Have you been looking for the top fun things to do in Tampa for couples? I've got you covered!
I have had the luxury of calling Tampa home for four years during college. While a lot has changed over the years, I was excited about the chance to visit this fantastic city several years later.
We decided to spend a long romantic weekend in Tampa and we had the time of our lives. So, of course, I knew this was an excellent opportunity for me to share X fun things to do in Tampa for couples.
🤩 Special Thanks to Visit Tampa Bay for planning the perfect weekend itinerary and hosting us during this stay.
Fun Things to Do in Tampa For Couples
1. Go Kayaking on the Hillsborough River
Start your day with an early morning kayak on the Hillsborough River. Head to Urban Kai, where you can rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard or opt for a guided tour.
You will start at Armature Works, located in the historic Tampa Heights neighborhood, and make you're way towards downtown, where you will get to see the sights of downtown Tampa and take in all its beauty.
During your paddle, you will enjoy the views of the University of Tampa with its fantastic architecture and glistening minarets. You will also paddle by downtown Tampa where you can enjoy the skyline from a different perspective.
Depending on your fitness level, you can continue to the bay, where you may be lucky enough to get a glimpse of the infamous pirate ship that makes an appearance every year for Gasparilla.
2. Have a romantic Breakfast at Driftlight.
If you are looking for a romantic breakfast before heading out for the day, look no further than Driftlight. Their cozy booths are perfect for a romantic breakfast together. Located in the JW Marriot in downtown Tampa, Driftlight takes breakfast to a whole other level.
What we loved about breakfast at the Driftlight was the options. You can choose the breakfast buffet that includes all the classic items like bacon, eggs, and pancakes or order from the a la carte menu. Our personal favorites are the Avocado Toast and Egg Benedict.
3. Candle Making at The Candle Pour
We always look for something fun and different to do when visiting new cities. For this trip, we decided to try candle making, which was great for date night. We headed to The Candle Pour located in Hyde Park Village.
Upon arrival, you are given a sheet where you can select your favorite scents from a wall of over 100 options. After you select your scents, one of the candle specialists will help you select your final blend and walk you through mixing and creating your custom candle.
Afterward, you will name your candle and let it set for two hours. This is the perfect activity to do right before dinner. You can make your candle, head to dinner (which is exactly what we did), and come back to pick it up afterward.
4. Take a thrilling ride on the Bay Rocket.
If you are seeking some adrenaline, a ride on the Bay Rocket is a must. This is a new attraction in Tampa Bay and a fun way to explore the city.
We boarded the Bay Rocket at the Tampa Convention Center and strapped in for the thrilling ride. The scenic ride starts slow as you ride by Bayshore. You will start by riding past some of Tampa's most beautiful homes. Enjoy the sites along the way because before you know it, you will be going at speeds of up to 45 mph, and 180-degree turns will have your heart racing.
The Bay Rocket packs a punch with its 2800 horsepower engine, so expect to get wet as you speed through Tampa Bay.
The ride takes about 45 minutes to an hour and will take past many sites in Tampa, including the iconic Bayshore Boulevard.
5. Go on a Brewery Tour
Tampa is home to several breweries. It seems like there is always a new brewery popping up every month. So a brewery tour is an excellent idea if you and your partner are craft beer lovers. We got to visit Ulele Spring Brewery, located in the Heights District, for brews and lunch.
At Ulele, you can grab drinks from Ulele’s Brewery located on-site while taking in the views of their fantastic beer garden overlooking the Hillsborough River. They offer fresh-brewed lagers and ales using only the finest grains, hops, and yeast and use ingredients such as fresh fruit and even locally sourced honey.
It's a great way to bond over good beer and conversation. And if you want to go on a brewery tour, tours are available on request. You can learn more about the brewery here.
After lunch, if you want to go on a little brewery crawl, check out Cigar City Brewing and Tampa Bay Brewing Company.
6. Take a ride on the Pirate Water Taxi.
The Pirate Water Taxi is a great option for getting around the different sites in Tampa Bay. Park your car and take ride on this hop on, hop off water taxi with stops throughout the Channelside District, Tampa's Riverwalk, and Davis and Harbour Islands.
It's a great way to get around the Tampa area but it's also great if you just want to enjoy a ride on the river taking in the different sites in Tampa.
