With 2017 around the corner, here are some of the best places in Tampa to celebrate New Year’s Eve!
So, if you’re anything like us, you’re ready to put 2016 in the rear-view mirror. It’s time to celebrate a fresh start and a new year. But the real question becomes: how do you want to ring in the new year? If your idea of celebrating doesn’t include sitting at home watching the ball drop, we’ve got you covered for festivities throughout Tampa Bay. Here are some of our top picks to help you kiss 2016 goodbye.
The Roof Top Eve – 9pm-2am | $175+ | Hyde Park
Admission to the Rooftopeve is an ALL-INCLUSIVE experience. Your ticket includes PREMIUM OPEN BAR of Liquor, Beer, Wine, and Champagne ALL NIGHT! And of course, all the entertainment, fun, and the best time of your life! A complimentary shuttle is also included from major Tampa neighborhoods.
Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade and a pep rally – 5:30 pm – 11:55 pm | Free | Ybor City
The parade will feature floats and about twenty marching bands including the two college bands! The Pep Rally features a battle of the bands and cheerleaders from both universities. This free family event is sponsored by our friends at Bud Light, 970 WFLA, Mix 100.7 FM Radio, 98Rock and the City of Tampa. Be there early. The Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs along 7th Avenue.
NYE Wrap Party at Tampa Theatre – 9pm-1am | $99 per person | Downtown Tampa (The Tampa Theatre)
The Theatre will be transformed into the Nu Uplison Sigma fraternity house where Bluto, Flounder, Otter and the rest of the gang from 1978 classic Animal House will throw the most epic house party this side of 2017. As long as nobody tells Dean Wormer, party-goers will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts, live music and dancing with Top 40 party band SeKond Nature, and an open beer-and-wine bar all night long, plus the ball drop on the big screen at midnight. Signature themed cocktails and a cash liquor bar will also be available.
Light Up Tampa Bay New Year’s Eve Celebration and Block Party – 7pm-12am | Free | Channelside
This FREE public event starts at 7:00P.M. and features a custom ball-drop, aerial fireworks display, two stages, LED TV screens, entertainment, local vendors, a variety of food and beverage and a Tampa Bay Lightning watch party!
NYE Aqua Eve – 9pm-1am | $120+ | Channelside (The Florida Aquarium)
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a splash at The Florida Aquarium’s Aqua Eve! Enjoy fantastic live music, complimentary food, beer and wine along with a champagne toast – and the best view in town for an amazing fireworks display at midnight. The Florida Aquarium’s Aqua Eve party is the premiere New Year’s Eve party in Tampa to ring in 2017! General admission, early admission, and fireworks cruise combo tickets available.
Downtown Countdown At Glazer Children’s Museum – 12pm-5pm | Museum Admission | Downtown Tampa (Glazer’s Children’s Museum)
Ring in 2017 at the top of every hour at GCM’s Downtown Countdown. Not everyone can stay up until midnight, so join us for a New Year’s Eve party that the entire family can enjoy! Come taste our famous kiddie party punch, design your own party hats, or take part in this year’s Resolution Wall. In addition, GCM is bringing back our guest favorites that include bubble wrap fireworks, cool dance parties, and balloon drops throughout the Museum starting at Noon.
First Night in St Petersburg – 4pm-12am | $5-10 | Downtown St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, Florida rings in the New Year with music, lights, dance, fire, bubbles, stories, creative fun, fireworks and much more! First Night St. Petersburg will celebrate its 24th Annual New Year’s Eve celebration of the Arts on Saturday, December 31st in downtown St. Petersburg. Family-oriented festivities with music stages, entertainment, drama, dance, games, art, fireworks and more.
Yacht StarShip Fireworks Celebration Cruise – 10pm-1am | $149+ | Channelside & Clearwater
This dazzling event includes an open bar, souvenir boarding photo, hand passed hors d’oeuvres, gourmet food stations, carving stations, hand passed desserts, party favors, DJ entertainment, and a fireworks show with a champagne toast at midnight! This sell-out cruise is the best way to enjoy New Year’s Eve. Dine on gourmet food, sip on delicious cocktails and dance the night away under the stars. Yacht StarShip will also provide party favors and a champagne toast at midnight to the fireworks over the water.
So no matter how you want to celebrate the new year, have a fabulous time & stay safe!