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Guide to Tampa for Families

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Tampa is one of those cities that's not just welcoming for families — this bustling harbor city is completely geared towards making sure families enjoy their visits. This guide will help you get the most out of what Tampa has on offer, from high-flying thrills and outdoor treks, to museums, zoos, and play zones designed to engage kids. You'll be spoiled for choice, no matter what the age breakdown of your group.

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Like a Local

26 Places

3 City Tips

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26 Places

Busch Gardens

Theme Parks

The Florida Aquarium

Aquariums

Adventure Island

Water Parks

Museum of Science and Industry

Science Museums

Big Cat Rescue

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Zoos

Raymond James Stadium

Arenas & Stadiums

George M. Steinbrenner Field

Arenas & Stadiums

Tampa Bay History Center

History Museums

Glazer Children's Museum

Children's Museums

Tampa Bay Grand Prix

Game & Entertainment Centers

Lowry Park

Parks

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Zoos

Morris Bridge Park

Parks

Picnic Island Park

Parks

The Upper Tampa Bay Trail

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails

Tampa Water Taxi Company

Ferries, Taxis & Shuttles

Cypress Point Park

Parks

Upper Tampa Bay Park

Parks

Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Playgrounds

Playgrounds

Q-Zar Tampa

Theme Parks, Playgrounds, Game & Entertainment Centers

AirHeads Trampoline Arena

Game & Entertainment Centers

Splitsville

Bars & Clubs, Bowling Alleys

CineBistro at Hyde Park Village

Movie Theaters

Ybor City Saturday Market

Flea & Street Markets

Madison S's City Tips

  • Purchasing a Tampa CityPASS online allows you to enjoy 5 attractions of your choice at nearly 50% off the normal ticketed price. Some of these locations are included in this guide.
  • A car is the most convenient way to get around Tampa when traveling with a family. If you haven't driven down, there are plenty of rental spots in the city and at the airport.
  • Remember to carry sunscreen and water along with you! Tampa can heat up, and both dehydration and sun sickness can be quick to set in.
  • Busch Gardens
    Theme Parks
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    Madison S Says:

    Theme park + zoo = lots of thrills! Busch Gardens offers attractions suitable for all ages, including massive high-flying roller coasters, bumper cars, water rides, safari animals, and even a circus. There are also fun seasonal attractions, such as ice skating and outdoor music.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Hats, glasses, and sandals are notorious for flying off of riders on some of the faster coasters, so it's best to secure those items or leave them at the hotel.
    • Rides are known to close during thunderstorms, and on occasion, for repairs. Check weather and ride closures ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
    • While Busch Gardens does offer a Fastpass option, lines are generally quick even when it's crowded. Opt for a Fastpass only on busy days in the high season.
    • Food passes are available that provide unlimited food and drink while in the park (some limited vegetarian options included). Ask at the ticket counter if you are interested.
    • Hall-O-Scream is a popular event during the month of October, and in December Busch Gardens turns into Christmas Town.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gross park 04/23/2019
    • Great for roller-coaster thrill lovers 04/22/2019
    • Busch Gardens
    Address:
    10165 N McKinley Dr
    Tampa, FL 33612
    Phone:
    +1 813-884-4386
    Price range:
    $3 - $3
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • The Florida Aquarium
    Aquariums
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    Madison S Says:

    Penguins, otters, sea turtles, and sharks! At the Florida Aquarium, kids and adults alike can enjoy napping turtles, swimming seahorses, and more. Highlights include a water tunnel where the aquatic life swims around you, reptile and deep sea displays, and a water play area for children.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Aquarium-trained divers feed the sharks daily during open hours, and guests are welcome to watch. Ask about times when you're buying tickets.
    • Outside the museum, the "Explore A Shore" water park invites children to play in the sun and water — just be sure to bring along a swim suit!
    • There is a cafe on premises that serves light bites.
    • The Aquarium offers a guided tour that describes what running the place is like, from feeding the animals to maintaining their habitats.
    • The Aquarium is included for CityPASS Tampa holders.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • not so bad 04/21/2019
    • Nice aquarium but a bit pricey 04/17/2019
    • The Florida Aquarium
    Address:
    701 Channelside Dr
    Tampa, FL 33602-5600
    Phone:
    +1 813-273-4000
    Price range:
    $29 - $29
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Adventure Island
    Water Parks
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    Madison S Says:

