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Item Assembly & Disassembly

One of the easily forgotten parts of moving is item assembly and disassembly. Check out these tips for help with the process:

Keep the manual!

table disassemblyNew or old furniture?  Maybe you have a large treadmill, sports equipment, or bed? Save headaches by taping the manual to the item before throwing out the box. If you no longer have the manual, sometimes more recent ones are found online at websites like this one or the manufacturer’s website.

Working without a manual

Sometimes you may have an old piece of furniture or one where you cannot find the manual. Take pictures of the item before starting in detail. Slowly disassemble items, write notes and take pictures for reference. Keep small pieces in labeled bags to make them easier to find. Generally, keep in mind how the pieces hold the weight together to choose between two screws or pieces without a guide. For example, if constructing a table, large screws are usually used for connecting the legs to the table top over smaller ones.

Keep parts together

Keep everything together and check any packaging for loose items before starting. Before going too far, do a rough check to see if all the pieces are there. Sometimes a screw or small part might be missing. When a part is missing, bring one of the same pieces to a hardware store, they usually have a similar replacement. Label a plastic bag or container with the small parts to make sure they do not get mixed up when moving.

Bring the right tools

Most furniture will need a screwdriver and Allen wrenches to assemble. An electric screwdriver and rubber hammer come in handy if assembling or disassembling a lot of furniture. Regular hammers can damage delicate or expensive items. A soft surface to assemble or disassemble items on is important to prevent damage.

Packaging

When disassembling items, package items to protect from impact for a move. Plastic or bubble wrap are good insulators for wood furniture, large items like treadmills, and beds.

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Items to Skip

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Tired of extra items filling a room? Save space when moving and make an easy to navigate space by skipping unwanted items.

Avoid extra large, bulky, inexpensive, and perishable items. Simplify moving with a quick list of items not to pack in a walk-through. Keep an eye out for large or heavy items that might not have to be packed. No need to bring 100 pounds of filler or fill a truck with empty boxes!

While going through items, look for:

●   old items

●   extras

●   unused or inexpensive items

●   items to go digital

Top items to skip are: old electronics, extra furniture, plastic storage containers, extra clothes and blankets, old pillows, food, cleaning supplies, books, dvds, cds, old yard and garage items, unused exercise items, and broken items.

Bulky tvs, unused electronics, and computer monitors can be skipped to free extra space. Unused items could include: inexpensive furniture, large decorative items, floor lights, old area rugs, extra clothes, shoes, blankets, comforters, old appliances, board games, kitchen items, extra seasonal items, old toys/stuffed animals, an old lawn mower, treadmill, weights, or an old bicycle.

Finally one group of items to make sure to take off the packing list are items than can be converted to a digital format. Cds, dvds, books, and video games can take up space and weight down boxes when packed. Create a digital library for music and narrow down the dvds, books, and video games you would like to keep. Some websites like this one have a way to convert dvds to a digital format for a certain amount per disk (usually around $2 per dvd).


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High Impact Upgrades for Your Home

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Getting closer to moving season, are you planning to sell your home and buy a new one? Maybe it is time to make some worthwhile upgrades to your home?

Check out some of the highest impact ways to improve home value and sell your home more quickly. These improvements are great to update your home, become more energy efficient, and create a space that feels brand new.

Highest Priority Upgrades :

– Roof: if you have an older home, the roof and insulation can be a huge selling feature. Selling a home with a new roof in Florida helps with security against hurricanes and makes the house look updated. Tip: Ask a roofer about a magnet tool to clean up any left over nails from the yard. They will usually include it as part of the job.

– Ac/Heat: a new ac unit can literally be lifesaving in Florida heat! Upgrade your old ac unit to help with your energy bill going forward.

– Water Heater: replace the house’s water heater with a more energy efficient version. There are five main types of water heaters, see more information about them here if you are considering which one is the best fit for your space!

– Plumbing: fixing a broken water pipe can save a huge project like replacing water damaged drywall. Be careful of small leaks around the house from plumbing breaks, they can lead to a mess with mold.

