Best Ways to Spend Your Summer in Tampa Bay

There’s no denying it, Summer is here, folks! The kids are on summer break and you have vacation time piling up, so there’s no excuse. Tampa Bay is calling your name!

Our beautiful area offers so much and this list is just a small segment of what Tampa Bay has in store for you this summer. Here are the best ways to spend your summer here in Tampa Bay.

At the Amp | The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre is Tampa Bay’s concert hot-spot. Every summer, they play host to some of the biggest names in music, and this summer is no different. Upcoming shows include: Def Leppard, Dierks Bentley, Kid Rock, Dave Mathews Band, J. Cole, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Brown and Luke Bryan – just to name a few. CW44 and our friends at Beasley Radio (QYK and Wild) attend most of these shows with a tent and SWAG! Plus, the Amp has the best tailgating atmosphere in Tampa Bay.

Credit: Tara Wikoff

Credit: Tara Wikoff

With Billy Gardell | Mike and Molly’s Billy Gardell is coming to St. Pete’s Mahaffey Theater on June 26th! The actor side of Billy is hilarious as officer Mike Biggs on CW44’s M&M, but his standup really allows this comic to shine. The CW44 crew will be attending, so look for us before and during the show. Ticket info here.

Credit: CBS

Credit: CBS

On a Boat | Most Tampa Bay residents have a friend that owns a boat, but most boat owners boat on their time. Who needs ’em? Freedom Boat Club offers freedom in the form of a boat. Freedom Boat Club is a national boating service that offers a variety of boats for the day with a membership. Simply choose your membership plan, choose your “home” location and receive unlimited access to your home Club’s fleet. Each plan provides on-the-water training, as well. There are 4 locations here in Tampa Bay: Treasure Island, Downtown St. Pete, Clearwater Beach and South Tampa.

With a Cold Beer | Tampa Bay is earning its name in the beer realm with breweries popping up all over the area. One such brewery garnering excitement in Tampa Bay is 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Pete. 3 Daughters offers a tasting room featuring Tampa’s craft beers, Trivia night Mondays, Beer Growler Specials Thursdays and live music & food trucks on the weekends. And, as you may have guessed, they brew their own beer. They have everything from Pilsners, like their Beach Blonde Ale, to Irish Stouts, like their Bimini Twist IPA.

Floating Down a River | Though Rainbow River is just outside the Tampa Bay area, its slow flowing waves are worth the drive. Spend the day diving, tubing, canoeing or kayaking down the river followed by a picnic among the wildlife.

In a Tent | Fort De Soto offers a bit of everything. You can enjoy the beach during the day, explore the fort in the evening and head to your campground at bedtime. Fort De Soto’s campground includes a 238-site family camping area with picnic tables, grills, water, electricity, washers, dryers, sanitary disposal stations, modern restrooms, and showers.

… and this is just the beginning! Get out and enjoy Tampa Bay this summer.

Vanessa Rao | CW44 Tampa Bay

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