    Cool off from Tampa's heat at Adventure Island, where you will find activities and areas suitable for children of all ages. Teenagers can appreciate the zippy water slides, while younger children will enjoy the wading pools and play areas. With a wave pool for the especially energetic, and a lazy river for relaxing, this park's got water enough to float anyone's boat.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are small fees for parking and lockers.
    • The park offers dining options, but to save money bring in your own lunch and drinks. You are allowed to bring a small cooler or backpack with food into the park.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    • Not worth the money 04/20/2019
    • Clean and well kept 04/18/2019
    • Adventure Island
    Address:
    10001 McKinley Dr
    Tampa, FL 33612-6401
    Phone:
    +1 813-884-4386
    Price range:
    $3 - $3
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Fri
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Museum of Science and Industry
    Science Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    The Museum of Science and Industry offers hands-on fun and learning. Don't save this spot for a rainy day! If your children are interested in 'how stuff works' — from airplanes to exoskeletons — this museum a must. The site caters to families, with areas such as a sky trail, zip line, and playground where kids can blow off steam, along with more relaxing areas, including the IMAX theater, butterfly garden, and planetarium. The sheer array of things to do, see, and learn across biology, geology, meteorology, astronomy, and more will keep everyone absorbed.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is a small additional charge to use the rope course and zip line.
    • The IMAX film is included with the purchase of a museum ticket.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    • Total waste of time 03/19/2019
    • Well now that they have closed the IMAX 03/19/2019
    • Museum of Science and Industry
    Address:
    4801 E Fowler Ave
    Tampa, FL 33617-2099
    Phone:
    +1 813-987-6000
    Price range:
    $12 - $12
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Big Cat Rescue
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Zoos
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    Madison S Says:

    Lions, tigers, cheetahs, and mountain lions! If you like big cats, you will enjoy this special place with a special story. Bug Cat Rescue is a wildlife reserve rescues, rehabilitates, and lovingly raises these majestic creatures. Each cat has a unique tale, and the whole family will thrill at seeing them in all their massive, furry glory as you make your way around the park.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Big Cat Rescue is run by a not-for-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating big cats for the wild. Money spent on admission and in the park goes directly to care of animals.
    • There is free water at various points in the park. Bring along a bottle to fill up on especially warm days.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An enlightening experience - a hidden gem in Tampa 04/23/2019
    • A beautiful wildlife park on a rescue mission... 04/22/2019
    • Big Cat Rescue
    Address:
    12802 Easy St
    Tampa, FL 33625-3702
    Phone:
    +1 813-920-4130
    Other:
  • Raymond James Stadium
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    Madison S Says:

    Whether or not the local Buccaneers are your family's team, a football game at Raymond James Stadium makes a fun outing The famed stadium features its own pirate ship in Buccaneer Cove (a.k.a. the end zone), and it comes to life with booming canons every time the home team scores. Little visitors will also enjoy an animatronic parrot who talks to those passing beneath his perch on the pirate ship, as well as the games that show up on the big screen throughout matches. There are plenty of music and concessions to keep the family both dancing and fed, too.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Raymond James Stadium hosts some other events that may be of interest to families, such as monster truck rallies.
    • You can rent the pirate ship at the stadium for children's birthday parties or events.
    • If there isn't a game on during your visit, consider taking a tour of the stadium to see the box seats and locker rooms. Kids also get the chance to take the wheel of the stadium's pirate ship.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun 04/13/2019
    • Great venue, parking is difficult. 03/06/2019
    • Raymond James Stadium
    Address:
    4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy
    Tampa, FL 33607-6103
    Phone:
    +1 813-350-6500
    Other:
  • George M. Steinbrenner Field
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    Madison S Says:

