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Tampa: The Florida Aquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance

1. Tampa: The Florida Aquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance

Get close to many of Florida’s aquatic and terrestrial animals and ecosystems, as well as others from around the world at the Florida Aquarium, including sea turtles and coral. Your ticket allows you to access all of the exhibits, which feature diverse creatures and habitats.  The Florida Aquarium works to protect and restore our planet on many conservation fronts, including research and rescue efforts that help restore Florida’s sea turtle and coral populations and to ensure that sharks continue to swim the seas.  Get up close and personal with unique moon jellies at the touch pool experience in the Moon Bay exhibit and learn about this hypnotically graceful ocean creature with surprising survival skills. On the Wetlands Trail, see species such as alligators, river otters, and even the invasive Burmese python. There is also a large aviary that allows birds to explore in a safe environment. Journey through a mangrove forest to see it teeming with local fish. Witness feedings of the intriguing pink spoonbill or other animals and learn more about the wildlife during scheduled presentations at the ranger station. Embark on the Journey to Madagascar, a unique exhibit featuring ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, hissing cockroaches, and marine life found in the Indian Ocean. In the Bays to Beaches exhibit, see spiny lobsters and the strange Toadfish as well as Batfish who walk on the bottom of the seafloor. Take the opportunity to touch the gentle aquatic creatures at Stingray Beach, or bizarre creatures that have no backbone such as anemones and sea stars. In the coral tunnel, discover the intriguing sea dragons and sea horses. The Florida Aquarium journey culminates at the 500,000-gallon habitat that features sharks, rays, sea turtles, reef fish, and moray eels. Learn about the aquarium’s conservation efforts at the Waves of Wonder gallery. The highlight of this section is the Heart of the Sea where you will see bonnethead sharks, loggerhead turtle, tarpon, southern stingrays, spotted eagle rays, plus a variety of reef fish. At The Splash Pad, bring swimsuits for the kids who are invited to play in the outdoor plaza at the rain-forest-themed water feature with dump buckets and waterworks, plus net climbs, slides, and more.

Tampa: ZooTampa at Lowry Park Entry Ticket

2. Tampa: ZooTampa at Lowry Park Entry Ticket

ZooTampa brings together animals and visitors to create unforgettable, natural connections. Home to more than 1300 animals, the park is famous for having one of the most beautiful, tropical zoological settings in the world. Get closer to wildlife than ever before by touching a giant tortoise, feeding a giraffe, getting nose-to-horn with an Indian rhino, hand-to-fin with slippery stingrays, and more. Families can also splash in water play areas, feel the adrenaline on rides and watch educational shows. At the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Hospital, the zoo’s vets and animal-care staff treat sick, injured, and orphaned manatees, and return them to the wild after rehabilitation. The zoo cares for the most diverse group of wildlife in Florida, and has won numerous awards for animal preservation.

St. Petersburg: Sunset Cruise with Sunshine Skyway Bridge

3. St. Petersburg: Sunset Cruise with Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Immerse yourself in a breathtaking Floridian sunset on a cruise in St. Petersburg. Enjoy picturesque views of the city skyline as you sail around the Tampa Bay area and drift under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Listen to the sounds of the sea and watch dolphins jumping over the waves. Make your way down to St. Petersburg Pier to meet your friendly crew and group for the day. Climb aboard your ship with any snacks and drinks you'd like for the trip and settle down as you start your adventure. Discover the skyline of Tampa and St. Petersburg from a new perspective as you cruise in the bay area. Relax and watch a Floridian sunset from the deck as the sky turns from clear blue to orange and crimson red. Pass under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to see what it looks like in the day and when it's illuminated at night. Head back towards the pier and keep an eye out for playful dolphins swimming up to the boat to say hello.

