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4 Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Tampa Bay

Posted By Jennifer Akers, Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Residents and visitors embrace our state’s nickname of “The Sunshine State.” It mostly lives up to that name with beautiful, clear skies and average tropical temps in the 80’s. Our area offers many outdoor things to do, including beach parties, water skiing, hang gliding, sandcastle sculpture festivals and more.


We do, however, have our share of rainy days, which could squash your sunny day plans. Don’t let gray skies put a damper on your plans. There are plenty of fun things to do indoors in Tampa Bay.


Here’s our list of four things you may not have thought of when the rains start. It’s a small sampling from a huge selection of wonderful attractions, restaurants, boutiques, and museums in Tampa Bay.


Airheads Trampoline Arena: This huge, indoor trampoline attraction is fun for kids and adults. They offer classes, open jumping, specialized events, birthday parties and more. Escape a rainy afternoon, get some exercise, enjoy some refreshments, and have fun with friends. This is a great place for kids, teens, and adults wanting fitness and adventure. For more information, visit their website, Airheads Trampoline Arena.


Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center: This permanent collection is a must-see, regardless of the weather. The incredible artwork, by world-renowned artist, Dale Chihuly, includes famous art pieces, such as Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier, Macchia, Ikebana, Niijima Floats, Persians, and Tumbleweed. The collection is housed in the specially-designed building, by award-winning architect Albert Alfonso. The 10,000 square foot building offers its unique pairing of art and architecture. It’s open 7 days per week and offers a gift shops and 30-seat theater. It’s a perfect place for art enthusiasts and to create a unique date night. You’ll enjoy an amazing experience and can explore the area attractions, including the Morean Arts Center, the Vinoy, downtown shops and restaurants, and the enlightening Salvador Dali Museum. For more information on the Chihuly Collection, visit their website, Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center


Go knitting!

  • One of the coolest new shops on St. Pete's artsy 600 Block is Stash-A Place For Yarn. "We'll take you from inspiration to creation," says its owner, Kristin Lohr, who has been knitting her whole life. The shop offers high-quality threads and yarn-inspired accessories, and offers a great spot to connect with fellow knitters during socials, classes and workshops The shop is open 10 am to 6 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 pm Sundays (starting in November), plus late hours on Gallery Walks and special events.
  • Located in Gulfport’s Art Village, Fab Fiber this unique boutique offers crafting fun for all ages, including unique art materials, locally crafted art pieces, and classes. You can find specialty yarns, like the world famous, Japanese Nolo yarn, as well as fibers for spinning and felting. They are open various hours, Tuesday through Saturday, and for special local events, including Gulfport Art Walk (held on the first Fridays and third Saturdays of the month). It’s great for shopping and education. For more information, visit Fab Fiber on LocalShops1


St. Petersburg Museum of History: It’s the city’s first museum and focuses on collecting, preserving, and showcasing all things Florida. Of course, its collection concentrates on the city of St. Petersburg and preserving its history. Founded in 1921, the museum offers artifacts, photographs, archival documents and more. You can discover more with its educational tours, summer camps, youth programs, or training programs. Visit with families and friends to see how much you really know about the city’s history. For more information, visit St. Petersburg Museum of History on LocalShops1


Before you head out, grab your umbrella, and find more fun things to do on a rainy day by visiting our Local Shops1 website and our Tampa Bay business directory.



Jennifer Akers is a freelance writer based in St. Petersburg. She can be reached through her website,  


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