Tampa on a Budget

When tickets are $100 round trip, you go to Tampa for the weekend. Frontier Airlines has been offering some really great flight deals for the months of Jan-Mar, with flights as low as $40 round trip to depart during the week. If you want to see other available deals, click here. My husband’s grandparents have a house in Tampa, so we were able to “feed two birds with one scone” and enjoy some nice weather while spending time with them. Our flight departed friday about 4pm, and we returned home sunday night, allowing us to save vacation time at work!

Having just returned from Belize a week and a half ago, we were looking to make the weekend as cheap as possible, and found some FREE activities in the area. If you are headed to Tampa soon and are on a budget, the following activities are definitely worth considering:

Note: Renting a car would be a good idea. Check kayak or priceline for cheap rates.

Yuengling Brewery

Yuengling Beer isnt available in STL, so we enjoy drinking it when coming to Tampa. Their beer is brewed with corn grits giving it a unique taste!

Yuengling was established in 1829 making it the oldest operating brewery in the United States. They have breweries in Pottsville, PA and this one in Tampa, FL. Tours are open to the public free of charge, and include beer tastings. We went on the tour first thing on Saturday morning, however, if you tour the facility during the week, you can see the Brewmasters at work. ?

St. Pete Beach

If you’ve had a long week at work, lounging on the beach is the perfect way to spend a Saturday. My husband and I grabbed some beverages, books, and beachtowels, and set out for a day of relaxation at no cost.

St Pete Beach is rated one of the best beaches in Florida, and it wasn’t hard to see why. The beach is clean, laid back, and beautiful. Get here early if you are driving, as parking can be difficult later in the day.

Where my beaches at?!

Wat Mongkolratanaram

There is a Buddhist Thai Temple in Tampa famous for its Sunday Market. The Market is open from 9am to 1pm and is free to enter. The best time to arrive is around 9:30 as it gets pretty busy around lunch time. Bring some cash if you would like to enjoy a delicious thai lunch, or just come to peruse the tables, and listen to the live music. The temple is located right along the Palm River, providing the perfect lunch setting.

It is never easy to return home from Tampa, but it’s even harder when you’ve only stayed a weekend. Well, at least we are coming back with money left in our pockets 🙂 Which is allowing us to keep out eyes peeled for the next opportunity to return to Tampa!

Until we meet again..

Have you been to Tampa? What are your favorite budget-friendly Tampa activities?


  1. Love free/cheap activities such as Clearwater beach and for a couple dollars you can watch the greyhounds run at the local race track. Both are family friendly.

  2. I grew up in St. Pete and had no idea about the Thai temple in Tampa! You learn something new every day 😉 Next time you go, try to make it to the Dali Museum. It’s unreal! Glad you enjoyed it.

    1. Lauren, thank you so much for the comment! Im happy you learned something new from my post ?. I went to the Dali Museum two winters ago and you’re right, it was unreal! Cant wait to make it back! Are you still in the St. Pete area?

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