8 cool things to do in Tampa Bay this spring
Whether you want to take advantage of warmer temperatures with an outdoor adventure or escape the humidity indoors, here’s your guide to spring in Tampa Bay.
1. Spring for brunch
It’s time to put on your most beautiful spring outfit for a perfect brunch. Here are some of our favorite places:
The library, Saint PETERSBOURG
wild child, St. Petersburg (Sunday brunch only)
Timpano, Hyde Park (recently reopened for brunch)
- After a two-year hiatus, Timpano resumed its brunch service last month. Try the parm to table macaroni experience. Forget the melted tiramisu French toast.
Florida Cracker Kitchen, Brooksville
- That Okeechobee gumbo… holy heaven.
Ella’s American Folk Art Cafe, Seminole Heights
- You can not be wrong with the bone-in Bloody Mary – if you can sit in this very popular restaurant on a Sunday.
First watchmultiple locations
- This local channel recently went public. First Watch is always crowded for a good reason: an interesting and healthy breakfast made with fresh ingredients.
Trip dinner, multiple locations
- Look at these chicken cookies.
2. Launch your festival
whatever the music you like, from rock to reggae, there’s a festival for you this spring.
3. Take a seat at a local game
It was a close call, but the MLB lockout ended with enough time for a shortened spring training schedule.
Save this date: Opening day is April 7.
Here is an overview of local hours:
Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota
Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland
New York Yankees
George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa
Spectrum Field, Clearwater
LECOM Park, Bradenton
Tampa Bay Stingrays
Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte
Toronto Blue Jays
TD Baseball Stadium, Dunedin
Not into baseball? The Lightning have plenty of home games in Tampa this spring.
4. Go on vacation
Check out these three unique Airbnb getaways, all within a four-hour drive of Tampa Bay.
5. Hike these nearby swamps…seriously
To our happiness, a 560,000 acre wonderland is right in our backyard.
- The Green Swamp is the beating hydrological heart of the Tampa Bay area, the serene birthplace of four of our rivers, and it’s free for anyone to stroll. Here are Ben’s tips on hiking the Florida Trail through the Western Tract from Green Swamp.
For an even wetter experience, don your gaiters and head south to the Big Cypress National Preserve Visitor Center on US 41 between Naples and Miami, the southern terminus of the Florida National Scenic Trail.
- Follow the orange blazes north through Big Cypress. A common destination for a three-day hike is the rest area on I-75, about 30 marsh miles from the visitor center.
- Or plan a night round trip at one of the primitive campsites along the trail. Permit required.
If that sounds too ambitious, check out our list of the best hikes around Tampa Bay.
6. Choose a new vegetable baby
Ready to test your green thumb? Check out these local plant stores:
7. Flamin-go at the Sunken Gardens
Spend the day surrounded by 50,000 (!!) tropical plants, a flock of flamingos and relaxing water features in this century-old botanical garden.
- The tickets are $15 for adults.
- Details: The garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The address is 1825 Fourth St. N. in St. Petersburg.
8. Go peddling
Take your bike for those jaunts around Tampa Bay.
Saturday March 19
Hi Ybor City! Vision Zero Tampa will close 14th Street to vehicular traffic from Columbus Drive to 21st Avenue to “Unlock the Block.”
- The event offers activities suitable for cyclists and pedestrians and opportunities to meet local business owners. Noon to 4 p.m. Free.
Sunday March 20
Tampa’s Joe Haskins Bike Shop is hosting a ride to remember the death a year ago of Haskins, a champion of the city’s working-class cyclists.
- Meet at Joe Haskins Bike Shop, 2310 N. Florida Ave., at 11 a.m.; departure at noon.
Join Dade City Mayor Camille Hernandez for a casual 2.5 mile ride on the Hardy Trail.
- Meet at the Spoke Visitor Center, 37800 Church Ave., at 8:30 a.m.; the trip starts at 9am.