If you are looking for a Tampa attraction or others nearby, you will not be disappointed. The top cities in this Florida area include Tampa, Brandon, New Port Richey, Plant City, St. Pete/Clearwater Beach
Find a Tampa Attraction the Family Will Love
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Some 2,700 animals roam the habitats of Busch Gardens! This 335 acre theme park also has four thrill ride roller coasters, three water rides, lovely landscaped grounds, and opportunities to view elephants, rhinos, giraffes, etc. A fun, attractive park that’s manageable to do in one day and is a must see Tampa attraction.
This is the place to visit if you want to feel the sand beneath your feet, and enjoy the tropical breezes of the bay. Although far from a natural beach, 25-acre Adventure Island, is a water theme park located close to Busch Gardens.
Be prepared for some fun in the sun, because the parks towering slides, plummeting rafts, and tubes offer visitors an exhilarating water adventure. The Spike Zone, Adventure Island’s 11-court outdoor volleyball venue, offers visitors a glimpse of profession volleyball matches.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium allows visitors to explore a tank of stingrays and starfish or dive in the water with scientists.
The aquarium provides visitors with an in-depth look at loggerhead sea turtles, sharks, and river otters.
Canoe Escape Grab hold of a paddle and a canoe, and escape into one of Central Florida’s wildest nature preserves. The water current is home to many gators, turtles, and great blue herons. Find peace and discover natural Florida in this 16,000-acre oasis.
Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise Stowaway on the Pirate’s Ransom and become part of a pirate adventure. The pirate ship cruises the waterfront with a pirate crew in full costume. Almost anything goes with this boisterous crowd, even water gun fights.
One of the largest dinosaur attraction in the world. Kids, as well as adults will enjoy an adventure walk through the parks grounds. Replicas of the dinosaurs are nestled along the path.
The museum exhibits an extensive fossil display and dogs are welcome, as long as they’re kept on a leash.
Great Explorations-The Hands-On Museum
This museum is great for hands on activities, where kids can immerse themselves in the displays and exhibits. The museum features a 90-foot-long Touch Tunnel winding through the Pier’s Great Explorations Museum.
Hands-on exhibits focus on the mind and body and feature tasks such as artistically altering light, manipulating sound.
Tampa Family Resorts
A great family resort in this area is the Innisbrook Resort which is located in Palm Harbor northwest of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
For kids there is a very kid friendly pool, the Loch Ness Monster pool with waterslides. In addition, kids will love the outdoor nature walks on the boardwalk, biking, and sailing are favorite activities, as is the indoor crafts and games.
For parents, there are 72 holes of championship golf, tennis, racquetball, fitness facility, as well as jogging and cycling trails and a spa on the 900 acre property. Guest accommodations are in 28 low-rise lodges, nestled around the golf courses. Clubhouses are centers for dining, specialty shops, and leisure activities.
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St. Petes / Clearwater Beach
This Florida beach has a variety of seaside hotels and beach resorts for families to choose from and plenty of activities for all ages. Dubbed “Orlando’s Beach”, this affordable west coast area two hours from Orlando has miles of top rated beaches and local attractions such as the Seacoast Seabird Sanctuary, dolphin spotting, shelling, and Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise. With its family-friendly beaches, outdoor spaces, and kid-friendly attractions, St. Petersburg, Florida, is a great family vacation destination
Resorts in this area that are well suited for families include the Don CeSar Beach Resort & Spa, this historic and colorful pink “sand castle”, is one of the most memorable hotels in this area. In addition to miles of pearl sand beaches, “the Don” has lots of other sun and surf activities including two luxurious pools enveloped in tropical gardens. As part of the “Kids Ltd.” program, children 4 – 12 can participate in supervised activities, conveniently allowing parents to freely enjoy the spa, shoppes and restaurants that make up the The Don CeSar Beach Resort & Spa.
The Sheraton Sand Key right on Sand Key Beach, where sea turtles nest
The TradeWinds Island Resort on St. Petes Beach. The family friendly TradeWinds Grand has a giant inflatable slide and meandering little river you can navigate in a paddleboat.
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