Money well spend
posted by Jeff on Nov 20, 2015
I first looked up things to do in Tampa,
directly I found the city pass and saw the things I could do for just 100$.
So I bought 2, for me and my son.
First we went to Bush Gardens and had a awesome day there, good rides and also a lot of animals there, the perfect day out!
De other zoo was really cool too, they had all these sections of different parts of the world with the animals that live there.
MOSI ( Museum of science ) is probably my favorite museum ever, Its not just a standard museum but one where you can also do things as well, they had an awesome simulator, a tornado wind tunnel and way more. not just fun for kids, but also a lot of fun for adults, you can let your inner child come out and explore things you haven't seen before!
The marina in clearwater was not very big, but it was cool to see some dolphins that have been resqued, and how they did it. It is more a good will activity then a big amusement park, but still fun to see, We combined it with the beach at clearwater.
Unfortunatly we did not have time to go to the Tampa aquarium, but still i think our money is well spend for all the things we have done.
I recommend buying this pass for anyone going to tampa for at least a week.
Don''t Know Why Anyone Wouldn't Purchase a CityPass
posted by jsa on Nov 12, 2015
The CityPass was a wonderful value, saving us at least 50% in attraction costs. Plus it was very simple to use and allowed us to bypass long ticket-purchasing lines. I especially appreciated the informative emails received from CityPass that assisted in preparing for our vacation.
posted by cm342 on Nov 12, 2015
This was my first time using a City Pass booklet and I would highly recommend it. We purchased a booklet for an adult and 2 children's booklets (for a 6 and 9 year old) at our hotel. We visited MOSI first and got the booklet by showing the receipt. It was simple and probably quicker then purchasing actual tickets to the museum would have been. Everything at MOSI was included, except for the ropes course. We then used the tickets to the Lowry Zoo. No need to wait on line, we walked right up to the admission person and they tore the ticket out and we kept going. Again everything was included, except for some things that anyone would have to pay extra for like giraffe feedings. We then used the booklet at Busch Gardens. Again, no wait time and we walked right up to the admission person, they tore out the tickets and we kept on going. Everything included in a regular admission to Busch Gardens was included, and you could still purchase the "express line" add-on if you wanted to by going to a regular ticket window. Extremely easy to use and saved time by not having to buy tickets at each place. We also had a two year old with us, and we didn't need to get her a ticket anywhere because she was free at all these attractions. I was nervous that I was still going to have to wait on line to get her an admission ticket to places, even though she was not old enough to pay. We saved money even though we only went to three of the five places. As long as you are doing Busch Gardens one other place, I think it's worth it. We really enjoyed each of the places we visited and would recommend them to anyone visiting the Tampa area.
Good savings to be had
posted by Steve Nash on Nov 11, 2015
If you are planning to spend a few days in Tampa/Clearwater, it makes sense to pick up this pass. We went to Busch Gardens, the Clearwater Aquarium, and the Museum of Science and Industry. All of the venues were expecting people to have them and they were very easy to use. When adding up what we would have spent without this pass, we know we made some great savings. Recommended product.
Awesome deal for Tampa
posted by Rebecca on Nov 08, 2015
Our family of four had an awesome week in Tampa. The pass saved us so much money and gave us a direction/plan for our stay. Clearwater Marine and Busch Gardens were our favorites. We plan to come back and do it again next year.
Going to Tampa? Get the City Pass!
posted by FloridaFamilyFun on Nov 02, 2015
If you are planning on going to Busch Gardens, you just better get the City Pass and visit all the other places because you can get the City Pass for a little bit more than what it would take to just visit Busch Gardens! It's SO worth it! Busch Gardens was awesome of course and we loved MOSI - there were 4 adults and three children in our group. MOSI has so many educational stations and things to see that I think it's worth it. Also, Clearwater Aquarium is really just about the Dolphin Tale movie and I recommend watching the movies first and then going because it the visit so much better. My daughter has scoliosis and has to wear a brace 20 hours a day, so to meet Winter who has to wear a brace just made it so special! PLUS feeding the stingrays was an awesome thing! The Lowry Zoo was great - please go feed the Lorikeet birds, it really is a great experience!! The Florida Aquarium was good, not what we were expecting but it was still good and since it came with the City Pass it pushed us to go. Overall it is the wisest decision to get the City Pass if you are wanting to visit at least one of these places!
