Free Fun in Tampa Bay

Manatees Tampa Bay

You may have seen my post about my brother’s death last month– he was just 53, so it came as a huge shock to all of us, most of all to my Mother. I brought Mom to Florida this week for a little getaway,  and we are going to spread my brother’s ashes and order a memorial bench on the beach.  

Since we have some time we are checking out fun things to do in the area that don’t cost an arm and a leg. You might think there is nothing like that, but there really are quite a few things to do inexpensively.  Here are a few of them.

Yesterday, we drove over to the Riverview area and went to the Manatee manatees Tampa Bay Viewing Center at Big Bend. Unbelievably, there were hundreds of manatees in the water there…they like the warm discharge water from the electric plant located in the area. We also saw sea turtles, all sorts of huge fish, beautiful plants, lots of butterflies and even a couple of wild parrots. The facility is really nice, with a couple of observation decks and a paved trail that goes underneath a nice canopy of trees. There is an information center that tells all about the manatees and a snack bar, which is good and very reasonable. The cost for admission is the best part– totally FREE! Not even a charge for parking.

Today we are going to check out the Pioneer Village in Largo. I have heard lots of great things about it, but have not been there yet. There are 28 buildings and lots of historical artifacts about the area, so it should be fun. Again, totally FREE!

We brought our dogs with us, so we will also be making a trip to Fort DeSoto Park, which has an awesome doggie beach, lots of easy access trails and pretty scenery. There is a $5 per car parking fee for this park, but no admission charges.

The Yuengling Brewery in Tampa offers FREE tours and samples! What a nice way to cool off and get refreshed. A free tour of the country’s oldest brewery and ice cold beer– can’t beat that!

 

 

2 Responses to Free Fun in Tampa Bay

  1. I am so missing the beach and ocean right now!! I hope you guys had a great trip! :)

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