7. Enjoy a morning coffee date at Quiquiriqui.
Located in Ybor City in the Hotel Haya, this Cuban-inspired coffee shop is perfect for a morning coffee date. In addition to a great café con leche, they also have a nice variety of delicious food.
Try the Cubano croissant, which is filled with all the fixings of a traditional Cuban sandwich, such as ham, pork, and Swiss cheese. After you have had your fill, take a stroll down 7th Avenue and enjoy the quietness of Ybor City or go on a historical walking tour of Ybor City.
8. Go on a walking tour of Ybor City.
Even if you have lived in Tampa your entire life, there is something about Ybor City. And I am not talking about the bars and clubs. I am talking about the history of Ybor City. Founded in 1885, Ybor City is known for being the world's cigar capital.
A great way to get to know the history is with a historical walking tour of Ybor City with Ybor City Historic Walking Tours. Meet your experienced tour guide on 7th Avenue (or La Setima as it's called), where the tour will start.
He will take you back in time to experience the old-world charm of this national historic landmark.
Learn about the artisans rolling cigars, with some practicing the same techniques taught over 125 years ago. And explore an area full of timeless architecture where you will find bustling nightlife and delicious Latin Cuisine at places such as The Columbia restaurant at night.
This is a fun, unique experience and a great way to explore Ybor City.
Bonus Tip: Visit in October for Ybor Ghost Tours, where you will have an opportunity to step inside the 4th most haunted building in America – the Cuban Club.
9. Have Brunch at 7th and Grove
Tampa is known for its unique brunch spots. And 7th and Grove is one of the best. This southern-inspired restaurant recently opened in Ybor City, but you would never know based on its popularity.
(When we visited at 11am on Sunday, there was already a line out the door).
Skip the mimosas and try one of the fun craft cocktails, such as the Mariah Moscow Mule or Snoop Dogg. For Brunch, the biscuits are a must, followed by the “Before I let you go” with pairs of fried chicken tenders with french toast for a sweet and savory feast.
Add the fantastic DJ spinning everything from old-school hip hop to the top 40s, and you will be sure to have a fantastic brunch with your boo.
10. Take a Stroll along Tampa Riverwalk
For a more relaxing activity, take a stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk. The Tampa Riverwalk stretches from Port Tampa Bay and Sparkman Wharf all the way to Armature and will soon be expanding.
This 2.6-mile walk takes you past the USF campus and all the way to Armature Works, giving you an up-close view of downtown Tampa.
Make sure to stop by Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park for some stunning views of the water and to take in the views of the University of Tampa across the river.
11. Take a ride on a tiki boat cruise.
As you stroll down the Tampa Riverwalk, you might catch a glimpse of a floating tiki bar in the middle of the Hillsborough River. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. These floating tiki bars are a unique way to explore the Tampa area.
The cruises are two hours, and you will cruise past some of the most stunning views of the Tampa skyline. The tiki boats are BYOB, so you can bring drinks and food. It is a unique way to spend the day with your love.
12. Ride the roller coasters at Busch Garden Tampa Bay.
If you are a thrill seeker and love a good theme park, a visit to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay cannot be missed. This African and Asian-themed park combines thrilling roller coasters with an up-close view of many different animals and fun shows.
Ride coasters such as Cheetah Hunt, one of the longest in Tampa Bay, or SheiKra, which gives you a stomach-dropping 200-foot drop.
Take a break from the roller coasters to spend some time at the Myombe Reserve, where you will have a chance to get up close and personal with some amazing exotic animals.
13. Do a couple's photo shoot at the University of Tampa.
University of Tampa is located on the Hillsborough River across from downtown Tampa and it is one of the most unique campuses in the United States. (It's also my alma mater so I am biased.).
For a romantic experience plan a picnic in Plant Park and be sure to capture the moment with a couple's photo shoot. The campus has stunning architecture, including the iconic minarets of Plant Hall. (Not to mention, you can get a few insta worthy pics).
The best time to go is during sunset when the golden hour lights up the sky. While you are there, don't forget to make time to pop into Plant Museum.
14. Go bike riding along Bayshore Blvd.
Take your love for a ride along Bayshore Blvd. At 4.5 miles long, Bayshore is the longest sidewalk in the US. Take in breathtaking views of the bay from Bayshore Blvd.
As you ride, enjoy sights such as Davis Island and the beautiful mansions along Bayshore.
