets are under $10 and include classic and first-run films. This is such a fun one on our list cheap things to do in Tampa Bay!
Enjoy 150 acres of pristine formal gardens, scenic landscapes and native habitats located in Largo. The Florida Botanical Gardens showcases some of the most rare natural habitats. Whether you’re a plant enthusiast or just looking to get some fresh air, you’re sure to love it here. Oh and did we mention that your four-legged friends are welcomed too, as long as they are leashed. Admission is free.
Heritage Village, located in Largo, is the ultimate history experience! Step back in time and explore dozens of historical homes and demonstrations, like a smoke house, sugar cane mill and boiling shed, and blacksmith and woodworking areas. This unique experience is fun for the whole family, even your leashed furry friend!