– Electricity: wiring can get old and not work well anymore. You might have noticed old outlets around the house no longer work. If outlets no longer work in an older house or there is a lot of static shock, the house should get an estimate for rewiring the electricity. Old wiring can cause shorts, inefficient energy use, and eventually home fires so they should get repaired for safety!

– Insect Repel: Florida is well known for having termites issues in homes. Have an insect protection plan to save large bills later for demolished wood around the house. Other bugs and animals may be common in your area, research to help with prevention for them. Ants, bees, wasps, spiders, cockroaches, squirrels, armadillo, snakes, bats, and owls are other common home threats.

Pro Tip: Weirdly enough squirrels can eat through roofs or even the wiring of your car! Avoid having too many things that attract them around your house. For example, trim back trees around your house so it is more difficult for squirrels to get on the roof!

Pro Tip: A fake owl can go on a fence to protect a yard from smaller animals.

Pro Tip: Use careful consideration of what plants you have around the house, generally avoid having any plants too close to the house because they can attract bugs and animals. It can be safer to keep bushes at the edges of a backyard instead of near the windows.

Overall, make your house more energy efficient, protect against damages, and improve home value by making your home safer and masterfully upgraded!

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Reusing Packing Supplies

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Finished unpacking everything? Check out some uses for reusing packing supplies after moving!

Boxes

  • – Create a box fort or give them to kids to play with
  • – Flatten them and save some for shipping packages
  • – Reuse the cardboard to build a prototype for a new product idea
  • – Use one for a disposable workspace for craft projects with messy supplies like spray paint or hot glue
  • – Cardboard is a great lightweight building supply! It can be an amazing to fix things around the house. Loose kitchen table or chair? Glue cardboard together to make furniture sliders.

Plastic Wrap

  • – Use extra plastic wrap for insulation for shipping packages
  • – Plastic wrap can give a nice texture when painting, try it out to create some unique furniture or art
  • – Sound effects! Try using some extra plastic wrap to create unique sound effects for a video.

Blankets

  • –  Stuffing from an old blanket can make throw new pillows
  • – If the blanket is in bad condition, the fabric can be cut to be used to create a dog toys

Break down packing supplies to remake them into something new. Blankets can be broken down into stuffing and fabric. Boxes can flattened into thin sheets of cardboard. Cargo straps can be broken down into high quality straps for backpacks or hooks for holding items around the house. Item covers could be remade into material for a pet cover for a car.

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Space Saving Ideas

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Having trouble with clutter or fitting items in a suitcase? Try these space saving ideas!

Plan a Space

Create a few notes for how a room should look or what to pack. By knowing what to bring it can help with what not to bring. A lot like going grocery shopping with a list, it can help to make sure everything important is ready to go.

Use Multi-purpose Items

Multi-purpose items are a big space saver! Some to consider are:

  • Furniture
    • – desk that turns into a mirror (build your own from this tutorial)
    • – stacking end tables (they are currently sold out online but you could build some from a few crates!)
    • – bookshelf that turns into hooks for a bike, clothes, or other items (see it here)
  • Items for Packing
    • – socks: use them to protect small breakable items. They are great for a souvenir or small electronics
    • – laptop: if you have a few sheets of paper for a document, a laptop can double as a folder
    • – umbrella: try searching for a multi-function umbrella, this umbrella is a flashlight (just for fun this one turns into a projection screen!)

Maximize Space

Make the most of a room or suitcase by maximizing every item and using items to reduce clutter.

Fold clothes efficiently and try using space bags for ones you do not use often. Don’t forget about stacking items vertically in crates or a bookshelf. Hanging storage that attaches or goes next to a wall can help with storage without taking too much space. Overall, when thinking about a room or suitcase, make sure to ask, “Do I want to keep this?”


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Timing a Move

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How far in advance should a move be planned? When should you call a mover?

