May 12, 2022 - Things to Do

4 Tampa Bay date ideas under $30

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Dating can be expensive, but you don't have to spend a ton of money to have a good time.

  • Whether you're on a first date or have been together for years, here are some date ideas under $30.
1. Pick up margaritas to go

Grab a 1/4 gallon of to-go margaritas from Margaritas Mexican in Tampa and watch the sunset from Seaplane Basin Park on Davis Islands.

Best for: Couples who love to booze al fresco

Cost: $28

Yes, and: Enjoy a drink with a view at these rooftop bars.

2. Hit the roller skating rink

Roll into Newbie Night at United Skates of America in Tampa. Get a 30-minute crash course beforehand if you'd like some extra instruction.

  • Adult Newbie Night is Mondays 8:30-11pm, with skating classes at 7:30pm and 8pm.

Best for: Nostalgic couples

Cost: $10 per person, including skate rental. Pay $5 more for the lesson.

Details: Here's the weekly roller skate schedule.

3. Picnic in the park

Pack sandwiches or a DIY cheese board and head to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. Look for dolphins while you dine on your romantic spread.

Best for: Couples who romanticize everything

Cost: free

4. Take a romantic hike

Rothenbach Hammock Loop Trail in Sarasota is paved and partly shaded. The lightly trafficked trail is good for all skill levels.

Best for: Outdoorsy couples

Cost: free

Details: The loop is at 8650 Bee Ridge Road. If you're craving even more nature, check out our list of the best hikes around Tampa Bay.

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