25+ ideas for a long lazy weekend

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The last long weekend of the summer is in our sights. What will you do with your three days of relaxation? Labor Day means the end of summer for many, and whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend to reconnect with your love, or a last hurray for summer, we’ve got you covered! Check out our comprehensive guide to Labor Day Weekend in Tampa Bay, from lazy weekend ideas to long weekend activity ideas and events.

THE BEST CHOICES FOR THE LAZIEST LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Hit the beach

Gulf waters might not be exactly refreshing in midsummer… but if you just can’t resist the call of the sea, head to the coast for a lazy day at the beach. And besides, it doesn’t get any more summery than a day at the beach, especially during Labor Day weekend. Get there early to plant your social space in the sand, complete with snacks and drinks. These Tampa Bay beaches allow drinking on the beach. Just remember – no glass bottles.

PS: Concerned about the red tide conditions? Online resources like visitbeaches.org and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports are helpful resources.

Lounge by the pool

Treat yourself to an indulgent pool day to celebrate the long weekend. You can book a day pass for the pool only through sites like ResortPass. Participating hotels include Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach, The Don CeSar, Epicurean Hotel and more. Be careful, day passes can be extremely difficult to find on weekends, especially in summer. Extend your stay by booking a stay at a local resort with a soft pool. Here are our favorite hotel pools in Tampa Bay, including options for daytime use and those exclusive to overnight guests.

Summer date ideas in Tampa Bay
Image Credit: Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach

Go in tube

Nothing says lazy like floating on a lazy river or a natural spring in an inner tube. If you don’t mind driving a bit, these tubing spots are 2 hours or less from Tampa, and the cool water temperatures will provide a welcome respite from our scorching summer temperatures. Be sure to plan ahead, as parks typically reach capacity in the early summer months.

Book a weekend getaway

Use the extra day off to plan a long weekend or vacation. We’ve put together a handful of three-day getaway itineraries for you. Each itinerary includes options for where to stay, where to dine, and fun things to do in the area. Or, take advantage of one of these summer vacation deals.

Have a picnic date

Grilling is fun, but having someone else do all of the work, including the setup, is better. Several local picnic businesses offer elaborate facilities in local parks with fine cheese and cold cuts spreads and photo-worthy decor. St. Pete Picnic Co. offers a special package to Sunken Gardens (as well as many other local places). Other companies include The Picnic Social and That’s My Jam.

French Rendezvous in Tampa - Picnic at Sunken Gardens
Image credit: St. Pete Picnic Co.

Watch a movie at the drive-in

How about watching a movie under the stars with minimal effort? Drive-in theaters near Tampa Bay are romantic and budget friendly. Pack some snacks and snuggle up for a nostalgic date. Our closest drive-in drives are Funlan Drive-In, Ruskin Family Drive-In, and Silver Moon Drive-In, but you can check out the full list here.

Go on a sunset boat tour

Alcoholic cruise with a view of the sunset… sign up! This article details all of our favorite sunset tours and cruises, from dinner cruises to dolphin watching and kayaking. But our favorite is Florida Tiki Tours, which offers private group tours for 4-6 people on a floating tiki. Tours depart from Maderia beach. Cruisin ‘Tikis Tampa also offers a similar experience at several locations, including one departing from the Tampa Riverwalk.

Image credit: Florida Tiki Tours

Plan a relaxing day at the spa

Use your extra day to really relax and unwind at a local spa. Spas like the Pallavi Spa located at the Wyndham Grand Hotel on Clearwater Beach, the Evangeline Spa and the Garden Spa all offer unique treatment options for couples. Refer to our article on Tampa Bay Spas for Couples for more ideas and treatment highlights.


Ideas for Labor Day weekend activities

1. Zipline
2. Visit a farmer’s market (try the Ybor City Saturday Market or one of these other local farmer’s markets)
3. Relax in a rooftop bar or tiki bar

Image credit: Sal y Mar

4. Visit the gardens of the Bok Tower on a day trip
5. Go bioluminescent kayaking after sunset
6. Rent bikes and explore one of these local bike paths
7. Enjoy a lazy weekend brunch
8. Plan a trip
9. Learn new skills in a cooking class
10. Take a day trip to Weeki Wachee Springs

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park Day Trip
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Tampa Labor Day Weekend Events

Downtown Concert at Rock The Park
Thursday September 2, 6:30 p.m.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
This free monthly music series showcases musical talent of all genres. This month’s free outdoor concert features performances by Gat $ and Speakeasy.
Free entry

Florida’s Largest Home Show
September 3 – 6
Florida State Fair
Free entry

Gulfport First Friday Art Walk
Friday September 3, 5-9 p.m.
Gulfport Town Center
Debuting as the first art walk in Pinellas County in 1993, Gulfport’s First Friday Art Walk welcomes the area’s most innovative artists for a showcase of creativity and community among restaurants and bustling storefronts. along scenic Beach Boulevard.
Free entry

St. Pete Shuffle on Friday evenings
Friday September 3 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
St. Pete Shuffle
Learn to play shuffleboard with the help of St. Pete Shuffle staff and volunteers, who will set you up on a court and teach you how to play.
$ 10; free for members and their guests

Bike tour of St. Pete’s fresco
Saturday September 4, 9 a.m.
Tour starts near Florida CraftArt
Hop on your bike or take advantage of Coast Bike Share for a leisurely ride with many stops. Learn more about these vibrant murals and the power of public art in St. Pete! Bike rental included.
25 $

Bend, Bubbles & Brunch
Sunday September 5th, 10-11 a.m.
Epicurean hotel
Refocus and start over with yoga by the pool. Continue to relax with a glass of champagne or Ketel One Botanicals cocktails offered at the end of the course. Enjoy all-day pool access and stay for brunch at Élevage.
$ 25 in advance

10th Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival
Sunday September 5, 11 am-6pm
Centro Asturiano in the historic town of Ybor
Enjoy this festival of social distancing – live music and dance performances! Participants step into their Cuban sandwich to see who makes the BEST Cuban sandwich in the world. Watch as we try to make the biggest Cuban sandwich in the world.
Free entry

Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City - Tampa Labor Day Weekend
Image Credit: Cuban Sandwich Festival

Busch Gardens Summer Nights
Until September 6
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Feel the spark after dark with fireworks, thrill rides and more.
Included with entry to the theme park


Planning a weekend getaway? Check out our guide to spending Labor Day 2021 weekend in Orlando.


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