Tampa: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Ticket & Multi-Park Options

4. Tampa: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Ticket & Multi-Park Options

Explore Florida’s favorite coasters and thrill rides in Tampa Bay. Book a 1-day admission ticket or add multi-park options to also enjoy admission to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Adventure Island Tampa Bay. Whether you’re a coaster enthusiast or want rides that are fun for the whole family, explore Florida’s best coasters, right here in Tampa Bay. Take on a thrilling triple-launch coaster, a family spin coaster that’s a new ride every time, epic coaster legends, and more. Meet more than 300 species of animals here at Tampa’s largest zoo. From the exotic to the endangered, the ones you love to the ones you’ve never even heard of, meet more than 300 species of animals. If you’re planning a Tampa, Florida vacation, be sure not to miss the largest zoo in Tampa, Florida – in fact, one of the largest zoos in all of North America. Enjoy live shows from world-class performers – along with a few rescued rising stars. Your admission is your ticket to world-class entertainment, with live shows for all ages. Enjoy the breathtaking performances on ice during Turn It Up!, the nostalgic sounds of Rock a Doo Wop, plus the kid-friendly fun of Let's Play Together at Sesame Street® Safari of Fun.

Orlando: Aquatica Water Park Admission Ticket

5. Orlando: Aquatica Water Park Admission Ticket

From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches, Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark in Orlando, delights all ages. You’ll find 59-acres of water-filled fun, with everything from up-close animal encounters to thrilling rides and 80,000 square-feet of white sand beaches available. If you're looking to kick back and relax, look no further. While the family takes thrilling spills on body slides and raft rides, you can take a moment to relax on some of Aquatica's more laid back attractions. Enjoy lazy rivers, beaches and more at Aquatica. We know planning a day for your littlest adventurers can be a challenge, so we’ve pulled together a list of kid-friendly attractions that your little ones are sure to love. Whether your family includes tiny tykes or independent adventurers, you're sure to find play areas fit for the whole family.

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort: Theme Park Admission

6. LEGOLAND® Florida Resort: Theme Park Admission

LEGOLAND® Florida is just a 45-minute drive from Orlando’s theme parks and downtown Tampa. Families with kids from 2 to 12 years and LEGO® fans of any age are invited to spend an enjoyable 1 or 2 days exploring the park’s more than 50 rides, attractions, and shows. Many themed attractions await your visit to the park’s 50-acre site. Kids can join in to help fight fires at the LEGO® City Rescue Academy. The whole family will be amazed at the cities built in miniature from millions of LEGO® blocks in Miniland USA. A walk through this attraction will make you feel like a giant! Take a journey back in time on the Conquer the Dragon coaster, where you’ll find castles complete with knights and princesses. At the Ford Driving School, the kids will drive LEGO®-themed cars along “city streets” and be able to earn a driver’s license specially created by the school. The new LEGOLAND® Water Park is a “park within a park” and provides splish-splashin’ fun for the whole family. Main attractions include the Build-A-Raft River, where you can build your own LEGO® raft and float down the 1,000-foot lazy river, and the Joker Soaker water playground, providing hours of fun water play. Other attractions include the LEGO® Wave Pool, five fast waterslides, and the DUPLO® Splash Safari, a toddler haven with perfectly sized slides and a zero-depth wading pool. Why not extend the fun with a 1,2, or 3-day combination ticket that allows entrance to LEGOLAND®, LEGOLAND® Water Park and the Peppa Pig Theme Park? Choose from a variety of ticket combination offers and receive the admission ticket that best suites your needs.

Tampa: Cigar City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

7. Tampa: Cigar City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Meet your guide then set off on a seriously spooky adventure through Tampa. Journey through some of the city’s most haunted streets, and experience spine-tingling hauntings. Discover why Tampa is called “the damnedest town this side of hell”, and listen to stories of eerie, unexplained encounters and paranormal activity experienced by local residents. Hear tales of the spirit of the projectionist at the Old Tampa Theater, and the ghost of the notorious gangster Charlie Wall. By the end of the tour, you’ll have seen a new side to Tampa, and have a few ghost stories to take home with you.

