12 Best Things To Do In Brandon, Florida

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Brandon, Florida is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Hillsborough County, Florida. Brandon’s history began when John Brandon arrived at Fort Brooke, now Tampa, on January 20, 1857 with his wife Martha and six sons from Mississippi. He purchased land and a town developed in the area. Brandon has a subtropical climate and is considered to be part of the Tampa area. The warm climate and abundance of schools make it a popular area for families. Choose among the top Airbnb vacation rentals in the area, and learn about the fun things to do in Brandon, Florida.

1. Pump It Up Brandon Kids Birthdays and More

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Posted by Pump It Up on Tuesday, January 9, 2018

If you have hyperactive little ones, let them have the most fun at Pump It Up Brandon Kids Birthdays And More. This children’s amusement center is every kid’s paradise with all its bouncy houses, vibrant parties, and arts and crafts. You can even arrange a birthday party for your kid at Pump It Up. If the adults wish to have some alone time exploring Brandon, the amusement center even offers Drop Off Programs, where your little one gets to participate in awesome programs like Glow Jump.

Pump It Up Brandon Kids Birthdays and More

Address: 729 W Lumsden Rd ste a, Brandon, FL 33511, United States

Website: Pump It Up Brandon Kids Birthdays and More

Opening hours: Thu - Fri: 3pm - 6pm; Sat: 11am - 6pm; Sun: 11am - 4:30pm (closed on Mon - Wed)

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2. Oakfield Lanes of Brandon Inc

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Posted by Oakfield Lanes Bowling Center on Monday, August 20, 2018

There’s nothing wrong with a little, healthy competition with your family and friends. For an absolute good time on your Brandon trip, come down to Oakfield Lanes of Brandon Inc and treat yourselves to a night of bowling and good comfort food. This bowling alley features 32, high-quality lanes with automatic scoring. Occasionally, this entertainment center would host tournaments, which you also can dare to join! What’s a bowling alley, though, without classic snacks like funnel fries, cheeseburgers, and corn dogs? The on-site snack bar has got you covered in that department.

Oakfield Lanes of Brandon Inc

Address: 1001 Oakfield Dr, Brandon, FL 33511, United States

Website: Oakfield Lanes of Brandon Inc

Opening hours: Mon: 10am - 10pm; Tue: 9am - 10pm; Wed: 10am - 10pm; Thu: 9am - 10pm; Fri: 10am - 1am; Sat: 9am - 1am; Sun: 9am - 10pm

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3. Sweet Memories Antiques

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Sweet Memories Antiques & Collectibles 608 N.Parsons Ave Brandon Fl open m-s 10-5 Sun 12-5

Posted by Sweet Memories Antiques & Collectibles on Monday, March 20, 2017

How about a unique take on shopping and make it a day of antiquing at Sweet Memories Antiques in Brandon? This antique store has all your trinket and curio needs. From home furniture and kitchen items to the most trivial wall decor and random silly items, you’ll never go home empty-handed after visiting the place. Buy your keepsakes here and have something to remember your trip to Brandon by. You may even chance upon clearance sales and get the best items for even less!

Sweet Memories Antiques

Address: 608 N Parsons Ave, Brandon, FL 33510, United States

Website: Sweet Memories Antiques

Opening hours: Sun - Mon: 1pm - 5pm; Tue - Sat: 10am - 5pm

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4. Stonewood Grill & Tavern

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Perfect for lunch or dinner, our Southern Fried Shrimp Platter is crispy, golden brown and delicious! Jumbo white shrimp...

Posted by Stonewood Grill & Tavern on Friday, May 14, 2021

We’re not going to let you leave Brandon without having a taste of one of its best restaurants, Stonewood Grill & Tavern. This American-style restaurant specializes in a surf ’n’ turf menu in a slightly upscale setting. Wines and cocktails are involved, too! After a day of exploring the nooks and crannies of Brandon, it’s time for a hearty meal at Stonewood. Fill your appetite with the best-selling buffalo shrimp appetizer, heritage onion soup, cedar plank roasted salmon, and blackened chicken pasta. Experience a nice twist on good ol’ American food as you dine here.

Stonewood Grill & Tavern

Address: 612 E Bloomingdale Ave, Brandon, FL 33511, United States

Website: Stonewood Grill & Tavern

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 4pm - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 4pm - 9:30pm

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5. Greater Hillsborough County Fair

Hillsborough County Fair
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This is a family favorite located in Brandon. They have dollar days where families can save money. The Greater Hillsborough County Fair has rides for kids and adults to enjoy. You can walk the midway and find all of your favorite fair foods like cotton candy, funnel cakes, and hot dogs. It has animal attractions, such as camel or pony rides, for children. It also has special events like the rodeo, car show or horse show. Families enjoy seeing the Christmas lights as well as the arts and craft shows. You will also find classic carnival games to play.

