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Inside MacDill AFB

March 09, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Events, Military Life, Military Spouse, PCS Move, Schools, Self Improvement, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

Inside MacDill AFB

Inside MacDill AFB

A look “inside” MacDill AFB for all of those new and seasoned military families in the area. I have seen on the social media circuit that a lot of military families have recently moved to the MacDill AFB area or will soon arrive. A PCS move is always a challenge and getting information on your new duty station is just one more task added to the never ending PCS check list. Take a look inside MacDill AFB and gain information on base facilities, housing, schools and recreation opportunities.

MacDill AFB is located 8 miles South of the city of Tampa and is surrounded by beautiful Tampa Bay. Even though the base is an Air Force base every military branch of service is located on base. MacDill AFB is home to CENTCOM along with many other command units. You can find a large AAFES store along with a commissary on base. The base also has 2 clinics one located on base and one located in the near by town of Brandon. The base has the typical facilities including a chapel, library, pools, bowling alley, golf course and dining facilities. A unique feature to MacDill AFB is the beach which is also home to the family camp grounds. The 6th Support Squadron manages many of these facilities and host great events including a base community appreciation party March 14th from 4pm-6pm. This party is a great opportunity for newcomers to check out the beach and make new friends.

Finding suitable housing at a new base is definitely on the check list of things to do. MacDill AFB does offer very nice base housing. Harbor Bay at MacDill is a base community offering amenities such as pools, community centers and play grounds. If base housing is not available or you choose to live off base has many listings in all of the surrounding areas of MacDill. The site also offers information on Realtors and Property Managers with expertise in the Tampa Bay area.

Schools in the MacDill AFB area fall under Hillsborough County Schools. Besides offering traditional schools the district is also home to magnet schools. The MacDill AFB school liaison representative can provide you with information on the school district, charter schools and private schools available in the area.

MacDill AFB with its great location on the bay is home to many recreation opportunities. Visit the marina and find out about paddle boarding, kayaking and renting a pontoon boat. If golf is your game then you will want to stop by the Bay Palms Golf Complex to check out all it has to offer. MacDill Bowling lanes, the fitness center, skeet range and the base pool also offer great recreation events. The Airman and Family Readiness Center is also a great resource for information, events and activities on base.

That was a look at the “inside” of MacDill AFB. Whether you are a newcomer or have been in the area for awhile this information will be helpful in enjoying your stay here in the Tampa Bay area. If you have any insider tips to share about the MacDill AFB area please leave them in the comment section of the blog.

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What’s Happening MacDill AFB?

February 27, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Events, Military Life, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

MacDill AFB gate-courtesy of de. wilkipedia

What’s Happening this weekend in the MacDill AFB area? Well lots of fun events are happening including the Strawberry Festival. This should be a great weekend to get out and enjoy all this area has to offer. If you have an event coming up that you would like to share leave me the information in the comment section below and I will try and share with our readers. So here is What’s happening MacDill AFB:

So which one of these fun events are you going to visit? Do you have an event I should share? If looking for a new home is in your plans this weekend then take a look at these homes for sale or rent.

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Why Do I Love Living Near MacDill Air Force Base?

February 11, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Dining, Military Life, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

WWhy do I love living near MacDill Air Force Base? Their are so many reasons living in this area is wonderful. MacDill AFB is located right on Tampa Bay which allows us so many options of things to do, see, eat and enjoy. The base, the weather, the beaches, the food and so much more are why I love living near MacDill Air Force Base.

What about you why do you love living here in the Tampa Bay?

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Things to do in the Tampa Bay Area

January 22, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Events, Health, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

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It’s a busy weekend with a lot of things to do in the Tampa Bay area! This is the first weekend of the Gasparilla season! But besides Gasparilla, there a lot of things to do if you want stay away from the crowds. So let’s take a look of things to do other than Gasparilla events.

  • On Friday from 4pm to 8pm “Art on the House” takes place at the Tampa Museum of Art in downtown Tampa. You get to pay what you want for an admission fee.
  • The Tampa Bay Home Show will be at the Trop in St. Pete starting on Friday. You can get some ideas for those Spring home improvement projects!
  • SeaScapes Beach Club on MacDill AFB has seafood specials for dinner on Friday evening!
  • On Saturday morning in downtown St. Pete check out the Saturday Morning Market! With fresh produce including locally grown organic products, baked goods and unique arts and crafts, you will find something that piques your interest.
  • Touch a Truck in Largo on Saturday gives the kids the opportunity to climb and play on vehicles like fire trucks, dump truck, buses and military vehicles. It’s free to attend!
  • The Harbour Island Art Walk takes place near the Channelside district of Tampa on Sunday starting at noon. Take a look at the works of local artists and enjoy a stroll near the water.
  • On 3pm on Sunday, the Tampa Theatre presents Better Off Dead with John Cusack as part of their Totally Classic Movie Series.
  • End your weekend with Yoga at the Park at Curtis Hixon Park on Sunday at 5pm. Bring your yoga mat and couple friends and enjoy the great outdoors while you workout!

I hope that you enjoy the weekend.  If you know of something else to do, please share with us!

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MacDill AFB EventsThis Week!

January 17, 2015 By: Laura Category: Communities, Dining, Events, Military Life, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

MacDill AFB beach

MacDill AFB Events

When looking for something to do in the MacDill area do not forget about all of the great events that actually take place on the base.  As long as you have access to the base you can enjoy them! Those of us who don’t live on the base sometimes forget everything that goes on MacDill. Remember Monday is a Federal holiday honoring the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr, so some venues on the base will be closed or have limited operating hours. Check out the MacDill AFB events for this week.

  • On Tuesday 20 January, NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart and Kyle Larson will be on SeaScapes Beach House for a meet and greet.  Starting time is 3pm and it’s open to anyone who has access to MacDill AFB. So bring the camera and some gear to get signed for souvenirs!
  • Get the resume ready for a Career Fair at Surf’s Edge Club on Thursday 22 January.  From noon to 3pm, your prospective employer will be there to talk to you about their company and what you need to do!  If you’re transitioning or looking for a new job, this is perfect place to go.  But do your prep work, so that you are ready to promote yourself!
  • All that working out you’ve done can be put to use on Friday 23 January at the Gladiator Assault Challenge at Lewis Lake.  It’s a unit challenge so grab a group and come out at 8am for 9.6 miles of challenging obstacles and combined maneuvers.
  • The Short Fitness Center is looking for volunteers to teach yoga, Zumba and spin.  Stop by the front desk or call if you are interested in helping out.
  • If you need an ID or CAC, remember it’s all done by appointment now!

If you have an event to share on MacDill AFB or in the community, please let us know! Enjoy the week!
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