Meet your New Year’s resolutions in Tampa Bay, FL

The biggest step in completing your New Year’s resolution? Show up.

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Get out and about on the Tampa Riverwalk

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Looking to meet your New Year’s resolution in Tampa Bay? From feeling fit to finding more family time, check out our local resolution recommendations below.

Spend time with family

  • Glazer Children’s Museum | 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza | Located right in Downtown Tampa, Glazer Children’s Museum teaches kids about everything from clouds to healthcare.
  • St. Pete Pier | 600 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg | Spend a perfect Saturday at the community hub – with an inventive pirate ship playground, splash pad, live music, and snacks steps from each other.
  • Chill Bros Scoop Shop | Locations vary | Check out one of the three trendy, Americana-Esque Tampa locations for locally inspired flavors + coke floats.
  • Shuffle | 2612 N. Tampa St. | Call us shuffleboard fanatics. This Tampa Heights neighborhood joint is rockin’ with multiple shuffleboard lanes, brews, and eats, so fun you’ll have to drag the gang home.
  • ZooTampa at Lowry Park | 1101 W. Sligh Ave. | Bring the kids on a Saturday to roam the 63-acre zoo or take in special events like painting with elephants.

Get involved in local policy

  • Institute of Strategic Policy Solutions | 9200 113th St N.., Seminole | Founded by the late Congressman Bill Young, this bipartisan output of St. Petersburg College hosts discussions on everything from beach tourism to the business of art — and local political forums.
  • City of St. Petersburg Boards & Committees | 175 5th St. N., St. Petersburg | The city is looking for members for Affordable Housing, Citizen Advisory Commission, the Community Planning and Preservation Commission, and others. Peruse the open committees and apply online.
  • Hillsborough + Pinellas County Commission meetings | Virtual or in-person | Stay up-to-date on the happenings of Hillsborough or Pinellas by attending these monthly meetings. Leaders make decisions that impact local schools, housing, businesses, and more — and this is where you’ll hear about them first (and can make your voice heard).

Update your wardrobe

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Get a stylin’ and profilin’ new fit.

  • Shoreline Sugars | 649 Central Ave., St. Petersburg | This Central Avenue shop has a range of boho and trendy pieces — so you can support a local business while testing a new style persona.
  • Canvas Fashion Gallery | 1625 W. Snow Ave., Tampa | Located right in the heart of Hyde Park, this shop stocks classic and on-trend pieces from Paige Denim, Rails, Show Me Your Mumu, Cupcakes + Cashmere, Z Supply, and other popular brands.
  • Penelope T | 3310 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa | Looking for statement pieces or high-quality basics? This South Tampa shop stocks luxe brands like Xirena, AGOLDE, and even glam accessories too.

Practice self-care

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Practice yoga with a little friend on your back.

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  • Grady Goat Foundation | 12551 Franklin Rd., Thonotosassa | Bring your yoga mat and enjoy a beautiful farm setting with over 30 friendly baby goats to assist you through your yoga moves. Guests are able to play with the goats.
  • Tampa Riverwalk | Riverwalk, Tampa | Looking to walk it out? Take a stroll right on by the Hillsborough River.
  • The Body Shop | 790 4th Ave. S., St. Petersburg | Balance your body with cupping, chiro, and manual therapy.
  • Feeling extra committed? Check out our roundup of mental health activities and exercises here.

Take an improv class

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Officially become the funniest friend in the friend group.

  • Spitfire Comedy House | 1920 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg | One of the best ways to become intellectually quicker is to work on your improv skills. This store offers improv, sketch, stand-up classes, and workshops.
  • The Box Theater | 2240 University Square Mall, Unit 374, Tampa | Think inside the box and work on your characters, teamwork skills, story building, and improv basics.
  • Florida Studio Theater | 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota | This one’s a little outside of Tampa Bay — but the trek is worth it for the chuckles. This theater offers a million classes, from improv 101 to musical improvisation, comedy improv, and even directing courses. Plus, it’s taught by the masters.
  • Trying to flex that funny bone some more? Check out last year’s roundup of our favorite open mic nights and comedy lessons.

Read more books

  • St. Pete Library System | Seven different libraries, seven days a week. Can you handle all that knowledge? In 2023, the answer is yes.
  • Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperation | You can get a library card for free online and fully engulf yourself in the classics and new releases today.
  • Mojo Books & Records | 2554 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa | It’s undeniable that digital devices hold a place in our lives. But at Mojo, you’ll find a community of people who believe that a book is best read on paper and that the ultimate listening experience is found in a physical format. Plus, you can buy, sell, and trade your records, DVDs, and books.
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