Greater Hillsborough County Fair

Address: 215 Sydney Washer Rd, Dover, FL 33527

Website: Greater Hillsborough County Fair

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6. Westfield Brandon

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Looking for an exciting thing to do in Brandon this weekend? Shopping is always a good idea! Westfield Brandon is one of the most popular shopping malls in the Tampa area.The mall opened in 1995 and quickly drew in millions of shoppers. It has an iconic carousel with lights that kids enjoy riding. It has a total of 253 stores including 7 anchor stores. Shoppers can enjoy their favorite restaurants, buy the newest technology, shop for furniture and even go to a tattoo studio. Children and families can attend special events such as back to school drives and pictures with Santa during the holiday season. Westfield Brandon is a hub of commerce with many different luxury items and places for people to eat.

Westfield Brandon

Address: 459 Brandon Town Center Dr, Brandon, FL 33511

Website: Westfield Brandon

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7. Ace Golf Range & Pro Shop

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Ace Golf Range & Pro Shop is a one-stop shop for sports fun. Browse the selection of sports gear and talk to one of their many trained professionals. This Brandon attraction has an 18-hole mini golf course for families to enjoy. The mini golf is lit up at night. Another attraction here is the practice range and putting range. Other sports fans will like the batting cages. Ace Golf Ranges offers golf coaching as well so people can pick up new skills and improve their game. It’s also a popular spot for parties.

Ace Golf Range & Pro Shop

Address: 820 S Kings Ave, Brandon, FL 33511

Website: Ace Golf Range & Pro Shop

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8. Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium

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Brush up on your cooking skills at Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium and stock up on your favorite supplies. It is a gourmet cooking store as well as a school and it has been in business since 1995. It offers a variety of cooking accessories as well as classes about the different aspects of culinary arts. Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium hosts private parties as well as tea parties for ladies open to the public. Some of the courses offered include knife sharpening classes, sushi making classes, or how to make a delicious and decadent holiday dinner. The classes change seasonally so there is always something new to learn!

Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium

Address: 2080 Badlands Dr, Brandon, FL 33511

Website: Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium

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9. Astro Skate Family Fun Center of Brandon

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Don’t know what to do in Brandon? Astro Skate Family Fun Center of Brandon is a classic roller rink with wooden floors, hip lighting and music playing. You can enjoy skating to your favorite music here. Bring your own skates or choose from the rentals that they have available. Children and adults can receive skate lessons so they feel confident on the rink. As well as skating they also have pool tables you can use. Astro Skate Family Fun Center of Brandon has a snack shop so you can eat something when you’re hungry from all of the skating. They have open skate nights with a DJ playing music so you can have fun and socialize.

Astro Skate Family Fun Center of Brandon

Address: 750 W Robertson St, Brandon, FL 33511

Website: Astro Skate Family Fun Center of Brandon

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10. O'Tooles Irish Pub

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O’Tooles Irish Pub is a neighborhood favorite which serves classic Irish food located on Route 70 in Brandon. There is live music and entertainment in a gastropub environment with daily food and drink specials. O’Tooles serves fresh and delicious food in a laid back atmosphere. Try the goat cheese appetizer made from imported Donegal cheese rolled in crush pistachio nuts, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, and a balsamic reduction. Traditional Irish entrées include the Bangers and Mash made with imported Irish sausage, seasoned mashed potatoes topped with hearty brown sauce, or the Irish beef and Guinness stew made with vegetables and a brown gravy Guinness stout.

O'Toole's Irish Pub

Address: 1215 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511

Facebook: O'Tooles Irish Pub

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11. Bertha and Tony Saladino Park

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Bertha and Tony Saladino Park is a community park with large oak trees and grassy lawns. It’s a popular place for little league sports games. There is a baseball field where kids can play baseball and soccer. Bertha and Tony Saladino Park also has a basketball court. The park has shaded walkways to enjoy a stroll, ride your bike, skateboard, or walk your dog. The playground features slides of different sizes for your kids to play on. The wide spaces make it an ideal place to hold a picnic or family event. Restrooms are available for use.

Bertha and Tony Saladino Park

Address: 1705 Bryan Rd, Brandon, FL 33511

Website: Bertha and Tony Saladino Park

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12. All Person's Rotary Park

Oak tree

All Persons Rotary Park is not staffed, and it has a shelter available for rental all times of the year. It has picnic shelters where you can sit down and enjoy a grill out. There is a playground and also a universal playground where kids can run around and play. All Persons Rotary Park is pet-friendly. It has restrooms available for use. All Persons Rotary Park has beautiful oak trees and open lawns so you can enjoy the best of the Florida sunshine. It’s a popular place for get-togethers and birthday parties because of the free shelters. During the day, there is a splash pad that sprays water to cool down.

All Person's Rotary Park

Address: 818 S Parsons Ave, Brandon, FL 33511

Website: All Person’s Rotary Park

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A perfect family-friendly day trip from Tampa

Brandon, Florida is located near Tampa and is a comfortable town with plenty of family-friendly activities. It’s a short drive away from the beach and has its own unique attractions that you can visit and explore. Brandon, Florida has its own charm that’s definitely worth to see.

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