Florida is rated as one of the most popular tourist destinations around the world. There is a wide range of stunning attractions where you can spend some memorable time with friends and family. Tampa is a wonderful place with many sweet secrets and colorful history. When you plan a trip to Florida, it is good to spend some moments in Tampa with kids to explore animal life, culinary adventure, and nightlife.

Things to Do in Tampa with Kids

Here we have listed the top things to do in Tampa with kids; this information may help you to plan your vacations with ease:

Swimming Mermaids

While exploring the ultimate natural beauty of Tampa, do not forget to visit Weeki Wachee park in Tampa. This magical place is known for the mermaids and they still perform three times a day throughout the year.

Next to this state park is a fun place to kayak. You can paddle the Weeki Wachee River by booking a kayak rental from Weeki Fresh Water Adventures.

Busch GardensFeeding giraffes at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay offers thrill rides along with roller coasters where kids may enjoy a memorable time. They have installed a new coaster named Tigris which is known as the tallest launch coaster in Florida. It offers incredible excitement to families. There is one more adventure solution which is Iron Gwazi. This is the tallest hybrid coaster in North America which is made up of steel and wood. When it opens, it comes out to be the steepest and fastest hybrid coaster in the entire world.

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Tampa Riverwalk

Bicycling is one of the best fun things to do for all age groups and you can definitely enjoy this experience with kids at Riverwalk in Tampa. Note that Tampa Riverwalk is basically 2.6 miles long wide open space that is developed beside the Hillsborough River.

Here you can enjoy cycling with kids while sharing some memorable moments among the scenic views. During the Christmas holidays, the Riverwalk also hosts many light shows where you can capture some fun moments with family.

Two things to note: The scooters slow down on the river walk and in some places do not work at all. This is not like the San Antonio Riverwalk with shops and restaurants. 

Gasparilla Pirate Ship

Bring out Captain Jack Sparrow during your visit to the popular annual event of Tampa. Right from the year 1904, people celebrate a pirate-themed parade almost every year in the name of Gasparilla. The children’s events have been also started at this parade since 1947. This celebration is organized in the month of January last Saturday. So, you can plan your trip in advance to have some fun with kids in Tampa. There is a 165-foot-long pirate ship that was designed in 1954.

Florida’s Ybor City

Be sure to take in some of the nightlife at Florida’s Ybor City in Tampa. Dine at one of their many fabulous Greek restaurants or meander along the sidewalks and check out the local drinking establishments.

Croom Motorcycle Area

Croom Motorcycle AreaAt the nearby Croom Motorcycle Area, inside the Withlacoochee State Forest, 2,600 acres await all-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles. On-site training and designated areas for young riders make this a family-friendly activity with something for everyone.

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FLG X Tampa Adventure Park

FLG X Adventure Course TampaFLG X Tampa Adventure Park challenges visitors who navigate more than 100 aerial obstacles set among the treetops, 15-to-80 feet above the ground.

Florida Aquarium

If you’ve assumed that an aquarium in Florida would be fabulous, you were right.

Other than this, you can spend some time at MOSI, Adventure Island, and ZooTampa. Prefer to book your stay arrangements in advance at local hotels to enjoy full comfort during vacations. There are unlimited places to explore around where you can spend quality time with kids and pets.

Hotel Recommendation:

During our recent visit we stayed at the Marriott Water Street. We loved the rooftop pool here. It’s massive and has corn hole, giant Jenga, and foosball.

The luxurious JW Marriott Tampa Water Street is located in the heart of the buzzing Water Street neighborhood in Tampa. The property offers the entire family, especially the little ones, a chance to connect. This package offers guests two connecting rooms where children will enjoy kid-sized robes, plush slippers, along with an in-room kids’ corner tent. Complimentary breakfast for children, late check-out (2:00 p.m.), and curated turndown amenities are also included.

To top things off, families will receive special discounts to nearby family-friendly attractions, including the Florida Aquarium, Pirate Water Taxi, Yacht Starship, and Zoo Tampa.

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