Heading out on New Year's Eve in Tampa and want to avoid the stress of traffic and parking? Have a little too much to drink and want to make sure you get home safe for New Year's Day 2019? Check out these tips to make getting around Tampa on New Year's Eve as easy as possible!
The Tampa Channelside District has numerous parking garages you can use: Channelside parking garage, Tampa Convention Center Garage, the South Regional Garage, the Ft. Brooke Garage, and the Whiting Street Garage. Know that parking spots in these areas could go fast. You need be aware of road closures in the Channelside area, so check out this map from the City of Tampa on road closures in the area.
The William F. Poe Parking Garage is on the other side of downtown adjacent to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park might be the right spot: park on one side of Downtown Tampa and take a romantic New Year's Eve stroll on the Tampa Riverwalk to your Tampa New Year's Eve destination.
Ybor City: Check out the Centro Ybor garage for parking. Remember you can park in Ybor and take the TECO Line Streetcar System into downtown Tampa. The streetcar is free and will be running from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on New Year's Eve to make sure you can get where you need to go safely. While in Ybor, check out the Outback Bowl New Year's Eve parade and pep rally. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and winds along 7th Avenue.
Alternatives to Driving:
Ring in the New Year a little too hard and need to get home safely? Check out Tow To Go from AAA Florida and Budweiser Beer Co. Tow To Go offers a free, confidential ride for the vehicle and impaired driver home or somewhere safe within 10 miles. This service is available to both AAA members and non-members.
Ride-sharing: Uber one of the most popular ride-sharing services in the world and an option get where you are going in Tampa. Tip: watch out for the price surge that will be at its peak after midnight. The same thing for Lyft Tampa Bay: it might actually be cheaper to take a taxi if you can find one because they aren't allowed to change their pricing during times of high traffic.
Also, don't forget the Pirate Water Taxi is available for a beautiful ride along the river to get from one side of Tampa to the other on New Year's Eve.
Now that you know how to get around Tampa, check out our New Year's Eve guide to find an event to attend! Stay plugged in at 813area.com for all the Things To Do in 2018! Register for an account today, it's free!
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