7 Activities to Do in Tampa Bay While Social Distancing

January 18, 2021

Hit the Trails

Get outside and enjoy some sunshine! There are countless trails and bike paths throughout the Tampa Bay area to enjoy. The best part? If you don’t have a bike, you can easily rent one throughout the city for the day. Most of the trails also have restaurant and bar options along the way to enjoy if those legs get tired. Here’s a few of our favorite paths:

Bayshore Boulevard

The Tampa Riverwalk

The Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail

The Dunedin Causeway

The Pinellas Trail

Photo via Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

St. Petersburg Street Art Tour

Did you know that there are more than 90 unique murals around St. Pete?! For all of you art lovers, we highly recommend grabbing some ice cream and taking your own tour of all of these custom creations. If you’re trying to figure out where to start, check out this ultimate list of street art locations in St. Petersburg to reference.

Photo via The Tampa Riverwalk

Get Out on the Water

The Tampa Bay waterways offer up some of the best views around the city. It’s easy to score a paddle board or kayak rental to be able to enjoy them yourselves or with your family. You can find rentals available at these three locations: the Marriott Water Street, the Grand Hyatt Bay, and the Current Hotel at Rocky Point. Looking for some extra fun? You can also reserve a spot with Kraken Cycleboats (they offer boozy, party boats rides!) to enjoy with a group as well.

Photo via Rooftop Cinema Club

Movie Night at the Drive-In

While many movie theaters are still closed, you can watch some of your favorite classics or new flicks at one of the local drive-in spots! All of these locations have been operating with Covid-19 precautions in place to ensure social distancing and keeping guests safe. Be sure to get there early to get the best parking spot, bring lots of cozy blankets and pillows for the trunk, and bring cash for concessions! It wouldn’t hurt to bring your own battery-operated, handheld radio either to broadcast the movie in your car. Here’s a few of the most popular drive-ins:

Silvermoon Drive-In Movie Theatre – Lakeland, FL

Joy-Lan Drive-In Theatre – Dade City, FL

Ruskin Family Drive-In Movie Theater– Ruskin, FL

Armature Works Drive-In Movie Theater (Pop-Up Location) – Tampa, FL

Photo via Zoo Tampa

Spend the Day at the Zoo

Hop in your car for a day of adventure at Zoo Tampa. This family-friendly spot offers you the ability to discover more than 1,000 animals from this primarily outdoor experience. At this time, the zoo has enforced the usage of masks for any indoor locations throughout the zoo grounds and is limiting the number of guests to ensure a safe capacity. Check out their website here for more information.

Photo via Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

Stroll Down the St. Pete Pier

Explore the newly opened St. Pete Pier! Located in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg and surrounded by a plethora of restaurant options, you can easily make a day of it. Take a look at the city’s latest art installations by the water, grab a fresh grouper sandwich and maybe even do some shopping at local boutiques. There are both family-friendly and more intimate options depending on your travel plans. 

Photo via Tripadvisor

Soak Up Some Sun

There’s nothing better than a beach day, and luckily, you’ve got your pick of some fabulous local beaches to enjoy. So grab your beach chairs and head to any of these amazing spots below. All of these areas are surrounded by restaurant, bar and shopping options to visit while you’re around and waiting to watch a gorgeous sunset:

Clearwater Beach

St. Petersburg Beach

Indian Rocks Beach

Fort Desoto Beach/Park

Honeymoon Island State Park

Treasure Island Beach  


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