Backyard barbecues are a Labor Day tradition for many Tampa Bay families, but there are many more great ways to enjoy the long holiday weekend throughout the Tampa Bay area!
Al Lopez Park
4810 N. Himes Ave.
Tampa, FL 33614
(813) 348-1172

Pack up your burgers and kids and head over to Al Lopez Park where the picnic areas and barbecue grills are surrounded by some of the best tropical scenery in the Tampa Bay area. In addition to playgrounds, fishing piers and ball fields, there is also a dog park so the family pet can also enjoy the holiday weekend.

Sam’s Beach Bar & Restaurant
6325 Clark St.
Hudson, FL 34667
(727) 868-1971

Leave the grilling to Sam and enjoy Labor Day weekend with a great view of the Gulf of Mexico at this casual seaside dining spot in Hudson. Live music on Friday and weekends accompany a menu of burgers, fish, pork and chicken. Hudson Beach is just down the road so bring your bathing suits to add  in a holiday dip in the warm Gulf waters.

Tampa Home and Garden Show
Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 274-8511

Date: Aug. 29-31, 2014

Whether you are looking for home improvement ideas or simply enjoy finding out about the latest technology for your living space, the Tampa Home and Garden Show is a great place to spend a day over the Labor Day weekend. “Duck Dynasty” star John Godwin will be there to meet and greet visitors, and admission is free.

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International Plaza And Bay Street
2223 N. West Shore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 342-3790

Barbecuing might be a Labor Day weekend tradition, but so is shopping for holiday sales at the mall. International Plaza and Bay Street is a multilevel venue with high-end stores like Neiman Marcus, as well as specialty shops and carts. Both the shopping areas and food court have indoor and open-air spots that can add saving money on sale items to your holiday weekend fun.

Upper Tampa Bay Regional Park
8001 Double Branch Road
Tampa, FL 33615
(813) 855-1765

If you are looking for a quiet place to take a break from city life and see one of Tampa Bay’s natural habitat preserves, then Upper Tampa Bay Regional Park may be the perfect spot for you to spend your Labor Day weekend. This 596-acre park has fishing piers, picnic areas, hiking trails and canoe and kayak rentals available. And it’s all surrounded by the organic beauty that makes Tampa Bay a truly unique part of a treasured ecosystem for this generation and those to come.

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