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It’s the weekend and you need to let loose and enjoy yourself. Here is our list of the best things to do in Tampa Bay for this Mother’s Day weekend with or without Mom.


The Seminole Hard Rock Casino – Weekend

5223 North Orient Rd. | Tampa, FL 33610
1-866-502-PLAY (7529)

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Friday Night Pool Party
No Cover, 21 & up – Friday night pool party from 7 – 10 with poolside music, craft beer and booze samples. First 1,000 guests are FREE.

Saturday Night – $100,000 Money Mania
Wild Card members must swipe their card starting at 8 p.m. to be entered in the drawings. At 10 p.m., five lucky Wild Card members will win $500 in cash. At 11 p.m.,  five lucky Wild Card members will win $1,000 in cash. At midnight, five lucky Wild Card members will win $1,500 in cash. At 1 a.m., five lucky Wild Card members will win $2,000 in cash. Each winner will have until 2 a.m. on the night of the drawing to claim their prize at the Center Bar. Earn

Sunday – Mother’s Day Fresh Harvest Buffet
Hours: 10:30AM – 2PM | Adults – $30 | $15 Kids 12 & Under

With nearly 100 tables that offer Blackjack, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker and 2,500 slots the Seminole Hard Rock Casino could make your Mother’s Day the most exciting and tasty ever. The Fresh Harvest Buffet on Sunday will offer a Chef’s specialty omelet station, Belgian waffles and cheese blintzes, Spanish breakfast of “strata” Piquillo peppers and chorizo and all the traditional breakfast foods mama loves.  After she eats, set her lose on the slots while you and Dad head to the poker room for a hand of cards and a cigar.

For other great Mother’s Day Bunch Restaurants:  Best Mother’s Day Brunches & Buffets Around Tampa Bay


Rays Vs Padres – Weekend At Tropicana Field

1 Tropicana Dr, St Petersburg, FL 33705

Friday – Star Trek Dress Up Night  – 7PM
Rays fans are encouraged to dress up in costume, and the team is offering a special ticket package that includes press-level seats, a Rays-Star Trek t-shirt, take pictures with Star Trek characters, enjoy special trailers of the new movie, and participate in contests to win great prizes. For more details click HERE.   The promotion is a tie-in with the upcoming Star Trek movie, which hits theaters everywhere May 16th & in select IMAX theaters May 15th! Tix & showtimes:

Saturday – Post Game Kenny Loggins Concert
Saturday, May 11 vs. San Diego Padres at 6:10 p.m.
Buy Tickets     |    Buy Wristbands

Sunday – Mother’s Day Family Game – 1PM
Variety of activities for kids on the concourse: Rays Carnival,  Grand Slam Alley,  Power Alley Batting Cage, Speed Pitch, Coaches Corner, Raymond’s Art Studio, Pop Noggins Interactive Video & Topps and Make Your Own Baseball Card. Free parking for cars with four or more passengers. To buy tickets – which start at $1 – click HERE.


Croc Encounters Sneak Peek & Cheap Saturdays
Saturday, May 10  | 11AM – 4PM
8611 Bowles Rd,  | Tampa, FL 33637
(813) 217-4400 |

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Meet giant crocodiles and alligators while on a $5 self-guided tour ($3 with Coupon from website) of a reptile rescue sanctuary called Croc Entcounters. Tour their renovated alligator and crocodile ponds, tortoise exhibits, many smaller reptile displays, a hands-on animal encounter and an alligator handling show.



FRIDAY –  LT. DAN BAND – Concert at 7PM
Curtis Hixon Park | 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa

Gary Sinise, who starred in the movie “Forrest Gump,” brings his Lt. Dan Band to Tampa to raise money to build “smart” homes for a dozen severely wounded warriors.  The band is named for the character he played in “Gump,” an Army platoon leader who loses his legs in an ambush.  Tickets: $35 and $75 for VIP seating, for information or to purchase tickets go to; tickets also will be sold at the gate

SATURDAY – Tim McGraw: Two Lanes Of Freedom Tour
Live Nation Amphitheatre | Florida State Fairgrounds
4802 US Highway 301 N. | Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 740-2446 |

This concert will also spotlight Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft as special guests. Concert starts at 7PM and tickets prices are $30.25 – $70.

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Friday – Tosti’s Wine & Blues Party
5125 34th Street South | Saint Petersburg, FL.
(727) 867-7772 |

Wine & Blues to kick of the Mother’s Day weekend. Friday, May 10, 6:30-8:30pm. Lots of wine and spirits to taste, great appetizers and a LIVE Blues Band all for $10!! Don’ miss it!

UnCork Your Weekend
Keel and Curley Winery’s Tasting Room
5202 W. Thonotosassa Rd. |  Plant City, Florida 33565
(813) 752-9100 |

Fridays: Happy Hour 6-7pm: 1/2 off glasses of wine and bottles of beer. Hours  Friday 10AM – midnight.
Saturdays: 10AM – 6PM Regular hours no cover. Live Music: 6:30-10:30pm  $5 Cover Charge. $2 glasses of wine all night (no happy hour).



Sunsets at Pier 60
10 Pier 60 Dr. | Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767
(727) 449-1036 |
Hours Daily 6-10pm

This nightly free family event features artisans, crafters, street performers and musical entertainment. There are free movies on Friday and Saturday nights weather permitting. FRIDAY – Sky Kids”/PG rating. SATURDAY – “Pride and Predudice” / PG Rating. Movies start at dusk. Bring a blanket or low sitting chair and watch a movie on the jumbo screen. Popcorn and soft drinks will be available.

FREE – National Train Day at Tampa’s Union Station
Saturday, May 11 | 10AM – 5PM
601 North Nebraska Avenue | Tampa, FL 33602

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101-year-old Tampa Union Station is celebrating National Train Day and their 15th anniversary. The dual celebration includes live music tours of Amtrak equipment, operating model trains and exhibits, telegraph demonstrations, food trucks and a history program.  Admission is free.