19 Unique Indoor Activities In Tampa To Try Next Time It Rains (2024)

Tampa is known for abundant sunshine and fine weather but sometimes rain visits The Big Guava. A sudden shower doesn’t mean you’re stuck indoors with nothing to do, however. There is a nearly unlimited number of indoor activities in Tampa to explore but we’ve collected a few of our favorite things to do here! 

From video game arcades to gambling, there’s something for everyone on our list. As one of the largest space rental venues in the country, Peerspace also offers hundreds of exciting spaces in Tampa for indoor special events. That might mean a basement dance floor, a restaurant private room, or something else for your next rainy day gathering!

1. Try your luck at Seminole Hard Rock Casino

From slots to spas, the Seminole Hard Rock Casino has something for everyone to enjoy on a rainy day. As one of the largest casinos in the USA, the Hard Rock has live shows, fine dining, luxury hotel rooms, and more to enjoy!

2. Book a private dance lesson

Dance classes are one indoor activity in Tampa that can be done any time with the right space. Private dance lessons give you the one-on-one attention you need to improve your form, rhythm, and confidence. Work with a dedicated dance studio like Tampa’s Dance Den. Or book a private dance studio like this brightly lit venue in Del Rio and bring your favorite instructor! No need to bump up against other dancers when you can have your own private studio, available by the hour.

3. Visit the Florida Aquarium

Explore coral reefs, seagrass meadows, and wetland displays at the Florida Aquarium, one of Tampa’s star attractions. You can enjoy hands-on time with stingrays, learn about marine life in a 4D movie theater, and view reef life inside of a 500,000-gallon aquarium! By visiting the Florida Aquarium you’ll also be supporting marine conservation efforts.

4. Go on a brewery tour

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Did you know that Tampa Bay has over 100 breweries to explore? Get to know what The Big Guava has to offer on a guided brewery tour. Companies like City Brew Tours shuttle groups across Tampa in vans and shuttle buses. Their public and private tours are ideal for birthdays, bachelor parties, and other special events!

5. Book a wine-tasting class

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If you prefer wine over craft beverages then why not book a tasting event? Experienced sommeliers will guide you through the history of each wine and include classic pairings to snack on. You’ll also learn how to expertly experience the fundamentals of each wine in a private or public setting. 

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6. Check out a new restaurant

From Cuban to Asian fusion cuisine, Tampa hits hard as a food destination! You have some of the best restaurants in Florida at your fingertips here. For truly unique eats, check out Ulele, a Native American fusion restaurant serving gator, grouper, and other American specialties. Tampa is also home to three Michelin-star restaurants, including Lilac, a 1-star Mediterranean restaurant set in the elegant Edition hotel.

7. Have an arcade day

Video game arcades are a fun way to beat the rain and play classic games! Lowry Parcade & Tavern pairs classic games like Donkey Kong and Galaga with beer and a nearby pupusa food truck. Other arcades like Elev8 Fun have go-kart tracks, bowling, skeeball, and other games alongside their electronic ones!

8. Join a yoga class

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A yoga class is a great indoor activity in Tampa for lovers of wellness-focused activities. Work on improving your posture and find peace with a group yoga class. Some classes offer diverse experiences like beer or goat yoga! Or you can take a private class and have an instructor all to yourself for 1-2 hours.

9. Get tickets to a museum

Tampa punches well above its weight when it comes to cultural attractions. There are several excellent museums in the area, including the Tampa Museum of Art, which boasts a collection of pieces reaching thousands of years back in time. Also consider The Tampa Bay History Center, which focuses on the cultural significance of the city and the state of Florida.

10. Go to a trampoline arena

Trampolines are a chance to get airborne while staying indoors! Tampa has some of the best trampoline arenas and gyms in the country. Have you been to Altitude Trampoline Park yet? They combine trampolines with dodgeball and basketball for an unforgettable, bouncy sports day indoors!

11. Head to an indoor sports facility 

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Indoor sports and recreation facilities offer year-round opportunities to play basketball, volleyball, table tennis, go swimming, and much more. Most offer a wide range of activities while others are more specialized, like climbing gyms and martial arts studios. Memberships give you discounts if you decide to get into a particular sport. But nearly all facilities have day passes for guests looking to try them out during a rainy day!

12. Find your way out of an escape room

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Escape rooms are one of the more unique indoor activities in Tampa to explore! Each one is centered around a story or theme, such as a murder mystery or a prison break. You have a set amount of time to find clues to piece the story together and find your way out. Escape rooms can be private party experiences or ones shared with strangers – but they’re always a fun way to escape the rain!

13. Find a smash room and break stuff

Smash rooms give you an outlet to do that thing we’ve all secretly dreamed of: taking a hammer to a space! Also called rage rooms, these venues get guests dressed up in safety gear and offer full permission to smash vases, electronics, and maybe even a car windshield for some instant stress relief.

14. Plan a costume party for friends

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You don’t have to wait until Halloween to throw a costume party. These events are a perfect excuse to be someone entirely different for an evening! Themed costume parties like 80s night, celebrity bash, or superhero gatherings are just a few possibilities to explore. You’ll just need a party hall to bring your guests, music, snacks, and other essentials together. Tampa has several suitable spaces, including this artsy party space in Largo, FL. It has a stage for costume judging, a paint splatter studio for makeup application, and more for a fun costume party!

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15. Enjoy a day at the spa

Rainy days are the perfect chance to relax and unwind at a luxury spa. Spas can be standalone venues like Tampa’s Spa Sudeva and Shangri-La or part of a luxury resort’s offerings. Wellness offerings like cutting-edge skincare treatments, saltwater hot tubs, and massage come surrounded by Mediterranean or Asian architectural flourishes.

16. Reserve a screening room for a movie night

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Whether you prefer the latest summer blockbusters or obscure foreign films, a good movie night is something we can all enjoy. All that’s needed is a venue with a good screen and sound system. Peerspace has multiple theaters, clubs, and screening rooms for a movie night, like this luxury space in St. Petersburg! The 75″ HD TV, plush seats, and nearby snack spaces make this an excellent movie night venue! 

17. Head to TopGolf Tampa for all-weather golfing

A rainy day need not spoil your golf plans. TopGolf Tampa has over 100 all-weather covered bays where you can putt without a drop of water hitting you. Fans in the summer and heaters in the winter keep the temperature comfortable and if you have friends without clubs the rentals are free of charge.

18. Sing along with dueling pianos at Showbar Ybor

You can find a bar anywhere on Earth but how about one offering dueling piano tunes? Showbar Ybor on 7th St. is a truly unique indoor activity to explore in the Tampa area. The show is an all-request, high-energy experience open to sing-alongs and dancing. Showbar Ybor is also open to private reservations in case your birthday or anniversary happens to fall on a rainy day!

19. Take an art class

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Tampa is home to hundreds of talented artists looking to share their expertise. From figure drawing to photography, Tampa artists hold classes year-round where you can work in a quiet studio with other beginners. Many also come with all of the materials you need. That way you can dip your toe into watercolor, sculpting, or calligraphy without breaking the bank. Begin your search at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, which offers a wide variety of art classes for all ages!

Indoor activities in Tampa: conclusion

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You don’t need sunshine to have a good time in Tampa, FL! Whether you enjoy indoor golf, wine tasting, movie nights, or museum exhibits, the city has world-class amenities to explore. You can also create your own indoor activity in Tampa with the right event space rental, which Peerspace has hundreds of!

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