TAMPA, Florida – We all know this summer is going to be hot, so why not find ways to keep entertained while making the most of the air conditioning? Here are 10 indoor activities around Tampa Bay that you should try.
1. Florida Aquarium—Tampa
One of the best ways to stay cool is to visit the marine life! The Florida Aquarium is open 7 days a week and has unique habitats like Stingray Beach where you can pet stingrays and Moon Bay, which is just one of the few exhibits in the United States where you can touch jellyfish. moon. Plus, from July 1 through August 5, they’ll be hosting their Aqua Nights on Fridays, which include extended hours, live entertainment, and delicious food trucks.
2. Replay Amusement Museum—Tarpon Springs
Replay Amusement Museum is an interactive experience where you are actually encouraged to touch the screens! You pay once and can play all day trying 120 arcade games and pinball machines dating back to the 1960s. Above the machines is information about the tops so customers can know when it was built and by which it was made. Replay is also home to the world’s largest pinball machine—Hercules manufactured by Atari in 1979. Fewer than 400 were created, and the pinball machine is so large that it uses a cue ball from a pool table.
Play vintage pinball and arcade games at the Replay Amusement Museum | Taste and See Tampa Bay
3. LALA St. Pete—Downtown St. Pete
LALA is a restaurant/karaoke lounge concept where customers can reserve a table or a private karaoke room. There are 7 rooms to choose from, each with its own theme such as Studio LALA which has a Studio 54 vibe or the Speakeasy room. The rooms have a capacity ranging from 5 to 16 people and you can order food and drinks to be delivered to your room. There are over 40,000 songs in their catalog and sessions last two hours.
LALA St. Pete is Tampa Bay’s New Karaoke Hot Spot | Taste and See Tampa Bay
Who doesn’t love bowling? For over 60 years, Pin Chasers has been Tampa’s home for bowling, food and fun. They have a new Pin Chasers XTRA app where you can pre-book your lane, order food in your lane, earn 10% cash back for every dollar spent, and track your game scores.
Pin Hunters | morning mix
5. Sunshine Kitty Catfe—Saint PETERSBOURG
Pet, cuddle and hang out with adorable kittens at St. Pete’s premier cat cafe. Sunshine Kitty Catfe is a place to help cats get adopted as well as a therapeutic oasis for community members. Have a coffee, lie down, read a book and let the furry friends come to you. There are plenty of toys for you and the cats to play with, and if you fall in love during your session and decide you want to take one home, the adoption process can be taken care of at the cafe.
Hang out with kittens at St. Pete’s First Cat Cafe | Taste and See Tampa Bay
6. Beyond Van Gogh—sarasota
Vincent Van Gogh’s work has come to life in Tampa Bay! Using state-of-the-art projection technology and an original score, Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience breathes new life into over 300 of Van Gogh’s works. The last day to check it out is Sunday, July 24.
Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience in Sarasota, Florida
7. St. Pete Fairgrounds—Saint PETERSBOURG
This immersive art museum is geared towards engaging the five senses. It’s set up like a motel with several different rooms, but it’s unlike any place you’ve stayed. The museum features the work of 60 different artists, and 90% of these artists are local to Florida.
St. Pete’s Fairgrounds offers an immersive art experience | Taste and See Tampa Bay
8. Atelier RA—Tampa
Create your own works of art in this DIY workshop! choose from a range of projects to try, including chunky knit blankets and a variety of wood projects. The workshop also offers specialty classes led by local guests, such as creating a charcuterie board, candles or a succulent box. Guests are allowed to bring their own beer, wine, juice and snacks.
Create Custom Crafts at AR Workshop Tampa | Taste and See Tampa Bay
9. Chihuly Collection/Morean Arts Center—Downtown St. Pete
It is the largest permanent collection of Dale Chihuly’s glass artworks nationally. See the colored glass transformed into beautiful sculptures and structures. The Contemporary Gallery at the Morean Arts Center is free to enter and features thought-provoking exhibits. Four exhibitions by local and national artists/curators are shown at a time and are rotated every few weeks. At Morean Glass Studio, go behind the scenes and watch resident glass artists create one-of-a-kind works of art. All the pieces created are on sale in the adjoining glassworks. Get inspired and take a glass art course or book a unique glass experience!
The Morean Arts Center has been in St. Pete for 103 years | Taste and See Tampa Bay
10. Selfie WRLD—Tampa
Selfie WRLD is a place like no other in Tampa Bay – and for any Instagram lover out there, it’s definitely something to add to your to-do list. This selfie museum is more than just interactive art, it’s a DIY photography studio. The Tampa location has 12 8×8 rooms with different themes, plus 12 additional panels and stages, all of which change approximately every two months. Date slots are one hour, and each group gets a ring light and Bluetooth remote to connect to your phone, and there are changing rooms if you want to take pictures in a variety of different outfits.
This selfie studio in Tampa is perfect for Instagram photos | Taste and See Tampa Bay