Yes, the summer vacation time is over and the kids are back in school. But, they will have some school breaks during the year, maybe a fall break coming up, and then there’s the holidays. The beautiful thing about Tampa, Florida is that fun for the whole family is ‘open year ’round.’ Because of the great weather, you don’t need to plan on what jackets, gloves or caps to bring if it is late Fall or Winter when you might choose to visit. The city is located on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay which is close to the Gulf of Mexico. So, you will probably want to bring your swim suits and plan to frolic on the beach. That is, frolic in the waves and on the sand at least for one day, but there is a lot more family fun to be had in the area! Following are some of the most popular family attractions.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay opened for operations in 1959. It has an African theme. This theme park is one of the largest zoological institutions in the United States, covering 335 acres and containing 2,700 animals. The park also includes a number of rides and attractions. Some of these are: Kumba — a steel roller coaster which twists in inverted loops with a top speed of 60 miles per hour; Congo River Rapids, Tanganyika Tidal Wave, and SheiKra — a steel vertical dive roller coaster.
(for more info: https://buschgardens.com/tampa/ )
Horse Power for Kids & Animal Sanctuary
This park is an animal sanctuary that contains a variety of livestock species, farm animals and exotic animals. It features train rides, hay rides, pony rides and horse back riding. You and your family can plan to interact with wolf dogs, lemurs, kookaburras and prairie dogs.
(for more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqD_zT6Ud6k )
Glazier Children’s Museum
“Play with purpose” is a tagline hear. The many interactive displays, puzzles, games and challenges create a learning laboratory where children play, discover and connect to the world around them. The mission of the activity at Glazier Children’s Museum is to develop lifelong learners and leaders.
(for more info: https://glazermuseum.org/ )
The Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium is a not-for-profit entity with a 250,000 square-foot aquarium. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which means they are a recognized leader in conservation and education. They support programs for wildlife while also educating the public. The park allows you and your family to get up close to many aquatic and terrestrial animals and plants and learn about their ecosystems.
(for more information: https://www.flaquarium.org/ )