7 Cheap Things To Do In Tampa, Clearwater And St. Petersburg

Cheap Things To Do In Tampa

Craving a fantastic time in Tampa without breaking the bank? Look no further! We’ve got you covered with a treasure trove of affordable adventures.

Picture yourself strolling through picturesque parks, exploring vibrant markets, and immersing yourself in the cultural wonders of Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg that won’t empty your wallet.

Get ready for memorable experiences that cost next to nothing. So, tighten your shoelaces, and let’s embark on a budget-friendly journey filled with endless fun and priceless memories!


1) Discover Tampa’s Budget-Friendly Entertainment Hubs

Tampa Bay, the heart of Florida’s west coast, is a treasure trove of cost-effective fun. From the exhilarating games of the Tampa Bay Rays to the nostalgic charm of drive-in theaters and the vibrant live performances at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa is a playground of inexpensive activities that won’t dent your wallet.

Tampa Bay Rays Games

Few experiences match the thrill of a live baseball game, and in Tampa Bay, you can catch the Tampa Bay Rays in action at Tropicana Field without burning a hole in your pocket. Thanks to their various promotions and discounted tickets, you can be part of the electrifying atmosphere as the Rays take on their rivals.

Whether you’re an avid fan or a casual observer, don’t miss this opportunity when you’re in Tampa Bay, especially if you’re near the beautiful St. Petersburg.

Outdoor Movie Magic At Drive-In Theaters

Consider trading your regular indoor movie night for an outdoor one. Drive-in movie theaters like Silver Moon in Lakeland and Ruskin Family Drive-In offer a fun night of double features at reasonable prices. Imagine lounging under the stars, people-watching, and enjoying classic films or the latest blockbusters. It’s a magical experience that will transport you back to simpler times.

Live Performances At Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

For music lovers, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Downtown Tampa is a haven. With its free events and concerts, you can enjoy live music performances on the water’s edge, surrounded by the park’s beautiful water fountains, without spending a dime. It’s a perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring Tampa.

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park In Downtown Tampa At Night


2) Explore Tampa’s Scenic Wonders On A Dime

From the fun family-friendly activities of Water Works Park to the panoramic views of Bayshore Boulevard and the golden sunsets at Clearwater Beach, Tampa Bay offers scenic wonders that won’t cost you a dime. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore, spend quality time with your loved ones, and create lasting memories.

Stroll Along The Bayshore Boulevard

As the world’s longest continuous sidewalk, Bayshore Boulevard is a sight to behold. This 4.5-mile stretch offers uninterrupted vistas of Tampa Bay, the downtown skyline, and Davis Islands.

Whether you’re inclined towards a relaxed walk, a brisk jog, or a scenic bike ride along the water, Bayshore Boulevard is an excellent choice.

Picnic And Play At Water Works Park

Water Works Park in Tampa is an ideal spot for a day brimming with family fun. With shaded picnic shelters, a playground, and a splash pad, it’s the perfect place for a family picnic and some child-friendly playtime. And for those looking to extend their outing, the park also provides access to the Tampa Riverwalk for a scenic stroll along the Hillsborough River.

Sunset Serenity At Clearwater Beach

Picture this: the sun is setting, casting a warm golden glow over the white sand beaches of Clearwater Beach. The tranquil waves are lapping at the shore, and there’s a gentle breeze in the air. It’s a sight to behold and the best part? It’s one of the completely free things you can enjoy.

Clearwater Beach not only offers breathtaking views, but it’s also a perfect spot to revel in Florida’s renowned sunsets, just like its neighbor, Pete Beach.

Sunset At Clearwater Beach


3) Cultural Gems With Free Admission

Tampa’s cultural landscape offers a rich tapestry of experiences that require no admission fee. From the lush landscapes of the Florida Botanical Gardens to the historic charm of the Ybor City Walking Tour and the vibrant art murals in Downtown St. Pete, these cultural gems promise enriching experiences that are easy on the pocket.

Florida Botanical Gardens

Escape to a green oasis in the heart of the city at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. The Gardens offer:

  • Lush landscapes, including lush gardens

  • Tropical fruit and butterfly gardens

  • Native plants

  • A diverse array of over 10,000 plant species

It’s a haven for nature lovers and a great way to enjoy the Florida sunshine. Plus, admission is free!

Art Murals In Downtown St. Pete

If you’re an art enthusiast, Downtown St. Petersburg, or St. Pete as locals call it, is your canvas. Known for its dynamic street art scene, the city is home to numerous murals that have breathed life into its neighborhoods. These murals, often commissioned by local businesses and organizations, reflect the local culture and history and are a testament to St. Pete’s vibrant art scene.