    If you're more of a baseball family than football (or why not both?), the George M. Steinbrenner field offers a wonderful opportunity to catch a taste of Tampa's minor league baseball vibe. Designed to welcome families to games, the gorgeous outdoor stadium offers activities for children during game nights. Take your seventh inning stretch and watch a deep sunset as the hitters 'play ball.' Even better, it's an inexpensive evening (but just as fun!) compared with other major league sports.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Steinbrenner Field is a smaller-scale replica of the original Yankee Stadium in New York.
    • The Yankees sometimes take to the field for spring training, between February and March. Visitors are welcome during some of these training sessions as well.
    • Though Tampa is generally very warm, it can get nippy in an outdoor stadium by nightfall. Take along a sweater, jacket, or cardigan just to be safe.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delighted 04/22/2019
    • Easy, it’s all easy! 04/14/2019
    • George M. Steinbrenner Field
    Address:
    1 Steinbrenner Dr
    Tampa, FL 33614-7064
    Phone:
    +1 813-875-7753
    Price range:
    $5 - $5
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Tampa Bay History Center
    History Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    The Tampa Bay History Center tells a bold and startling tale about the city, and even America. Designed to engage children — but interesting for adults as well — the center features three floors of videos and exhibits that paint the pictures of the once-local Seminole tribes, Tampa's launch into the cigar trade, and challenges of the modern era. Other treats are the view of the bay from outside the Center, the tasty eats at the on-site Columbia Cafe, and cool items at the unique gift shop.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The History Center also offers a guided tour of the facility's exhibits.
    • The center is fully accessible, with an elevator that makes it easy to bring strollers along.
    • Take some time before or after your visit to walk along the waterway outside the center. It is especially lovely when it's growing dark and the lights reflect off the water.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice museum 04/22/2019
    • "A enjoyable educational experience." 04/18/2019
    • Tampa Bay History Center
    Address:
    801 Old Water St
    Tampa, FL 33602-5418
    Phone:
    +1 813-228-0097
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Glazer Children's Museum
    Children's Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    A wonderful place to take toddlers and young children for explorative play, Glazer Children's Museum offers a vast amount of themed areas that allow kiddies to jump, climb, build, and share. The name 'museum' is a bit of a misnomer here. This is an education and fun center where the various hands on-activities incorporate learning and growth, and kids will encounter everything from sandboxes to weather patterns to familiar cartoon characters.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The Museum can be incredibly crowded on weekends and in the summer, which means kids have less time to interface with the toys. It's best to visit on a weekday or in the off season.
    • Different play areas are designated for different ages, mostly quite young. Children 10 years and older may find themselves bored.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must-visit for those with young kids 04/17/2019
    • Very Entertaining for Children 04/14/2019
    • Glazer Children's Museum
    Address:
    110 W Gasparilla Plz
    Tampa, FL 33602-1500
    Phone:
    +1 813-443-3861
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Tampa Bay Grand Prix
    Game & Entertainment Centers
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    Madison S Says:

    The Grand Prix Fun Center offers an escape from tours and sightseeing. It might seem slightly old-fashioned now, but its mini golf, go-karts, batting cages, and video games make the fun center a a great spot to cool off or escape the rain.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • While some of the games are a bit dated, kids don't generally mind. There are lots of familiar favorite games available.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 76 Fun & Games in Tampa
    • Super Fundeal BOGO Wednesday/Thursday 03/21/2019
    • Hooked!! 02/17/2019
    • Tampa Bay Grand Prix
    Address:
    3404 Cragmont Dr
    Tampa, FL 33619-8351
    Phone:
    +1 727-455-8391
    Price range:
    $16 - $16
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Fri
    11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Lowry Park
    Parks
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    Madison S Says:

    Lowry Park is quiet and charming, with grassy patches and plenty of space to run around. In addition to a zoo located on the premises, there is also water play area where children can don a swimsuit and chill out.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring a swimsuit and change of clothes so that kiddies can have fun in the water.
    • This is a great place for a picnic.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A nice treat for kids 04/11/2019
    • Thoroughly enjoyed this Park 03/21/2019
    • Lowry Park
    Address:
    7525 N Boulevard
    Tampa, FL 33604-4764
    Phone:
    +1 813-274-8211
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • ZooTampa at Lowry Park
    Zoos
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    Madison S Says:

    For a day out at a more low-key amusement park, the Tampa Lowry Zoo is just the ticket. The rides accommodate younger children, with gentler roller coasters, a carousel, a light-up animal art park, and a small water play area. And while the elephants and Komodo dragons are show stealers, children will love the more interactive elements, including the petting zoo goats and stingrays they can feed.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The zoo has free parking.
    • Bring clothes for all weather: It can suddenly get very hot or very rainy in Tampa, without warning. The zoo is outdoors, so bring along hats and ponchos, just in case.
    • You can visit the Lowry Park Zoo using CityPASS Tampa.
    • The Florida Aquarium and the Lowry Park Zoo sometimes have ticket deals in effect for bundled tickets.
    • There is a small additional fee to feed some of the animals.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Easter Sunday Animal Education 04/21/2019
    • Children friendly 04/15/2019
    • ZooTampa at Lowry Park
    Address:
    1101 W Sligh Ave
    Tampa, FL 33604-5958
    Phone:
    +1 813-935-8552
    Price range:
    $32 - $32
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Morris Bridge Park
    Parks
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    Madison S Says:

    Morris Bridge Park is a shady hideaway offering nature walks along a pretty boardwalk. Families can take advantage of walking, biking, hiking trails, many of them easygoing. Being situated along a river also makes for delightful views, and little ones can enjoy spotting animals, fish, and critters along the way.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a nominal fee to park at the Morris Bridge lot.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    • Great place to get on the river 02/06/2019
    • Nice little park which we really enjoyed 12/29/2018
    • Morris Bridge Park
    Address:
    13330 Morris Bridge Road
    Tampa, FL
    Phone:
    +1 813-985-5021
    Other:
  • Picnic Island Park
    Parks
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    Madison S Says:

