The Tampa area is huge, and I knew that growing up but I didn’t realize how true that was until recently. It includes Tampa, Tampa Bay, St Petersburg, and Pinellas. In this area, you can drop a ton of money on attractions, from Bush Gardens to MOSI. If that’s your thing, consider a CityPASS for a huge discount.
To help your budget, I have put together the top 15 free things to do in Tampa, Florida and the surrounding area. Everything from Manatee viewings, to train rides!
Top 15 Free Things to do in Tampa, Florida
Pinellas Heritage Villiage – This village holds old historical buildings from all over Pinellas County, everything from a school house, firehouse, general store and more. Admission is free.
Lettuce Lake Regional Park – On Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 am Lettuce Lake Regional Park features a free guided nature walk. Wildlife seen will vary each time.
Ybor City Visitor Center– The visitors center holds a small museum plus you can score discount attraction tickets.
Fort De Soto – I want to mention there are a few tolls to get out to the island, but if you have SunPass, it’s not a big deal. You also have to pay to get into the state park. If you are already there, then make sure to check out this gem!
Riverwalk – Many things to see and do here. This place is perfect for people watching. There are many parks along the riverwalk as well.
Largo Central Railroad’s Miniature Train – Get free rides the first full weekend of every month.
Tour the Yuengling Brewery (21 and over) – While this tour is for 21 years old and up the tour is free, and you get to see one of America’s oldest breweries!
Florida Botanical Gardens – These gardens are located right next door to the Pinellas Heritage Villiage, and the gardens are also free. They are also pet-friendly!
Tampa Museum of Art – You can get into the museum for free on Fridays from 4-8pm.
Manatee Viewing Center – This was by far our family’s favorite freebie in Tampa. The manatees are only here in the colder months from November to April.
Walk Ybor City – There is so much history in Ybor City and walking the street you can take so much of it in!
L’Unione Italiana Cemetery Mafia Cemetery – Yes a real mafia cemetery! Did you ever watch Donnie Brasco? Head to the L’Unione Italiana Cemetery in Ybor City to see the real Santo Trafficante Jr grave.
Glazer Children’s Museum – Take your kids to the Children’s Museum for free on the first Tuesday of each month from 2-7pm.
Watch the Sunset on Pier 60 – Head over to Clearwater Beach and watch the sunset on Pier 60.
The Beach – Hit the beach, any beach! There are some fantastic beaches in the Tampa area and many of them you can find sharks teeth at!
Have you found an awesome freebie around the Tampa Area? Let us know!
I am a Wife, mom to 4 kids, homeschool mom, blogger, social media junkie, gypsy soul, and full time RVer, and Roadschool Family!
We have been on the road since August 2015, and loving travel and seeing new things! I am sharing our journey along the way!
Click here to learn more about starting a blog.