When my friend invited me to visit Tampa, Florida for a wedding I was so excited. For one, I've heard so much about it but also Florida is great! I've been to Florida several times and always have an awesome time with the beautiful beaches and relaxing atmosphere. My friend is from Tampa and knew exactly how to give us the perfect Tampa Bay experience. I'm glad we were there to experience Tampa Bay like a local! He basically helped me write this post- thanks Paul! Here is how to spend a weekend in Tampa Bay.
Ride around in a Golf Cart and See Old Tampa Bay
Everyone in Tampa Bay has a golf cart (well almost everyone) and rides it around on the smaller streets. We took the golf cart to breakfast and around town. The old bank has been turned into a library, there are historic homes, and lots of people come just to visit the beautiful trees and parks. It was tons of fun to ride around and take in the adorable town!
Take a Bike Ride along the Longest Side Walk in the USA
Bay Shore Sidewalk is located right along South Tampa and is perfect for a bike ride! The side walk is nice and clear plus there are little parks, shops, and gorgeous houses along the way. Shout out to Larcom's Garage for the awesome bikes!
Find Your Way to a Bayside Pool
We got to visit two different pools right on the water and it was just perfect! Relaxing by the pool with a drink and the ocean right there is a great way to spend your afternoon. We went to West Shore Yacht Club and Hula Bay.
Visit a Local Brewery
Tampa Bay has some really cool breweries that are totally worth a visit. We visited 81 Bay Brewery while we were there. They had cornhole, Nintendo games, and live music happening. It was an awesome way to relax in the evening.
Visit a Nearby Beach
There are many famous white sand beaches near Tampa. We went along the shore to a beach not far from Clearwater called Indian Shores. Indian Shores is definitely more of a quiet beach. There's no boardwalk or giant pier (I've got a list of those below for you though don't worry!). It was basically an empty beach which was perfect because we had tons of fun. The wind was strong that day and waves were huge. It was fun! Here are some other beaches in the area to try out:
- Siesta Key
- Fort De Soto
- Treasure Island
For a full list of nearby beaches, check here.
Eat at a Mama's Kitchen
Mama's Kitchen is an adorable little diner with delicious, cheap food served in large portions. We ate there two mornings in a row. Breakfast is definitely the time to go and can get crowded on weekend but the fast service and kind waitresses won't keep you waiting long.
Grab Drinks and Sushi at Hula Bay
This is the spot had $7 pina coladas and really awesome sushi. We were there in the afternoon and it was relaxing without a doubt. We ate delicious food and had a few drinks overlooking a harbor. Few things are better than that! Seafood in general is delicious in Tampa and you can't go wrong ordering it most places.
When you visit Tampa, Florida like a local you get to eat delicious food, visit awesome beaches, and have tons of fun with friends! I know you'll have as much fun as I did when you visit Tampa Bay!