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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: ZooQuarium Ticket

2. Tampa: ZooQuarium Ticket

Receive double the fun with full access to both the ZooTampa at Lowry Park and the Florida Aquarium in a single Price Ticket. Enjoy all-day access to the ZooTampa at Lowry Park which includes the family-friendly Water Play Areas, Carousel Circle, and Tiger Family Roller Coaster as well as their 5 Wildlife continent habitats: (Florida Wildlife, Asian Gardens, Wallaroo Station, Primate World, and Safari Africa). Then, head out to the Florida Aquarium to experience one of the top Aquariums in the United States with thousands of amazing sea creatures, terrestrial animals and plants. Explore all the Aquarium exhibits and daily scheduled activities, the outdoor plaza which includes The Splash Pad, Fins Bar, and the Four Ducks 4-D theater.

Tampa: ZooTampa at Lowry Park Entry Ticket

3. 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.

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.

Tampa Bay: Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream Park Admission

5. Tampa Bay: Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream Park Admission

Howl-O-Scream is a yearly Halloween fright fest, held at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. This adult-targeted event transforms Busch Gardens Tampa Bay into a late-night party with haunted houses, scare zones, rides, bars, and live shows. This event requires an admission ticket separate from daytime admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Daytime admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is not included nor required. Haunted Houses Dark minds have been brewing new ways to terrify those brave enough to enter the sinister haunted houses with new unsuspecting scares. Scare Zones and Unpredictable Hordes The scares are everywhere as new terrors lurk in every corner of the park. Experience screams and frights at any moment as you make your way through several scare zones. Plus, with roaming hordes, horror awaits at every twist and turn. Sinister Shows Don't miss the spirited productions that are said to be "worth dying for". At the raunchy monster dance party, Fiends will return to its outdoor venue for more devilish antics from Dr. Freakenstein and his gang of ghouls. Plus, all-new event entertainment comes to life during this year's event. Pulse-Pounding Attractions With exhilarating coasters and thrilling attractions, guests can take on their favorite rides in the dark in between the frights and scares of Howl-O-Scream. Bring your fears to new heights on Iron Gwazi & SheiKra, then let the adrenaline rush as you launch into the shadows of Cheetah Hunt & Tigris.

Orlando: Aquatica Water Park Admission Ticket

6. 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

7. 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: Adventure Island® Park Admission

8. 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 Riverwalk: a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

9. Tampa Riverwalk: a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

Embark on a self-guided tour of the picturesque Tampa Riverwalk along the Hillsborough River. Stroll past historical and modern landmarks while listening to the audio guide on your smartphone device. Learn about the Florida Aquarium, the Port Tampa Bay Cruise Ship Terminal and the Sparkman Wharf. Visit any of the locations on the tour or any other attractions at your own pace and pick up where you left off. Marvel at the stunning River Wall of incredible photography on the Riverwalk, and check out the massive Amalie Arena and equally monstrous Convention Center. Hear the heartwarming stories behind Heroes Plaza, the Historic Monument Trail and how the University of South Florida contributes to the beautiful USF park showcasing the natural habitat, flora and fauna of Tampa. Learn about the Tampa Bay History Center, the naming of the Cotanchobee-Fort Brooke Park and who the MacDill Park honors. Hear about the building affectionately known as “The Beer Can Building” and lots of other Tampa fun facts. Take in the views of the city’s dramatic skyline in the Sail Pavilion or on a water bike ride down the river. Explore the Kiley Gardens and the campus of the University of Tampa if you wish as we tell you about their “haunted” hall. Stroll by and learn about the design of the Tampa Museum of Art, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and the Glazer Children’s Museum. Enjoy the charming family friendly waterfront Curtis Hixon Park or get cooled off at the Waterworks Park. Explore the historical Armature Works, home to markets, events spaces, workplaces, restaurants, and bars. Enjoy fun trivia questions based on the tour commentary at the end of the experience.

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What people are saying about Tampa

IT WAS SO FUN. I’m not a kid and I don’t have any children, but my boyfriend and l really enjoyed the experience. If you are going on a weekday, it’s usually not too busy so “skip the line” isn’t really needed. But everything was fantastic, the place is very clean. The touch pools were my favorite. Definitely a must see.

THE zoo was large and nicely filled with various animals We spent 3.5 hours there and got to see Elephants and tigers not seen at other zoos.The painted dogs were nice to see as well.Lots of storks

I had my 6 year old and 6 month old granddaughters. They were both entertained for our 3 hour visit. Nice to be indoors on a very hot day. I would recommend for all ages.

The park is very beautiful. Definitely recommendable. I think the animals don't have to be.

Everything worked out great and was cheaper than on site