Plan a move one to two months in advance. For a home, a moving timeline might look something like:

8 weeks out – Set closing or move-in dates
7 weeks out – Decide what will be going
6 weeks out – Schedule three estimates from movers
5 weeks out- Have termite inspections, home inspections, appraisal, survey, etc
4 weeks out – Begin packing and going through items
3 weeks out – Bind home insurance, verify compliance with lender
2 weeks out – Lock down moving dates with mover
1 week out – Finalize packing, or hire packers to come
Moving Day! – Welcome to your new home

Plan when to move based on how quickly you need to move, what items there are to move, and where you are moving. A home or new office will likely need more time to prepare for a move than an apartment or dorm. Timing a move can include time for anything from house repairs to packing.

When should you call a mover depends on what you would like help with and the time of year. Movers can help with packing, a helping hand, junk removal, storage unit assistance, delivery services, item assembly/disassembly, and moving for individuals or companies. Try to call in advance if booking a move in the busy season from May through September or if you would like additional assistance for a move.

Call movers around six weeks before moving. Moves outside of May through September can be scheduled with less time due to more availability. Although you may want to book in advance to get the date and time you would like to move or leave extra time for moving services. Other moving services can be requested around one week to two months in advance depending on the type of service.

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Helpful Moving Items

Need a quick guide for what to get before a move? Check to see what items you have and find some suggestions for helpful moving items.

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Moving Items Checklist:


   Cleaning
• mop • trash bags
• bucket • window cleaner
• magic erasers • bathroom cleaner
• carpet cleaner • all purpose cleaner
• broom • outdoor supplies (leaf bags, mower)

 

   Fixing
• paint hole filler
• concrete mix (for patching holes in driveway) • replacement parts (outlets & light switches)
• screwdriver

 

   Planning
• notebook • pencil / pen
• box labels

 

   Packing & Unpacking
• boxes • bubble wrap / insulation
• blankets • plastic bags (for screws, etc)
• wraps for expensive items • covers for carpet
• packing tape • rubber bands
• box cutter / scissors

 

   Lifting
• hand dolly • furniture sliders
• gloves with grips • slip resistant shoes

 

   Vehicles & Traveling
• air for tires • connector to haul vehicle
• overnight clothes • change for tolls
• drinks & food for the trip

 


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Redesign Your New Space

Planning a move this spring? Completely redesign a new space by decluttering for a move.

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Plan out how to organize things for your next location to save time unpacking and have a chance to redesign a new space. The dream office or bedroom is right around the corner!

Planning & sorting through items:

Sort through items and get boxes to ready to unpack by planning the new space. What is the space you are moving into like? Try using a few sheets of paper to draw out a few ideas of how you would like everything to look. From there, make a list of how you would like to sort through items and how they should be labeled. A new office’s boxes could be labeled: office supplies, books, electronics, and accessories.

Boxes can be divided into sections if there are not enough items for one box. For example, you could get a piece of cardboard to divide one box in half and have the right side for office supplies and the left for books. Cardboard sections are also great for creating dividers for office supplies when unpacking.

Decluttering for a move:

While sorting items keep in mind the new space. Declutter for a move by sorting all items into three piles: items to keep, undecided, and not keeping. For items that are undecided, consider how they would be in the new space, how likely they will be used, or if you would like to keep them. It would be a great chance to consider if you want to keep things like a huge dvd collection, books, old notebooks, or anything that is not used too often. Sorting items before moving will help keep things more organized when unpacking.

Unpacking & designing a new space:

When you are ready to move and everything is packed and ready to go based roughly on the plan you made, it is time to unpack! Set up for the new space should be a lot easier. Place boxes in each room based on labels and easily sort them based on the plan for the space. Fewer boxes to unpack will help unpacking go faster. Enjoy the new space with a movie and pizza by decluttering for a move!

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Moving to Gainesville

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Are you considering moving to Gainesville, FL? Learn more about Gainesville and see if it is a match for you.

History:

Today Gainesville is expanding with roughly 131,000 people as of 2016. Recent expansions are in progress around the new Butler Town Center on Archer Road. Roughly half the population of Orlando, Gainesville has a wide variety of people to meet.

Gainesville transformed since being founded in 1869. It was founded as a small railroad throughway and slowly grew from a swamp-land into an a medical and educational center.

