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Think it takes a lot of money to plan a great date in Tampa? While there are certainly many high-priced VIP options, you can still arrange an amazing experience on a beer budget. We show you how. Every 3rd Thursdayfood trucks descend on The Grand Central at Kennedy, and there are cocktails provided by the Pourhouse and live music.

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You'll find five of our local favorites in this post. Tip: Check out all of our Hyde Park date night favs for more dining ideas in this area.

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For an active first date idea in Tampa, a walking tour or embark on a self-guided stroll. Go on a self-guided adventure for free with this mural map or spring for an organized walking mural tour of the area. We put together a comprehensive guide to coffee shops to help you sift through the options.

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Riverwalk First Date There are so many options for date night along the Tampa Riverwalk that we wrote a whole post about it. Take your date to the treetops at a local zip line course. Urban Kai also offers rentals plus fun tours through Downtown Tampa or in dense mangroves.

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For a memorial first date idea in Tampa, a cooking class together and bond over the shared new experience. Check out more of our favorite kayaking spots for more ideas.

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Tip: Some adventure parks offer zip line only tickets. But Downtown St. Pete is the best place to discover colorful murals. Enjoy your feast on site, or hop in the car and make the minute drive to Vinoy Park, one of our favorite local picnic spots.

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a cooking class For a memorial first date idea in Tampa, a cooking class together and bond over the shared new experience. Meeting for coffee allows you to see if there's a mutual interest brewing ha! When you buy thru links on our site, we may earn a commission. There are so many options for date night along the Tampa Riverwalk that we wrote a whole post about it.

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This local rooftop bar has some of the best sunset views in town. Check out all the menus here. Image credit: The Tampa Riverwalk DIY Picnic in the Park Pack provisions and set up a surprise picnic in a scenic local park for a budget-friendly date with a personal touch. This is a bite-sized experience that includes just the zip lines as opposed to a full adventure course. If you're willing to splurge a bit, several local companies will do all the work for you, and some even include decadent grazing boards.

Enjoy an after dinner passeggiata along the trail, strolling by the water while continuing the conversation. I even remember what I wore. You've already got first date nerves, why not add in a little adrenaline?

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Pete's Saturday Morning Market. Swap the traditional and ok, somewhat unimaginative dinner and a movie for a nostalgic trip to the closest drive-in theater instead. We both had pasta with pesto.

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You can enhance the experience by adding on an animal encounter. Reference our article on How to Plan a Romantic Picnic for Two for all the details, including local picnic spots and companies. We've sprinkled in a few of our favorite suggestions, along with tips and ideas of our own along the way.

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To help you plan an epic night out, we reached out to our readers on Facebook and Instagram to retell their successful first date stories and share the special activities that won them over. Visit a sandbar, look for playful dolphins, paddle through mangroves and more on this guided tour. We love the monthly 3rd Thursday Tampa food truck fest. Also, we totally approve of anyone who plans a first date with tons of cheese and chocolate on the menu.

End the date on a sweet note by visiting a local sweet shop for dessert after your tour. Written by Stephanie Patterson. You could visit a few of our favorite Instagrammable spots. Browse our list of romantic restaurants for more suggestions to make an excellent first impression. Rent bikes and cruise along the water, rent a mini powerboat, hop on the Pirate Water Taxi, dine and drink at one of the numerous restaurants and more. Get in touch with your inner kid by planning a hands-on date day at the zoo.

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With a waterfront setting, rooftop bar, multiple food vendors, event spaces and large outdoor areas for eating and mingling, Armature Works is the perfect location for a first date or your 50th. No wonder those first date jitters are a thing… To help you plan an epic night out, we reached out to our readers on Facebook and Instagram to retell their successful first date stories and share the special activities that won them over.

Or, visit Sparkman Wharf for eats from the resident shipping container restaurants and brews in the biergarten. My guy knocked it out of the park. You want to make a good first impression, but also keep things light and casual. Girls Night In. Enoughness: A Gift From France. The chill atmosphere is ideal for a casual first date. First Date Approved Activities 1.

If you're interested in history, follow this self-guided tour of Oaklawn Cemetery, or stroll the grounds of the former Tampa Bay Hotel with this audio tour as your guide. When it comes to dreaming up impressive first date ideas in Tampa, the question of where to go is one that baffles many, and the question we get asked most frequently.

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Tip: If you've got sunsets on your mind, check out our guide to sunset cruises or refer to our list of the best places to catch a Tampa Bay sunset. Tip: Other dinner and a show options include hitting a local spot for live jazzcatching an outdoor concert like Rock the Park at Curtis Hixon Park or going all out with theater tickets.

Check out additional St. Pete date ideas here. First Date-Friendly Dinner Dates 7.

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Here, you'll both pick up provisions for a gourmet picnic think cheese, meats, sweets and more. Sur La Table in Hyde Park hosts regular date night cooking classes with unique themes. Plus, this takes the pressure off of picking a certain type of cuisine. These 25 first date ideas in Tampa Bay are sure to be a slam-dunk. Plan your own unique dinner by visiting at a different food vendor to pick up appetizers, entrees and dessert. Tip: Bella's is just a few blocks from Bayshore Boulevard, where you'll find a foot wide multi-use paved trail.

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Zip Lining You've already got first date nerves, why not add in a little adrenaline? You could also tack on a visit to Ciro's for drinks, just don't forget to get the password first! Keep things casual with conversation over a warm cuppa at a local coffee shop. Image credit: scarlett. Some of the best first date ideas in Tampa are also the most laid back. Whisk your date away to Mise en Place for a first date in France! Guide to Tampa Bay Cooking Classes. Animal Meet and Greet at the Zoo Get in touch with your inner kid by planning a hands-on date day at the zoo. Drive-In Movie Date Swap the traditional and ok, somewhat unimaginative dinner and a movie for a nostalgic trip to the closest drive-in theater instead.

Then, walk over to the St. Pete Pier to grab dinner and drinks or take an outdoor stroll. We also love this architecture tour of downtown. Image credit: The Picnic Social Coffee Date Keep things casual with conversation over a warm cuppa at a local coffee shop.

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The food was all amazing and I am so happy to have met the man of my dreams there. After your feast, head up to M. Bird for sunset sips on the rooftop. Pack provisions and set up a surprise picnic in a scenic local park for a budget-friendly date with a personal touch. Bike tours are also offered once a month. Incredible food, awesome Negroni, and great conversation. Publix Aprons Cooking School of Citrus Park also offers a host of hands-on couples cooking classesalongside laid-back demo courses which allow you to watch all the action without doing any of the work.