Best Places to Take Kids in Tampa

November 28, 2018 0 0

The best things to do with kids in Tampa, Florida (and places to visit) can provide a lifetime of memories, and weeks’ worth of fun explorations and adventures. In fact, it may seem like there are too many options to keep straight, but we’ve narrowed it down to several top options here for your convenience. For example: For an educational experience, Dinosaur World or Glazer Children’s Museum offer welcome stopovers. But if you’re trying to tire tots out, you might take a stroll through Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park or let them jump their sugar high off at Boing Fun Center instead. Sprouts of all ages, and adults, are sure to have a blast when you check out each of the following spots, among the best things to do with kids in Tampa, FL, and top places to take children.

Busch Gardens

10165 N McKinley Drive

Busch Gardens is one of the most popular places in Tampa with good reason. This nearly 400-acre African-safari themed amusement park isone of the best places to take kids and adult visitors alike in Tampa. There are over 10 roller coasters, including the Montu, Kumba and the Falcon’s fury, and live shows along with all kinds of animals like cheetahs, flamingos, sloths, meerkats, and more. The Sesame Street Musical is great for younger kids, and every weekend there’s a Food & Wine Festival that adults can enjoy. If you buy your tickets online, you can get an admission deal with free food for the day for $35.

Adventure Island

10001 McKinley Dr

Adventure Island is the aquatic version of Busch Gardens. If you’re up for some slippin’ and slidin’ and are looking for somewhere you can bring the kids during a hot day in Tampa, this waterpark will fulfil every single one of your expectations. Kids can go on the Vanish Point slide, the Paradise Lagoon, the Wahoo Run, and more. If adults don’t want to partake, or if the young’ins need a break, there’s a sandy beach to plop down on and watch the day go by. Tickets run $60 per day,  but you can save on food and drink by bringing your own coolers.

Glazer Children’s Museum

110 W Gasparilla Plaza

Glazer Children’s Museum isn’t like any other museum: It’s loud, maybe a bit hectic, and children are running around. Still, you’ll have just as much fun as your family here, making it one of the best things to do with kids in Tampa, FL. There are daily programs during the week like Make it Mondays, Toddler Tuesdays, and Fun Fridays, which all have designated play and story times, but the permanent exhibits allow kids to explore freely. Firehouse lets them take on the life of a firefighter, Global Cafe deals with a variety of different cultures, and Hospital helps introduce future doctors-in-training to the world of medicine.

Lowry Park Zoo

1101 W Sligh Ave

Lowry Park Zoo’s focus is on regional endangered species. Kids, however, will marvel at the 1,000+ different kinds of animals here. There is an exhibit dedicated to just manatees, along with displays of monkeys, giraffes, and so much more. Both kids and parents need to go on the safari ride, where you’ll come up-close-and personal with an elephant. There’s also goat, llama, horse, and stingray petting for free, and rhino and giraffe petting for an additional fee. If you buy one child or adult ticket this year, you can come back any other day during the rest of the year for free.

Boing! Fun Center

622 Ware Blvd

Here’s about 12,000 square feet of bouncy surfaces for your kids to burn energy on. There are also two dodgeball courts, an area to play volleyball, and a lot of arcade games. Check Groupon out before you go, because there are always deals on admissions prices and, once you’re there, you’ll have no choice but to pig out on some pizza. At least you’ll burn some extra calories yourself at Boing.

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

600 N Ashley Dr

Curtis Hixon Park is right near the Glazer Children’s Museum, and offers a serene repose for the whole family, boasting a playground and “sprayground,” a grassy field, and plenty of room to roam around. Bring a picnic so you can lounge on the grass while kids play and run around and wait for the sunset. Plus, the nearby Riverwalk hosts a ton of different events all season long.

Florida Orchestra

244 2nd Ave N #420, St. Petersburg

The Classical Kids program at Florida Orchestra is an ideal way to introduce your children to classical music. Full of dynamic energy and harmony, the program for kids 5 to 18 years gets you into the Masterworks orchestra for free, just as long as there is an accompanying adult who purchases a ticket. Check out the calendar before you buy your tickets, but upcoming shows include Mozart’s piano symphony and Verdi’s Requiem.

Pier 60 Sunset Cinema

10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater

Sunset Cinema is one of the best places to visit with kids in Tampa, FL, and only ways you should be watching movies in the city. Under-the-stars viewings start at dusk, and allow everyone to get cozy while enjoying nature. Popcorn and other concessions are available for purchase on-site, but besides that, tickets are free — and you can bring your own food, drink and blankets, making the experience as affordable as it is interesting.

Tampa Bay Water Bike Company

333 S Franklin St, Boat Slip 15

Kids over the age of 8 are allowed to operate the water parks, making this a fun, and safe, activity for family outings. Everyone can hop on a BiYak, or a kayak with pedals, and cruise down the Sail Pavilion while checking out all the major Tampa landmarks, like the beautiful homes on Harbour Island, at your own pace. At the end of your expedition, you can enjoy the picturesque sunset, and it’s probable that everyone will be tired enough to get a great night’s sleep.

Dinosaur World

5145 Harvey Tew Rd, Plant City

Located a little outside of Tampa in Plant City, Dinosaur World is a one-stop-shop for all things prehistoric. The park has over 150 life-size dinosaurs in an authentic wildlife setting and plenty of room to explore. There are also dino-themed playgrounds that have slides, swings, and picnic tables. Your kids will love to spend the whole day learning fun facts about dinosaurs and once you’re done, head to the gift shop for some prehistoric artifacts and toys.

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Christina Elia

Assistant editor Christina Elia is currently pursuing her BA in Art History Communications at Fordham University, and writes about various topics ranging from arts and culture to practical tips and how-to advice. She has been published on online platforms such as The Odyssey. You can follow her on Twitter via @stinaelia

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