What’s in Gainesville:

Visit Gainesville for the Florida Gators, UF, Shands, Gatorade, Prayne’s Prairie, Gainesville Raceway, Lake Alice, and Ginnie Springs. Gainesville is full of activities like close-by springs, lakes, walking trails, alligators, downtown, theaters, and sports activities. Don’t pet the alligators!

Moving to Gainesville 101:

Gainesville works to be a healthy and eco-friendly city that is friendly to biking, natural landmarks, and animals. If you enjoy being outdoors, pack your bike and a swimsuit. Gainesville is about an two hours from Daytona Beach or nearby several springs. Other items you might want to pack: sunscreen, an umbrella, beach chair, orange & blue, a fishing pole, shorts, flip flops, and maybe a season pass to Disney.

Moving to Gainesville, FL is a great idea if you like the Gators, beaches, Disney, outdoor activities, a variety of cuisine, researching, or assisting others in a medical practice.

Companies in Gainesville:

The top employers in Gainesville are UF, Shands, Veteran Affairs, Alachua Country School Board, City of Gainesville, Publix, North Florida Regional, Nationwide, Alachua Country, and Santa Fe College. Gainesville is home to a wide variety of medical, educational, agriculture, and start-up technology companies. Also, 2 College Brothers hires in Gainesville, if you would like to help as a mover!

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Weatherproof Items for Heat, Cold, and Water

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Moving from one place to another or just keeping items in one place has its challenges. Sometimes you could use help packing with a Gainesville moving company.

Weatherproofing items for heat, cold, and water is one of the best ideas if you are keeping items in storage to protect them against damages.

Going through your garage or storage, are your items packed in boxes or plastic containers? How many times do you go to put something out there unpackaged and completely forget it’s there for months to find it eaten, broken, wet, or damaged?

A few quick fixes will save lots of damaged items.

Weatherproofing Tips:


Try keeping a few extra boxes near where you store items. The small space between your washer and dryer is perfect for keeping them close by. Many Gainesville moving companies sell boxes and will deliver them if you request help packing.

Next, keep a roll of packing tape near the boxes to make sure any boxes are sealed completely. The tape helps items from being reached by bugs and better insulates them from temperature.

To make items more water resistant, wrap items that could be damaged by water with plastic wrap. Try using plastic containers for more vulnerable items like books or documents. Boxes are great for more waterproof items and make packing more cost efficient. Mold can be a major problem when the temperature changes, so protecting items with a box and wrap within the container adds resistance from moisture.

Careful consideration of what should go into storage is important for less weatherproof items. Some items don’t handle heat and cold well even in good packaging like paper, fabrics, food, medicine, and electronics. They can be damaged easily by mold, heat, and cold. Try to keep these kinds of items in storage at room temperature. If you are looking for storage, check if they offer temperature controlled units if items are less weatherproof.

Save your favorite baseball cards by keeping them inside to avoid warping from heat. Protect a wedding dress by putting it in a storage bag in a closet with silica gel packs to avoid mold. Last but not least, keep electronics away from the outdoors to keep an air hockey table working.


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Moving Tips: Fill Out Your Move-in Condition Report Like A Pro

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Moving into your Gainesville apartment can be an exciting new experience. But before you begin moving in your furniture and decorating your new home, it’s important to make your Move-In Condition Report your first priority. When you move into your new apartment, the leasing office will provide you with a Move-In Condition Report, or what we like to call a “Not My Fault Report.” You will be given a time limit to fill out this form and return it to the office with any damages or issues you may find in your new Gainesville apartment.

This report’s first purpose is to protect you as The Renter, so it’s important to note or write down anything you may find! Following the tips below will ensure that you can return your report back to the office and rest easy knowing that you thoroughly checked your apartment and will not be charged for any previous damage.

