During this strange and unusual time when you are being told to stay at home to stay lives, you likely miss visiting some of your favorite Tampa Bay area attractions. At Dririte, a restoration company in Tampa FL has trusted for more than 30 years, we are also missing our favorite places. That’s why we were happy to discover so many local Tampa area attractions are offering virtual tours and live streams so guests can visit virtually even though their doors may be temporarily closed.
If you are avoiding the beaches, you can always see what’s happening by viewing one of the local beach webcams. Fox 13 Tampa Bay has twelve live webcams, including Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, and Bradenton Beach. The images refresh every 60 seconds.
YMCA Online Workouts
It’s important to stay active while quarantined, but what does that look like with gyms and other public places closed? If you are missing your favorite coaches and instructors, you can check out the YMCA online workshops. On the other hand, some people are staying busy doing work around the house. If you are spending your time doing home repairs and discover mold, we offer mold removal in Tampa.
The University of Tampa
Whether you are a University of Tampa alumni or a prospective student, you can virtually tour the campus on the school’s website. The tour will take you around the beautiful campus, as well as into state-of-the-art facilities.
The Florida Aquarium
While the Florida Aquarium is closed to the public, the public can get its aquatic feel virtually through its new SEA-SPAN episodes. Audiences can tune in daily at 10 AM on their Facebook page or visit their webpage to watch all the episodes.
You can check on your favorite zoo animals on Zoo Tampa’s Facebook page, where they are posting tons of videos of the animals enjoying their days. In addition, they are posted educational videos for parents looking for supplemental learning materials.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
One of the most popular attractions, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is doing what it can to help guests who are missing the animals and theme park fun by posting videos on Facebook. They have posted several up close and personal animal videos, including bottle feedings, as well as virtual ride experiences.
While you can’t go see movies and art films at the landmark Tampa Theatre, you can enjoy many of their films through the Tampa Theatre Virtual Cinema series. Movie lovers can purchase a ticket to view the film they are interested in, and then they have a week to stream it to their device.
MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) is currently closed to the public, but they are offering free virtual lessons on their Facebook page.
Henry B. Plant Museum
The Henry B. Plant Museum, formerly the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, is a great place to see historical artifacts from the Gilded Age. Since the museum is currently closed, visitors can enjoy the museum’s online-only exhibits.
USF Contemporary Art Museum
Enjoy the beautiful artistry of “Battin’ A Hundred,” the 2020 Graduating MFA exhibition on the USF Contemporary Art Museum’s social media platforms from the privacy of your own home.
The Florida Orchestra
While you can’t enjoy the Florida Orchestra in the concert hall, you can listen to the music from the comfort of your own home. Listeners can enjoy full recordings of concerts each Thursday evening at 7 pm on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 FM radio and online at WSMR.org. The concerts will also be available on demand.
Tampa Bay History Center
If you are curious about the history of wrestling in Tampa, then watch this Facebook video of the latest exhibit from the Tampa Bay History Center.
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Through April and May, guests are invited to join a Tuesday Hangout with the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts through the Twitch platform. Hangouts cover topics like photo journaling.
The Dali Museum
Those wanting to learn more about Salvador Dali have the opportunity to virtually tour the museum. Additionally, the museum is also offering virtual lesson plans on surrealism for educators and parents to use during this time.
The Florida Holocaust Museum
With the doors to the Florida Holocaust Museum closed, students can still find ample online resources, many of which have been implemented due to the COVID-19 crisis. For example, the museum is offering virtual classes Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, as well as sharing video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and artifacts online.
Glazer Children’s Museum
For parents needing to keep their kids busy, the Glazer Children’s Museum has launched GCM at Home. The online site offers fun guided learning videos, printable activity sheets, and even recipes for families to try.
Great Explorations Children’s Museum
Another online resource for Tampa Bay area parents is the Great Explorations Children’s Museum. They have put together several activities for families with printables.
Morean Arts Center
Even though the public can’t enter Morean Arts Center, they can still see what is behind the doors as the museum’s curators are giving virtual tours. Plus, fans of their weekly storytime can continue enjoying storytime via YouTube.
Museum of Fine Art St. Petersburg
Online visitors can learn more about the Museum of Fine Art St. Petersburg through its social media platforms where they are posting regularly. They are also providing printables for youth.
Tampa Museum of Art
If you are missing the Tampa Museum of Art, you can get your fill virtually. The museum is offering several different online resources for museum guests, including virtual tours, live streaming events, and follow-along art-making activities.
While we are glad to know we can visit some of our favorite spots from our homes, we are looking forward to going back in person. In the meantime, if you need water damage restoration, Tampa residents can call Dririte 24/7 – even during this trying time. Flood damage in Tampa needs to be addressed immediately before the problem worsens.