Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend in Tampa Bay

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What we love about our area is that there is no shortage of things to do! Here’s a list of ideas to keep you busy Memorial Day weekend (or any weekend, for that matter!), along with some specific events taking place May 27-30.

Take a Day trip to Bok Tower

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.

A Day Trip to Bok Tower Gardens
Bok Tower Gardens

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.

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.

Memorial Day Weekend in Tampa Bay - Concert staycation
Fireworks at Orlando World Center Marriott

Dine outdoors

See how many of these restaurants with great outdoor seating you can make it to in the span of the long weekend.

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.

Hang out at Sparkman Wharf

Sample local treats and enjoy some fresh air at Sparkman Wharf.

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.

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.

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.

Go on a Scavenger Hunt

Go on an official photo scavenger hunt. Or, design your own by visiting some of Tampa Bay’s most Instagrammable spots for couples. Here are some of our favorites in Tampa and St. Pete.

Go for a Bike Ride

Pick from these best bike rides in Tampa Bay, perhaps a self-guided brewery bike down the Pinellas Trail?

Bike rental Dunedin - Kafe Racer
Rent bikes from Kafe Racer to explore Dunedin and the nearby Pinellas Trail | Image credit: Kafe Racer

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.

Attend a Memorial Day Weekend event

Rule #7 Beer Release

May 28 – Crooked Thumb Brewery
Rule #7 Hurricane Pale Ale will be released on draft and in 4 packs of cans. Named for Denis Phillips, ABC Action News’s meteorologist who is always there to help us weather any storm. Denis will be there for the release, holding a meet & greet from 3-5pm.
Free (beer purchase separate)

Margarita & Music Fest

May 28 – Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park
Enjoy live music, dozens of margaritas, games, shopping, great food options, and end the night with a bang with the largest fireworks show in the area. Lynyrd Skynyrd headlines supported by Elle King, and The Village People. 21+ only.

11th Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival

May 29 – Centennial Park
Enjoy live cultural music on stage featuring live music and dance performances, a true cultural festival featuring food, art, and cultural exhibitors.

Go zip lining

Get your adrenaline pumping by zipping through the air. Here’s our guide to the best zip lining spots.

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.

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.

U-pick farms in Tampa Bay - Starkey Blueberry Farm
Image credit: Starkey Blueberry Farm

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.

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.

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.

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.

 


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