7 Tips for Filling Out Your Move-In Condition Report

  1. Keep your condition report for the maximum allowed amount of time. This will give you plenty of time to ensure that everything is working properly and look for any damages you might not have noticed before.
  2. Get there early! This report is a lot easier to fill out in an empty apartment. Pick up your keys a day before you schedule your movers or arrive to your apartment early so you can finish the report while the apartment is still empty. You’ll be able to fill out the report with limited distractions so you’ll be less likely to miss any small damages you may have overlooked otherwise.
  3. Check every single window and door. Thoroughly examine the cabinets, front and back doors, and every window screen. Don’t forget to lock and unlock every window to ensure that they’re all working properly. Additionally, be sure to look for any damage on the walls where doors open. Damages can be very common in these areas so it’s extremely important not to overlook even the smallest mark or scuff.
  4. Make sure all appliances are in working order. Keeping the report for the maximum amount of time allows you to cook dinner and do a load of laundry before you hand in the report, ensuring that any issues with your appliances are noted and on record.
  5. Highlight any items on the report that need maintenance’s attention so that the office can submit work orders. If any of your appliances aren’t working properly, just make a note of it and maintenance should be by soon to fix any issues you may be having.
  6. When in doubt, just report it! Not sure if a stain is significant enough? Note it on the report anyways. It’s much better to be safe rather than sorry. There is no limit to how much you can put on the report, so making note of any stain, mark, or scuff will ensure that you’re not charged for the damages later.
  7. When you return the report, have a person in the office sign off on it with the date and time and retain a copy for your records. Once this is finished, congratulations! You’ve officially finished your Move-In Condition Report like a pro.

This is a guest blog post from the team at Swamp Rentals, a local Gainesville apartment guide that helps renters connect with apartments that meet their lifestyle and budget.

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4 Reasons to Love Living in Gainesville, Florida!

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Living in Gainesville

There’s a lot to love about living in Gainesville. From the abundance of natural beauty surrounding us, to cultural events and of course, Gatornation, living in Gainesville has got a lot to offer.

Here are just a few reasons why we love living in Gainesville!

The Gators

How could this not be first on anybody’s mind? In Gainesville, Gator spirit runs deep. Even if you’re not a football fan, you’ll find Gator pride infectious. Sooner than later you’ll end up at a game at the Swamp packed with 90,000 other fans and realize why.

Gatorade

The brand now synonymous with with the term “sports drink” got its start right here in Gainesville. Originally invented as an effective thirst quencher for UF athletes, the drink has grown to dominate sporting culture.

Tom Petty

That’s right, Gainesville’s #1 son is none other than the birthplace of the legendary rocker and much of the original Heartbreakers. While we were all saddened by his sudden passing earlier this year, Tom Petty remains a beloved hometown hero.

Natural Springs

By far, one of the most iconic features of Gainesville and the surrounding area is the high density of natural, freshwater springs. Offering scenic, natural beauty and crystal-clear waters at year-round temps of 72 degrees, the springs are a favorite among residents. Its also a popular spot for tourists visiting Florida.

Check out our list of the top five natural springs near Gainesville!

More Reasons to Love Gainesville!

Of course, these are just a few reason why we love living in Gainesville. With always something happening, there’s so much to see and do!

If you’re considering a move to Gainesville check out our moving blog. Our ‘Know Your Neighborhood’ segments provide a breakdown of everything Gainesville has to offer, neighborhood-by-neighborhood. We also offer moving tips and hacks to make your move easier.

 

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Know Your Neighborhood: Carrollwood

Moving to Tampa or Gainesville?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Carrollwood

Carrollwood is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) just north of Tampa. While it technically holds autonomy and exists as a separate entity of Tampa, its direct proximity makes it a popular neighborhood for families and retirees. Carrollwood features the convenience of urban amenities and Central Florida’s rural charm.

Great schools, safe neighborhoods and an easy commute into Tampa make Carrolwood great for families, while scenic beauty and convenient shopping and recreation make it popular among retirees. If you’re moving to Tampa, find out why Carrollwood is a great place to live!

Things to do in Carrollwood

Carrollwood is loved among residents for offering a slice of natural natural bounty within minutes of urban convenience and entertainment. In a way, it’s a lot like Tampa’s backyard.

