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Tampa Attractions for Adults

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.

Boat Rides

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

Outdoor Recreation

The 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:

Canoeing and Kayaking
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
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.

Beaches / Parks
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.

Walking on Bayshore
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 include:

Tampa Art Museum, Tampa
Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg
Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota

See Tampa Bay museums for an entire listing of museums in the area.

Dinner Cruises

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 Starship.

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:

Yacht Starship
Starlite Cruises

Sporting Events

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.

Major Professional Teams
Tampa Bay Lightning (hockey)
Tampa Bay Rays (baseball)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (football)
Orlando Magic (basketball)
Tampa Bay Storm (arena football)

Minor Professional Teams
Tampa Bay Rowdies (2nd tier soccer)
Tampa Yankees (minor league baseball)

University of South Florida
University of Tampa

Performing Arts

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.

Major Theaters
David A Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center)
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Mahaffey Theatre

Community Theaters
Jobsite Theater (Located in the David a Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts)
Stageworks Theater
American Stage
Gorilla Theater

Comedy Clubs

If you are up for a night of laughing there are a few different comedy venues in the area.

Tampa Improv
Side Splitters Comedy Club

Dinner Theater

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

Other Activities

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, such as bowling.

Tampa Bay Grand Prix - European style cart racing
Paintball - There are a few different paintball places in the area.
Roller Skating
Ice skating

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