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Things to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

March 19, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Dining, Events, Military Life, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

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The weekend is right around the corner!  And there are plenty of things to do in the Tampa Bay area!  The weather should be great this weekend-not too hot and not too humid.  Make sure take advantage of the weather before it gets too hot or before the summer rains start.

  • It’s Shakespeare in the Park on Friday at 6pm at Water Works Park. MacBeth is on tap this evening for this free event.
  • If you want more Shakespeare, then check out the St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival at the USF St. Petecampus. It starts at 8pm and you pay what you can.
  • At 7:30pm at Amalie Arena, the Lightning take on the Detroit Red Wings.
  • On Saturday at 11am, it’s Bark in the Park at Cotanchobee/Fort Brooke Park in the Channelside District.This is the Humane Society’s annual fundraising event featuring live entertainment, food trucks and a lot more!
  • Also on Saturday at noon at Curtis Hixon Park, it’s the Spring Beer Fling! Tryout tasty beer cocktails, seasonalbeers, live music and more! Admission is $12.
  • On Saturday, the GreenFest Indian Rocks starts at 10am. Enjoy the beach and learn about everything Earth friendly with local vendors, and free music. Admission is free.
  • On Sunday at 10:30am, the Cuban Sandwich Festival takes place in Centennial Park in Ybor City. Admission isfree, but the food is extra. There will be entries from restaurants, delis and food trucks. Enjoy the livemusic, vendors and of course the food.
  • On Sunday at 1:05pm, the Rays take on the Blue Jays in a spring training game in Dunedin.
  • After watching the Rays in Dunedin, check out the Spring Seafood Festival at Edgewater Park. There will be local seafood, music and craft beer.

I hope you enjoy your weekend! Let us know if you have any ideas for weekend events to share.

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Things to Do on MacDill AFB

March 13, 2015 By: Laura Category: Events, Military Life, Military Spouse No Comments →

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There are a lot of things to do on MacDill AFB this weekend and next week.

  • Bay Palms Golf Complex has a Junior Golf Clinic on Saturdays from 8:30am-9:30am for only $3. It is a great way to introduce your children golf. My youngest son learned how to play by attending these clinics.
  • During the week for adults, there is a free golf clinic on Tuesdays and Thursday from noon to 1pm. You have to buy your own bucket of balls. The small bucket is $2.
  • It’s Scrap Saturday at the MacDill AFB Arts & Craft Center. From 10am to 2pm, stop by share your creative ideas with friends! Cost is $5.
  • On Monday the Base Fitness Center will a free Women’s Self Defense Class from 6pm to 8pm.

Enjoy the weekend! If you have any events to share, please let us know.

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Things to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

March 12, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Events, Sports, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

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There are plenty of things to do in the Tampa Bay area for this weekend.  The great thing about living in the Tampa Bay area is that there is such a large variety of things to do. From sports to arts to amusement parks to beaches, there is something for everyone in the family to do.

If you have ideas for the weekend, please share it with us.

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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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More Weekend Fun Near MacDill AFB

March 07, 2015 By: Laura Category: Events, Military Life No Comments →


If you need more options this weekend, then here are more weekend fun events near MacDill AFB.

  • The Renaissance Festival is going on next to MOSI.
  • Busch Gardens has the Food and Wine Festival.  If you go to any of the local amusement parks, then make sure your first stop is at the MacDill AFB ITT office for discount tickets.
  • The Florida Aquarium celebrates its 2oth Anniversary this week with the addition of some special shows.
  • Check out the Dunedin Craft Beer Fest at Edgewater Park today for local brews and bites.
  • Downtown Tampa is also having a Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Festival at Cotanchobee Park today.
  • Lighten up your evening at the Straz Center in downtown Tampa and take in a comedy show featuring Jim Breurer formerly of SNL.
  • On Sunday, the Rays take on the Phillies at Port Charlotte Sports Park.

Hope you enjoy the weekend!

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