Every four years, we find 24 hours of extra time. An extra day. This year happens to be one when Leap Day will once again grace us with its presence. So, how will you use this found time?
The Top 5 Ways to Spend Leap Year Day in Tampa Bay
If you live in the Tampa Bay area, here are the top ways to spend your extra day.
1. Brocato’s Sandwich Shop
Once you leave the charming brick streets of historic Ybor and make your way into a neighborhood lined with warehouses, trailer parks, and empty lots, your destination shouldn’t be far off. While the area may not hold the same charm as its nearby counterparts, its food and history make it a rich destination. For $6.50, you can feast on their famous deviled crab cakes—breaded, fried, and bigger than baseballs.
2. Bayshore Blvd
A 4-mile sidewalk lines Bayshore Blvd., curving south and west from historic Hyde Park Village and the downtown Tampa area. If you and the family are up for a day of activity and prime bayside viewing, this is the option for you.
3. Sunken Gardens
If you find yourself on the other side of the bridge, check out Sunken Gardens in northeast St. Petersburg. It is a hidden gem of the peaceful sanctuary, ripe with tropical plants and trees. Entry only costs $10 and it takes around 45 minutes to stroll through the entirety of the space, so plan the rest of your day accordingly.
4. Local Brewery Tour
Both beer connoisseurs and newcomers will love the booming brewery industry taking the Tampa Bay area by storm. If you’re in St. Petersburg, check out 3 Daughters Brewing, Cycle Brewing, Green Bench Brewing Co., and the St. Pete Brewing Co. For those who are in Tampa, the ultimate pit stops include Cigar City Brewing, The Outpost, and Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
5. Dispatches From the Gulf
If you’re up for catching an evening flick, go to the Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Petersburg. They will be screening Dispatches From the Gulf, a film made by the producers of Journey to Planet Earth and narrated by Matt Damon. The movie shares first-hand accounts from fishermen, scientists, and activists sharing their stories about how the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil well explosion. Why not spend your extra day learning? After the film, there will be a panel discussion featuring Deepwater Horizon researchers and first responders.
If you’re feeling ambitious, you may just want to pack your entire extra day with all five activities. Otherwise, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
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