If you are looking for a more romantic experience, rent a Surrey bike (with or without pedals) and bring a picnic basket filled with treats from one of the many outdoor markets in Tampa.
15. Visit the Tampa Bay History Center
Learn more about Tampa Bay by visiting the Tampa Bay History Center. This interactive Tampa museum has three floors of history, culture, and art that tell the story of Florida from the 1500s to today.
As you wander through the exhibits, check the Cigar City exhibit, which showcases the history of Ybor City beginning in the 1800s. You can even get a bite at the Columbia Cafe, which is a branch of the historic Columbia Restaurant.
16. Visit the Florida Aquarium
For another interactive experience, head to the Florida Aquarium. This stunning aquarium allows you to dive into a world of adventure with over 20,000 aquatic plants and animals.
Learn about coral reefs, otters, dolphins, and other species and take part in feeding shows for an up-close view of marine life.
The Florida Aquarium hosts several events all year long, so be sure to check out their calendar here.
Bonus: If you're looking for a day trip, head over to Clearwater, where you will find the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, another great place to enjoy the sea life.
17. Watch a film at the Tampa Theatre.
If you are looking for something a bit more low-key, head to the Tampa Theatre. This historic theatre is over 90 years old and shows classic films as well as new releases in an art deco setting.
For history buffs, they even offer tours of the theatre, where you can learn more about the theatre's history and architecture.
Things to do in Tampa for Couples at Night
As the sun goes down, there is plenty of things to do in Tampa Bay at night. Catch a show at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts showcasing everything from Broadway musicals to jazz concerts.
Or check out one of the many rooftop bars in Tampa and enjoy a delicious craft cocktail with your special someone as you take in stunning city skyline views.
18. Take a Stroll in Hyde Park Village
For a more romantic evening, take a stroll in Hyde Park Village. This outdoor shopping area is filled with shops, restaurants, and boutiques set against a backdrop of brick-lined streets.
Stroll through the tree lined streets hand in hand as you explore this charming neighborhood. As you wander, stop by one of the many unique shops or grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants in Hyde Park Village.
19. Go on an ice cream date at Odd Fellows.
Go on a unique ice cream date at Odd Fellows. This ice cream shop has become an icon in Tampa Bay, offering exciting flavors such as Kitchen Sink and Miso Peanut Butter Brownie served in house-made cones. Make sure to try one of their signature sundaes or splits.
20. Sip on champagne at Bouzy Champagne Bar.
One of the newest spots in Tampa, in Hyde Park Village, is Bouzy Champagne Bar. Champagne doesn't have to be reserved for birthdays or special occasions. Bouzy is the perfect spot for date night, where you can share small plates over a champagne cocktail or a glass of bubbly.
21. Enjoy the sunset at the tallest rooftop bar in Tampa Bay.
If you're looking for a romantic spot to enjoy the sunset, head to the tallest rooftop bar in Tampa Bay- Rox Rooftop Bar. With amazing views of Tampa Bay, this is the place to enjoy one of the best sunsets in Tampa Bay.
They even have happy hour on select weekday evenings. If you are coming for sunset, making reservations, or getting there early to grab a spot is highly recommended.
The best part is that this rooftop has both indoor and outdoor seating, which means that you can enjoy it any time of year.
22. Have Dinner at Haven Restaurant
If you are looking to plan an elevated dinner date, Haven Restaurant is the perfect spot. Established in 2015, Haven is a Michelin-recommended restaurant serving up modern American Cuisine with a twist.
The food, wine, and craft cocktails are incredible. Be sure to order several small plates to share so that you can try a little bit of everything.
They even have a signature filet from Bern's steak house (their sister restaurant) on the menu, a must-order. Delicious food paired with delicious wine makes for the perfect date night.
23. Visit the Armature Works Public Market
Armature Works is the perfect date night spot for you if you are like most couples and can never agree on what to eat.
Take your pick of one of the many eateries, including two Michelin-recommended full-service restaurants, and make a day (or night of it). Then finish your meal with a stop at Bake n Babes for a little sweet treat.
24. Go on a Dinner Cruise
Couples looking to experience a fun and unique night out in Tampa should look no further than setting sail on the Yacht StarShip Tampa dinner cruise.
