Best Places in Florida to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve

Believe it or not, 2020 is only a few hours away. If you’re still undecided on where to go or what to do, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite LGBTQ places throughout the state of Florida to ring in the new year.

We realize that there are many other places to visit, including Orlando, Miami, Key West and Jacksonville. We selected a few to share. Please feel free to share your upcoming events with us by clicking here.


Headed to Tampa this evening? Then be in the know! There are several ways to ring in the new year. From romantic cruise experiences to family fun, if you’re looking for something to do, your options are unlimited. Our favorite finds:

ZOOTAMPA at Lowry Park

1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Ring in the New Year with the whole family as the Event Yard transforms into a giant New Year’s party! Enjoy festivities like interactive entertainment, a rockin’ DJ, a countdown to the NOON year with a kid-friendly toast and more!


Armature Works Balloon Drop

1910 North Ola Avenue, Tampa
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Noon Years Eve kicks off at 10:00am on the Armature Works South + West Lawns and will feature a countdown to noon and daytime fireworks display on the Hillsborough River, live music on a Riverfront Stage, inflatable slides, the Spheres Bubble and Magic Show, a YMCA sponsored craft corner plus more.


Yacht Starship

603 Channelside Drive, Tampa
10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Say “Bon Voyage” to 2019 on a New Year’s Eve Celebration Cruise!This festive cruise is the best way to celebrate NYE on the water. Dine on gourmet food, sip on delicious cocktails and dance the night away under the stars. Cruises also include a champagne toast at midnight for guests to ring in 2020 on the water!


Click here for more New Year’s Eve tips from VISITTAMPABAY.com.


If you’re visiting or local to the St Petersburg/Clearwater region, you’re in a for a New Year’s Eve treat! One can find fireworks displays on most sandy white beaches, casual to elegant parties in art galleries and local bars throughout the region, and bigger-than-life celebrations in downtown St Petersburg and Clearwater Beach.

Our favorite finds:

Light It Up! NYE Fireworks on Clearwater Beach

333 Gulfview Blvd. Clearwater, FL

This is a New Year’s Eve celebration that’s boomin’ and bright! Sink your toes into the white sand of Clearwater Beach and be awestruck as fireworks are set off over the sparkling Gulf of Mexico at the stroke of midnight. A free event presented by Amplify Clearwater.

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First Night in Downtown St. Pete

Downtown St. Petersburg, FL
Festivities start at 4 p.m.

Join the fun at First Night St. Pete’s Annual New Year’s Eve celebration of the Arts. One of the most anticipated events in downtown St. Pete – this family-friendly event features live music, entertainment, drama, dance, games, art, fireworks and more! The festivities start at 4 p.m. and continue through midnight. Admission buttons can be purchased at FirstNightStPete.com.


Party Like a Queen at The Queens Head

2501 Central Ave, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33713
5 p.m. to Midnight

Why wait until midnight for fireworks and champagne toast?

Come early and watch the British New Year celebration streamed live from the BBC (7pm). Fireworks display from the Thames riverside with the London Eye and Big Ben backdrop.

We will be serving a special holiday menu worthy of celebration along with our regular menu. Reservations recommended.

Click here for more New Year’s Eve Events from VISITSTPETECLEARWATER.com


Down in Naples this New Year’s Eve week? Make sure to visit Bambusa Bar & Grill and CAVO Lounge, our two favorite LGBTQ-friendly hot spots in the region. Both have big celebrations planned this evening. Here’s what else is going on tonight:

Naples New Year’s Eve Fireworks

25 12th Ave. S., Naples
Fireworks begin at 7 p.m. Free.
Naples residents and visitors are welcome to celebrate the incoming new year and decade the city beach, north and south from the Pier. Bring your own chairs or blankets and pick a spot along the water to watch the 30-minute display.

New Year’s Eve at Celebration Park

2880 Becca Ave., Naples
7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Enjoy live music all night, a toast at midnight, free samples, giveaways, games and great food.

Click here for more regional events from News-Press.com.


For those of you on the East Coast of Florida tonight, head directly to Fort Lauderdale for some of the biggest parties in the state. From football to LGBTQ parties to waterfront fireworks, you’ll have plenty of events from which to choose.

Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown

SW Second St. and SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Festivities kick off at 3:30 p.m.

With over 100,000 expected to attend, this free street festival is one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Florida. Festivities kick off at 3:30 p.m. with family activities like bounce houses, face painting, line dancing and free caricature drawings. At 7 p.m., kids can count down to the lighting of the 20-foot anchor, which will later drop 100 feet when the clock strikes midnight.


NYE Masquerade Gala at The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale

1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
8 p.m.
$129-$399 per person

For a sparkling celebration complete with a caviar display, a festive cocktail hour, live music and more, spend the last moments of 2017 at The Ritz. The property will host an all-night gala featuring a special menu, open bar and surprises throughout the evening. Tickets must be purchased in advance.


Lips Drag New Year’s Eve Celebration

1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Your NYE doesn’t have to be a drag. It can be full of drag at the drag-ilicious dining joint Lips in Fort Lauderdale. To ring in the New Year, the spot will host two dinner seatings and tantalizing shows, one at 7 p.m. ($45, including a three-course meal and show) and the other at 9:30 p.m. ($75, including a three-course meal, show, party favors and midnight champagne toast). Space is limited in the intimate venue and reservations are required, so don’t delay.


Whatever you decide to do tonight, have fun and BE SAFE! Happy New Year.

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Written by Rachel Covello

Rachel Covello is an award-winning speaker, writer, diversity consultant, and LGBT advocate. She is the Founder of LGBT Equality Alliance, a Chester County, PA nonprofit organization, and CEO of OUTCOAST, an online marketing and concierge platform marketing the Gulf Coast as an LGBTQ-inclusive place to VISIT, CELEBRATE, and LIVE.

Rachel is also an avid event photographer and has captured photos for LGBT organizations around the world, including the IGLTA, NGLCC, NLGJA, and Out & Equal.

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