    As its name implies, Picnic Island Park is a great place for a family picnic under the palms. You can grill up some goodies at one of the public facilities, or simply bring along treats to enjoy at the picnic tables. Either way, the playgrounds make for great post picnic fun, and the small beach offers good wading waters for little swimmers.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Pets are welcome at Picnic Island Park.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    • Average...spend your time somewhere else 01/10/2019
    • nice small park and beach area 12/19/2018
    • Picnic Island Park
    Address:
    7409 Picnic Island Blvd
    Tampa, FL 33616-2000
    Other:
  • The Upper Tampa Bay Trail
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails
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    Madison S Says:

    The Upper Tampa Bay Trail is a picturesque nature walk, and its forest and waterways offer a wonderful way for the family to take advantage of sunny weather. Take on the trail by biking, blading, or even horseback riding. There's great birdwatching here too.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are multiple entrances to the trail, as well as multiple lots that charge differing fees.
    • While the trail is very safe, it is better not to get too close to the water in this area, as alligators sometimes may make an appearance.
    • Nearby stables offer trail rides. Look up stables ahead of time to find one suitable for your group of riders.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    • Upper Tampa Bay Trail 04/03/2019
    • Rent a Bike! 03/13/2019
    • The Upper Tampa Bay Trail
    Address:
    9201 W Waters Ave
    Tampa, FL 33635-1568
    Phone:
    +1 813-801-6729
    Other:
  • Tampa Water Taxi Company
    Ferries, Taxis & Shuttles
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    Madison S Says:

    Hop on board the boat 'Never Never Land' and be whisked away along Tampa's Bay. This boat tour is a lovely way to see the city, and to learn about it from witty, insightful guides. You'll delight in the scenery and the wind on your faces — and you may even spot a few dolphins during your cruise!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Tampa Water Taxi Company also offers Night Light and Sunset Tours, which can be even more beautiful than daytime tours.
    • Tours run one hour in total.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 23 Transportation in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not notified in timely manner if cancellation 04/14/2019
    • The trip was cancelled 03/29/2019
    • Tampa Water Taxi Company
    Address:
    Harbour Island
    Tampa, FL 33602
    Phone:
    +1 888-665-8687
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Cypress Point Park
    Parks
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    Madison S Says:

    A beach located right in the heart of the city, Cypress Point Park is great for whiling away a few hours building sandcastles and eating picnic lunches. Tables and small shelters are available close to the beach for diners, and the beach itself, while pebbly, is good for sticking your feet into and spotting baby crabs.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Cypress Point Park is popular with locals, and thus is more crowded during weekends. However, because it isn't a key swimming beach, it is almost never over-crowded.
    • There is a play area for children at Cypress Point Park.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    • Small Beach 04/03/2019
    • Small but quite nice park 03/25/2019
    • Cypress Point Park
    Address:
    5620 W Cypress St
    Tampa, FL 33607-1744
    Phone:
    +1 813-274-8615
    Other:
  • Upper Tampa Bay Park
    Parks
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    Madison S Says:

    Upper Tampa Bay Park has a ton of options for a day outdoors. Here you'll find everything from kayaking and canoeing to grills, a volleyball court, and grounds for running around and having a game of catch!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Upper Tampa Bay Park is pet-friendly.
    • You can rent a kayak or canoe at the park. Life vests are included with the rental.
    • There is a nominal fee for parking — no one hands out tickets, but please pay it anyway as it contributes to park maintenance.
    • There are bathrooms on the grounds.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    • Very nice and uncrowded park 04/16/2019
    • Nice canoeing! 03/27/2019
    • Upper Tampa Bay Park
    Address:
    8001 Double Branch Rd
    Tampa, FL 33635-9657
    Phone:
    +1 813-855-1765
    Other:
  • Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Madison S Says:

    The coastal boardwalk at the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center is beautiful in any season, but it's especially exciting in cooler months, when you can spot plenty of manatees chilling out in the waters. Even if aren't visiting during a manatee month, it's work stopping here to enjoy other wildlife along the nature trails, and the center itself has interesting exhibits on nature and preservation.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Manatee Viewing Center is free of charge to enter.
    • Manatees are generally only visible in the water during fall and winter.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Apollo Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Loved it! 04/19/2019
    • A little disappointing 04/15/2019
    • Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center
    Address:
    6990 Dickman Rd
    Apollo Beach, FL 33572-2241
    Phone:
    +1 813-228-4289
    Other:
  • Playgrounds
    Playgrounds
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    Madison S Says:

