BONUS! Summer Bucket List: Part 3–More Fun Things to Do in Tampa Bay!

Back by popular demand! You’ve seen our Tampa Bay Moms Blog Summer Bucket List Part 1 and Part 2. Because we love our readers, here are 25 MORE things for your Summer Bucket List! Summer Bucket List Part 3Tampa Bay is an awesome place to live, so spend the summer enjoying all the great things Tampa Bay has to offer!

51. Find a T-Rex at Dinosaur World. Does your little one love dinosaurs? Then head on an adventure to the outdoor museum filled with life-like dinosaurs! Special summer rates for Florida residents.

52. Pick your own produce at Fort Lonesome Farm. A great u-pick farm that’s all-natural with no pesticides used. This month, grapes are in season along with lots of other herbs, fruits, and veggies.

Lonesome Farm53. Spend the day relaxing at Sunken Gardens. This 100-year-old botanical museum is home to over 50,000 plants, cascading waterfalls, as well as animals like flamingos and turtles. A beautiful way to spend a relaxing day! Right now, there is a Groupon offering admission for two for just $8!

54. Have a sand castle building contest! Treasure Island is home to a beautiful 3-mile stretch of sandy white beaches. Grab some buckets and shovels and dig in!

55. Check out the Tampa Bay History Center. The History Center offers “Family Backpack Adventures.” Filled with games, puzzles, and crafts, the backpacks have six different themes to explore the center. Each takes about an hour to complete. Who knew history could be so much fun?

56. Pet a bunny at McMicky’s Farm. Guided farm tours offered daily, starting at 9:00 a.m., you and your family can enjoy interacting with pigs, goats, ponies, bunnies and more on this 20-acre farm wrapped around a beautiful 40-acre lake.

57. Check out Spinners at the Grand Plaza Beach Hotel. Looking for a unique experience and breathtaking views of St. Petersburg beach? The kids will love the 360 degree rotation at this restaurant. Dress is casual and lunch is open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dinner starts at 4:00 p.m.

58. See the Big Cat Rescue. This santuary is home to exotic cats and other animals. Visitors will get to experience these animals up close. Families with children under 10 have a special tour offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

59. Go on a scavenger hunt in your neighborhood. See how many different animals and flowers you can find. Take pictures along the way to keep track of your finds! On a recent walk, my kids and I found squirrels, cranes, frogs, ducks, dragonflies, and several other bugs and creatures. It’s amazing how much you can find just in your own area!

Clearwater's Dolphins

Clearwater’s Dolphins

60. Find Clearwater’s Dolphins! 6-foot tall fiberglass dolphins were designed by local artists and were displayed together at the “Pod at Pier 60″ Park. They are now on display at various local businesses around Clearwater. Use the map to go on a scavenger hunt and find the dolphins!61. Explore Moccasin Lake Nature Park. This 51-acre nature preserve offers over a mile of natural and boardwalk trails with bird watching, a butterfly garden, reptile exhibits, a 5-acre lake, and more.

62. Visit the Clearwater Beach Library & Recreation Center. Featuring a library, boat launch, waterfront park, and swimming pool with a children’s play area that provides squirting water fountains, a “raindrop” waterfall, a fiberglass frog slide, and a water basketball goal, this place has it all for a day of fun! 

63. Go ice-skating! Yep! You read that right! Ice-skating is on the Summer Bucket list for Tampa Bay! In the middle of Westfield Countryside Mall, you can beat the heat on the ice.

64. Splashdown at The Dunedin Kiwanis Sprayground. This free interactive children’s water playground is 3,000 square feet of fun! Grab a swimsuit, towel and some sunscreen and splash away in the seemingless endless water fun!

65. Go see a Minor League Baseball game. The Dunedin Blue Jays, Clearwater Threshers, and the Tampa Yankees offer the excitement of a big league game in a smaller venue. The Threshers’ Bright House Field offers berm (grass) seating, which is a fun place for the kids to play while enjoying the game.

