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Best Late-Night Activities Beyond Bars In Tampa Bay

All of the following locations offer something unique and special in the way of nighttime entertainment. Try these Bay-area hot spots whether you are looking for something with wild animals, with intimate desserts or anything in between. From an evening cruise to looking for ghosts, these spots have something for everyone. Or perhaps you just want to see a movie at a theatre with a little extra flair?

Wild Eyes At Night Tour
Big Cat Rescue
12802 Easy St.
Tampa, FL 33625
(813) 920-4130

On the last Friday of each month at The Big Cat Rescue, it features a tour called Wild Eyes At Night. This tour is an experience you do not want to miss out on. The Big Cat Rescue is located in North Tampa on 55 acres. This rescue is very dedicated to all big cats and has many varieties, some of which are quite exotic. The Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world. It actually hosts all sorts of tours, even one for kids, but the Wild Eyes At Night Tour will leave you feeling breathless. As you walk the path at night with only a flashlight, you will hear cougars scream and tigers roar as hundreds of glowing eyes watch you in the dark.

Harry Waugh Dessert Room
Upstairs at Bern's Steak House
1208 S. Howard Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 251-2421

You will have the dining experience of a lifetime at this internationally famous dessert room. At the Harry Waugh Dessert Room, the ambiance is always wonderful and you feel as if you are truly somewhere unique. This dessert room is located in the same place as Bern's world famous wine cellar so you also get the benefit of many dessert wines and a tour of the cellar. Harry Waugh Dessert Room is a remarkable place for special occasions where you can try over 50 types of desserts and over 1,000 dessert wines.

Cine'Bistro Hyde Park Village
1609 W. Swann Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 514-8300

Cine'Bistro is a unique movie-going experience you will not soon forget. This is a luxury dinner theatre with reserved plush seating. There are tables at your seat and a full dinner menu and liquor bar at Cine'Bistro including specialty menu items and even champagne. The waiters come to your seat and there are even love seats available for couples. If you haven't seen a movie here, once you do, you may never see a movie any other way!

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Starlite Dining Cruise
Clearwater Beach Marina
25 Causeway Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33767
(727) 462-6957

Looking for a superb night out with dazzling views? Then you'll want to check out a Starlite Dining Cruise. This is an unforgettable dining experience where the menu items are prepared fresh to order every time. The nighttime dinner cruises also have live entertainment and dancing with a large dance floor. The Starlite has large picture windows for perfect viewing of the glistening waterways with the lights of the city twinkling in the background.

Ghost Tour Of St. Petersburg
@ Hooker Tea Co & Cafe
300 Beach Drive N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 894-4678

If you are looking for a little adventure with a bit of a scare, then you will want to check out Ghost Tour Of St. Petersburg. On this ghost tour, you will listen to true ghost tales by true-to-time-period tour guides. You will walk through the dark streets and along the waterfront by candlelight while reliving stories and old curses. Get the inside info on all the stories about the Sunshine Skyway Hitcher, Al Capone and many others.

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Head to CBS Tampa's Best Of pages for more local tips on family fun, shopping, nightlife, food, culture and more!

Sherrie Beth is a freelance writer covering all things Tampa Bay. Her work can be found on

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