There is so many things to do in Tampa, but being a college student on a tight budget can really limit those options. However, I’ve come up with a list of six things to do in Tampa that won’t break the bank.
- Go to Lettuce Lake.
If you are feeling up to being outdoors, I recommend going to Lettuce Lake. It was one of the places that I wish I knew about sooner because it’s only a few minutes down the road from the University of South Florida. It only costs two dollars to experience the trails and beautiful views of the water. A lot of animals such as birds and alligators can be spotted, so if you’re interested in wildlife photography, it’s an excellent place for that.
- Visit the Florida Aquarium.
The Florida Aquarium is fun for everyone. The volunteers and staff are working hard to protect and restore our planet by taking the initiative on many conservation efforts. This includes Florida’s coral, sea turtles, sharks and more! There is an abundance of animals to look at and opportunities to educate oneself about different ecosystems.
- Have a beach day.
The beach has always been a place where I could think clearly. I recommend bringing a blanket and going to see the sunset. Some beaches will offer paddle boarding between certain hours, so if you are feeling adventurous, you should go check that out. Groupon has a lot of discounts on beach activities too.
- Check out USF Riverfront Park.
USF Riverfront Park has canoes and 2-person kayaks for ten dollars and 1-person kayaks for five dollars. It’s a great way to spend time with friends or significant others in nature without having to break the bank.
- See a movie at Studio Movie Grill.
Studio Movie Grill is a great place to go if you want to relax and eat dinner with great company. They have special ticket prices on select days such as five-dollar Tuesdays and six dollars on Wednesdays for college students.
- Visit the Tampa Museum of Art.
The Tampa Museum of Art is located downtown and is free for college students with an ID! They’re encouraging students to educate themselves about different artists by continuously introducing new exhibitions to their museum.