July on Florida’s Gulf Coast has plenty of cool events, festivals, and things to do for the whole family. In addition to happy palm trees, sparkling Gulf of Mexico waters, and sugar white sand—here are a few more things to enjoy this month. These Gulf Coast attractions and festivities are easily within driving distance of your Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores beach vacation rental, so you’re always close to all of the Florida fun.
Have you been to Summer Nights at Busch Gardens Tampa yet? If not, you should go! This is an annual summer favorite event where everything is included in the price of your regular admission. As the sun goes down, the party heats up at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay during Summer Nights. Explore the park after dark with extended park hours to 10p.m. every night. Dance the night away at themed party zones throughout the park and take on Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark. Then end your day with a fireworks finale and special entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights on Gwazi field. Hurry though, Summer Nights ends August 5!
July 4, 2018
Redington Shores, Madeira Beach, Clearwater Beach, Florida Aquarium, Largo
Did you read our recent post on 10 Awesome Things About the Fourth of July on the Gulf Coast? If you missed it, you should really check it out, especially if you’ll be vacationing here with us over the Independence Day holiday. You’ll want to know all about what’s happening while you here and you can find all the highlights in that post.
Speaking of the 4th, here’s a quick rundown of the local Fourth of July fireworks displays so you and your family can make your plans.
Come to nearby Redington Shores for July 4th fireworks right on the beach. Redington Shores is located just south of Indian Shores, so you don’t have to go far to enjoy the light show.
Madeira Beach is another nearby option for fireworks on the Fourth of July. Home of the famed John’s Pass Boardwalk and Village, Madeira Beach is hosting fireworks at the Recreation Complex. The show starts around 9p.m. so come early to find your spot.
Celebrate Celebrates America this Fourth of July and every Fourth of July with the largest fireworks show in the Tampa Bay area! This free and family friendly celebration is going down at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. Enjoy music, food, drinks, local vendors and more family-friendly activities. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the fireworks begin between 9-9:30p.m. Clearwater Beach offers some of the best Independence Day fun found anywhere.
The City of Largo’s Fourth of July Celebration is family-friendly and sure to please. It’s presented by HCA West Florida and perfect for families looking for a great fireworks show and a good time to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Bring your chairs, blankets, and invite your friends along for the festivities. (No dogs, alcohol, fireworks or coolers are permitted though.) The celebration runs from 6-9p.m. with a fireworks finale happening at dark at Largo Central Park.
Join the Florida Aquarium as they celebrate America’s Independence Day with extended hours, exclusive menu options, drink specials and a fireworks cruise on the Bay (tickets sold separately). Enjoy all the Aquarium exhibits and daily scheduled activities. Make a splash on their outdoor waterside plaza at The Splash Pad, take in a 4-D Experience and relax at Fins Cantina. All this is included with a general admission ticket or Aquarium Membership. Plan your Florida Aquarium visit for the Fourth!
All Summer Long
Major League Baseball at Tropicana Field with the home team, the Tampa Bay Rays.
There’s nothing more All-American than baseball! Come to Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, and catch a game or two while you’re here. Located in St. Petersburg, Tropicana Field’s 1.1 million square feet include unique design features and fan amenities found nowhere else in the Major Leagues. It’s definitely worth the trip. You can find the Tampa Bay Rays Schedule of Play for Summer 2018 right here. All that’s left to do is get your tickets and enjoy the game.