- The list below includes 233 free or cheap things to do in or near Tampa, Florida, including 82 different types of inexpensive activities like Neighborhoods, Breweries, History Museums and Parks.
- From Lettuce Lake Park to Bayshore Boulevard, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Tampa and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Tarpon Springs, Largo, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
The Robinson Nature Preserve in Bradenton, Florida is an exquisite nature preserve that is a popular destination for wildlife photography, birdwatching, hiking and spending quiet time alone or with friends. Bicycles are allowed on the Preserve's trails.
A paintball complex that caters to players of all experience levels, from beginner to tournament veteran, Central Florida Paintball spans over 12 acres. The facility has a variety of courses, including inflatable fields and wooded areas.
Displaying the work of a local photographer, The Wildlife Gallery displays the photographs of exotic animals from Africa, Antarctica, Australia, and the Galapagos Islands. Among the animals featured in the photos are grizzly bears, kangaroos, and crabs.
Nestled in Bradenton, Florida, Mixon Fruit Farms is a working produce farm, farm store and event venue. This attraction includes a wildlife refuge co-managed by the Florida Wildlife Care & Education Center. Tours are available.
Extending more than 3 miles along the shore front, Lake Manatee State Park, also includes marshlands and forested areas for visitors to enjoy. Activities include hiking, fishing, kayaking, and swimming while picnic areas are also available.
The Carmike Palm Cinema 3 movie theater is a family friendly facility that presents live performances, musical concerts, sporting events, and Hollywood productions. The movie theater also has a 78-ft wide movie screen.
In 2011, O'Brien Family Farms was opened up to the public as both a retail market and an educational center dedicated to educating visitors on the benefits of locally grown fruits and vegetables. Schedule a tour to witness the modern methods being used to produce their crops.
Nestled in beautiful Dunedin, Florida, Honeymoon Island State Park features warm Gulf waters, sandy beaches and verdant, shady vegetation. The Park also includes plentiful mangrove trees, vibrant marine wildlife and many gorgeous spots for nature photography.
Explore Bradenton's beautiful beaches on horseback with an hour-long ride courtesy of BeachHorses. The company runs two low-tide excursions every day, and also offers 'horseski' and 'horsesurf' experiences for experienced riders.