Free Things to Do in Tampa Bay

Looking to get out of the house this weekend without breaking the bank? Lucky for you, there are loads of attractions around Tampa that you can explore – all free of charge! We’ve taken the time to compile some of our favorite free things to do in and around Tampa.

Explore Tampa’s Diverse Murals

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Get outside and stretch those legs by checking out the city’s amazing murals! The city of Tampa is continually adding new and breathtaking murals around the city, many of which capture the rich history of Tampa itself! These murals are also a fantastic place for photos. You can learn about the city’s variety of murals and download a walking map by visiting https://www.tampa.gov/art-programs/murals

Free Wine Tasting at Book + Bottle

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Join Book + Bottle for free outdoor wine tasting every Friday! Stop by to see the theme of the week and browse their collection of books. Book + Bottle curates literary fiction, new releases, celebrity book club picks, best sellers, and other mind-opening titles. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to begin your own novel in this quaint and cozy environment.

Sightsee at the Tampa Riverwalk

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Looking to get some fresh air and relax by the riverside? The Tampa Riverwalk is a refreshing, beautiful, 2.7 mile walk along the Hillsborough River that is illuminated during the evenings. Take a stroll or bring your bike along with you and get ready for a day outside.

Set Sail for the Gasparilla Pirate Festival

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Take to the streets of Tampa each January for the exciting Gasparilla Pirate Festival. You won’t find anything like it anywhere else and draws in approximately 300,000 people annually! This festival celebrates the world’s undiscovered treasures and is based off the legends of José Gaspar with a friendly and fun invasion of Tampa! Catch a variety of parades featuring colorful floats and watch downtown Tampa’s harbor fill up with a variety of pirate ships. This cultural extravaganza is one that needs to be part of your Tampa Bay experience.

Oh! And don’t miss the Children’s Parade that happens the week before for a more family-friendly alternative.

Explore John’s Pass

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Take a stroll through John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk! This popular tourist destination features a variety of quaint shops and restaurants for you to peruse. Maybe you’ll find some cute souvenirs to bring home for family and friends! After you’re done looking, you can take a dip in the water on the beach as well. You’re likely to see dolphins in this area too, so keep an eye out.

Want to explore more hidden gems around Tampa? SerVacations offers single-day and multi-day tours perfectly curated for you and your family! Our trips focus on reconnecting with the community and each other and leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Learn more about our exciting tours by visiting our Current Tours page.

 
Duration
Group Size
12 to 50

Homeschool Multi-Day SerVacations

Let us provide your homeschool group’s families with the opportunity to bring learning to life by discovering history, literature, science, and engineering in the places they actually happened! Mom’s and Dad’s can relax and leave the driving to us. With deluxe transportation provided, you can focus on having fun as a family and see more in the same amount of time. Below are some tour itineraries that are pre-designed with homeschool groups in mind, but we can also customize a tour to the destination of your choice. We will be adding new tours on a weekly basis, so keep checking back for new ideas!

Group leaders, we can help make the planning seamless for you whether your are looking to fly or bus from your area, or if you wish to let everyone make their own travel arrangements and meet in destination at the group hotel. Give us a call or contact us by filling out the inquiry form to the right telling us what trips you might be interested in and a possible timeframe, and we’ll be back in touch shortly with a sample itinerary to help you plan a vacation that’s sure to please all your families!

Duration
8 days
Group Size
24 to 40

Father's Day Baseball Lovers Tour of the Heartland! June 12-19, 2024

Make it the best Father's Day ever by traveling the Midwest with dad, enjoying sightseeing, shows, watching baseball, volunteering, and experiencing the best of American hospitality! Families will experience all the best sightseeing in “The Windy City” of Chicago, take a behind-the-scenes tour at historic Wrigley Field, and enjoy a Cubs game! Then you will head to Des Moines, IA for a Volunteer Service Opportunity and a AAA Iowa Cubs game, stopping at the World’s Largest Truck Stop and going to a show! Take a day trip to visit Omaha, Nebraska and the College World Series, home to legendary investor Warren Buffett and the largest city in Nebraska! We’ll then head on to Dyersville, IA to play ball on the Field of Dreams and tour the famous movie site before doing some sightseeing in Galena and Rockford, IL (to learn about the Rockford Peaches made famous in the movie “A League of their Own,”) while heading back to Chicago for the flight home!

* The itinerary below is based on last year’s schedule. Games and theater shows will be selected based on scheduling and availability.

Duration
Group Size
10 to 50

Homeschool Family Day Trips in Central Florida

Are you looking for meaningful , curriculum-based travel experiences with hands-on learning opportunities? Desire to show your children the importance of giving back? Our homeschool day trips combine volunteering and vacation into one, and are a unique and engaging way to supplement their classroom learning. By participating in volunteer vacations with SerVacations you are not only providing your children with unforgettable travels, but you are also instilling valuable lessons about community-building and service. And it’s not just a vacation for the kids! Parents and grandparents love the opportunity to relax for the day, meet other homeschool families, and experience new things through their children’s’ eyes.

Group Leaders, please check out some of our sample tour destinations below. Tell us what you’re interested in by clicking “Ask A Question” to the right and we’ll be in touch with pricing, details, and availability, or call us at 813-498-2229 to get started planning your group’s tour. We provide you with a private URL for your tour, and take care of all the registration and payment for your group. We are adding new itineraries every week. If you have a location in mind, please let us know!