Let’s face it – the tough economy makes it an even tougher time to be single and dating. A lot of those wading in the dating pool are either struggling to make ends meet or are facing the daunting reality that unemployment leaves them without the ability to entertain a budding romance. Here are four (almost) free dates for those living in Tampa Bay, Florida.
1. Little Manatee River State Park – Total Cost: $4
This little traveled park has some amazing hiking trails along the Little Manatee river. The trails are easy enough for even the most inexperienced of hikers and the trail offers some amazing views of Southern Hillsborough county. If you are looking to score some bonus points pack a backpack with a bottle of wine, an apple, and some cheese & crackers. Find a nice place along the trail to stop, lay a blanket, and admire the sounds of the trickling river together. At only a $4 entrance fee and the cost of the optional refreshments this is the perfect, inexpensive date for a new couple.
2. AMF Bowling – Total Cost: $5
A night of bowling for two can usually cost upwards of $25, but if you pay attention to the deals you can escape with a night of entertainment for only $5. AMF University Lanes at Fletcher & 56th Street has been offering open house nights where patrons get 2 hours of free bowling for FREE. The only cost to customers are the shoes. Keep an eye on the Free section on Craigslist or give them a call (813-985-4468) to find out when their next free bowling night occurs.
3. USF Lecture Series – Total Cost: FREE
Engage the intellectual side of your date by taking them to see a lecture at the University of South Florida. The lecturers range from celebrities like Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson to Music Video Director Brett Ratner. They offer a couple hours of interesting discussion and often a meet & greet session that is totally free to both students and the general public. Check out their website for more information: http://www.ctr.usf.edu/uls
4. The Beach – Total Cost: FREE
Those living in Florida often forget about the amazing date opportunities that the beach offers. Whether it’s day date that includes beach volleyball and splashing in the water or a romantic evening stroll while watching the sunset, the beach is the perfect place to spend time together.
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