Last Updated on September 8, 2020 by Dani
As we all adjust to different routines, finding safe ways to have fun on vacation or during a weekend off is an important part of making life feel normal again. While it may be many months before we safely attend concerts, sporting events, or parades, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy yourself in Tampa and around the bay area.
Enjoy the Sand and Surf
The good news for ocean lovers is that Tampa has some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire country. Although most were shut down earlier in the year due to coronavirus concerns, the majority are open again and ready for visitors. Spreading out to mind social distancing guidelines is important for public safety, but with so much lovely white sand ready and waiting you can still lay back on your towel and soak up some sun in peace. If you are not sure if a certain beach is open, this site keeps an updated list of all Florida beach closures and openings for easy access.
Parks and Recreation
The Tampa area is also home to beautiful natural spaces. You can enjoy the scenery on one of many trails by walking, running, or booking. You can also head out for some time on the water in a kayak or canoe from one of many boat launches, or try your hand at fishing off of a local dock or pier. The City of Tampa has a great website that gives you locations and maps to local parks and keeps the public updated on activities and closures. You can also follow one of their many social media accounts for daily updates.
Family Friendly Outings
While sporting events remain closed to fan attendance, there are still plenty of places to take the kids for a good time. The Florida Aquarium and ZooTampa, which is near the offices of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, offer up close and personal experiences with some of our planet’s most amazing sea creatures, and have done great work supporting Florida’s unique ecosystem. Some of their pre-COVID attractions remained closed, but you can still make reservations on their respective websites to make sure you enjoy your visit safely.
Famous theme park Busch Gardens is open as well. Like the aquarium, you need to make reservations and buy tickets ahead of time, as park capacity will be limited. Most of the rides and water attractions are running, but most open play areas will be closed. Disney World in Orlando is just an hour and a half’s drive from the Tampa Bay area, as well, and is open with COVID guidelines.
Food and Nightlife
Tampa is home to many wonderful culturally diverse restaurants that are currently struggling due to coronavirus shutdowns. To support local businesses and still enjoy wonderful food, Visit Tampa Bay recently started compiling a database of local restaurants and what services they provide, whether it’s curbside, delivery, takeout, or al fresco outdoor dining. While most bars and nightclubs remain closed, outdoor events like Oktoberfest are still taking place as planned with limited capacity and safety measures.
Museums, Art, and Culture
Most of Tampa’s museums reopened in early summer with coronavirus restrictions, and they are some of the best in the country. For science and education buffs, the Museum of Science & Industry, the Tampa Bay History Center, and the Glazer Children’s Museum are good choices. Art fans can visit the Tampa Museum of Art, the Imagine Museum (which boasts over 500 glass art pieces), the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, and world famous glass master Dale Chihuly’s works presented by Morean Arts Center. You can find updates on closures and COVID measures here.
Have Fun in Tampa, No Matter the Season
With a tropical climate and location on the Gulf of Mexico, the Tampa area is a perfect place to visit, even during winter months when other places are snowbound. Summer, fall, winter, or Spring, it’s easy to find something fun to do in Tampa even during coronavirus restrictions. Travel safe, and have fun.