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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 coastal vibe, 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 wedding services they offer include:

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

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.

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William M. Married on 10/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

WOW!! The Most Beautiful Day of Our Lives

Jon Ziegler, our site coordinator at Tampa Bay Watch, and the venue itself were absolutely exceptional! Jon was not only incredibly caring but also an absolute delight to collaborate with. He generously allowed us, along with our coordinator, Christine Ferkile of Enchanted Weddings and Events, to visit the venue multiple times for measurements, photos, and rehearsals to ensure our vision for the big day was realized. He consistently made time for us, going the extra mile whenever we reached out.

The venue itself was breathtaking. From dolphins frolicking in the bay, which our guests were able to enjoy, to a mesmerizing sunset backdrop during our fire dancers' performance, it truly marked the most beautiful day of our lives. All 150 of our guests raved about it, deeming it the best and most enjoyable wedding they had ever attended. We can't express our gratitude enough to Jon and Tampa Bay Watch. Our wedding photos were so stunning that they went viral on Facebook, garnering over 9.5K likes and hundreds of comments. Without a doubt, we wholeheartedly recommend Jon and Tampa Bay Watch to anyone seeking to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Tampa Bay on their special day.
Maira C. Married on 08/28/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Everything I wanted

The venue is absolutely stunning. Jon, the event coordinator for the location, is so easy to work with and accommodating. I am so happy we found this spot!
Patrizia T. Married on 05/13/2023
5 out of 5 rating


It was an absolutely STUNNING venue!! Jon was amazing at helping throughout the process, had great vendor suggestions and was beyond helpful! We are so thankful for him and the opportunity to have our wedding day at such a beautiful location. Highly would recommend if you are looking for. Beautiful, impactful place that will allow you to be creative with your vision.
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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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