Whether you’re coming to Tampa for an extended period of time or simply coming down just to hop aboard a cruise ship, it’s a great place to get your vacation started. If you’re traveling with the whole family, including the little ones, that’s even better! There are so many things to do in Tampa Bay including lots of kid-friendly activities, and it’s engaging for all!

Here are some cool ways to jumpstart your family trip in Tampa Bay:

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay
Rollercoasters aren’t just for the kids, you know. The adventure, the thrill, the joy and the fun are just as appealing to those of us who are well above the height requirement. Besides, Busch Gardens also has live animals and entertaining shows to enjoy like Turn It Up, which has been dubbed the “hottest show on ice.” Single day tickets for Busch Gardens are $80, and you can save 20% by purchasing them online in advance.

Glazer Children’s Museum
Glazer Children’s Museum is not only educational for the little ones, but it’s also incredibly immersive. For example, their Central Bank exhibit allows kids to explore the inner workings of a bank through interesting games and activities. Then when they’re done, they can “spend” their money to power a train, launch a rocket and light up City Hall. The museum also has other exhibits like their Cruise Ship, their Engineers Workshop and their Gadget Garage, which allows kids to explore technology and robotics.

Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park
Taking your kids to the zoo is great because you can unleash and unmask your inner zoology desires, all while letting the babies point and laugh at the funny-looking penguin. Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park features a variety of animals including the Florida manatee, the African elephant, Southern white rhinos, pygmy hippos and the Florida panther.
In addition to those awesome family-friendly activities, you can also enjoy your trip by kicking back at any of the accommodating hotels in Tampa Bay. It may not sound all that exciting at first thought, but when you consider amenities like high-speed WiFi, spacious suites, a waterfront pool and even an on-site fitness center, there’s a whole lot of decompressing that can be done!

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