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Tampa is a city located on the west coast of Florida and is considered the second largest city in the state in size, after Jacksonville.

Tampa Florida: Things to do and attractions

Tampa is a place that surprises visitors because of its beauty and diverse attractions. The city is close to Orlando, about 135km or 1h30 by car, which attracts many Disney tourists, mainly because of the famous Busch Gardens park.

Discover some of Tampa’s top attractions.

Busch Gardens Park in Tampa

Busch Gardens Park belongs to Sea World and is famous for its variety of extreme and exciting roller coasters. It is recommended for adults and older children (certain attractions require minimum height to enter). Some of the main roller coasters in the park are Cheetah Hunt (with loopings) and Falcon’s Fury (over 100 meters high), which are worth getting to know and offer a lot of adrenaline to visitors.

Busch Gardens also offers attractions and themed shows on the environment and fauna, suggested for younger children, such as the small Safari Edge of Africa, Timbuktu Theater which is a 4D theater with sensory experiences and the Sahara Go-Round carousel.

The park is suitable for all ages as it has a wide variety of radical attractions and other more tranquil ones that are aimed at the little ones or for those who prefer lighter emotions.

The ticket costs US $ 89.99 for children over 3 years and adults. See all information and attractions on the official Busch Gardens website:

Lowry Park Zoo

If you enjoy zoos and already visited zoo miami, you will also like Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa Florida.

The Tampa Zoo tour is a highly recommended and fun tour to do with children. Get your legs ready to tour the must-see attractions of the huge Lowry Park!

The place is surrounded by an exuberant preserved nature. It is possible to find wild animals circulating and, who knows, the visitor will be able to offer food.

Visit the official website and learn more.

Lowry Park Zoo

Adventure Island

In your list of things to do in Tampa, don’t forget to include Adventure Island.

Adventure Island water park has been around for almost 40 years. In it the visitor has fun with refreshing attractions such as wave pools, currents with buoys, artificial beaches and water slides that are true oases in the intense heat of Florida’s tropical summer. The place is not so big, allowing the tourist to be able to make other, quieter walks on the same day, such as the outlets or aquarium.

The park operates only between the months of March to October, every day – from 10 am to 5 pm and on weekends from 9 am to 6 pm. In the winter months it closes for preventive maintenance and renovations.

For children over 3 years and adults, admission costs US $ 59.99. See all attractions on the official website:

The Museum of Science and Industry – Museum of Science & Industry

This educational and fun tour is a must to entertain the kids. With more than 450 attractions, the museum brings a lot of knowledge about the wonders of the universe, human body and science.

At the site, visitors find plenty of interactivity like the fantastic IMAX cinema, unheard of in Florida.

Discover all the attractions of the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa on the official website:

Florida Aquarium in Tampa

The Aquarium has been operating since 1995 and is considered one of the most beautiful and largest on the planet. The site brings together more than 20 thousand species of marine animals of all shapes and sizes, such as sharks, alligators, sea potatoes, otters and many others. This tour is highly recommended, especially for children.

In addition to the exhibition, the Aquarium has an area for visitors to cool off, especially in the warmer months, which guarantees lots of fun for the little ones.

Learn more about the attractions of the Florida Aquarium:

Dinosaur World

Which child is not fascinated by the world of dinosaurs? If you are passing through Tampa, one of the tours that definitely cannot be left out of your itinerary is without a doubt the visit to the open-air museum Dinosaur World.

The space has more than 150 perfect replicas of huge dinosaurs, skeletons, fish, theater and playground. The site provides very interesting experiences to visitors, with spaces to feed fish, mine and identify stones and excavate fossils, in a spacious green area.

See more information on the official website:

TPC Tampa Bay

Do you enjoy golf, traditional football, football or hockey? So TPC Tampa Bay cannot be left out of your script.

The venue brings together important stadiums of these modalities, so it is the right place to live new experiences and watch the matches. There you will also find great restaurant options. Learn more by clicking here.

CityPASS Tampa

This pass is the best way to discover the 5 main attractions in the Tampa and Clearwater region, such as:

  • Busch Gardens Park
  • Florida Aquarium
  • Lowry park
  • Museum of Science & Industry
  • Aquarium Marine in Clearwater

The visitor saves time (no queues at the box office) and money (more than 50% of the total value of the tickets, if you buy each attraction individually). It is worth purchasing, learn more and guarantee yours and your family by clicking here.

Snowcat Ridge snow park

Florida’s first snow park will open in November 2020. And you must be asking, “Snow in Florida?” Yes! There is snow forecast next year and a new park is already taking advantage of the weather forecast to guarantee the fun! Of course, it won’t be a huge ski resort.

The park will bring some toys and winter sports and promises a lot of fun. Learn more about Snowcat Ridge in Florida.

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