The Florida State Fair returns in 2023 from February 9-20 at the Florida State Fairgrounds with more than a CENTURY of building family traditions in Tampa Bay! A century, y’all! We’re talking about GENERATIONS of families who have experienced the Fair with their kids.
If you’re new to town or have simply never been, this is the year you’ll want to go! If you’ve been, come back! Sure, there are the things you’d expect at a state fair like farm animals and deep fried everything, but it’s so much more than that.
It truly is a family-friendly event and this year, they’ve got even more FUN in store for you and the kids! There is even an area dedicated just for the little ones with rides and activities just for them like the Giraffe Menagerie and Great American Petting Zoo.
How to get tickets to the Florida State Fair
First, we need to go over the big details like….tickets! You can’t go without them. You can purchase in advance to save and skip the lines at the gate.
In addition to buying your tickets and armbands in advance, we also recommend you bring cash to have on hand for experiences like the Menagerie and petting zoo. The kids will be begging to feed the animals!
Keep in mind that there is a new youth admission policy this year that requires all youth 17 and younger to be accompanied by an adult ages 21 and older after 6pm.
Florida State Fair Discount Days
There are several ways to take advantage of discount tickets to the Florida State Fair including a Family Day and Kids’ Day! Here’s a complete list of days to save:
Heroes’ Day: Thursday, February 9. Free admission for law enforcement, first responders and military and veterans with valid ID.
Senior Days: Any weekday during the fair. $10 admission for seniors 55+
Valentine’s Date Night Deal: Tuesday, February 14. Buy one, get one admission after 3pm.
$3 Thursday, February 16. $3 admission and select rides, game and food items after 3pm.
Family Day: Friday, February 17. Free admission for kids 17 and younger with paid adult until 6pm.
Kids’ Day: Monday, February 20: Free admission for kids 17 and younger with paid adult until 6pm.
Florida State Hours
The Florida State Fair is open Monday – Thursday at 11am with the Midway Rides and Games opening at 1pm and on Friday through Sunday, the gates open at 10 am with the Midway rides and games opening at 10:30am (including President’s Day)
Where to park at the Florida State Fair
Expect some traffic as you head toward the Florida State Fairgrounds which is located at 301 US Hwy 301 North. There are three entrances to enter the parking lots: Orient Road, Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, and US 301.
You will want to snap a photo of which parking lot you parked because who wants to wander through a parking lot for hours searching for their car??
Parking is free for Florida State Fair guests.
Here are our 10 favorite things to do with the kids at the Florida State Fair:
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.
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