Never spend a boring weekend in Tampa again

Manuela Graf, Features and Entertainment Editor

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When living in a small town like Lithia, there is no doubt that it is easy to get bored fast. However, it is also easy to overlook the amazing city and area we all have at our fingertips. Tampa is not only for Sunday family outings or casual trips with your friends, but a great city filled with unique hidden gems that can amp up your weekend 100%. You just have to look deeper.

Whether you are more of an active person, prefer the outdoors, or are into trendy, insta-worthy locations, the hidden parts of Tampa have something for every mood and preference.

Many are familiar with the trendy new food court Armature Works, located in Tampa Heights just at the end of the Riverwalk. Known and popularized for its diverse selection of delicious foods, vibrant music and outdoors scene, Armature Works doesn’t just offer this.

If you are more of an outdoors person, want time to relax with a friend, or want to try a new thing, Armature Works often hosts free yoga classes from different local studios in the outdoor front lawn. The next ones will be taking place on September 11 and 24 from 9 to 10 a.m. hosted by Bella Prana studio. If you cannot make it to that one, check the Armature Works website to follow updates on more classes and activities.

For those who like vintage aesthetics or a want to enjoy a movie with some friends, upgrade your theater experience and go to the Tampa Theatre in downtown instead the nearest one to home. Described as “Tampa’s Nonprofit Movie Palace” on their website, the Tampa Theatre offers so many unique options for movies you don’t see in your regular movie theatre. Built in 1926, the elegant vibe and old-timey look is perfect for a weekend night out with friends.

Some of the films currently being shown include classics like Casablanca on Sept. 2, Bride of Frankenstein on Sept. 10, or even newer classics like Mean Girls, which is being shown on Oct. 3, of course. You can support a local theater and get a cheaper deal at just $10.

For those who are a bit more artsy or are looking for something cheap to do with friends, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is located right by Curtis Hixon Park. Admission fees are just $8 for students that bring ID and $10 for adults. Visit the FMoPA website for information on hours and current or upcoming exhibits.

Tampa not only offers amazing theaters and outdoor yoga classes, but a ridiculous number of photo-worthy restaurants, diners, coffee shops, and more to go out and grub with your best friends. Weekends no longer have to mean staying in and going to your friend’s house to be bored together. To find awesome, unique places you never knew existed in your city, you can follow @hiddentampa on Instagram.

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