Where is a Safe Spot at College?
Safe, Sane, and happy, is that possible? As colleges are doing their best to come up with ideas as to how to keep our students safe and healthy as they reopen campuses, we can only hope that our students will adhere to those rules when they leave their classrooms. Let’s face it; it is not easy to enforce social distancing among a population that has a tendency to want to gather. Isn’t one of the best parts of college, socializing?
We realize we can’t replace a good frat party or tailgate, but there are alternatives to fun near campus and since outdoor fun appears to be the safest alternative these days, we have come up with open-air ideas. Given that we are living under such unprecedented circumstances; we always recommend double-checking on hours, etc. before heading out as activities may be modified or limit the number of persons in each party.
- Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park – This park is 8 acres in downtown Tampa along The Riverwalk. There are skyline views, and the Riverwalk provides miles of beautiful spots along the Hillsborough River. There are occasional movies on the lawn, classical performances, and concerts, so check out their activities here, but most have been temporarily suspended; however, the zipline, canoes, and kayaks are still a lot of fun.
- Fort De Soto Park – The adjoining county, Pinellas, houses their largest park which is a park, beach, campgrounds, and an actual historical landmark. The beaches are stunning with powder-like sand. You will see stingrays, dolphins, and an abundance of seabirds. Fort De Soto is about an hour’s drive south of Tampa.
- Lettuce Lake Regional Park – This park is located just down the street from USF, but you will feel like you are in the wilderness. For just $2 per car, you can experience a beautiful atmosphere along the Hillsborough River. This park is 240 acres of nature trails, picnic areas, a playground, paved paths for bikers, a fitness course, and a 3,500 ft. boardwalk. If you have something specific in mind, be sure to check which portions of the park are open, as some are temporarily closed.
- Rainbow Springs – About a two-hour drive from Tampa, Rainbow Springs is popular in the warmest months. You will find many people tubing down the chilly waters. Canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding are popular here too.
- Temple Terrace Riverfront Park – more nature; fishing, trails, bird watching, and picnic shelters.
Restaurants that have outdoor space for dining.
- Big Ray’s Fish Camp – be sure to check out hours have limited them to accommodate outdoor and safe seating
- Bulla Gastrobar
- Istanbul Mediterranean Grill & Market
- Rox Rooftop Bar – at the Current Hotel
- Social House
- The Mill
- World of Beer
Should you notice that your student is experiencing any type of stress or anxiety from the new rules on campus, there are resources available. Learn more in our blog The Stress Happens to All.
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