Memorial Day weekend in Tampa Bay is nearly here! Memorial Day weekend begins Friday, May 28 and continues through Monday (a federal holiday) May 31. Here is your ultimate list of the best ways to spend the long weekend in the Bay area. From lazing at the beach to Memorial Day weekend events in Tampa Bay and more, it’s all here.
1. Hit the beach
Just get there early as Memorial Day Weekend in Tampa Bay is always a busy one for our local beaches. Hoping to bring along a cooler full of beers? Spend the day at one of these Tampa Bay Area beaches that allow you to enjoy an adult beverage from the shore.
2. Go kayaking
Sneak outdoors together before summer temperatures fully arrive and enjoy our numerous waterways by kayak. Not sure where to go? Here are our 10 favorite spots.
3. Memorial Day Weekend dance party
Attend a 3-day-long dance party at Raymond James Stadium. The Sunset Musical Festival is back at Raymond James Stadium this year for a multi-day celebration outdoors over Memorial Day weekend.
4. Take a Day trip to Bok Tower Gardens
Visit Bok Tower Gardens. While peak bloom has ended, the gardens are still full of color and winding secret pathways to explore. Enjoy complimentary admission the last Friday of the month beginning in May through September, thanks to Wawa.
5. Visit Busch Gardens
Ride the coasters at Busch Gardens after dark! Summer Nights kicks off on May 28. Feel the spark after dark with fireworks, thrill rides and more.
6. Pack a picnic
Nothing says summer quite like lazing the day away on a picnic blanket in a local park. Go on a romantic picnic with our tips and favorite spots as your guide.
7. Book a Concert Staycation
Take a trip to Orlando and enjoy a concert from the balcony of your hotel room. Orlando World Center Marriott's popular Vertical Concert Series ends with a bang–literally–over Memorial Day Weekend, with three nights of live concerts plus a fireworks spectacular on Sunday evening.
8. Dine outdoors
See how many of these restaurants with great outdoor seating you can make it to in the span of the long weekend.
9. Hop on a Brewery Tour by Bus
Go on a brewery bus tour. Brew Bus Brewing offers this hop on, hop off tour experience every Saturday and Sunday with routes visiting some of Tampa Bay's finest breweries. Now with two days worth of itineraries, you can check out 8 craft breweries and destinations over the span of the weekend.
10. Hang out at Sparkman Wharf
Sample local treats and enjoy some fresh air at Sparkman Wharf.
11. Take a Sunset cruise
Beat the heat by taking a sunset cruise. Options range from kayaking and catamarans to a private chartered tiki boat thats BYOB.
12. Book a Resort Day Pass
Snag a ResortPass to get access to one of our incredible local resorts without springing for an overnight stay. Epicurean Hotel, The Don CeSar, and Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach are just a few participating properties.
13. Try an Only in Florida adventure
There are some things you just can't do anywhere else. Enjoy a unique experience by trying one of these only in Florida adventures.
14. Play Shuffleboard
Play shuffleboard at Nebraska Mini Mart. You can also play at Shuffle, Tampa's shuffleboard themed bar with indoor shuffleboard. There will be a live music outdoors Saturday night over Memorial Day Weekend.
15. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
16. Go for a Bike Ride
Pick from these best bike rides in Tampa Bay, perhaps a self-guided brewery bike down the Pinellas Trail?
17. Enjoy bottomless brunch
Start your celebration early and go all out with bottomless mimosas to complement your late morning meal. Or, take full advantage of being off of work on Monday with one of these spots for a Sunday boozy brunch.
18. Attend a Memorial Day Weekend event
Here are a few ideas:
Busch Gardens Summer Nights
May 28 – September 6
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Feel the spark after dark with fireworks, thrill rides and more.
5k “Honor Our Heroes” Memorial Run
Saturday, May 29, 7:30am
Memorial Run to recognize our Veterans and First Responders. After the run, there will be food and beverages, awards and music. Be a part of this spirited event to Honor Our Heroes!
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Phillies
May 29 & 30, 1:10pm
Tickets from $30
Saturdays and Sundays in May, 10am-3pm
HarvestMoon Fun Farm
Pick flowers through maze-like paths and bring home a beautiful bouquet for yourself our loved one! Cash only.
$10 minimum flower purchase
Goat Yoga Tampa
Sunday, May 30, 10:30am
In the Loop Brewing, Land O Lakes
Goats, yoga and beer (or wine)! Your ticket includes a free drink. Bring your own mat and towel.
19. Go zip lining
Get your adrenaline pumping by zipping through the air. Here's our guide to the best zip lining spots.
20. DIY Dessert Tour
Hot dogs and burgers are cool and all, but how about visiting as many of these dessert spots as you can over the long weekend? Design your own dessert tour with our guide to Tampa Bay's best dessert shops.
21. Pick your own blueberries
Blueberry season is in full swing in Florida but it won't last long! The season typically winds down near the end of May/early June, so get out there and visit a local u-pick farm while you can. Farms are also offering u-pick sunflowers, wildflowers, peaches and more.
22. Catch a movie
Missing the magic of the movies? Catch a flick at Tampa Theatre, which has reopened for in-person movies. Or pack some snacks and visit one of these local drive-in movie theaters for a nostalgic date.
23. Book a couples spa day
Take advantage of the day off of work and book a spa day with your favorite person. These local spas all offer special treatments for couples.
24. Pretend You're in Italy
You may not be able to travel far right now, but you can still recreate the experience. Pretend you’re in Italy with our ideas for an Italian-inspired date night in Tampa Bay.
25. Munch Your Way Through a Farmer's Market
Pick up something delicious and locally grown at one of our Tampa Bay farmer's markets. Then take it home to create a delicious meal combining local produce with your favorite meats on the grill.