Beaches, the casino, Lightning or Rays games… not an option this weekend. But if you’re restless and have got to get out of the house and have some fun, here are 10 good ideas. Any other suggestions I can add? Hit me up – my contact info is at the bottom!
My favorite pick for this weekend - go to Italy! OK, bad timing right? Wrong. You can go to Italy without leaving St. Pete. Head to Mazzaro's. You don't need a passport to enjoy cannoli, fresh pasta, wines, cheeses and and my favorite sandwich anywhere (sorry Publix) the #20 Hot Italian. Note they are not open on Sunday and only until 2:30pm on Saturday so plan accordingly.
People fly from all over the world this time of year to visit our golf courses. There will probably be plenty of availability now since folks aren't traveling. Or if you're not a golfer, look for a mini-golf spot and hit the ball through the clown's mouth!
Funlan Swap Shop & Drive In in Tampa this weekend is playing Shrek at 8, Shaun of the Dead at 9:50!
I love this idea. You sign up to have a two night “pawjama party” with a dog from Friends of Strays Animal Shelter in St. Pete. No commitment beyond those two nights. Just give a homeless pup a loving home, food and water for 2 nights. You’ll actually be part of a study… they’ll ask you how it went, how the dog behaved, etc. Their research tells them that even just a couple nights away from the shelter helps not only the dog, but shelter staff and volunteers. For a homeless dog, they get some love, peace and quiet. They found that fostered dogs become less likely to be returned once adopted. You pick a date and time that works for you to host a homeless dog for a two nights.
We're so lucky to live near the Pinellas Trail. If you've never used it, get the bike out this weekend. Fill up the tires. Or if your bike is too out of shape, rent one. My favorite part of the trail to ride is from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. When you reach the Sponge Docks, take a walk around and smell the smells. It's the safest way to bike around here. You will cross a few streets along the route, but it's better than biking in the roadways of Tampa Bay. Plus doctors are saying sleep and exercise is a good way to keep your immune system strong.
Not a bicylist? Just put some sneakers on and head to Bayshore and stroll around the city. The weather this weekend will be warm, but it isn't brutally hot and muggy... yet. Take advantage! Both the River Walk and Bayshore are open this weekend for some exercise.
Unfortunately you can't go fishing on the Skyway, but there are plenty of other spots to fish. Skyway may not be the best fishing anyway. As you see in this pic, you never know what you'll catch... maybe even another fish lure like I did.
The cancellation of all these events is going to hit businesses hard, especially those small family-owned restaurants. Visit Yelp and pick a less-crowded part of town you don't visit often and try a new Cuban. Or have you ever had the BLT at Wright's Gourmet in Tampa? Or how about the pizza at Cristino's in Clearwater? You'll have to do take-out, but do it!
While this is scary for us, for seniors, the virus is even more frightening. They're far more at risk of complications. Pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables at Publix for them.
We tend to think of volunteering during the holidays. Look up a food bank near you and see if there's something you can do to help.
Watch a Florida sunset! They don't get any better than where we are on Florida's west coast.