We want you to consider how you could treat yourself with 1K in Tampa. Picture this: You just won $1,000 from a lucky lotto ticket or your favorite radio station and you need ideas on how to spend your money in Tampa! These days, $1,000 doesn’t come lightly. Obviously, that money could go towards responsibilities like rent or credit card bills, but maybe you have other plans for the extra dough in your pocket. Maybe you’d treat yourself to a 5-star dinner at Bern’s Steakhouse, or buy the family a membership to ZooTampa. Here’s a list of ideas on how to treat yourself if you get a lucky scratch-off or win a contest (wink wink.)

What would you spend 1k on in Tampa? We get that these days that money can blow by fast! Maybe you want to be responsible and pay down your student loan or credit card debt. But if you want to make it last with some unique experiences, we have some ideas for you. Imagine buying 1,000-dollar menu items for a party (or roughly 935 to account for taxes). Flights are expensive, so some might use the money to see other parts of the state or country.

We’re not going to tell you how to spend your money, but we will give you some awesome suggestions on how to treat yourself with 1K in Tampa.

  • Stay At A Beach Front Hotel

    We often take advantage of how close we are to some of the best beaches in the country! A bucket list item would be able to wake up and walk right to Clearwater beach. A couple nights at The Opal Sand Resort in Clearwater would cost you about $1,000 depending on the time of year you book.

  • Upgrade Equipment For Your Favorite Hobby

    Love to golf? A lot of people in Tampa do. With $1,000 you can certainly upgrade some of the clubs in your bag.


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  • View Tampa From Up Above

    A helicopter ride over Tampa Bay would be such a cool experience. flyVENTURE tours start at $189 so you’d even have some left over money to spend!

  • Explore More Of Tampa On Your Own Kayak or Paddleboard

    Every Floridian should have one. With $1,000 you can grab a good sized kayak and all your equipment and safety needs at any sports store like Dick’s.


    Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images

  • Go On A Shopping Spree At Hyde Park

    Hyde Park in Tampa is home to many luxurious brands. Feel like a brand new person after you update your closet at stores like Madewell or Mizzen+Main.

  • Treat Your Stomach At A Michelin Rated Restaurant

    It’s another bucket list item for anyone that lives or has been to Tampa. If you’ve never been maybe use the extra $1,000 for a dining opportunity you’ll be raving about for YEARS.

  • See The Bucs Play From The 50 Yard Line

    Luckily for Bucs fans, ticket prices have dropped since Brady’s retirement. This means you could find some pretty great seats on the 50 yard line AND have some money left over.

  • Get Your Thrills On With A Busch Gardens Annual Pass

    Love the thrill of roller coasters? Visit every weekend when you become an annual pass member at Busch Gardens. The lowest option starts at $160 but the platinum option will cost you about $423

    8. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay


  • Feelin' Lucky?

    Maybe you want to keep your winning streak rolling and turn your $1,000 to a larger amount. Test your luck at the tables or slot machines at Seminole Hard Rock Casino.


    (Photo by Christopher Furlong /Getty Images)

  • Buy Concert Tickets (Or Two, Or Three)

    There’s a lot of great acts coming to Tampa! $1,000 could get you into multiple shows at Amalie Arena or the Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Or splurge for front row tickets to your favorite artist.



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