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Things to do in Ybor City for a Fun Day Out with the Family

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Ybor City is not just for nights on the town!  There are many great family friendly things to do in Ybor City.  From great places to eat to fun activities, this area has it all.  

Check out our master guide below on the best things to do in Ybor City with the family below, then let us know which you are going to visit first!

Ride the TECO Streetcar

Kids of any age will love to take a ride on the TECO Streetcar!  A refined take on the old school Tampa streetcar, it’s the coolest blast from the past in Ybor City.  Not only does the streetcar have a cool interior, but it’s also the best way to get around the city!  Get around to different things to do in Ybor City, then take the streetcar to Downtown Tampa and Channelside!   Oh, and did we mention it is also free?

Operates every 15 minutes
Monday – Thursday | 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Friday | 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Saturday | 8:30 AM to 2:00 AM
Sunday | 8:30 AM to 11:00 PM

📍603-611 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Visit the Ybor City Museum

Ybor City Museum is a wholesome and educational spot to take the family.  Located in the former historical Ferlita Bakery building, this 1818 building is houses so many interesting programs and historical items!  This museum’s mission is to interpret and conserve the rich history of Ybor City.  While making your way through this quaint museum’s exhibits, you’ll learn about the different industries that built up Florida’s oldest city, the different traditions unique to Ybor City, and how the past has shown through in modern day Tampa Bay.  

Saturday | 9AM–5PM
Sunday | 9AM–5PM
Monday | Closed
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | 9AM–5PM
Thursday | 9AM–5PM
Friday | 9AM–5PM

📍2009 Angel Oliva Senior St, Tampa, FL 33605

Play Games at Game Time

Put an upgrade on the classic arcade and you’ve got GameTime!  This indoor amusement center is the perfect place to take the whole family, especially on a rainy day or when it’s way too hot to do anything outdoors.  With an endless number of state-of-the-art games and big screen televisions, don’t be surprised when you spend the whole day here!   Plus, you don’t even have to leave for a bite to eat!  Dine in their in-house restaurant and bar, serving up yummy comfort food that the whole family will love.

Saturday | 11AM–2AM
Sunday | 11AM–11PM
Monday | 11AM–11PM
Tuesday | 4–10PM
Wednesday | 4–10PM
Thursday | 4PM–12AM
Friday | 4PM–2AM

📍1600 E 8th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

Chill Bros

Chill Bros has to be one of our favorite ice cream spots in Tampa Bay, not just Ybor City!  This is a family friendly dessert spot, with their super cute interior of light colors and mod-style decor.  We love that they have unique flavors – from Guava Pastry to Cafe con Leche!  No worries if a member of the family is lactose intolerant or non-dairy, they have multiple delicious non-dairy flavors – the best in the city!  

Sunday | 12–9PM
Monday | 12–9PM
Tuesday | 12–9PM
Wednesday | 12–9PM
Thursday | 12–9PM
Friday | 12–11PM
Saturday | 12–11PM

📍1910 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

Gourmet Ice Pops at Hyppo

Another great place for the family to stop in for dessert in Ybor City is Hyppo!  Hyppo serves up an endless number of flavors – from your childhood favorites to ones that you haven’t heard of, but are soon to be your favorite!  Our favorites have to be their Sesame Pop and the Pineapple Cilantro Pop – don’t knock until you try it!  Pick out your new favorite with the family at their cool Ybor City location.

Sunday | 3–10PM
Monday | 3–10PM
Tuesday | 3–10PM
Wednesday | 3–10PM
Thursday | 3–10PM
Friday | 12–11PM
Saturday | 12–11PM

📍1600 E 8th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

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For a delicious taste of Ybor City’s past, you need to make reservations at the Columbia.  A bucket list item for any Tampa Bay resident, families flock to the Columbia for special occasions, celebrations, or just for a fancy dinner out!  We love that you can even visit during brunch or lunch, for a daytime meal with the family.  Serving up traditional Tampa eats, you will be feasting on the best Cuban sandwich, yummy chicken and rice, and the Columbia’s signature 1905 salad – no, it’s not just a salad!  Try it and find out why it’s our foodie obsession.

Sunday | 11AM–9PM
Monday | 11AM–9PM
Tuesday | 11AM–9PM
Wednesday | 11AM–9PM
Thursday | 11AM–9PM
Friday | 11AM–10PM
Saturday | 11AM–10PM

📍2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

Acropolis Greek Taverna Ybor City

For another gorgeous spot for a family meal, Acropolis is a great option!  For delicious Greek appetizers, pitas, and desserts, you need to visit Acropolis Greek Taverna.  The restaurant is beautiful against the traditional Ybor City architecture, so we recommend sitting on their outdoor patio!  As for your meal, you need to try out their delicious falafel platter – one of our favorite Greek meals in Tampa Bay.

Saturday | 11AM–2AM
Sunday | 11AM–11PM
Monday | 11AM–11PM
Tuesday | 11AM–11PM
Wednesday | 11AM–11PM
Thursday | 11AM–11PM
Friday | 11AM–1AM

📍1833 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605


Italian food is always a hit for the whole family!   Who can say no to delicious pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and more?  This bistro offers lunch, brunch, and dinner – so you can dine at this classic Ybor eatery any time of day.  Check out their yummy specialties like Tortelloni Carbonara and Pork Osso Bucco!  Not to mention, they even have great happy hour deals and special for the adults.

Sunday | 11:30AM–9PM
Monday | 11:30AM–10PM
Tuesday | 11:30AM–10PM
Wednesday | 11:30AM–10PM
Thursday | 11:30AM–10PM
Friday | 11:30AM–11PM
Saturday | 11:30AM–11PM

📍1702 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

Mural hunt/tour

If you have some aspiring artists in the family, then you’d love to visit Ybor City for a mural hunt!  Wander through the city to find many different murals and creations by local artists.  It’s super fun to make a game out of it, who can find the most hidden mural!  For some help, check out this guide by the City of Tampa for some of Ybor City’s best murals and where to find them.

Spend the morning at Ybor City Saturday Market

For over 20 years, the Ybor City Saturday Market has been supporting the community – rain or shine.  Located in historic Ybor City, it’s the perfect spot to browse through different vendors and artists to do some shopping!  We love that by shopping here, you’re supporting the local small business owners.  Make this a part of your weekly routine by making a trip to the Ybor City Saturday Market with the family!

Saturday | 9AM-3PM

📍1901 N 19th St, Tampa, FL 33605

Things to do in Ybor City for a Day Out with the Family

Excited about exploring different things to do in Ybor City? Let us know your favorite by tagging @StuffToDoInTampaBay on Instagram and Facebook!

Jacky Saunders

Jacky Saunders

Jacky is a blogger 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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