    Playgrounds is good for very young children who need a break from the sun. The clean facility has a series of inflatable play houses, including slides and bouncy castles. It is entirely indoors, and offers a snack and coffee bar.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The facility is fully air-conditioned.
    • Playgrounds is available to rent for parties and events.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    • Great place for the kids and very good coffee 08/06/2018
    • Great place for the kids 07/02/2018
    • Playgrounds
    Address:
    4535 S Dale Mabry Hwy
    Tampa, FL 33611-1425
    Phone:
    835-7529
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Q-Zar Tampa
    Theme Parks, Playgrounds, Game & Entertainment Centers
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    Madison S Says:

    Q-Zar is Tampa's laser tag spot. Games are glow-in-the-dark adrenaline rushes that accommodate big groups and single players alike. The arcade and pizza stand outside the arena can keep kids occupied between and after matches.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check ahead on the website for regular ticket deals, as well as ways to score a free game.
    • Q-Zar is best for children seven years and up, as it requires a good amount of physical activity and can be high-intensity. Vests come in one-size-fits-all.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 4 Water & Amusement Parks in Tampa
    • Great air-conditioned activity for all ages 07/08/2018
    • Great Value fun on a rainy afternoon 06/25/2017
    • Q-Zar Tampa
    Address:
    7807 N Dale Mabry Hwy
    Tampa, FL 33614-3219
    Phone:
    +1 813-933-6995
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Fri
    3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • AirHeads Trampoline Arena
    Game & Entertainment Centers
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    Madison S Says:

    Jump up and get down: AirHeads Trampoline Arena offers an off-the-beaten-path alternative to fun. The arena is made up of bouncy surfaces where the young (and young at heart!) can do acrobatics or engage in games like basketball or dodgeball.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Food within the Arena can be pricey, but you are welcome to leave for lunch or a snack and return later.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 76 Fun & Games in Tampa
    • Play date 03/09/2019
    • Great Experience! 08/15/2018
    • AirHeads Trampoline Arena
    Address:
    5072 W Linebaugh Ave
    Tampa, FL 33624-5030
    Phone:
    +1 813-769-9134
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Fri
    3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Splitsville
    Bars & Clubs, Bowling Alleys
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    Madison S Says:

    Do some good old-fashioned bowling at Splitsville, where the ambiance is retro and hip. Besides bowling, you will also find pool tables and other fun games, as well as great selection of food to keep everyone happy, from fresh salads to tasty pulled pork burgers and sandwiches.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Make reservations for lanes on weekends, as it can get crowded.
    • It's better to arrive early, as adult groups come and have drinks while they play at night.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 86 Nightlife in Tampa
    • Enjoyable Evening Bowling 04/18/2019
    • Games & Drinks! 03/02/2019
    • Splitsville
    Address:
    615 Channelside Dr Ste 120
    Tampa, FL 33602-5407
    Phone:
    +1 813-514-2695
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Thu
    4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Fri
    4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Sat
    12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
  • CineBistro at Hyde Park Village
    Movie Theaters
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    Madison S Says:

    CineBistro is the best place in Tampa to grab a burger with your flick. Delicious foods, including drinks, popcorn, desserts, and full meals, are served right in the comfort of your cozy cinema seat.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Come early, so that you can place your order and receive it before the film starts (about 20-30 minutes is recommended).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 76 Fun & Games in Tampa
    • Date Night 2.0 04/05/2019
    • Capt Marvel 03/10/2019
    • CineBistro at Hyde Park Village
    Address:
    1609 W Swann Ave
    Hyde Park
    Tampa, FL 33606-2546
    Phone:
    +1 813-514-8300
    Other:
  • Ybor City Saturday Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Madison S Says:

    The Ybor Saturday Market is a wonderful way to explore local goods and crafts, and to pick up a fresh and healthy bite to eat. Located in a historic part of Tampa, the market offers everything from toys and souvenirs to locally-made oils, baskets, and even cigars. The fresh fruit, vegetables, and homemade cookies will surely not to go amiss!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Ybor Saturday Market welcomes pets.
    • As the name implies, the Market is only open on Saturdays.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #96 of 144 things to do in Tampa
    • NOTHING MUCH FATTER INTERESTING HERE 03/02/2019
    • Was open on a Sunday 12/17/2018
    • Ybor City Saturday Market
    Address:
    1901 N 19th St
    Tampa, FL 33605-3850
    Phone:
    +1 813-241-2442
    Hours:
    Sat
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Other:
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