66. Discover the dollar store! With a few dollars, your kids can load up on an armful of fun toys to keep them entertained for the afternoon. Bubbles, jump ropes, pinwheels, bug catchers, sand buckets and sidewalk chalk are just a few of the things available to keep your kids busy!

67. Enjoy Lithia Springs Park. Cool off in the 72 degree water of this natural spring. The park offers a playground, canoe and kayak launch and rentals and picnic facilities.

Gummy Bear Ice Pops68. Make gummy bear ice pops! For a cool, yummy treat, pour Sprite into ice pop molds, fill about 3/4 full. Drop in some gummy bears. Fill in with additional Sprite if needed. Insert popsicle sticks into mold. Place in freezer until frozen all the way through. Enjoy!

69. Spot a dolphin! Tampa Bay is home to many bottle-nosed dolphins. The Florida Aquarium offers a Wild Dolphin Cruise that takes you out for a 90-minute adventure to observe dolphins. Save money by buying tickets in advance online.

70. Make a fun snack! Using clear cups, make a yogurt parfait or “dirt in a cup.” For the parfait, layer your favorite flavor of yogurt, granola, and your favorite fruit in a clear cup to make a yummy treat. For the “dirt in a cup,” you need 1 15-ounce package chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos), 1 3.9-ounce package chocolate instant pudding, 2 cups cold milk, 8 ounces whipped topping (like Cool Whip), and gummy worms. Crush the cookies in a clear plastic zip top bag. In a bowl, mix the pudding together with the milk, stir until smooth. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add the whipped topping and half the crushed cookies. Stir gently to mix. Divide mixture into clear cups, about 1/2 cup in each. Add gummy worms to the top so they are sticking up from the “dirt.” Add a layer of crushed cookies from the remaining amount. Enjoy your “dirt in a cup!”

71. Visit Weedon Island Preserve. This 3,190-acre preserve offers boardwalks, trails, a fishing pier, a cultural and natural history center, and an observation tower that provides views of Tampa Bay as well as the cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg. Truly a place to enjoy Florida’s natural beauty!

72. Ride the train. The first full weekend of every month, bring your kids to Largo Central Railroad at Largo Central Park. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. once a month, the miniature train takes riders on a fun trip around the park. Bring a picnic blanket and some lunch and make it a relaxing day enjoying the playground and park.

73. Put on a play. Have your kids take their favorite book and turn it into a performance. Pull out “costumes” from the closets, set up a “stage” area, and use some flashlights for “spotlights.”

74. Be an artist! Pull out some fingerpaints, watercolors, markers, and crayons and have your kids create some masterpieces. Put them on display at home or feature a virtual “gallery” on FaceBook or Instagram. For something different, have your kids enjoy painting ceramics. Try Color Me Mine in Hyde Park.

75. Go to a soccer game. Starting the fall season in the beginning of August, the Rowdies take to the field at Al Lang Stadium.

I’d love to hear your feedback on our Summer Bucket Lists! Share with me in the comments below. Which activites on our lists have you tried? Any suggestions for other great places to visit in Tampa Bay?

About Debbie

Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband of 13 years, Matt and their two very active children: Calvin, a gifted and quirky 10-year-old boy, and Kadison, a creative and strong-willed 7-year-old girl. Debbie attended the University of South Florida for both her bachelor's and master's degrees in education. With 17 years of experience, she's a National Board Certified Teacher in literacy and currently teaches 4th grade. Debbie's mission is to get kids to love learning! In her spare time, Debbie loves to read, enjoy the beach, and find the perfect cup of coffee. She is always on the look-out for a great local restaurant or fun place to go to relax! Follow Debbie on Twitter and Pinterest.

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2 Responses to BONUS! Summer Bucket List: Part 3–More Fun Things to Do in Tampa Bay!

  1. Holly Jean July 10, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    What great ideas!!! I am starting my own Bucket List and will “borrow” some of these ideas! Thanks Debbie!

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