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16+ Fun, Cheap Things to do in Tampa Bay for Under $20

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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!

Monday – Saturday | 10pm–4:30pm
Sunday | 12pm–4:30pm

📍 1825 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704

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! 

Monday – Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday – Thursday | 11am–7pm
Friday – Saturday | 11am–11pm
Sunday |  11am–7pm

📍119 E Tarpon Avenue Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

 

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.

📍 198 Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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! 

Wednesday – Sunday| 9am–4pm

📍 1818 Ninth Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605

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.

📍 For exact locations, visit the Coast app.

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! 

Tuesday & Thursday | 6pm–9pm
Friday | 7pm–9pm
Sunday | 9pm–12pm

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

Located along Main Street and the Pinellas Trail, the Dunedin History Museum is all about sharing Dunedin’s legacy and heritage. While exploring downtown Dunedin, hop into the museum for only $5 to learn all about the city’s unique history.

Monday | Closed
Tuesday – Saturday| 11am–4pm
Sunday | 12pm–4pm

📍349 Main Street Dunedin, FL 34698

Located in the heart of St. Pete is Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. From campgrounds to kayak or canoe rentals, there is something for everyone. This hidden gem offers a nature experience like no other for only $3 (adult admission).

Monday | Closed
Tuesday -Friday | 9am–6pm
Saturday | 7am–6pm
Sunday | 9am–6pm

*Open until 7pm, March 1 – October 31

📍1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg, FL 33705

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! 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday – Saturday | 10am–5pm
Sunday | 12pm–5pm

📍 401 W. Kennedy Boulevard Tampa, FL 33606

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!

Grab your walking shoes and head to Weedon Island Preserve! Located in St. Petersburg, you can explore over 3,000 acres of coastal aquatic and upland ecosystems. Weedon Island Preserve includes a fishing pier, numerous trails, and an education center. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.

Daily | 7am–to time posted

📍 1800 Weedon Drive NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33702

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. 

Daily | 7am–5pm
Except for the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

📍 Entrances located at 12520 Ulmerton Road and 12211 Walsingham Road

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!

Wednesday – Saturday | 10am–4pm
Sunday | 1pm–4pm

📍 11909 125th Street N.
Largo, FL 33774

Looking for More Things to do in Tampa Bay?

Grab your $20 bill and have fun doing these cheap things to do in Tampa Bay. If you’re still looking for more fun, be sure to follow us @StuffToDoInTampaBay on Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok

Madison Skipper

Madison Skipper

Madison is a City Manager for UNATION and author of 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 InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.

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