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Fair 2024

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the new policies for youth admissions for the Fair?

After 6:00 PM Youth Policy 

For all 12 days of the 2024 Florida State Fair, after 6:00 p.m. persons 17 years of age or younger, must be accompanied by an admission-paying parent or guardian, 21 years of age or older with a valid ID, for entry to the Florida State Fair. 

How much are tickets to the Fair?

2024 Gate pricing during the fair is as follows:

Adult Friday – Sunday: $16
Child Friday – Sunday: $11
Adult Monday – Thursday: $12
Child Monday – Thursday: $6
Senior 55+ any Monday – Friday: $11
Ride Armband Monday – Thursday: $27
Ride Armband Friday – Sunday: $42
Fast Pass Lane: $69
Fast Pass Lane Upgrade: $27

7 Credits: $10
25 Credits: $30
50 Credits: $50

Will health and safety changes be put in place for the Fair?

As we continue planning to bring your favorite traditions back, your safety is our top priority. Event options are being evaluated and enhanced health and safety practices are being put in place to bring you 12 days of fun.

Florida state fair policies will be available shortly! Check back soon for updates

What are the security procedures upon entry to the Fair?
  • All bags, backpacks and packages are subject to inspection prior to entering the Fair.
  • All persons are subject to screening for prohibited items using hand-held metal detectors prior to entering the Fair.
  • As a reminder, the following items are not permitted to be brought into for the safety of our animals and our guests: no unlawful weapons or firearms as those terms are defined by Florida law.
  • Any item that a guest presents that security deems unsafe or inappropriate will also not be allowed inside the Fair. These decisions are made on a case by case basis.
  • Luggage, coolers, and bags with wheels are not permitted inside the Fair.
  • The Fair is not responsible for fire, theft, damage or loss of vehicle including articles left within.
  • Safety is our top concern. Surveillance cameras will be operating throughout the Fairgrounds every day of the Fair. The security of the property is under the jurisdiction of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Daily during the Fair, you can expect the presence of officers from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department.
  • No full-face masks are allowed to be worn.
What are the Fair dates and hours of operation?

The Fair will be open daily from February 8-19, 2024.

Monday – Thursday, Gates open: 11:00 a.m. Midway Opens: 1:00 p.m.

Friday – Sunday, Gates open: 10:00 a.m. Midway Opens: 10:30 a.m.

Entry into the Fairgrounds will not be permitted after 9:00 p.m. However, rides, games and food remain open until a later closing time is determined.

Fair Buildings will close at 9:00 p.m. Outdoor Concessions and the Midway will remain open after 9:00 p.m.  Closing times will vary based on attendance and weather conditions.

Guest safety is our number one priority and there are certain weather circumstances that may cause the Fair to close earlier than scheduled. As soon as closures are confirmed the website operating calendar will be updated with the Fair’s current operating status.

Where is the Fair located? Is there a cost for parking?

The Fairground’s address is 4800 U.S. Highway 301 North, Tampa, Florida. There are 3 entrances into the Fairgrounds parking facilities: Orient Road, Martin Luther King and US 301. It is absolutely critical for guests to remember which road/highway you used to enter the parking facilities and which gate (1, 2, 3 or 4) you used to walk into the interior grounds.

Parking is free for all Fair guests.

View our map.

What should I wear?

The Florida State Fair is a family destination, and requires that guests wear appropriate clothing while at the Fairgrounds. Shirts, skirts or pants (including jeans or shorts) and shoes must be worn at all times. No full face masks are allowed to be worn.

Are recreational wheels (roller skates, skateboards, etc.) allowed at the Fair?

We know they are fun, but for safety reasons, recreational wheels, including skateboards, rollerblades, hover boards, and other tennis shoe style roller skates are not permitted at the Fair.

May I bring my own food and beverages into the Fair?

No outside food, beverages, or coolers are allowed to be brought into the Fair. Exceptions may be made for Guests with special dietary needs, including food allergies, baby food/formula, and individually wrapped children’s snacks.

Are pets permitted at the Fair?

We know you love your pets and we love animals, too––but they are not allowed in the Fair (with the exception of service animals). Guests who use service animals must retain control of their animals at all times and should keep them on a leash or harness while visiting.

Where can I rent a wheelchair or scooter for the fair?

Scootaround, a Fair vendor, rents scooters and wheelchairs to guests. Their tent is located at Gates 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Pricing is as follows:

Electric Scooters – $60

Wheelchairs – $25

Double Strollers – $17

Wagons – $17

Single Stroller – $11


For more info, click here.

Is smoking permitted at the Fair?

Smoking is not permitted in any of the buildings on the Fairgrounds.

Where is lost and found located?

Lost items are collected at the lost and found location right outside the Expo Hall center doors on the midway side. The Fairgrounds is not responsible for lost, missing or stolen personal property.

Are there height restrictions on your rides?

The Florida State Fair has over 90 different rides on the midway, many of which do include varying height restrictions. Please be aware of height requirements for each ride before purchasing an armband as refunds are not offered. Click the link below to view the ride restrictions list on the Wade Shows website.


Groups have easy access to bus parking by using the Martin Luther King Jr Blvd entrance with guest drop off near Gate 3B. Busing discounts are available with our partners, Charter Up, by mentioning the Florida State Fairgrounds at time of booking.  Go to or call 855-920-2287 for your group transportation needs.

Where can I find additional information when I’m at the Fair?

When you enter the Fair locate one of the 6 Guest Services kiosks located throughout the Fair. Our friendly staff is available to help you find your way. You can also pick up a Visitor’s Guide which illistrates all of the fun to be had at the fair.