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Tampa Bay Watch

Saint Petersburg, FL View map Visit website
4.9 out of 5 rating
101 reviews
$5k - $7k For 100 Guests
Up to 150 guests

About

$5k - $7k For 100 Guests
Up to 150 guests

Tampa Bay Watch is a coastal wedding venue located in Tampa, Florida. This tropical oasis is perched on the shoreline of Cunningham Key, just before the entrance to Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde, Florida, and is conveniently located close to many beach resorts and the airport. With its natural waterfront setting, large deck with sunset views, and expansive grounds, Tampa Bay Watch provides a stunning space to host a one-of-a-kind celebration that your guests aren't soon to forget.

Facilities and Capacity
The Tampa Bay Watch Community Center is comprised of 2,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. Featuring a clean, neutral palate and golden bamboo floors, the interior is primarily made up of one large, open room with wall-to-wall picture windows overlooking the bay. The highlight to this space is its wraparound deck, complete with 1,900 square feet of covered open-air balconies, providing spectacular birds-eye views of Tampa Bay, Fort De Soto, Shell Key, and the Gulf of Mexico. They also have a prep kitchen and storage room available. The venue can accommodate up to 150 guests for an unforgettable ceremony and reception.

Services Offered
The Tampa Bay Watch offers many services during your wedding experience. They will provide tables and chairs for your event, as well as a list of preferred vendors to help make your decisions easier. They will even suggest many ways to make your wedding more eco-friendly. The venue is also available to host rehearsal dinners. The wedding services they offer include:

  • Outside vendors
  • Wireless Internet
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Valet
  • Wheelchair access


History
Tampa Bay Watch is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1993, whose mission is dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tampa Bay estuary through scientific and educational programs. They work hard to preserve the delicate ecological balance that exists in Tampa Bay - performing a variety of habitat restoration and protection activities throughout the year, utilizing thousands of volunteers to help the bay recover from its environmental problems.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Linens
Parking

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

150

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Beach
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception

What event services do you offer?

Outside Vendors
Wifi

What food and beverage items are available?

Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access
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    Mario L. Married on 11/12/2021
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    AMAZING views, non-for-profit Pro-Environment Venue

    We knew we wanted to have our wedding at Tampa Bay Watch! First and foremost, they are a non-for-profit, where the wedding venue proceeds goes towards protecting Florida's estuaries. Being born and raised in Florida, this was a huge deal and factor in our decision. Additionally, it doesn't hurt that the venue is on the water so there are spectacular views from the lawn, balcony, and just wherever you have your ceremony, reception, and dancing!

    We were also super happy that the venue encourages and enforces having an environmentally friendly wedding -- for example, no single use plastics (which would be horrible to have straws, cups, silverware, etc. finding its way into the water). This also aligned exactly how we wanted to have our wedding and made it easier since our vendors were literally not allowed to bring plastic. :-)

    Lastly, the cherry on the top was the venue manager Jon. He was attentive, friendly, and a great resource for ensuring our vision would work at the venue! Definitely reach out because he made the experience SO MUCH BETTER! We will definitely miss his banter and fun personality! Also, TBW tends to have a wedding walk every year, hosting vendors that have serviced the venue. This was extremely helpful since we got some great vendors from the walk.

    If you are thinking of having your wedding at TBW, seriously stop thinking and book now -- they get filled up quite fast! :-)
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    Sara R. Married on 11/02/2021
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    Thank you Jon and TBW

    My new husband and I were engaged in Sept 2018 and pretty much right away started shopping for venues. We knew we wanted a beach wedding, and although TBW is not ON the beach, we pretty much fell in love with the space right after our visit. Our original date was 10/15/20...most venues didn't book that far in advance but Jon worked with us...and then of course we fell victim to postponement, so Jon easily booked our new date of 2/11/21. He answered all my millions of questions and is a great tour guide when you visit. He's super friendly and keeps everything safe covid wise. Thank you Jon for helping make our wedding special at your beautiful venue.
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    Lindsay M. Married on 03/06/2021
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    Best wedding venue!

    Tampa Bay Watch is the most beautiful wedding venue in the area. The views and surrounding environment can鈥檛 be beat. Jon is amazing and so easy to work with! It鈥檚 a private venue so you don鈥檛 have to worry about extra people walking around. It鈥檚 right on the water but no sand to worry about waking through. I鈥檇 have my wedding all over again and not change a thing about the venue
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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
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Real Weddings

  • Amy & Jonathan
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  • Adam & Erin
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Professional Network & Endorsements

14 Endorsements
CCS Photography CCS Photography Wedding Photographers

We absolutely love working with Tampa Bay Watch. The staff are friendly and courteous, and their property is one of the most beautiful properties in the Tampa Bay Area. If you have not chosen your venue yet, you definitely want to check out Tampa Bay Watch. You will not be disappointed.

DD's Florals DD's Florals Wedding Florists

Fantastic venue, beautiful water view and great staff. Ceremony sight is amazing and the venue is very bride and vendor friendly. Florida themed for sure with the privacy.

Beautiful You Make-Up & Hair Services Beautiful You Make-Up & Hair Services Wedding Hair & Makeup

I love doing hair and makeup at this location! It is so lovely and peaceful there.

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