From boarding, you will be transported on a memorable and luxurious voyage, taking in stunning views of Downtown Tampa. During the two-hour cruise, you and your love can enjoy a complimentary open bar as well as a three-course dinner featuring salad, entree, and dessert.
To add to the festive atmosphere, DJ entertainment is also provided. If you are looking for an unforgettable experience in Tampa, going on a dinner cruise makes for a fun (and romantic) date night.
25. Visit the Edge Rooftop Cocktail Lounge
Edge Rooftop Cocktail Lounge in the Epicurean Hotel is the perfect spot for couples looking for a sophisticated night out! This popular hot spot offers a vibrant Instagrammable atmosphere while maintaining a sophisticated ambiance.
Make sure to try one of the yummy craft cocktails. If wine is more your thing, they have a curated wine list. And for beer lovers, you will find a variety of beers from craft microbreweries which means you will both find something you love.
26. Go to a game (or concert) at Raymond James Stadium.
Are you a football lover or a music lover? No matter which, Raymond James Stadium is the perfect spot for a fun night out.
Whether you visit for a football game or catch your favorite artist in concert, this iconic Tampa stadium makes for an exciting date night.
During football seasons, tens of thousands of fans make their way to Raymond James Stadium for a fun day of football.
During the off-season, you can catch a concert in this fantastic stadium. You can find a list of all upcoming events by clicking here.
Fun Things to Do Near Tampa Bay for Couples
27. Spend the day at Fort De Soto Park.
Spend a romantic day or weekend at Fort De Soto Park near Tampa Bay!
Florida's gulf coast is home to some of the most beautiful white sand beaches, and you can find some of them right at Fort De Soto Park.
Take a romantic stroll hand in hand on the miles of serene, sandy beach and take in incredible views of the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay from atop the Fort.
Visit the iconic Spanish-American War-era fort with its artillery holds and firing galleys. Climb up to the top of the Fort for even more amazing vistas, or visit the Quartermaster Museum within it.
If you're feeling adventurous, launch your kayaks or paddleboards into the waters around the park and explore! You can even make a weekend of it and reserve a camp spot.
28. Go on a day trip to Honeymoon Island State Park.
Treat your special someone to a romantic day trip from Tampa Bay and explore the beauty of Honeymoon Island State Park. Not only does this secluded getaway offer four miles of picturesque beaches, but it also has a three-mile trail through one of the last remaining virgin slash pine forests.
Once you have explored Honeymoon Island, take the ferry to Caladesi Island for gorgeous sunsets and incredible views. These islands provide numerous opportunities for couples to share beautiful memories that will last a lifetime!
29. Enjoy the Sunset at Pier 60
Head to the beach to enjoy some of the most magical sunsets in Florida. Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach hosts a nightly celebration well, and you can watch the sunset in style.
The sunsets here are so beautiful they attract large crowds who come out to enjoy the spectacle. Every night there is live music, street performers, and artisans who all come together to create a festive atmosphere that you can share with your special someone.
30. Tap a dip in a Florida Spring.
Crystal-clear water, nature trails, and underground caves make Florida Springs the perfect spot for couples to dip their toes in adventure.
Couples can explore the various springs near Tampa Bay and discover why this unique combination of spring water, natural beauty, and history has been drawing in visitors from near and far for centuries.
Homosassa Springs is located just an hour outside of Tampa. You can head east to Ginnie Springs or Rainbow Springs, both visitor favorites.
31. Go Kayaking at the Weedon Island Preserve
Tampa Bay is an ideal location for couples looking to get out and explore. One of the many attractions in the area that makes for a great date is kayaking at the Weedon Island Preserve.
What better way to get close to nature than gliding across the open water with a special someone? There are plenty of kayaking trails, and Weedon Island also offers hiking trails and guided tours every month. It's sure to create lasting memories you and your significant other can look back fondly on.
32. Spend the day at Clearwater Beach.
Clearwater Beach is the perfect destination for couples looking for a fun day in the sun. This area of Tampa Bay is home to miles of beach, plenty of shopping and entertainment, numerous restaurants, various water sports, and more.
You can stroll along the pier and take in beautiful views of the Gulf Coast or even rent a cabana to enjoy a lazy day in the sun.
33. Go on a movie date at the Ruskin family drive-in.
Get a little nostalgic with a movie night at the Ruskin Family Drive In. This drive in theatre features both first run movies as well as classic and they show two movies every night.