CityPASS made our trip easier
posted by Amber S on Oct 24, 2015
We were traveling with 6 adults and 4 children. Purchasing the PASS in advanced made access to the attractions we wanted to do easier. We did not have them sent to us thinking it would be easy to pick them up, but that was not true. It was a LONG process and wasted a bunch of our time. In the future, we will have them send to us. Adding the admission prices of the places we wanted to visit was much more expensive than purchasing the CityPass. We will check into this in other locations we travel!
Great Value for Money
posted by TimothyRoe on Oct 18, 2015
Busch Gardens alone pays for 2/3 of the cost of this City Pass. Ive visited Tampa Twice and used the City pass both times.
I could Visit Busch Gardens over and over, it;s a great day out. Same with the Florida Aquarium. MOSI is only good if you have kids, not recommended for adults, The Clearwater Aquarium is basically only there as an add-on to the Dolphin Tales Movies, there next to nothing to see, a waste of time and effort. Lowery Park Zoo is a fun time, they have a ton of animals we have enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Tampa Bay CityPass
posted by MarciaNewcome on Oct 15, 2015
Outstanding overall value! We were planning to visit Busch Gardens regardless, and those tickets would have cost $90 through Working Advantage. For only another $10, our entertainment and activities for the entire Columbus Day Weekend were covered!
There are a couple of things I would have done differently. I waited too long to order the CityPass to receive the ticket booklets by mail. (I was trying to manage when that charge would post to my credit card statement, postponing the due date). So I printed the evoucher instead. No problem there. However, I realized as I was thinking through our logistics that this was not the best choice since we would be visiting Busch Gardens first, where I knew to expect a long ticket line just to redeem the voucher for the ticket booklets. So we lost a little time there, but in the end still got to see and do almost everything of interest. The combination zoo/amusement park suited our group well, as some of us like roller coasters, and some of us don't. Our group of 5 shared two platters of food at the Zambia Smokehouse in Stanleyville, which was a great way to trim costs for dining.
I agree with another reviewer that the Clearwater Aquarium was a little bit of a disappointment, perhaps because our expectations were not in line with the purpose and mission of this facility, which is rehab. We heard a couple of talks/demonstrations, but we did not spend a lot of time there. Also, the parking lot is a bit small and was full, so we ended up parking on the street several blocks away. This worked out OK for us though.
I had planned to go to Clearwater Beach for the evening, and we still did that, but we first drove across the bay to the Florida Aquarium, which was very nice. The relaxing music and the rocking chairs in front of the large tank were a wonderful invitation to sit and ponder the incredible beauty of our world.
The Lowry Park Zoo is beautiful. There is flowing water in a number of the exhibits, which makes it seem more natural and peaceful. This zoo includes a manatee hospital, so if you want to see manatee, this is a great choice, assuming they have patients. They rehab and release rather than keeping them as permanent residents. I no longer have small children, but I could see that this is a very kid-friendly facility, with a petting zoo and some free rides for the little ones to add some variety to the visit.
We did not have time to visit MOSI or the Chihuly Glass Collection, but I would still DEFINITELY recommend the Tampa Bay CityPass for its overall value!!!
posted by Tonya on Oct 12, 2015
I purchased the Citypass for our group of seven. It was a great value for the locations listed.
We went to Florida Aquarium first and really enjoyed it. The kids did a scavenger hunt and there was a lot to see. We were there 2.5-3 hours.
We went to the zoo the next day and loved it. There was so much to see and there were even rides for the kids. This is one of the best zoos I have been to.
We went to Busch Gardens the next day. Very nice park but make sure you allow a lot of time to go through it all. We did all we could but still did not get in everything we wanted. Parking is way too expensive at $17. Also, the food is entirely overpriced. We payed $92 for lunch. Many activities are not included in general admission and require extra $$$. Review the website prior to visiting to see what extras you might want to do.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium was a slight disappointment. I believe it should be correctly named as Clearwater Marine Rehab and Care Facility. If you have seen the movie Dolphin Tale, you will enjoy it. We had not seen the movie so it was hard to connect. There were very few animals on site and they were kept far out of view. I understand it was for their protection. However, I went in thinking we would be visiting an aquarium. The workers were kind and knowledgable and the boat ride was fun.
MOSI was a nice place. The IMAX movie was included along with the planetarium which was nice. There were tons of hands on activities for the kids. We spent around six hours there. Food was expensive but good.