Your Guide to New Year’s Eve Fun Around the Tampa Area

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? If you still haven’t figured out your plans for the night, then you’ve got plenty of festivities to choose from around the Tampa area!

From massive fireworks displays on the water to Roaring ’20s celebration, here are a few of the top events to check out.

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay

People riding on a roller coaster.

When: December 31st, 9am – 1am

Where: Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay

What: This New Year’s Eve, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay will stay open until 1am to ring in the new year. You can enjoy thrill rides, dance to live music and a DJ, and countdown to midnight with a dazzling fireworks display.

American Social

Glasses of champagne at a New Year's Eve event.

When: December 31st, 9pm – 2am

Where: 601 South Harbour Island Boulevard

What: In celebration of entering a new era of the ’20s, American Social will be throwing it back a century with their Roaring ’20s celebration. Not only will there be a DJ, live music, and an open bar, but you can also enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight as Tampa;’s largest fireworks displays takes to the sky above you.

Yacht Starship

New Year's Eve event on a boat out on the water.

When: December 31st, 10pm – 1am

Where: 603 Channelside Drive

What: Sail away on the New Year’s Eve Celebration Cruise! The boat departs at 10:30pm and cruises around on the water for two hours, complete with an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, tons of food, party favors, and two floors of dancing and music. You can also toast to midnight with a free glass of champagne and firework views!


A dj at a New Year's Eve event.

When: December 31st, 9pm – 2am

Where: 100 W Kennedy Blvd

What: Want to go out for New Year’s Eve but don’t want to miss watching the ball drop? Head to Aloft’s celebration! The hotel will be going all out, with a live mermaid swimming in the pool, samba dancers putting on a live show, a dance floor filled with lasers, fog, and confetti blasts, as well as an open bar and gourmet food. At midnight, watch the ball drop on their giant 18′ LED screen!

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

A kid getting their face painted.

When: December 31st, 10am – 2pm

Where: 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

What: If you have a few kiddos who can’t make it to midnight (or want to turn in early yourself), then this is the perfect New Year’s Eve event for you. The ZooTampa Event Yard will come alive with fun for Noon Years Eve, including live entertainment, a DJ, and a countdown to 12pm (with a kid-friendly toast included).

Sparkman Wharf

Lasers at a New Year's Eve event.

When: December 31st, 8pm – 12am

Where: 615 Channelside Drive

What: Browse the restaurants and shops at Sparkman’s Wharf during the day, then stick around for their first ever New Year’s Eve Laser Light Show. Live music will be bumping from 6pm to 8pm, followed by a DJ from 8pm to midnight. A brand new special laser light show will also kick off at 9pm, with a grand finale when the clock strikes 12.

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