Things are heating up in Tampa. No, literally, it's getting hot and it's only going to get hotter. Sure, this is perfect beach weather, but where can you let loose your inner child by go-karting or play dodgeball (on trampolines!) without suffering heat stroke? Inside, of course! When you want to stay cool and still have fun during the summer, check out some of these indoor spots to have fun in Tampa!

Vertical Ventures

This is not your average rock climbing experience. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, Vertical Ventures has set-ups to meet and challenge your experience level. Check out their weekly specials for discounts and the reader special for a deal on the introductory class.

Summer deal: Students can buy a summer membership of unlimited rock climbing from May 16 - August 15th for $99. reader special:  Print this article and bring it in to Vertical Ventures through August 15th, 2012 for a two-for-one deal on the Intro/Safety Class (normally $25/apiece).

BOING! Jump Center

At BOING!, you're literally bouncing off the walls. With over 12,000 square feet of springy surface, you can go bounce crazy and burn calories at the same time. For some added fun, try some BOING! dodgeball or check out the world's first BOING!pipe:  A 65' long trampoline half pipe with a giant foam pit at the end for dismounting.

Summer deal: The Summer Jump Pass gives you ten 1-hour jump sessions for $80; a 33% savings with no expiration!


If you're logging hours on Call of Duty, it's time to get off the couch and head to Q-Zar to put your skills to the test. With 70,000 cubic feet of playing area, and courses designed for all experience levels, your laser tag possibilities are endless. Day play is more suitable for younger or inexperienced players while evenings offer more challenging play.

Summer deal:  The "Q-Zar 4-Hour Wrist Band" let's you play unlimited games for four hours for $20 Monday - Friday, $25 Saturday and Sunday.


GameTime's arcade area has pretty much everything from Skee-Ball to Dance Dance Revolution. You can also shoot some pool and play darts with your friends, if you're looking for some grown-up fun (but, come on, you're at an arcade. At least challenge your friend to virtual car race or two.). GameTime offers weekly promotions so check them out for a deal.

Tampa Bay Grand Prix

Get your go-kart on at Tampa Bay Grand Prix on their 1/4 mile indoor track. Whether you're a pro or beginner, child or adult, Tampa Bay Grand Prix has karts and courses to match your experience level. And if you think you're a regular Ricky Bobby, check out their Adult League Competition for cash prizes and bragging rights.


Splitsville puts a new spin on bowling using their four step approach:  Dine. Dance. Drink. Bowl. Dress up in some dapper, but bowl-able, duds and heads down for a not-so-average, grown-up bowling experience. Check out their weekly specials for discounts and start practicing your victory dance, twinkletoes.

Ice Sports Forum

Guaranteed to keep you cool, downright cold even, the Ice Sports Forum is the perfect place to get that wintry feeling during their open skate hours. Beginners and pros alike share the same ice that The Tampa Bay Lightning uses to practice during the off-season -- how cool is that?

If you're not in the mood for a skate, the Ice Sports Forum also offers 3,800 square feet of Laser-Strike laser tag games where up to thirty players dodge mist and obstacles to steal the opponent's base.

Just because Tampa summers are hotter than hot that doesn't mean you have to endure it; there are plenty of ways to keep cool while having tons of fun. Let us know of some of your favorite ways or places to go to have fun and keep cool during the summer!