Nothing to do today?
Here are eight activities in Tampa for seniors that are free!
1. National Parks
There are 401 national parks in the United States. While 133 of them charge a fee for entrance, many of these parks offer free entrance days. Not to mention there are many parks that never charge their visitors. Check out the National Park Service Website to find out about a free pass day at a park near you. And then just enjoy!
Yes, walking! Walking outside can be difficult for seniors, but many shopping malls around the country open early for mall walking. It’s safer than walking outside, and you never have to worry about extreme temperatures. Call management or customer service at a mall located near you to ask about their mall walking policies. Your mall may even have a formal walking program, so you can be sure that you’ll always have a walking partner. You’ll be surprised at how much better regular exercise and new company will make you feel!
For the International Plaza adjacent to Tampa International Airport, mall walking hours begin at 7am daily. Enter on the lower level near the parking lot.
3. Local Library
Your local library is a fantastic, though often untapped, treasure trove of events and classes. Look at your library’s online calendar of events or stop by to ask about what they have coming up. Many programs are free to the public, like beginners yoga or even classes on history, computers, food, and fitness, to name a few. But usually you’ll need to reserve a space early. Spots are first-come, first-served, and they fill up quickly! Definitely check out the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library!
There are numerous branch locations in Tampa. Look for your library at HCPLC: The Online Library for a list of all locations and the events they offer.
4. Farmer’s Market
Talk about a great place to make friends and find new treats! Most communities have a local farmers market during the spring and summer. There is no fee for entrance, and you might learn a thing or two about foods you didn’t even know existed, like dragonfruit or lychee! Both of which make delicious jams. Even if they just have traditional american produce like potatoes and corn, it’s probably the best you’ll ever taste. It is definitely worth taking a walk around the circuit for all the great sights and smells.
Sanwa Farmers’s Market, 2621 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL. Sanwa is open Monday-Saturday from the wee hours of the morning till 7 pm, and Sundays they’re open 8 am till 5 pm. You could stop by the market before your daily walk at the mall!
Tampa Downtown Market is held on Thursdays from 3 pm to 7 pm. It’s located at Lykes Gaslight Square Park on N. Franklin St in Tampa.
5. Senior Expo
Every year, the Tampa area hosts fantastic and fun Senior Expos. Entrance and parking are both free. It’s a great way to spend a day, and there is always so much to learn. Vendors usually have nifty give-aways and provide helpful information and brochures for seniors. In 2017, the Tampa Bay Senior Expo will be held on Monday, January 23, at the Coliseum and again in March in Port Richey, FL.
6. Tampa Bay Home Show
The Home Show this year was held at Tropicana Field. Check the website for the annual event to be held next year. The admission is free as well as plenty of parking, also free. It is a great way to spend an afternoon. Check out their website so you will not miss it next year.
7. Brooker Creek Preserve
The preserve is 25 miles from Tampa. Both the Educational Center as well as the Preserve have free admission. You can walk through the preseve and enjoy the hiking trails or sign up for a guided tour. Please check out their website prior to driving to the Preserve for tips on enjoying the Center.
Many museums have a day or evening, often monthly, when admission is free. Just call and ask! The free day may be sponsored by an organization or by the museum itself. You can enjoy the sights without worrying about the expense. And if you’d like to visit on a regular day, be sure to ask about a discounted senior admission fee.
Tampa Museum of Art is located in downtown Tampa at 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. The number there is 813-421-8380 and the entrance fee is $7.50 for seniors.
Henry B. Plant Museum, located at 401 W. Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa, has an entrance fee of $7.00 for seniors.
The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg is located at One Dali Blvd. The entrance fee for seniors after 5 pm is $10.00. On Thursday’s all adults are charged $10 after 5 pm. Audio guides are included with the fee.