CityPASS® Blog

Articles by City & Category

Things To Do in Tampa for Couples

May 24, 2023 By CityPASS

If you're headed to sunny Tampa with your better half, you won’t want to miss this essential guide. From fun things to do in Tampa for couples to special events, shops, dining options, and more, your romantic Tampa getaway awaits.

So let’s dive right in!

1. Check Out Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay's Largest Theme Park

Are you and your partner in the mood for thrilling rides, exotic animal spotting, and unique souvenirs? Then head straight for Busch Gardens, the largest theme park in the Tampa Bay area.

With plenty of exciting rides — including the newest Cobra’s Curse spin coaster — and over 12,000 animals to admire, this is hands down one of the best things to do in Tampa with your significant other, regardless of your age!

2. Visit Lowry Park, One of the Best Zoos in the Country

Speaking of animals, Tampa is also home to the famous ZooTampa at Lowry Park. With its long list of accolades, this 2,400-square-foot attraction provides many natural habitats to hundreds of animals and is also home to a handful of rides.

Expect to see rhinos, giraffes, hippos, tigers, lions, and Florida native alligators and crocodiles during your visit. And if your Tampa itinerary allows, it’s a good idea to visit ZooTampa in the morning, when the animals are typically livelier and the lines for rides much shorter.

3. Experience Marine Life and Spectacular Views on a Sunset Cruise

Sunset? Check. Stunning views? Check. Romantic moments with your partner? Check.

If all this sounds dreamy, be prepared to turn it into a reality by booking a special Tampa sunset cruise. The city operates a few different cruise lines that offer early evening trips complete with fancy dinners, stylish cocktails, and, of course, plenty of cheek-to-cheek dancing with your loved one.

While on board, remember to keep your eyes peeled for some of the local marine life that might be swimming right below you.

4. Walk Along the Hillsborough River at the Tampa Riverwalk

If you are looking for a beautiful, scenic place for a romantic stroll, the Tampa Riverwalk is ideal. This path connects many of Tampa’s famous parks, attractions, and some unmissable restaurants for foodies.

As you stroll, you will also be able to enjoy plenty of photo opportunities, including the Tampa Museum of Art, the Heights Public Market, Curtis Hixon Park, the Convention Center, Waterworks Park, and the Tampa Bay History Center.

As a bonus, this Tampa Riverwalk is easily accessible to everyone, including people on bikes, in wheelchairs, or those traveling with a pet.

5. Enjoy the Late-Night Clubs and Bars of Ybor City

If you and your partner are night owls who love to dance and bar hop until sunrise, be sure to check out Tampa's iconic Ybor City.

This hip Tampa district is abuzz with some of the most vibrant nightlife the city has to offer, as well as yummy food from a variety of cultures. It's also home to some very cool retail shops, so you can head to Ybor City in the afternoon and then stay for the evening for some dancing and live music.

6. Visit Armature Works for an Entertaining Food and Drink Experience

Another must-see location for couples spending time in Tampa is Armature Works. This vibrant and historic hub has it all: unique exhibitions, contemporary cafes and restaurants, and thought-provoking art and culture.

And there's a super-romantic bonus for you and your partner: The stunning views of the Hillsborough River stretch out in front of you as you sip on an innovative cocktail and munch on some incredible food.

7. See a Show or Hockey Game at Amalie Arena

Sport-obsessed couples will not want to miss a trip to the legendary Amalie Arena. This is the home and permanent location for the National Hockey League's (NHL) Tampa Bay Lightning, but it also hosts other sports — such as basketball and arena football — as well as concerts and events.

And whatever event you choose, remember to check out the ice hockey memorabilia at the arena’s shop before you leave!

8. Explore Tampa's Must-See Aquariums

In addition to its fabulous zoo, Tampa also has two great aquariums — the Florida Aquarium and Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

The Florida Aquarium is considered one of the region's best aquariums and features a vast range of sea creatures from across the globe. It's also home to over 20,000 different plants and the aquarium’s must-see: a million-gallon coral reef display with more than 200 species of fish.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is located in Clearwater, which is a short drive from downtown Tampa. Here, you can admire a wide range of rescued marine animals, including dolphins, turtles, otters, pelicans, and even sharks.

The aquarium also hosts regular events for visitors, including the famous Sunsips by the Bay, where you and your partner can relax and enjoy a glass of local wine while spending quality time with the rescued dolphins.

Book Tickets to Popular Things To Do in Tampa

There are so many amazing things to do in Tampa for couples. From world-class cuisine to exotic animals and sea creatures, from stunning nature trails to romantic sunset cruises and heart-pumping ice hockey games, there is something for every couple.

With so much to choose from, exploring Tampa with CityPASS® tickets is the best way to experience all that this fantastic city offers.

So what are you waiting for? Book your Tampa trip with CityPASS® tickets today!

Tampa Bay Lodging

To get the most out of your stay in Tampa Bay, we recommend finding lodging near Tampa Bay's top attractions. Use this map to find the right lodging for you:

Related Articles

Get inspired. #citypass