The Best August 2018 Events on the Gulf Coast



Are you vacationing on Florida's Gulf Coast this summer? Then you'll want to know about these Florida attractions and special events slated for the month of August. We're highlighting some of the best things to do that are all right near your Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores vacation rental. Which of these fun and family-friendly events are on your beach vacation to-do list?


Busch Gardens Tampa Summer Nights

@10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL

It's hard to believe that the Busch Gardens Summer Nights event is wrapping up for another year. Now's the time to enjoy this celebration of summer at one of the best amusement parks around. There are only a few days left to take advantage of all of the extra fun that's included with your regular park admission.

So exactly what is the Summer Nights event all about?

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.

Plus, indulge in delicious food like steak chimichurri, tostones and seasoned pork slider with avocado puree, hummus topped with curry-roasted cauliflower, chilled shrimp with watermelon & tamarind glaze, mini donuts, funnel cakes and more with their special summer menus. What's not to love?

Hurry, the Summer Nights event only runs through August 5, 2018!


Heritage Village Living History

@11909 125th Street N, Largo, FL

Visit the 21-acre living history museum located in the heart of Pinellas County. The natural pine and palmetto landscape features some of Pinellas County's most historic buildings. Explore 33 historic attractions, including a variety of historic homes, general store, railroad depot, two schools, church, and more!

Special events take place throughout the year, too, which provide fun and education for all ages. Come and experience local living history this summer.

August 2018 Special Events at Heritage Village include:

Passport Adventures through August 3, 2018: Bring your student group to Heritage Village this summer! Explore Pinellas County history, play historic games, and enjoy activities with the junior docents.

Junior Docents Info Session on August 18, 2018: Learn about being a Junior Docent this fall, and pick up an application. To learn more, visit the Heritage Village website.


NFL Pre-Season Football with the Bucs

@4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL

Are you ready for some football? The Buccaneers play their home games at Raymond James Stadium. They have been using this venue since 1998 and for good reason. Raymond James Stadium is known among fans and players for being one of the nicest venues in the NFL.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers compete in the NFC South Division of the National Football League. The Buccaneers organization was founded in 1976, and has been playing in Tampa Bay ever since. With so many years under their belt in the same city, the Buccaneers have built a nice sized fan base. This goes a long way in helping them to be successful year in and year out.

Many great players have donned the Buccaneers jersey over the years. Some of the best include Lee Roy Selmon, Gerald Carter, Ricky Bell, Steve DeBerg, Hardy Nickerson, Nate Richardson, and many more. Check out the complete Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule for 2018 to buy tickets for preseason games now!


Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival & Cinema

@1 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater, FL

The Sunsets at Pier 60 Festival is a nightly sunset celebration that takes place in Pier 60 Park on Clearwater Beach, Florida. This free family event features artisans, crafters, street performers and live musical entertainment—weather permitting.

Also check out the Sunset Cinema free outdoor movie theater under the stars this summer. Sunset Cinema is great for family outings, date night, or just to get together with friends! Don't forget to bring a blanket or low lying lawn chair. Popcorn and concessions are available on-site. View the Sunset Cinema at Pier 60 2018 movie schedule here.


Tampa Bay Rays Baseball

@1 Tropicana Dr, Saint Petersburg, FL

Originally named the Florida Suncoast Dome, Tropicana Field's 1.1 million square feet include unique design features and fan amenities found nowhere else in Major League Baseball. New for 2018, the Rays invested $7 million to renovate the amenities, so come and see it for yourself while you enjoy a Rays game.

Go ahead and take your family out to a ballgame during your Florida Gulf Coast vacation. Fans can now purchase their tickets through the Ballpark app easier than ever before. The new process provides a clearer picture of the seat, a tool that sorts by price and the ability to complete the process in as few as three clicks. As always, Buy Early and Buy Online for the best prices. If you bring your phone with you to the game, you already have your tickets in hand. Manage them through the app by logging in through your linked MLB.com account.

Or you can check the home game schedule and get your Rays tickets online here.


ZooTampa at Lowry Park Special Events

@1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL

ZooTampa at Lowry Park is a place of unforgettable, natural connections. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo.

The Zoo is located one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30a.m. to 5p.m. daily. In addition to all its amazing animals and exhibits, ZooTampa at Lowry Park also offers special events each month. Check out Toddler Tuesdays and Zoo University in August. You can view all of the special events happening this month and every month on the ZooTampa events calendar.


How many of these Gulf Coast Florida attractions and events have you been to? Do you have any favorites? Happy August!


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