Tampa Offers Tons of Free (or Cheap) Fun for Visitors



Tampa offers plenty for visitors to do and see without spending a dime. Year-round sunshine and warmer temperatures make for lots of free outdoor activities, but there are also tempting indoor attractions to choose from. To help you make the most of your vacation dollar, 10 Best has put together a list of the top free things to do while you're in Tampa.

Tops on our list is the Tampa Riverwalk. Part scenic walkway, part history lesson, this 2.5 mile trail is studded with small parks and winds along downtown waterways, past most of the city's most popular attractions including the Tampa Museum of Art and the Florida Aquarium. There are also plenty of resting spots along the way where you can have a beverage or a bite to eat.  

In the winter months, the Manatee Viewing Center is a popular free activity. Attracted by the warm waters generated by the nearby power plant, manatees congregate to enjoy a respite from the cooler bay waters. An observation deck and information area allow visitors to enjoy these gentle and intriguing animals.

Whatever your interests, from history to nature, there are opportunities to enjoy yourself in Tampa for FREE!




Lettuce Lake Regional Park is located along the Hillsborough River about half an hour north of downtown Tampa. The river at this point is in its natural state, untouched by houses and development giving visitors a chance to experience natural...  Read More




The J. C. Newman Cigar Company was founded in 1915 by Julius Ceasar Newman as a one-man operation in Ohio. The company grew and flourished and in the mid-50s, J.C. decided to relocate to Tampa to pursue his dream of producing a premium cigar...  Read More




Once believed to be mermaids, docile manatees are now an endangered species. In winter, when ocean temperatures drop, they flock to the heated water discharged from Tampa Bay's power plant. From the observation platform, visitors can watch the...  Read More


Tampa Firefighters Museum
Photo courtesy of Skye Rodgers


The Tampa Firefighters Museum is located in downtown Tampa next to Tampa Fire Rescue Station One. Built in 1911, the beautifully restored building served as the Fire Department Headquarters until 1974. A tribute to all those who have served and...  Read More




A must-visit among breweries in Tampa, FL, Yuengling Brewing Co. is the perfect afternoon excursion. This brewery's roughly hour-long tour walks patrons through the meticulous process of crafting delectable brews for America's oldest beer...  Read More


Ben T. Davis Beach
Photo courtesy of Dylan Stinson/Film Tampa Bay


If you're vacationing in Tampa and are looking for a beach close-by that offers powdery white sand for lounging, calm water for cooling off and shelters for picnics, then Davis Beach is for you. This is the closest beach to downtown Tampa and...  Read More




Located in the heart of Tampa's historic district, the Ybor City Visitor Center is the perfect place to start your exploration of this charming neighborhood. Operated by the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce, the Visitor Center offers free...  Read More


Yes, a sidewalk is one of Tampa's best attractions. Before you start with the jokes, this is a very special sidewalk. Running from just north of MacDill Air Force Base to downtown Tampa along Hillsborough Bay, the sidewalk that runs along...  Read More




Eight riveting galleries await guests at the Tampa Museum of Art, a boldly designed riverfront museum housing six temporary exhibits and an extraordinary permanent collection of Greek and Roman antiquities and 20th-century sculpture. After...  Read More


Tampa Riverwalk
Photo courtesy of Skye Rodgers


The Tampa Riverwalk is a scenic exploration of the downtown riverfront. A good place to start is the Straz Center for Performing Arts, however, you can join the walk from anywhere along the route (see their website for a map). The Riverwalk...  Read More


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Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye has lived in Tampa for over 16 years and spends much of her time exploring the region and discovering its hidden treasures. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no cold, no...  More About Skye

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