7 Cheap or Free Family Summer Activities

It’s summer, so it’s time for family fun in the sun! Recently, we wrote about all the fun things you can do within the community as a WaterGrass resident. Today we want to focus on fun cheap or free family activities you can do in and around Wesley Chapel.

Every year, Family Friendly Tampa Bay rounds up all the fun, inexpensive family fun to be had in the Tampa area. From their roundup, we’ve pulled the top 7 activities near WaterGrass!

1. Free Kids Movies at Cobb Theatres


Cost: Free
Where: 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
When: Tues-Thurs throughout the summer

See free movies all summer long! They have a great list of titles for their free series, including many popular movies from the past year. Check out the schedule, which includes hits like Trolls, The Secret Life of Pets, and more.

2. Drive-In Movie Fun at Joy Lan Drive In in Dade City!


Cost: Free for 3 and under, $1 ages 4-9, $5 ages 10 and up
Where: 16414 US 301, Dade City, FL 33523
When: Wed-Sun, double features begin at 8:45!

What’s a summer without a trip to the drive-in! See a double feature, and be sure to follow these tips from Family Friendly Tampa Bay.

3. Summer LanePass at Pinchasers


Cost: $14 for 15 games of bowling for students
Where: Pin Chasers, 6816 Gall Blvd, Zephyrhills, FL 33542
When: Pass on sale May 25-August 13, 2017. Games never expire.

Who doesn’t love a good game—or 15—of bowling. Students from kindergarten through seniors in high school are eligible to purchase a summer lane pass. And if you use up all of your games, you can reload $10 for 10 more games! This deal’s a strike!

4. Cool Off Ice Skating at the new Florida Hospital Center Ice


Cost: $9.75 admission, $4.25 skate rental, or a Family 4 Pack for $40, including rental.
Where: 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
When: Check their site for free skate times!

During the heat of summer, sometimes nothing sounds better than being surrounded by ice. This brand new facility offers four full-sized rinks and one kid-sized rink. It’s the largest hockey complex in the Southeast United States!

5. Free First Tuesdays at the Glazer Children’s Museum


Cost: Free on the First Tuesday of the month from 12-7 PM. (Normally $9.50 Child/$15 Adult)
Where: 110 West Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602

Your kids will love exploring this interactive Children’s Museum that is only 30 minutes from WaterGrass. They can play at a water table, find buried treasure, charter a boat, make a storm, fight fires, shop at a grocery store and more!

6. Read Your Way to a Free Rays Game!


Cost: Free
Where: Local Library and Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL

Visit your local library for a game card, complete the tasks, and earn a free ticket to a Rays game! While you’re at it, join the library’s summer reading club program and earn even more prizes for reading time.

7. Splash the Day Away at Sunwest Park


Cost: $5 parking, $10 weekday/$15 weekend for Aqua Park, $10 for Kayak and Paddleboard
Where: 17362 Old Dixie Hwy, Hudson, FL 34667

You’ll love this new gem of northwest Pasco County. Enjoy the views of the beautiful white sand of the 70 acre spring-fed lake. You’ll find plenty for everyone to do, including renting a kayak or paddle board, splashing your way through the Aqua Park (an inflatable obstacle course), and more! A great day trip from WaterGrass.

Check out the complete list of cheap and free activities from Family Friendly Tampa Bay!


We love the location of WaterGrass—in the heart of the growing, beautiful town of Wesley Chapel, Florida, just a short drive from Tampa, and surrounded by all the nature that we love to highlight within our community. And we love that families always have something fun to do in this area, packed with entertainment options. Would you like to live at WaterGrass? Make an appointment to visit today!

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Spring Fling Tons of Fun for WaterGrass Residents

Residents of WaterGrass love the sense of community at the WaterGrass Club. Throughout the year, the CDD hosts fun gatherings for community members. This past weekend, the WaterGrass Club hosted the Spring Fling, where residents and families had a chance to participate in an egg hunt, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, games and a special visit by the Easter Bunny. Check out a few photos below!

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This fun event is just one example of the neighborhood fun available at WaterGrass—the community also hosts annual events at the WaterGrass Club for Halloween, the Holiday season, and more. In addition to being the hub of community gatherings, the WaterGrass Club offers a resort-style pool, Jr. Olympic pool, fitness center, social gathering room, park, and sports courts for residents.

Would you like to be a part of the community? Check out move-in ready homes now so you can move in before summer! Or learn more about building a home with one of our incredible builders.

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TripAdvisor Names Area Beaches 3 of America’s Top 5

When you live at WaterGrass, you don’t need to travel far to get to incredible beaches. And you don’t have to take our word for it—TripAdvisor recently released the 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards, and 3 Tampa area beaches landed in the top 4 of America’s Finest! One even ranked as one of the world’s top 5 beaches. Grab those sunglasses, sun screen, and suits—it’s time to take a trip to the beach!

The beaches that ranked included:

Siesta Key’s Siesta Beach


Award: Number 1 in America, Number 5 in the world.

948 Beach Road, Siesta Key, FL

TripAdvisor review we love: “The secret is the sand, pure white, never hot on your feet and a long gentle slope to enter the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Everyone we introduce to this beach ends up coming back time and again.”

St. Pete Beach


Award: Number 3 in America.

Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL

TripAdvisor review we love: “One of the beaches in Florida. Great place to swim, walk, boat, parasail, collect shells, hold a wedding, dine at a very good restaurant in your bare feet, or watch the sun set.”

Clearwater Beach


Award: Number 4 in America.

Western end of State Road 60, One Causeway Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767

TripAdvisor review we love: “Best views, sunsets, parking…everything is within walking distance, always entertainment on the beach boardwalk, playground for the kids, white sand, long pier with lots of pretty views of the area….so much to love!!!”

Winners were selected based on reviews and opinions on TripAdvisor. Awards are based on the quality and number of reviews and ratings from the past 12 months.

Would you like to live a short drive away from these gorgeous beaches? Make an appointment to visit WaterGrass and check out the available homes today!

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Have a Blast at the Pasco County Fair February 20-26!

WaterGrass is fortunate to be located in the perfect spot—in Wesley Chapel, Florida, an incredible growing community just a short drive from Tampa. We are proud to be a part of Pasco County, the “Nature Coast” of Florida. Every year, Pasco County hosts the fun, family-friendly Pasco County Fair. We are looking forward to all the fun events, including a hypnotist, logging show, pig races, a one-man circus, competitive livestock, a rodeo, and tons of music, rides, and more.

What: Pasco County Fair
When: February 20-26, 2017
Where: Dade City, 36722 State Road 52

Check out their site for a full list of events and ticket info! 

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Run a 5K to Support Watergrass Elementary School Saturday, February 25!

On Saturday, February 25, Watergrass Elementary School is hosting a 5K Run/Walk, and you are invited to participate! The 3.1 mile course starts at Watergrass Elementary School and runs throughout the beautiful community of WaterGrass. Awards will be given to the overall top male and female finishers and to the overall winners for each age group. The race will be chip-timed. Just in it for fun? Each runner will receive a goodie bag with a Watergrass Elementary race shirt and items from local sponsors. All proceeds support the school.

What: Watergrass Elementary 5K for our K5 and 1 Mile Fun Run
Where: Beginning at Watergrass Elementary School
When: Saturday, February 25, 2017. 5K starts at 7AM, Fun Run starts at 8AM.
Cost: $25 for the 5K, $15 for the Fun Run

Register: Register here by February 23

Residents of WaterGrass are fortunate to have an elementary school right within the community! WaterGrass students attend the highly rated schools of the Pasco County School District, including Watergrass Elementary School.

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