Ybor City Walking Tour

Step back in time with a self-guided walking tour of Ybor City. This historic district offers a glimpse into the region’s rich cigar-making past and the diverse immigrant cultures that shaped its development. With the convenient GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities app, you can explore at your own pace and immerse yourself in the city’s rich history.

Ybor City - Tampa Bay


4) Weekend Wonders: Saturday Morning Market And More

When the weekend rolls around, Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg serve up a host of activities to keep you entertained. The Saturday Morning Market in St. Pete, the serene North Straub Park, and the historic Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks are just a few weekend wonders that offer unique experiences without straining your budget. Don’t forget to explore downtown Clearwater for even more exciting options.

Saturday Morning MarketIn St. Pete

The Saturday Morning Market in St. Petersburg is more than a market; it’s a local tradition. This beloved event draws both residents and visitors, offering a splendid array of over 140 stalls featuring local farm-fresh produce, artisanal foods, and an assortment of arts and crafts.

This lively gathering place invites you to savor global flavors, hunt for distinctive items, and bask in the welcoming spirit of the local community.

North Straub Park Leisure

For a moment of calm in the midst of the city, head to North Straub Park, located just a short distance from the bustling St. Petersburg. This serene waterfront park offers scenic views of the bay, reminiscent of the peaceful atmosphere found in Tampa Bay. With recreation trails favored by bikers, runners, and walkers, and amenities catering to various recreational activities, it’s an ideal place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

Take a trip to the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks and step into the rich history of sponge diving. This renowned attraction offers a unique glimpse into the industry that put Tarpon Springs on the map. You can explore the Spongeorama Sponge Factory, shop for natural sponges and Greek-themed souvenirs, and soak in the area’s rich Greek heritage.

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks


5) Family Fun Without The High Costs

Tampa demonstrates that delightful family times don’t have to come with a hefty price tag. The city offers a plethora of affordable family activities that are both fun and educational.

From exploring the wildlife at Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park, enjoying a family picnic at Lettuce Lake Park, to splashing around at Ballast Point Park, these activities guarantee a memorable time for the entire family.

Picnic At Lettuce Lake Park

Lettuce Lake Park is the perfect spot for a family picnic. Nestled just half an hour’s drive outside of Tampa, this hidden gem offers everything you need for a memorable day of outdoor fun. With beautiful boardwalk trails and a chance to spot native Florida wildlife, it’s a great place for a day of exploration.

What sets Lettuce Lake Park apart is its accessibility and affordability. It’s a beloved outdoor destination for families, providing a fantastic opportunity to connect with nature without breaking the bank.

Splash Around At Ballast Point Park

Want to beat the Florida heat? Head to Ballast Point Park and splash around in the welcoming splash pad. With scenic views from the pier and plenty of space for kids to run around, it’s an ideal spot for a family day out.

Zoo Tampa At Lowry Park

Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park is a haven for all animal enthusiasts! Embark on an exciting journey filled with educational animal encounters and captivating wildlife exhibitions. And the best part? It won’t break the bank!

At Zoo Tampa, we believe in providing a worthwhile educational experience for kids while ensuring that families have a blast together. With a modest entrance fee, you can dive into a world of knowledge and adventure.

So, gather your loved ones and join us for an unforgettable day of learning, laughter, and quality family time.

Eagle Zoo Tampa At Lowry Park


6) Relax And Rejuvenate Amidst The Natural Wonders Of Tampa Bay

If you’re seeking some downtime, Tampa Bay’s picturesque landscapes and tranquil surroundings are ideal. From the lush tranquility of Sunken Gardens, and the scenic bike excursions along Pinellas Trail, to kayaking at Weedon Island Preserve, these spots offer a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Sunken Gardens’ Lush Tranquility

Explore the lush tranquility of Sunken Gardens, a historical garden in St. Petersburg. It’s a peaceful retreat where you can wander through vibrant landscapes and exotic plants.

Take a leisurely stroll and let the peaceful ambiance wash over you, providing the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Sunken Gardens offers more than just a scenic retreat. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with nature and rediscover the joy of tranquility.

Whether you’re seeking solace or simply looking to appreciate the wonders of nature, Sunken Gardens is the perfect destination.

Pinellas Trail Bike Excursion

For fitness enthusiasts and nature lovers, a bike excursion along the 50-mile Pinellas Trail is a must-do. This expansive pathway connects the vibrant city of St. Petersburg with the charming town of Tarpon Springs, providing a scenic route for a variety of outdoor activities:

  • biking

  • walking

  • jogging

  • skating

As you embark on this exhilarating journey, you’ll be treated to picturesque views, refreshing breezes, and a sense of freedom that only comes from being surrounded by nature.