Carrollwood has a lot to offer by way of recreation.

things to do in CarrollwoodLake Carroll

Often cited by Hillsborough County residents as the most beautiful lake in the area, Lake Carroll offers both the majestic beauty of Old Florida and ample opportunity for water sports and activities. Take in a sunset or take the boat out for a day of fun on the water; whatever you like, Lake Carroll has something to offer. You can even soak up some rays on the lake’s white-sand beach!

recreation in Carrollwood FloridaSports

From Carrollwood, you’re only a short, 5-10 minute drive from Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

During baseball season, save yourself the drive over to St. Pete and catch a game over at George M. Steinbrenner Field, directly across from Raymond James. The stadium is home to minor league team, the Tampa Yankees, in addition to serving as the annual spring training grounds for the New York Yankees.

Places to Eat

places to eat in CarrollwoodCarrollwood has no shortage of great places to eat. Whether you’re looking for international cuisine, quick-service, or casual eats, you’ve got it all in Carrollwood.

Here’s our Top Five spots:

 

 

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in Carrollwood is awesome. There’s tons to do, it’s family-friendly and you’re close to pretty much everything. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.

 

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Advantages to Moving in Fall

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Fall is in the air.

We all enjoy the cooler, crisper air that  comes with fall; as the leaves change (for some) and we get a break from the sweltering days of summer.

If you’re considering a home or office move, did you know that fall is actually one of the best times to do it? While spring and summer are usually the more popular times of year for moving, there are actually a number of benefits to moving in fall.

Advantages to Moving in Fall

Cooler Weather

The primary advantage to moving in fall? The weather. Floridians know what summers are like here. You’d be surprised how much easier moving can be when you’re not doing it in the heat. Sure, fall days are a shorter than summer days, but you can actually maximize your time by not getting worn out by the heat.

Cost-Efficiency

Another advantage to moving in fall is the relative cost-efficiency compared with moving in summer. Because summer is a high-demand season for moving, costs are typically higher during the summer: June, July, August.

Considering a Move?

Moving in fall can actually end up saving you time and money. Whether it’s your home or office, a fall move can be easier on your wallet and save you a lot of the headache.

While there’s always stress involved in a move – no matter what time of year it is – we’re here to relieve some of that for you. If you’re moving your home or office in Gainesville or Tampa Bay, let us take care of the moving so you can focus on your needs and save yourself the aggravation.

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Top Things to Do in Tampa This October

Looking for fun and frights this October? Tampa is the place to be!

things to do in TampaWe love it when October rolls around in Tampa. There are a ton of events and things to do all month long, from Halloween fun to Oktoberfest celebrations.

If you live in Tampa Bay, here are some of some of the top things to do in Tampa during the month of October!
 

 

Things to Do in Tampa This October

River of Frights – Pirate Water Taxi (Sept. 29-Oct. 31)

Now through Halloween, the popular water taxi service is giving riders a haunted fright! River of Frights turns the Hillsborough River into the haunted stomping grounds of the restless spirits of betrayed pirates.

This interactive experience of spooky sights is fun for any age. For more information about hours and reservations visit the Pirate Water Taxi website.

Creatures of the Night – Lowry Park Zoo (Oct. 7-29)

For the month of October, Lowry Park Zoo transforms into a haunted spooktacular. Creatures of the Night events offer park visitors immersive Halloween sights and frights that are fun for the whole family.

For hours and ticket information, visit the zoo’s website.

Howl-O-Scream – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Sept. 22-Oct. 29)

If you’re looking for some real haunted thrills, be sure to check out Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens! With extended park hours, you get more chances to catch your favorite rides and roller coasters. Plus, the park goes all-out with frights and scares around every corner.

For information about hours and tickets, visit the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay website.

Oktoberfest Tampa – Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (Oct. 13, 14-15)

Everybody loves Oktoberfest festivities. There’s delicious food games, dancing and, of course… beer! Every year, Tampa embraces the spirit of Oktoberfest. The annual Oktoberfest celebration at Curtis Hixon park in downtown Tampa is a favorite of many residents.

For more event information, visit the Oktoberfest Tampa 2017 website.

 

 

 

 

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