Best Places For Graduation Parties In Tampa Bay

April 24, 2013 8:00 AM

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Deciding where to have a graduation party can be a daunting task. Many people have a small gathering at their home, while others prefer to rent a facility somewhere away from the home. When deciding where to have the graduation party, consider the price, the venue, the food and the graduate’s preferences before making the final decision on where to hold the bash. These venues all make great options.

Hillsborough River State Park
15402 U.S. 301 N.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
(813) 987-6771

State parks make great places to hold graduation parties. The attendees can go hiking, geo-seeking, fishing or just hang out at one of the pavilions at the park. The costs for reserving a pavilion vary by the park you go to. The fee for a pavilion at Hillsborough State Park ranges between $50 and $85 dollars. Many state parks also have recreation halls that can be rented out. But the amount of fun that can be had at a state park is largely dependent upon good weather.

Jake’s Grotto
5890 126th Ave. N.
Clearwater, FL 33760
(727) 410-7100

Jake’s Grotto has over 1,000 feet of waterfront on the Cross Bayou Canal in Pinellas County. Native plants and exotic palm trees provide an excellent venue for an outdoor graduation party. Tiki torches, fire pits, outdoor sound systems and more create a magical place to hold your party. Prices are based on the number of attendees, duration of the event and the amenities required.

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The Event Factory
7565 W. Hillsborough Ave.
Tampa, FL 33615
(813) 806-0026

The Event Factory offers a unique facility and various graduation party packages to make your graduates special day memorable. The elegantly decorated ballrooms have a video projection system, club level lighting and a sound system. The Event Factory offers complete packages that include food, a non-alcoholic bar, in-house photographers, a video recording system that records everything happening in the ballroom and a disc jockey. Although this venue is on the pricey side, it is well worth the cost for the memories that will be created. There are payment plans available to assist in covering the fees.

Mirror Lake Lyceum
737 3rd Ave. N.
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 821-1926

The Lyceum is one of Saint Petersburg’s finest historic properties. The 20s-style stained glass windows, the hand-molded ornamental plaster and the 53-foot domed ceiling make this a fabulous venue for a graduation party that the graduate will remember for a lifetime. Rates are based on the number of guests and which hall or ballroom is reserved.

Ragan Park Community Center
1200 E. Lake Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 274-5751

Regan Park has a multi-purpose room with a kitchen that has two separate work areas complete with a stove, sink and two refrigerators. The multi-purpose room will seat up to 150 people in a banquet-style setting. Rental fees are $100 per hour. Attendants are available for hire at $25 per hour per attendant with a four-hour minimum. For a graduation party with little fuss, this is a great spot. It is just minutes away from the heart of Ybor City.

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Katherine Bostick is a freelance writer covering all things Tampa Bay. Her work can be found on

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