Kayak At Weedon Island Preserve

If you’re up for a little adventure, rent a kayak at Weedon Island Preserve and navigate your way through the natural mangrove tunnels. It’s an immersive nature experience that allows you to:

  • Explore Tampa Bay’s ecosystem

  • Enjoy the beauty of the mangroves

  • Spot wildlife in their natural habitat

  • Experience the tranquility of the water

Picture yourself gliding through the calm waters, surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty and curious wildlife. Grab your paddle, embrace the serenity, and get ready for an unforgettable journey at Weedon Island Preserve. All at your own pace.

Kayak At Weedon Island Preserve


7) Take A Boat Tour With Us From Clearwater Beach

There are some cheap things to do in Clearwater Beach that are not only enjoyable but also keep you entertained throughout your visit. Join us for an incredible boat tour adventure departing from the stunning Clearwater Beach! Get ready to see the area from a whole new perspective as we offer a variety of exciting tours.

Be it dolphin exploration, sunset cruises, or private charters for special events, we at The Tropics Boat Tours guarantee unforgettable experiences that will leave you in awe.

So hop aboard and let us show you the beauty of Clearwater Beach like never before!

Dolphin Exploration Tours

It’s a magical experience that combines natural beauty, wildlife spotting, and educational insights about the local ecosystem. Imagine cruising along the beautiful waters of Clearwater Beach, spotting playful dolphins in their natural habitat.

Our Dolphin Exploration Tours guarantees dolphin sightings. In the rare event that dolphins are not spotted, we offer you the opportunity to take another dolphin tour free of charge at a later time.

Sunset Celebration Cruises

As the sun sets, casting a warm glow over the Gulf of Mexico, our Sunset Celebration Cruises from Clearwater Beach create an unforgettable spectacle. These cruises provide a unique vantage point to view the stunning Florida sunset, offering a complimentary champagne toast to make the experience even more special.

Private Charters For Special Occasions

For those special occasions, consider our Private Charter from Clearwater Beach. Whether you’re planning a family outing, a birthday celebration, or a romantic getaway, our charters provide a personalized experience tailored to your specific needs. Let us create a magical and memorable experience just for you!

Get in touch with us at The Tropics Boat Tours and allow us to showcase the absolute best that Clearwater Beach has to offer!

The Tropics Boat Tours

1 hour 45 minutes
Group Size
Up to 126

Dolphin Exploration Tours

Our Dolphin Exploration Tours will take you from Clearwater Bay out Clearwater Pass on the beautiful emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico (weather permitting) in search of the Sun Coast’s favorite….the Bottlenose Dolphin.

In addition to offering Guaranteed Dolphin Sightings*, your Captain will highlight some fascinating facts about the natural wonders our Gulf Coast offers as well as point out celebrity mansions along the way.

The tour offers something for everyone, including educational information on our area and our wildlife, and optional drink upgrades including unlimited beer and soft drinks for the adults!

Just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

1 hour 45 minutes
Group Size
Up to 126

Sunset Celebration Cruises

The Tropics Sunset Celebration Cruise will take you from Clearwater Bay through Clearwater Pass to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico (weather permitting).

Sail the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico as you view a breathtaking Florida sunset and — if you’re lucky you may witness the legendary green flash.

Your crew will point out some interesting facts about the natural wonders of the Gulf Coast as well as popular sights along the way. We are pleased to include a Complimentary Sunset Champagne Toast for all guests 21 and up."

Group Size
no limit

Tampa Bay CityPASS®

Family fun starts with Tampa Bay CityPASS®! Save 53% on Tampa Bay's top 5 attractions. CityPASS® includes a Dolphin Exploration Tour or Sunset Celebration Cruise with The Tropics Boat Tours. You’ll also have admission to Bush Gardens® Tampa Bay, The Florida Aquarium, Zoo Tampa, and a 4th attraction of your choice. Choose which attraction as you go. Visit the attractions at your own pace, in any order, over 9 days.

Adult CityPASS®: $139
Child CityPASS® (ages 3-9): $124
CityPASS prices are tax inclusive

One easy purchase saves time & money. First, buy CityPASS® online, then click here to choose your cruise and make your reservation.

Group Size
no limit

Gift Card

The Tropics Boat Tours offers gift cards for $30 (one daily tour ticket), $60 (two daily tour tickets), or any other increment of your choice. For example, you could give a friend or relative a $35 gift card for them to participate in our Annual Scavenger Hunt!