Looking to get engaged? From rows of palm trees that feel like they never end, to cool animal-themed experiences, Tampa is home to many unique settings for your Florida proposal.
Our engagement and wedding photography and videography team in Florida share the top ten best proposal places in Tampa. As you read through this list, we hope that you get inspired with some fresh ideas that may ring true to who you are as a couple and help to bring a dream-worthy proposal to life.
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With an average of 244 days of sun in Tampa, it’s no surprise that a water-themed engagement may be in the cards for you! And if you don’t typically like to have your toes in the sand, there are other options for a big proposal moment with water as your backdrop.
Watch the sunset at Ben T. Davis Beach. Depending on the type of engagement atmosphere you’re looking for, there are a ton of beach options within driving distance of Tampa. When you do Google searches for things like ‘Best Beaches in Tampa’, Ben T. Davis beach is always on the list. It’s a beautiful white sand beach that offers an authentic Tampa Bay experience without being as crowded. Go early enough to get settled before the sunset begins and then put down a towel/blanket with an embroidered proposal statement or draw the question in the sand. Tip: make sure you take appropriate footwear because there are a lot of shells! Learn more.
Become one with the community at the Tampa Riverwalk. From incredible museums as stopping points on art walking tours to themed-boat parades, the Tampa Riverwalk offers a variety of ways to create a meaningful engagement moment. Want to do it big? Check out their options for riverwalk banners or personal pavers. No matter how you propose, whether at the Columbia Café downtown, or in front of the light-based art installments overlooking the river, the best part is that you can celebrate all day long because there is so much to see and do. Prices vary. Check their calendar of events in advance. Learn more.
Have a Titanic-themed moment of romance while on a boat ride. If you want to propose while on the water with the wind in your hair, Tampa is known for many of its local boating companies. Depending on your prior boating experience and desired vibe, options range from speed boats to old timey sail boats to party boats for large groups. Do your research and call ahead to ask if the company offers anything special for an Instagram-worthy proposal moment. *Cue the Titanic movie reel and theme song. * Prices vary based on tour company, group size, length, and type of boat ride. Learn more.
Go out on a canoe or kayak at Upper Tampa Bay Conservation Park. Located in Hillsborough County, this nature preserve has both wildlife and water-based activities---and sometimes both. For an intimate setting that still feels adventurous, we recommend renting a canoe or kayak and going out on the water. This setting is peaceful enough so that you can soak in the moment together without distractions. Except…if you’re lucky, there may even be a bottle-nosed dolphin, manatee, or otter in the background as they tend to visit the shoreline. (We think that will be a welcome distraction!) Rentals are available at the entrance of the park, for up to four hours for $25. Learn more.
Propose at the Waterfront Room located at Jackson’s Bistro Bar & Sushi. Conveniently positioned on Harbour Island Boulevard, we think this is one of the best proposal places in Tampa if you’re hoping to create a romantic moment over dinner. While more traditional, this will still provide an elevated and very special engagement experience with views of the city lights sparkling over the water. Take it all in while enjoying incredible sushi and handcrafted cocktails or award-winning wines, and then ask the big question. Jackson’s Bistro & Bar offers a few different dining spots to extend the enjoyment of the evening and even has options for private events. Future wedding location, perhaps? Learn more.
Blow them away on a zipline at Empower Adventures. Looking for something different? Create an adventurous engagement moment with a unique zipline experience, either out on your own as a couple or in a group of people that you love. Shout the question right before the big jump and then cheer the entire way! One of our favorite parts that makes this a Tampa-worthy proposal? From the zipline, you will overlook Tampa Bay and get an awesome view of the wide-open bodies of water. (They even offer a sunset zipline and a moonlight tour will be coming back this fall!) Prices range from $73-$79/person and include a 1.5-2-hour tour with 11 adventures along the course. Registrations are required. Learn more.
Don’t want a typical engagement moment like the ones that you see in all of the Rom-Com movies? Here are some of the best proposal places in Tampa if you want a low-key proposal, with animals in tow. These make for a paw-fect fit if your significant other is an animal-lover (and you are highly likely to catch them off guard!)
Take your dog and the engagement ring to the Davis Island Dog Beach. In keeping with the theme of water and waves, take it up a notch and add some woofs! Whether you’re local to Tampa or traveling through with your fur-baby, the Davis Island Dog Beach can be a lot of fun. Take your significant other and your dog for a relaxing day on the beach and enjoy some time together under the sun. Take a special engraved engagement message to clip to your dog’s collar, a customized tennis ball or dog-bandana, and then get down on one knee. There’s also a fenced in dog park in the area. Learn more.
Get engaged at the Serengeti Safari at Busch Gardens. Want to feel transported to African plains? Then this safari tour would serve as the backdrop to one of the best proposal places in Tampa for you. It covers 65-acres and includes animals like zebras, ostriches, and rhinos. The icing on the cake? It’s located in Busch Gardens, one of the most magnificent theme parks in the nation. Celebrate after the safari with a roller coaster ride or enjoy a kiss underneath the fireworks during their summer nights special events! Prices for the safari start at $39/person plus tax and reservations are required. Park entry tickets are necessary and will be an additional cost. Learn more.
Bet on love at Tampa Bay Downs. If you’re looking for a unique engagement spot, Tampa Bay Downs may be a good option because it is not your typical oceanside Tampa proposal. As a couple, if you’re into horses or betting, Tampa Bay Downs offers thoroughbred horse racing, poker, and golf. Prices will vary depending on the activity. Check the calendar of events in advance. Learn more.
End your hike with some romance at the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve. If you both love the outdoors, this is one of the best proposal places in Tampa. Plan to take a picnic to this beautiful nature preserve with a variety of proposal spots. There are many trails set across 60-miles so you can hike or bike on a dog-friendly trail. And because its positioned on the Hillsborough River, there are also activities like fishing or bird-watching. Since it’s such a large area with many different options, make sure to look at a map in advance to plan your special proposal moment! There’s a $2 flat rate fee at many of the entrances. Annual passes are also available. Learn more.
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