Orlando: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

8. Orlando: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

Discover the best of Orlando with the Orlando Go City All-Inclusive Pass. Choose between a 2, 3, or 5-day pass, valid for a 2-week period, and get exploring. The more you see, the more you save. Enjoy popular attractions such as Kennedy Space Center and LEGOLAND® Florida. Explore surrounding area attractions in Tampa and Miami - perfect for a road trip. Rub shoulders with the celebrities at Madame Tussauds Orlando, take a spin at The Wheel at ICON Park, and more. Benefit from a digital Go City pass and guide, which can be used on a mobile device or to print at home. Attractions Include: • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex • LEGOLAND® Florida Resort • Fun Spot America Theme Park - 4 Ride Sampler • Madame Tussauds Orlando • WonderWorks All-Access Pass • SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando • The Wheel at ICON Park • Gatorland - The Alligator Capital of the World • The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show • Titanic - the Artifact Exhibition • Gray Line Orlando - City of Orlando Tour • Congo River Adventure Golf • Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour • American Police Hall of Fame • ZooTampa at Lowry Park • Boggy Creek Airboat Tour • Lion Country Safari • Miami Seaquarium • Duck Tours South Beach • Island Queen Millionaire's Row Sightseeing Cruise • Ft. Lauderdale Glass Bottom Boat and Snorkeling Trip • Big Bus Miami Hop on Hop off Tour • Gator Park Airboat Tour • Sawgrass Recreation Park Everglades Airboat Adventures • Gray Line Miami: Everglades Airboat Adventure Tour • Daytona International Speedway All Access Tour There's no need to choose your attractions before you buy with the All-Inclusive Pass. You can pick and choose as you go - just be sure to check the attraction page to see if you need to make a reservation before. Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times before you go.

Tampa: Adventure Island® Park Admission

9. Tampa: Adventure Island® Park Admission

Find something for everyone at Adventure Island®, whether your idea of water play is serene or extreme. Find something for everyone with over 10 waterslides, a wave pool and kids’-friendly area. For the adrenaline junkie in you, try out state-of-the-art rides and slides at the speed you wish. Pick any of the 10 water slides and embrace the twists, turns, drops, and surprises along the way. For the super adventurous, give Vanish Point® or the Colossal Curl® a whirl. Spend time in the 17,000-square-foot wave pool before heading to the half-mile lazy river for a relaxing float downriver. Kids can splash around freely in family-friendly areas, such as the Paradise Lagoon® area or Fabian’s Fun Port®. With kid-friendly water slides, jungle gyms and attractions there is plenty to provide the entire family with a day of fun.

Tampa Bay: Private Sunset Cruise with Champaign or Wine

10. Tampa Bay: Private Sunset Cruise with Champaign or Wine

Expereince the exceptional beauty of a Florida Gulf Coast sunset on this cruise from 2 from Tampa Bay. Admire the cable-stayed Sunshine Skyway Bridge which spans the Lower Tampa Bay as it lights up for the night. Have a glass of champagne or wine along the way. Hop aboard a comfortable ship and get cozy. Relax as you embark on your evening cruise. Marvel at the brilliant glow of the sunset on the shimmering waters. Witness the city's skyline as it lights up for the night. Indulge in a glass of wine or champagne as you take in this moment with someone that you love. Capture pictures of the sunset and the magnificent Sunshine Skyway Bridge as it is illuminated for the night. Sail aboard a ship that is regularly maintained to the highest safety standards. Relax, as you captain takes care of navigation for you. Return to your meeting point at the end of the cruise.

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What people are saying about Tampa

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 580 reviews

The aquarium was crowded, but everyone seemed to move through each exhibit cooperatively. The jellyfish were other worldly! Excellent mix of sea life, well organized. Park across the street from the museum to save time unless you are a member or handicapped.

This was excellent. Great value for money and really good options for me and my family.

Ed was very nice and knowledgeable about the area.. very entertaining !

we had a wonderful time. get your guide was easy to use.

It was very easy to use and made it easy to get in.