Homeowners across Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and surrounding areas have many reasons to love Florida life on a year-round basis. People from around the world come to our area for fantastic adventures and waterfront tranquility. Generally, September is an “off-season” month for tourism because of the assumed hot, humid, rainy conditions. Also, September is a time when many people fear the development of hurricanes looming in the Caribbean, which means many avoid scheduling Florida vacations.
For locals, September can often be a beautiful month, offering sunshine-filled beach days with less humidity than summertime and fewer tourists than wintertime. With average temperatures in the 70s and 80s, locals can truly enjoy our subtropical playground for themselves. And after last year’s hurricane season with several major 2017 storms, who wouldn’t want to put a more positive spin on the 2018 season? Here are seven ideas for playing tourist around the Greater Tampa Bay area this fall:
- Sightseeing: Head over to John’s Pass Village to walk the boardwalk and enjoy a seafood dinner before the winter crowds arrive. If it happens to be raining on your day off, consider some indoor fun at the Seminole Hard Rock or the Florida Aquarium.
- Sporting Events: Grab tickets to a local game. People come from all over the nation to watch our major league teams play. You have your choice of football, baseball, hockey, soccer, and countless other action-packed events around the Tampa area.
- Adventure Seeking: With the kiddos back to school, September is an ideal time for grown-ups to enjoy shorter lines at nearby theme parks like Busch Gardens in Tampa, Disney, or Universal Studios in Orlando.
- Sailing: With the exception of holidays, most of Florida’s waterways are less crowded during the off-season, which means now may be great time to take out your boat. Also, consider one of our area’s dolphin tours or fishing charters with off-season rates for locals.
- Sunbathing: Spend the day at St. Petersburg Beach or head to Clearwater or Honeymoon Island for some tranquil sunbathing while listening to the waves lapping on the shore.
- Outdoor Dining: Enjoy a local spot with outdoor seating for lunch, dinner, or drinks. Fewer tourists mean shorter wait-times plus freedom for leisurely noshing in patio areas. Also, check your neighborhood for dog-friendly dining options to enjoy with your pets.
- Golfing: With fewer tourists, now is your chance to grab the best tee-times for golf outings. There is no shortage of beautiful golf courses in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, and Pasco counties. If you truly love golf, ask us about homes available in golf communities.
As full-service real estate professionals, we love helping our Greater Tampa Bay area customers live the ultimate Florida life, at home and around our region. We hope our tips and ideas help you enjoy everything this area has to offer you. If you’re a Florida resident needing help finding the perfect home, investing, or selling your current property, contact Dick and Karla Nielsen at 813-294-5786 today.