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Eight Free Activities in Tampa for Seniors!
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 company will make you feel!
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-serve, 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.
There are so many markets popping up everywhere in Tampa. The Local Harvest site lists many of the locations. Most are open on Saturday so try a different market every week.
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 great giveaways and provide informative information and brochures for seniors. The Tampa Bay Senior Expo will be held on January 25, 2023, at St. Petersburg Coliseum.
6. Tampa Bay Home Show
The Home Show will be held on February 25, 2023, and February 26, 2023, at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. It is a great way to spend an afternoon. Check out their website for all the information you need.
7. Booker 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 preserve 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. Check out the locations and museums at Visit Tampa Bay. There is a museum to suit every taste.