Having a fun and romantic evening doesn’t need to cost a fortune! Check out these top Tampa Bay date nights for a memorable and budget-friendly evening out together.
Take a Yoga Class at Curtis Hixon Park
Every Sunday evening, yogis unite for a relaxed flow down at Curtis Hixon, the waterfront park located in the heart of Downtown Tampa. The Tampa skyline provides an artistic backdrop with even more architectural views to your right at the University of Tampa. The class is free but there is $5 suggested donation per person. BYOM (bring your own mat), towel and water bottle. YogaDowntownTampa.com
Do a St. Pete Mural Tour on Bike
Thanks to Shine On Mural Festival, St. Pete is full of murals on what seems like every corner. Since there is a plethora along the stretch of Central Avenue that goes from Downtown to the Grand Central District, all beautiful in their own unique right, the best way to see them is by bike. Coast bikes, new to the St. Pete area, cost $8 an hour (or $15/month for an hour/day). The bikes allow you to cover more ground and explore each neighborhood without having to walk. CoastBikeShare.com/stpete/
Gaze Into the Stars at the Planetarium
Sit under the stars in St. Pete College’s 24-foot domed theater known as the Star Theater. Friday night shows are hosted by a local astronomer who shares his/her vast knowledge of constellations while showing featured images. Sit back, look up and get ready to be transported into space. After the show, make your way up to the rooftop observatory where you can gaze into a telescope to see the real thing. Two showings happen every Friday night while college is in session – at 7pm and 8:15pm. Shows last approximately 45 minutes and the rooftop observatory viewing is only possible after the late showing.
Enjoy Food Truck Fare at The Sail Pavilion
The Sail Pavilion sits right on the Hillsborough River and is the only 360-degree waterfront bar in Tampa. It’s also home to the Brews and Bites Food Truck Rally, a dog-friendly gathering held on the second Friday of every month. Choose from multiple food trucks while sipping on local craft beer and listening to live entertainment. Festivities begin at 6pm and go to 11pm. No Cover charge. Food ranges from $8-$12.
See a Movie in the Park
Bring a blanket, bottle of wine and homemade cheese board (or picnic of choice) to enjoy while taking in a movie at Straub Park in Downtown St. Pete. Every Thursday evening in the months of May and October, St. Pete Preservation transforms the park into an outdoor movie theater. Live music from various local bands begin at 7pm with the movie starting at dusk. Local tip: Get there early as this event is wildly popular and fills up quickly. FREE
Tour the Historic Tampa Theater
Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most aesthetically pleasing movie theaters around by taking the “balcony to backstage” tour at the historic Tampa Theater. The classic architecture and ornate design of this lavish “movie palace” will make you feel like you’ve been whisked away to the Italian Renaissance. Guaranteed to give you romantic feelings. Tours cost $10. See the website for scheduled tour times. TampaTheater.org
Feature image credit: Straub Park in Downtown St. Pete