It should come as no surprise when you research what to do in Tampa / St. Pete, you’ll often find list upon list of water-based activities. But don’t despair if the thought of bouncing on a dinghy or getting burned on a beach doesn’t float your boat – there are plenty of activities in the area that appeal to a variety of land lovers.
Get Surreal at the Dali
The Salvador Dali Museum is dedicated to the master of the surreal, housing the largest collection of his work outside of Europe. Inside you’ll find hundreds of oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, graphics, photographs and sculptures, as well as an extensive library that aims to serve as the definitive resource to the Avant-garde.
Trek the Craft Beer Trail
It’s the Sunshine State’s answer to California’s wine country. The St. Pete / Clearwater Craft Beer Trail runs north to south and would take about an hour if you drove it straight through. But you’re not going to want to do that with over 30 craft breweries on the route. Along the way, you’ll find a variety of breweries from hole-in-the-wall gems to slick mega-warehouses. Be sure to taste the region’s signature brew: Florida Weise, a Berliner Weisse-style beer typically garnished with fresh fruit.
Catch a Sporting Event
Because of the area’s spectacular weather, you can catch live sporting events year-round. During the summer, baseball season is in full swing and the perfect time to catch the Tampa Bay Rays on a lazy afternoon. The Clearwater Super Boat Races comes to the area in the fall where you can watch boats speed along upwards of 180 miles per hour. Winter brings the Outback Bowl to Raymond James Stadium, and spring is when you can watch popular events like the Firestone Grand Prix, PGA’s Valspar Championships and MLB spring training. Tampa Bay also has a professional soccer team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and hosts many other events like professional beach volleyball on occasion.
Hit the Links
You can play 18 holes all year long in Florida. Between the two areas, you could play on a new course every week for a year and still not hit them all. A few of the tops are TPC of Tampa Bay, the Donald Ross-designed Dunedin Golf Club, and of course, Copperhead at Innisbrook, the site of the Valspar Championships.
You don’t need to trek all the way to Orlando for a day of amusement park fun. Tampa Bay’s answer is Busch Gardens. The park spans 297 acres and has over 12,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games. You can visit the themed areas of Morocco, the Congo, Timbuktu, Egypt and Nairobi while paying a little less for admission than the popular parks on the other side of the state.
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