There's nothing better than a cool experience with someone you love, so gift your significant other, best friend, or family member an experience this holiday season. Not only will they have two gifts (one being excitement for a new adventure and the other being a day spent with you), but they will also be given a memory and possibly a new hobby.
If you’re anything like me, an experience means much more than any holiday gift. My boyfriend and I have made an agreement to give each other experiences rather than gifts because that's how we build memories together and give each other something to look forward to.
Celebrating Christmas in Tampa Bay? Here are some of the coolest and most unique experiences in the area to give someone instead of a gift this holiday season.
Put on your wetsuit and head to Thonotosassa for an adventure on the water! An hour on the cable only costs $25, two hours are $28, four hours are $35, and an all-day pass for $48. After a 20-minute drive outside of Tampa, you can wakeboard, water ski, and much more at the McCormick Wakeboard and Cable Park. This is a place for riders of all skill levels; whether you're a beginner or self-proclaimed expert, this is an experience you won’t forget anytime soon!
Tampa Bay Rowdies Tickets
Get Rowdy for Tampa Bay’s USL soccer team! If your man likes soccer as much as mine does and hasn’t been to a Rowdies game yet, you’ll have to grab a pair of tickets to their next home game. Al Lang Stadium is a beautiful waterfront field in Downtown St. Pete, so you can make a whole day out of the trip. Stop by MacDinton’s or Yard of Ale for a pre-game beer with to get your competitive spirits going. Check out their holiday ticket package for special pricing on this rowdy date!
If you guys aren't soccer fans but still love attending sports games together, you can always purchase tickets to a Tampa Bay Lightning game at Amalie Arena or a Tampa Bay Bucs game at Raymond James Stadium!
If living in Tampa Bay teaches you one thing, it’s that the best place to watch sunset is Clearwater Beach! Instead of watching the sunset over the ocean as reflects off the clear blue waters, check it out in aerial view with Vertical Flights. They take you on a 30-minute exploration of Clearwater Beach, Tarpon Springs, or the Skyway Bridge so you can take aerial shots of the sunset or beach below you! For $99, you can take your significant other on a romantic helicopter ride they’ll never forget this holiday season.
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Is skydiving on your boyfriend's or girlfriend's bucket list? If so, check out iFly for an indoor skydiving experience in Tampa Bay! There's no need to feel scared: this isn’t Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, and, you're not Charlie, so they'll teach you the proper body positioning and hand signals before you enter the flight zone. After that, you'll be sent into the wind tunnel for 60 seconds, an average of 15 seconds longer than you would be in the air if you actually jumped out of a plane!
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It’s not a dive bar…. it’s a drive bar! Pedal your way through the scenic Downtown St. Pete with your significant other or group of friends and crack open a beer or two while you do it! This two-hour adventure is $375 to $420 to fill all 14 seats or $34-$38 per person. Eight of the people in your group must be willing and able to pedal throughout the entirety of the ride while six of your laziest friends can sit back and just enjoy the experience!
Amalie Arena Concerts
Amalie Arena welcomes an all-star line up in the first few months of 2019 in Tampa Bay. From Fleetwood Mac to Ariana Grande, there’s a show on this list for everyone! Grab tickets today to impress your significant other this holiday season by showing them you’re listening to them when they rant about “Thank U, Next” and the Pete Davidson split!
Are you the only one in the relationship that knows how to make a decent meal? Take your significant other to a cooking class this holiday season at Sur La Table so they can return the favor and make you a nice meal every once in a while! A local chef will teach them how to make steaks, desserts, pastas, and more during these 90-minute classes. Check out their calendar for the month of January to see their diverse selection of classes, ranging from $70-$85.
Growing up, I watched the Price Is Right religiously every day with my mom, so when I heard that the Price Is Right was filming in Clearwater at Ruth Eckerd Hall on April 2, I knew this was the perfect holiday gift for me! If you’ve always dreamed of playing plinko and watching your chip slowly descend into the $20,000 slot or spinning the wheel and hitting $1, this is an experience cannot miss. The show will not be televised, and Drew Carey will not be in attendance, but who cares? Bob Barker was the original, anyway!
All aboard! Rent a boat for you and your significant other with a licensed captain and galavant on the open ocean or across Tampa Bay to St. Pete this holiday season! Spend a day fishing or basking in the sun as you relax and get away from the city. Download the Anchor app, choose a boat, choose a captain, and schedule a time for takeoff. A day trip with Anchor will make you feel like you just took a vacation!
There are plenty of experiences in the Tampa Bay that you can gift this year, so forget shopping and wrapping a present and give your loved ones the gift of adventure instead this holiday season!
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