Life in Tampa Bay means dodging rain during the summer months, but luckily for us there are plenty of indoor options to keep date night (or day!) alive. Check out our roundup of indoor date ideas for the perfect rainy day date.
Keep your date all fun and games with an indoor play space. Lace up your skates at Skateworld of Tampa, a roller rink with plenty of public skate time. If you prefer games, Park & Rec – a self-proclaimed adult playground – has locations in both Tampa and St. Pete. Grab a drink and play arcade games to your heart’s content.
Arcade game fans can also find fun and refreshments at Lowry Parcade in Seminole Heights and Gen X Tavern in downtown Tampa. Keep the competitive vibe going by hitting the lanes at Splitsville at Sparkman Wharf. Knock down a few pins before heading to the new Noble Rice for a meal next door.
Who says a date can’t be fun AND educational? The rain as the perfect excuse to stroll hand in hand through one of our area’s incredible museums. The Dali Museum has a perfect location in Downtown St. Pete, and while the museum’s collection is nothing to sneeze at, there’s almost always a fun traveling exhibit to explore while you’re there as well.
Learn a little more about where you live at the Tampa Bay History Center. From our earliest of settlers to the history of Gasparilla, you’ll come away with a better appreciation for your hometown. Just down the Tampa Riverwalk from the History Center you’ll find the Tampa Museum of Art – a beautiful and modern space with a lovely collection and frequent host to traveling exhibitions.
Really any restaurant with indoor dining will do the trick for a rainy day, but it’s a great time to try out somewhere with lots of dining options in one place. Armature Works is, of course, a classic – with plenty of dining options ranging from casual take-out style stalls to two beautiful full-service restaurants.
Newer to Tampa and still growing, Midtown Tampa is also home to a slew of restaurants, all worth trying. You will have to bring an umbrella as there is no indoor path from restaurant to restaurant. Keep things casual at Shake Shack or indulge in some delicious Italian at Bellabrava. Cap off your dining adventure at one of these popular and delicious dessert spots.
A little more focused on grabbing a beverage on a rainy day? We did the legwork to track down our favorite wine bars on both sides of the bay. For beer fans we have a comprehensive list of all the breweries in our area so you can find one that suits your mood and location. We love the vibe at Coppertail Brewing in Ybor City, and you could certainly spend the entirety of a rainy day throwing back brews and playing games at 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Pete. We’d hate to leave out a classic date idea – explore these coffee shops for a cozy rainy day date.