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The waterfront picnic in the park is one of Tampa’s dreamiest events

multiple people dining at picnic tables in a park
Photo via Henry Plant Museum

Roll back the clock a century and join the Henry Plant Museum for an old-fashioned picnic on Sunday, March 3 in Plant Park (401 W Kennedy Blvd). Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, pack a picnic basket, and invite family and friends to experience the pleasures of a simpler time. Honestly just going back to the University of Tampa makes me nostalgic for late aught walks to The Press Box and Boss Hogs.

Relax in the shade and enjoy continuous entertainment on Center Stage. Community partners will be in the park, including Tampa Regional Artists, The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, The Florida Aquarium, Arts4All Florida, The Wheelmen, and more.


Complimentary ice cream will be provided courtesy of Blue Bell Creameries. Complimentary popcorn will be provided courtesy of the Museum.

The live entertainment lineup includes:

  • Tampa Community Band – Conductor, Jahn Van De Putte
  • The Wandering Hours
  • Upstairs/Downstairs Live Theater, Tampa Bay Hotel Hunting and Fishing Guide Arthur Schleman
  • Stilt walking with “Stilt Fun”
  • Balloon Twister
  • Juggler
  • Chihuahuas of Tampa Bay

Visit the Museum from 11am-4pm with $1 admission. Enjoy the introductory video “The Tampa Bay Hotel: Florida’s First Magic Kingdom,” a complimentary audio tour, and Upstairs/Downstairs Live Theater with Tampa Bay Hotel Hunting and Fishing Guide Arthur Schleman. 


Exterior of a large brick building with minarets
Outside the beautiful Plant Hall at the University of Tampa

A limited number of picnic tables are available to reserve. To make your table reservation, contact Museum Relations Manager, Daniel Carpenter 813.258.7302 or Visit Henry Plant Museum’s website, and the event page to learn more.

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