How To Have a Great Experience in Hyde Park

If you’ve ever wanted to get the full experience in Tampa Bay, one of the best places to wine, dine, and shop is Hyde Park. Located just southwest of downtown Tampa, Hyde Park is bursting with niche shops, artisan restaurants, cultural flare, and it’s the perfect place to walk around during the cooler part of the day. Although this shopping village of Tampa was not considered to have the best “vibe” back in the early 2000’s as it never quite hit its groove, it has gone through a progressive refurbishment to become a local favorite, filled with lots of shopping, unique restaurants, cafe’s, bars, and coffee shops. No more worrying about what the family wants to agree on – take your pick!

We’re going to suggest our choice for a great lunch, coffee, dinner, and dessert!

Lunch (or breakfast): Goody Goody Burger

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Goody Goody™ was a Tampa tradition that opened in 1925 and previously closed in 2005. It was a local and legendary burger joint with multiple locations around Tampa.

The equally legendary Gonzmart family of Columbia Restaurant fame bought the rights and reopened the concept in Hyde Park a couple years ago to bring some iconic charm to the shopping district. Goody Goody Burger is obviously known for – you guessed it – burgers with its signature sauce. But at the end of the day, it’s 50’s American southern diner feel, with cobblers, onion rings, shakes – and a breakfast menu you would die for, are what makes it a must try! There’s something Marty McFly about how their comfort food transports your taste buds back, to the sights, sounds, flavors, and aromas of a simpler time, especially those of their delicious pies made every day (can someone say butterscotch!!).

Dining with kids? There’s no way you can beat the value of their kids meals, and the unique activities will keep little ones thoroughly occupied while you navigate the extensive menu.

Whether you’re exploring Hyde Park in the morning, lunch, or late night, you’ve got to check out this icon and experience a flashback to the history and heritage of early Tampa.

Insider Tip: Not sure whether you’re gonna care for their signature tomato-based sauce (heartier and less smooth than ketchup)? We think it’s fun and tangy. Ask for it on the side and at least try it. A dab goes great on the breakfast sandwiches and fries too!

Coffee: Buddy Brew

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For a great cup of coffee, you have to check out Buddy Brew.  Buddy Brew is (probably) the most popular coffee in Tampa. They have multiple locations and many local coffee shops also offer their grounds. But if you’re going trying to pick the right location to test it out, you won’t be disappointed with Hyde Park.

Dinner: Bartaco

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Looking for a unique dinner that you will absolutely love?! Try out Bartaco. The food is not just one-of-a-kind – the experience is as well. Throw away traditional ordering – you simply sit at your table, choose your food/drink(s) of choice on a cue card, place the cue on a stand – and they deliver it right to you. You’ll spend hours hanging out with friends and family without having to take a break to order. We seriously love this place.

Dessert: Sprinkles

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Are you a fan of cupcakes? If you’re not, don’t answer – because otherwise we cannot be friends! 😆 Sprinkles has a wide variety of cookies and cupcakes that will melt in your mouth! Have everyone in your party pick their favorite and take a walk down the main street where there are plenty of benches – or simply enjoy it at their place. This is a great ending spot to a wonderful day, because it’s also right next to the garage where you will likely have parked. Late night? No worries, Sprinkles offers a Cupcake ATM that will vend at all hours!


Want to discover more of what Tampa Bay has to offer? SerVacations offers exciting single-day and multi-day vacations for families, couples, groups of all ages, and seniors! We offer custom volunteer vacations where you serve at local non-profits in the morning and see all the sights in the afternoon. Our vacations are designed to help you unwind from the daily grind and leave you feeling more connected to one another and the community you are visiting. To learn more, check out our Current Tours page or contact us about setting up a custom experience for your family, your church group, or even just yourself!

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!

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.

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!