When trying to come up with the top Tampa attractions for adults I
surprisingly came up with a pretty long list of things in the area. It
was much more than what I expected.
There are clearly many Tampa attractions for kids but for adults you
have to think a little harder. Here is a extensive list of things to do
and attractions in Tampa, Florida for adults.
If you are up for a little action or sightseeing then definitely
consider one of the boat rides in the area.
Since I have moved to Florida I would still say almost 9 years later
that the most facinating and exciting thing that I have ever done since
I have been here was take a ride on the Sea Screamer.
If the dolphins cooperate you will be amazed at seeing these beautiful
creatures in their natural habitat up front and personal. The Dolphin
Racer is a similar type attraction.
Sea Screamer - Clearwater Beach
Dolphin Racer - St. Pete Beach
Starlite Majesty – Clearwater Beach
Starlite Princess – St. Pete Beach
Hubbard’s Sightseeing – Madeira Beach
Wild Dolphin Cruise - Downtown Tampa
Island Wind Tours – Tarpon Springs
Little Toot Dolphin Tours – Clearwater Beach
beautiful weather in Florida allows you to take advantage of the
outdoors all year round. You can take advantage of it by participating
in many outdoor activities. These activities include:
There are many places in the Tampa Bay area to go canoing or kayaking.
There are spots along the Hillsborough river and other places
throughout the area.
Horseback riding is another great outdoor activity in which you may
participate in the Tampa Bay area. You can get a listing of places in
the area here
You are literally surrounded by water in this area so go get a rod and
get going. Whether you want to fish on the bank, a pier or deep sea
fishing your options are pretty overwhelming.
The Tampa Bay area has some of the best beaches in the country. Take
advantage of the beauty in the area. There are some nice parks in the
area as well.
Bayshore Boulevard is the longest continuous sidewalk in the country at
4.5 miles long. It stretches along the Tampa Bay with georgous views of
the city. It also has beautiful million dollar homes lining the area.
It is a great place to exercise or just to get out and enjoy the view.
There are many museums in the Tampa Bay area. So if you have an
interest in history or art you should be able to find something of
interest. Some of the most popular museums for adults in the area
Tampa Art Museum, Tampa
Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg
Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota
for an entire listing of museums in the area.
The Tampa Bay dinner cruises are some of my favorite Tampa Bay
attractions for adults. They offer a combination of good food, great
scenery and music. There are some decent ones in the area with the
Starlite Majesty being my personal favorite followed by the Yacht
A night cruise is good for a date night or just to hang out with some
friends. You can stay inside the boat to listen to music and talk or go
on the deck and gaze into the stars and enjoy the night air.
The two major dinner cruise companies in the area are:
The Tampa Bay area is home to 4 professional sports teams and within a
90 minute drive of a fifth. The following all call the Tampa Bay area
home with the Orlando Magic being within a 90 minute drive.
In adddition to the major professional teams there are other
professional teams as well which include minor league teams.
Tampa is also home to a major university, The University of South
Florida and a division II university in the University of Tampa.
Attending sporting events is probably the most popular of all the
things to do in Tampa, FL for adults.
So you are bound to find some kind of sporting event to keep you busy
in the Tampa Bay area.
Tampa Bay Lightning (hockey)
Tampa Bay Rays (baseball)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (football)
Orlando Magic (basketball)
Tampa Bay Storm (arena football)
Tampa Bay Rowdies (2nd tier soccer)
Tampa Yankees (minor league baseball)
University of South Florida
University of Tampa
Attending a play or musical performance is also at the top of the list
of Tampa attractions for adults. Broadway plays, Off-Broadway plays and
community theater give you many options.
There are 3 major venues for perfoming arts. There is also a plethora
of community performing arts theaters as well.
David A Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing
Arts (Formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center)
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Jobsite Theater (Located in the David a Straz, Jr. Center for the
If you are up for a night of laughing there are a few different comedy
venues in the area.
Side Splitters Comedy Club
Another option for adults in the Tampa Bay area are dinner theaters.
Dinner theaters are great because they allow you to eat and watch /
take part in a performance.
Some of the murder mystery dinnter theaters
have a lot of interaction with the actors where you have to try and
figure out who the culprit is.
They are not as popular or large as some of the dinner theaters in the
Orlando area but there are some here that you may want to check out.
Early Bird Dinner Theater
Show Palace Dinner Theater
Detective Dinner Theater
Golden Apple Dinner Theater
MurderS She Wrote
Along with the activities included already here are some more things to
do in the area. Some are for kids at heart such as myself while others
are the more common fare that people sometimes forget is available,
Tampa Bay Grand Prix - European style cart racing
Paintball - There are a few different paintball places in the area.