What Are Some Free Things to Do in Tampa, Florida?


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Manatee viewing, riding on trains and stargazing are some fun free things to do in Tampa Bay, Florida. Other free activities include picnicking and visiting open-admission gardens and beaches.

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Florida is home to a large number of manatees, and when the weather gets cold, these marine mammals return to the warm waters around the TECO Electric Manatee Viewing Center. Visitors may see the mammals swimming around the area on the viewing deck. Admission is free to the public.

The Largo Central Railroad offers free train rides on its miniature trains. The rides are available on the first full weekend of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ride is free, and donations are accepted for the maintenance of the Largo Central Park's miniature trains.

The St. Petersburg College offers two free planetarium shows every Friday. The college's resident astronomer Dr. Craig Joseph hosts the free show, which lasts for about 45 minutes. Children age 5 and up are allowed inside the planetarium. The show may be cancelled during holidays and other important events.

Visitors may also spend their days and afternoons picnicking and relaxing on public gardens and beaches, such as the Florida Botanical Gardens and the Clearwater Beach. The 30-acre garden is open to the public and features interactive children trails and a wide range of flora and fauna. Clearwater Beach public beach offers access to the white-sand beach and its nightly celebration known as Sunset at the Pier.

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