To say I love Tampa is an understatement. I grew up here, I attended a private elementary and middle school in Citrus Park, I survived my high school years in a public school, and I even attended the University of South Florida. I did everything there was to do in, and outside of, this area. When family visited for the holidays, they were amazed we knew the ins and outs of where to go at Busch Gardens or Disney World. Now it’s my turn; my turn to show my sweet boy why I love being a mom in Tampa.
When your out-of-town guests think of Tampa, the first thing that comes to mind is the amusement parks or the beaches. You may hear “Oh, you live in Tampa? How far is that from (Disney, Clearwater, Busch Gardens, etc.)?” As a native to Tampa, you would think I get tired of these places after a while … I don’t. It’s even better now that I get to experience it through my son’s eyes. Some of our favorite places to go are Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, and Lowry Park Zoo. Although those all cost to enter, there are so many other options that are free. We also enjoy library story time, Kate Jackson park in Hyde Park Village (which has a wonderful pumpkin patch right now), and any splash pad we come across!
2. Food, Events & Shopping
I am a firm believer in “me time” and “date nights.” Every week my husband and I try to make a night for ourselves, just spend with each other. Although we do eat out with Bennett at least once a week, we need a special night to enjoy our dinner without feeding a child off of both of our plates. Tampa has some wonderful food options. Some of are favorite spots for date nights include Datz, Cooper’s Hawk, and Oxford Exchange. When we include our little one for dinner dates, we love Grimaldi’s, 4Rivers, and Chick-Fil-A (isn’t this on everyone’s list?). Each of these places caters to children in the best of ways. Grimaldi offers dough for kids to play with while they wait, 4Rivers has placemats that serve as their plates, and Chick-fil-a has a wonderful play place for kiddos.
The shopping couldn’t get any better for the moms in Tampa. We have five malls all within a 30-minute drive from our home, and Tampa Premium Outlets opened on October 29. I actually don’t mind bringing Bennett to the mall with me because there is always something to do whether it be an indoor playground or a train that can be ridden around the mall.
Living in Tampa you are pretty much central to quick getaways all over Florida, whether it be a quick trip to Disney, a beach getaway in St.Petersburg, or a trip to swim with the manatees in Crystal River. These places all take you away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday life to a more relaxing, go-with-the-flow adventure.
Those are the reasons I love my city. What are your favorite things about being a mom Tampa?