Here’s 15 Unique Venues in Tampa Bay You Should Know About

July 21, 2021

While there is an abundance of incredible hotel, waterfront and industrial wedding venues around Tampa Bay, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some true gems. These unique spots offer character and a dreamy escape within the Tampa Bay area for your elopement or microwedding. 

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St. Pete Shuffleboard Club

Come fall in love with the history, culture, and character of St. Pete’s oldest shuffleboard club. The open space and charming lights make for a perfect elopement ceremony right on the shuffleboard courts. After your ceremony take photos outside of the club by the oversized banyan tree or the lake waterfront. The photo op’s are endless here! 

Photo by Regina: The Photographer

Green Bench Brewery

Beer lovers look no further. As St. Petersburg’s first microbrewery, Green bench brewery boasts a beautiful ceremony backdrop of charming brewery equipment or the airy outdoor courtyard. Enjoy the classic simplicity that Green Bench has to offer, then cheers to starting a new life together!

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Cross Creek Ranch

Looking for a spot that’s rustic but still a bit glam? On the grounds at Cross Creek Ranch you’ll find a renovated Carriage House (great for getting ready!), open-air chapel and oak trees draped in Spanish moss. Talk about a picturesque celebration beneath the trees with vintage cafe tables and more!

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ZooTampa at Lowry Park

From the Ituri Forest Patio to the Savanna Oasis, ZooTampa offers a number of unique spaces to consider for your ceremony or reception! Surrounded by lush greenery and maybe even some exotic creatures, you can tie the knot and score some impressive wedding photos. It’s the perfect spot for nature and animal lovers alike.

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The Florida Aquarium

Calling all ocean lovers! At the Florida Aquarium, you can have your dream ceremony under the sea. With more than 2,000 aquatic animals and impressive marine environments to observe (the coral reef is a half-million-gallon space!), this location offers a number of indoor and outdoor areas for your ceremony or reception. 

Photo by Amber McWhorter

Wild Roots

Plant and nature enthusiasts, this quaint venue is for you! Wild Roots Nursery is located in St. Pete and is overflowing with lush greenery and plants. This venue is perfect for a boho inspired elopement inside the nursery.

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Yacht Starship

Who says you have to get married on land? Venture out on Yacht StarShip and have your elopement ceremony on the seas! These luxurious yachts dock at different points around the Tampa Bay area with multiple decks for entertaining and to enjoy during your cruise. We highly recommend considering a sunset cruise for magical views of the city skylines.

Photo by Jessica Cruz Photography

Sunken Gardens

A botanical paradise! Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg boasts thousands of tropical flowers, lush greenery and romantic waterfalls. We love their outdoor spaces for a truly magical elopement ceremony, but they also have an indoor space, The Garden Room, if you wish to plan for an indoor setup. Trust us, you’ll want to see this beautiful spot with your own eyes because photos don’t do it justice!

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The Orlo

You could pass right by this beautiful wedding venue without realizing it! A transformed historic home with an attached ballroom, The Orlo is both simple yet extravagant. This charming piece of real estate can hold weddings from 20 to 200 guests, includes rooms for getting ready and all the charm this area of South Tampa has to offer. 

Photo via Marry Me Tampa Bay

Le Meridien

This historic building has become an ideal photo and wedding spot in downtown Tampa. What was once a century-old Federal Courthouse was renovated into a beautiful venue with four different event spaces. Have a ceremony outside on the steps or inside this location that’s a part of the National Register of Historic Places — and the only 4 Diamond designation in the downtown area!

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The Birchwood

Nestled in the heart of downtown St. Pete is a secluded terrace for you to have a rooftop wedding overlooking the bay and downtown sites. You’ll have views of famous landmarks, like the Vinoy Hotel and The St. Pete Pier. Plus, you can head across the street to North Straub Park as a backdrop for wedding photos!

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Nova 535

This historic spot in St. Petersburg has a modern flair! Previously a five-and-dime in downtown St. Pete, this spot has been completely renovated (though you’ll still find it’s 1920 clay brick walls on the property_. The open-air private courtyard is the perfect spot for a romantic ceremony surrounded by 30-feet-tall bamboo with string lights. 

Photo by Ashley Izquierdo


This space in Tampa Heights is one of the older downtown venues — it was constructed in the early 1900s and still has all of its charm. This location can easily be transformed to meet your vision whether you’re planning an elopement just for two or planning a microwedding with close friends and family. It also offers an attached room and outdoor area for cocktails, dinner and more!

Photo by Ashley Izquierdo

Ybor City Gardens

A state park in the heart of Tampa’s own little NOLA, called Ybor City! Ybor City is one of only three National Historic Landmark Districts located in the State of Florida. Cobblestone streets and huge old cigar factory buildings make up this historic and legendary town. The Gardens are a unique Mediterranean-style garden oasis filled with flowers and plants, statuary and a beautiful fountain.

Photo by Amber McWhorter

Rooftop 220

A relatively newer space in the city, Rooftop 220 offers fantastic views of downtown Tampa and the Hillsborough River! It features both an indoor area as well as an open-air deck on top of Armature Works. You’ll be walking distance from some of the most beautiful areas of downtown, best photo spots and delicious food in the Heights Public Market.

Curious about planning your celebration in any of these spots? Connect with us here! You can also view some of our other frequent Tampa Bay ceremony and reception locations here


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