Florida State Fair
February 7 to February 18, 2013 Tampa, Florida
There are countless reasons to plan a getaway to the Sunshine State in February. One fun-filled event is the Florida State Fair, an annual festival held for 12 days every February outside of Tampa. Held in the Florida State Fairgrounds, this event includes indoor and outdoor exhibits, games, rides, competitions, and a variety of food. Since 2009, the fair has expanded to include even more attractions, such as a live shark exhibit and a rodeo.
Tampa Vacation Rentals for the Florida State Fair
The Florida State Fair offers 11 straight days of entertainment, so why not make a vacation out of it? Choose a vacation rental in Tampa
and you can soak up the Florida sunshine at the same time as attending the state fair. If you're planning a family event, you will appreciate the extra space and privacy that a vacation rental provides. The convenience of a kitchen will help to keep costs down by stocking your fridge with healthy snacks. After a long day at the state fair, you will have a comfortable and spacious place to relax.
The 2013 State Fair
The Florida State Fair is scheduled for February 7 - 18, 2013
in Tampa, FL
. he fair is spread across several venues, including the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center
where all of the horse races and other equestrian events are held. At the heart of all the entertainment and family fun is a festival with the goal of showcasing the state's agricultural industry. Those visitors that are interested in the serious side of the festival shouldn't miss the Expo Hall
featuring exhibits from most counties in Florida and agricultural organizations.
Stay in the Loop
If you're undecided about attending the Florida State Fair, the best way to make up your mind is to get more information. The official fair website offers the chance to sign up for an e-newsletter. This way, the latest news on entertainment, new additions to the fair, and details on concert tickets will be delivered right to your inbox. There are also additional events held throughout the year at the massive 330-acre Florida State Fairgrounds
The Fine Print
When planning a day at the Florida State Fair, there are a few things to know in advance. Parking at the fair is free, and a lot of entertainment is included in the price of admission. Weekdays gates open at 10 a.m. and on weekends, the gates open earlier at 9 a.m. There are so many concerts, shows, rides, food, and shopping at the fair that guests might want to take a look at the map of the fairgrounds in advance and strategize on your favorite things to see and do.
When researching the Florida State Fair, you might be curious about ticket prices. In 2012, adult tickets on weekdays cost $10 and children cost $5 (kids under 5 were admitted for free). On Saturday and Sunday the ticket cost was slightly higher at $12 for adults and $6 for kids (children under 5 are free on weekends as well). In 2012, discounts were available at local supermarkets. Check the official fair website for details on how you could save a few dollars on each ticket. In addition to paying for regular admission, armbands can be purchased to enjoy the fair's rides.
While some rides and concerts cost an extra fee to the admission cost, there is also a long list of free entertainment. In 2012, free special attractions included an Elvis Extravaganza
, a Cheer and Dance Competition
, and a Lumberjack Show
. Kids will want to check out the exotic petting zoo and the pig races. There is also an international stage and an arts and crafts showcase.
Book a Tampa Rental for the Florida State Fair
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