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Spring Break in Tampa Bay: What’s still open and more fun things to do!

Spring Break Things to Do in Tampa Bay-there are still some ways to play, just make sure to wash those hands, avoid touching your face, and keep your distance from others.

*Note: The situation regarding coronavirus is fluid and things change quickly. Be sure to check with each place to ensure they are still open before visiting.

Spring break 2020 is finally upon us and it’s one that will likely go down in the history books. As news of the coronavirus changes each day and derails spring break vacation plans, we’re all feeling a bit frazzled.

While we still want to practice good hand washing habits and social distancing of six feet from others, if you and the kids are strong and healthy, there are still plenty of things to do.

Here are some ideas to get you out and about:

Head to the beach! 

*UPDATE: Public beaches are closing throughout the area, so it’s a good idea to avoid the beach now as news continues to evolve.

There are so many beautiful beaches in Tampa Bay to seek a little bit of extra space and more sun! If you want to explore something a little off the beaten path, try Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island. 

Try to avoid the more popular beaches for now to be safe. If the beach is crowded, move on to another one. We’ve got plenty of coastline here in Tampa Bay!

Go for a hike at a local park/nature trail

Go for a hike on a nature trail! Wheedon Island Preserve in St. Petersburg and Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa are some popular parks among families. Here’s a great resource for hiking trails in Tampa Bay!

Bring a picnic basket and plenty of water for an all day adventure among nature and in the shade of beautiful trees! Keep in mind that group activities and events have been cancelled at all state parks, however the parks will remain open for camping and visitors.

Head to a local U-Pick Farm

Inhale all of the fresh air and take in the sun’s rays as you and the kids hunt for the best strawberries, sweetest oranges and greenest veggies! There are so many unique farms in Tampa Bay to discover! We’re sharing some favorite spots here! Be sure to check with each farm’s website or social media pages as u-pick hours and days vary. (And maintain social distancing.)

Stay at home and organize the house!

Okay, so this doesn’t exactly sound like loads of fun, but an organized closet or pantry can be rewarding!

Run and play at your neighborhood park or discover a new one!

Playground equipment is kinda iffy right now, but many neighborhood parks have wide open spaces to explore! Bring a ball for a game of soccer or plan a relay race! One of our favorite big parks is Julian B Lane Waterfront Park in Tampa! Here are some other options too in our guide of Parks and Playgrounds in Tampa Bay! *Tampa city parks are open until further notice. Facilities and pools are closed effective March 15. 

Learn something new online!

Ease up on the screen time limits for a bit and let the kids learn something new with some of these great websites-they can tour a museum, go on a virtual field trip, brush up on academics and more! We’re sharing some of our favorite sites here.

Take a splash in the pool

According to experts,”The chlorine concentration in a properly chlorinated pool is enough to kill other types of Coronaviruses, so it is likely to have the same effect on SARS-COV-2.” NOTE: YMCA and City of Tampa pools are temporarily closed.

Take advantage of ONLINE fun from Glazer Children’s Museum:

Almost every museum is temporarily closed right now as a precaution against coronavirus, but Glazer Children’s Museum is still finding ways to share the fun and learning! The museum has launched this new site to help keep kids entertained at home:

Related: Keeping Connected During COVID-19 Closures: Local Attractions Launch Facebook Live and Videos

*Be sure to follow us on Facebook! We’ll be working to share fun things to do as we see them pop up!

Note:  Keep in mind that things could change, so be sure to visit each attraction’s website and/or social media pages for more information.

We have also created a webpage dedicated to COVID-19/coronavirus resources.

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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