Hot Summer Nights in Tampa Bay

By: Kara Franker


Turn the heat up a notch this summer in Tampa Bay, as we celebrate until the sun goes down. Beat the heat and uncover the best nighttime events at attractions like Busch Gardens, Adventure Islands, the Florida Aquarium and Sail Pavilion. 

Busch Gardens is hosting its annual Summer Nights every night through Aug. 18, 2013. The event includes Cheetah Hunt with a new twist after dark, the Kinetix music and acrobatics show on the Gwazi Park Stage, and a nightly fireworks finale.

For a more tropical feel, Adventure Islands’ Island Nights will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night through Aug. 10 offering live entertainment, games on the beach, tropical cuisine and island fun for the entire family.

The Florida Aquarium’s Summer Fun Nights offers extended hours and discounted admission on select Thursday evenings through Aug. 8. See a performance by The Florida Aquarium Mermaids or experience the sunset and Tampa Bay’s wildlife on a Wild Dolphin Cruise.

For adults, relax at the Sail Pavilion’s Brews & Bites on the nights of Aug. 9 and Sept. 13. The waterfront bar will feature food trucks, live entertainment and craft beers at the Beer Garden.

Where To Stay: Two of my favorite hotels in the area are the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay and the InterContinental Tampa

If You Go: Check out for more info about where to stay, dine and play.

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