They even have a snack bar where you can purchase everything from corn dogs and nachos to freshly baked whole pizzas.
Best Time to Visit Tampa Bay, Florida
Tampa Bay is a beautiful destination for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Summertime can be hot and humid.
From October through December temperatures are still warm however the humidity is lower making it a great time of year for outdoor dining.
Winter provides an opportunity to cozy up together, with seasonal festivals and holiday cheer found in nearly every corner of the city.
Springtime is perhaps the best time of all, with blooming flowers and mild weather that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Where to Stay in Tampa Bay Florida
Tampa Bay is a great destination for couples looking to have an exciting and memorable vacation. Here is a list of some recommended hotels for the perfect getaway:
The Current Hotel
⭐️ RATING: 8.7/10 | ⏳ 📍 LOCATION: Tampa Bay Harbor | ✅ Book it!
The Current Hotel is the perfect place for couples to enjoy Tampa Bay and all that it has to offer. Every room offers a breathtaking view of the bay, along with access to the beach, rooftop lounge, and pool overlooking the sparkling expanse of the open sea.
In addition, this hotel provides all its guests with a friendly atmosphere and service that will make them feel right at home. From sunrise to sunset, The Current Hotel is a great place for couples to relax in style and comfort.
JW Marriot Tampa Water Street
⭐️ RATING: 9/10 | 📍 LOCATION: Downtown Tampa | ✅ Book it!
The JW Marriot Tampa is ideal for couples looking for a getaway. Located in downtown Tampa, it offers amazing views and many activities that couples can enjoy together. From the outdoor swimming pool to the free bikes available to explore the city, there's something for everyone.
And with its friendly staff, you're sure to feel at home. With so much to do and see, the JW Marriot Tampa is the perfect place for couples searching for an unforgettable experience.
FAQs about Tampa Bay, Florida
Where is Tampa, Florida, located?
Tampa is located on the west coast of Florida, specifically on the Tampa Bay in Hillsborough County.
How to get to Tampa, Florida?
Depending on where you are coming from, you can get to Tampa by plane, car, bus, or train. Tampa International Airport is the main airport serving the city, with non-stop flights to many major U.S. cities.
The city is also well-connected by major highways and has a Greyhound bus station and an Amtrak train station.
What is the best way to get around Tampa, Florida?
The best way to get around Tampa is with a car. If you are in downtown Tampa you have a few options such as the bike ride share or the Pirate Water taxi.
If you choose not to rent a car you can opt for Uber which are relatively inexpensive and easy to book.
What's the coolest neighborhood in Tampa?
Most people will say the coolest neighborhood in Tampa is Seminole Heights, thanks to its hip vibe, diverse dining scene, and community events.
However, for couples, our pick goes to Hyde Park Village for its shops, ambiance, and fantastic bar and restaurant scene.
Does Tampa have nightlife?
Yes, Tampa has a thriving nightlife scene, with everything from bars and nightclubs to concert venues and theaters.
Ybor City is usually the first place people think of when thinking of nightlife in Tampa; however, SoHo is also an excellent place for drinks and dancing.
What part of Tampa has the best nightlife?
Ybor City is known for having the best nightlife in Tampa, with its historic buildings, lively bars, and clubs that cater to all types of music and crowds.
Is Tampa more fun than Miami?
It depends. Tampa can be more fun than Miami, depending on your vacation style. Tampa and Miami offer different experiences.
While Miami is known for its glamorous nightlife and beaches, Tampa has a more laid-back vibe focusing on cultural attractions, outdoor activities, and family-friendly entertainment.
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Romantic Things to Do in Tampa for Couples
Tampa Bay is a beautiful city. It may be known for its sunny weather and family-friendly attractions. Still, it also has plenty of romantic activities for couples looking to spice up their love life. From sunset walks on the beach to tiki boat rides, there are many ways to create unforgettable memories in this vibrant city.
Some of the most romantic things to do in Tampa include visiting the beautiful Tampa Riverwalk, kayaking on the Hillsborough River, and taking a sunset dinner cruise along the bay. Couples can also enjoy a picnic in one of the many parks or sip champagne in Hyde Park Village.
With so much to do in the Tampa Bay area, couples can find something for every occasion. Whether you want to create lasting memories or enjoy each other's company, there is something in Tampa that will make your special day even better.
So will I see you in Tampa?