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With the incredible Florida weather and the jaw-dropping quality of its attractions, travelers will derive huge benefits from using Tampa Bay CityPASS ticket booklets. If you're looking for things to do in the Tampa, Fl area here are a few Tampa Bay’s top stops to add to any itinerary:

  • Busch Gardens Tampa

    Busch Gardens Tampa

    Busch Gardens Tampa has heart-lurching roller coasters, heat-beating water activities, climbing complexes for kids, outstanding musical entertainment, and expansive safari lands with wild animals. It’s an amazing universe of fun, and so diverse that it’s tough to pick favorites. But here are some musts:

    What to Do
    Cheetah Hunt - Busch Garden’s newest and longest roller coaster rises high above the park for a panoramic view and then hurtles toward the earth to race through a rocky gorge, before zipping skyward again. It even includes a sweet corkscrew flip to keep you on your toes. Watch a preview here.

    Treetop Trails - Smaller children will race and squeal, climbing nets, crossing bridges and crawling through tubes — there’s a multi-level maze for bigger kids. Plus, every child will enjoy the expansive, three-story Jungala play area, which includes a healthy amount of water splashing and jungle exploration.

    What to See
    Serengeti Safari - When you first arrive at the park, go to the Up Close Adventure Center and reserve a time to embark on a thrilling safari across a 65-acre plain with zebras, ostriches, and giraffes. You can even get close enough to feed giraffes by hand. You’ll definitely want to bring your camera.

    What’s coming up
    Falcon’s Fury - Beginning May 1, the tallest freestanding drop tower in North America will unleash its frightening ferocity on Busch Garden visitors. Starting at 335 feet in the air, riders are spun upside down, plummeting toward the earth at 60 mph... headfirst! There won’t be an experience like it anywhere else.

  • The Florida Aquarium

    The Florida Aquarium

    For the state’s finest collection of sharks, stingrays, moray eels, alligators, otters and other slippery, swimming things, come to the Florida Aquarium. More than just a huge, sea life collection, the park has a wealth of water-inspired activities for kids, and scintillating shows. In addition, the park offers scuba programs for beginners and certified divers, and a wild-dolphin cruise aboard a catamaran.

    What to Do
    Kids can play safely in the two-acre Explore A Shore water park with gentle waterslides, model ship climbing, and splashing in water jets. Guests six and older can Swim with the Fishes, taking a scuba dive through a replica of a Florida Keys coral reef. Certified divers can go face to face with the aquarium’s sharks. Extra fees apply.

    What to See
    In the new Journey to Madagascar exhibit, visitors can enjoy a variety of creatures in a variety of habitats, including ring-tailed lemurs and hissing cockroaches. Those who want to see what’s closer to home will enjoy the Wetlands Trail, which winds through alligator-invested waters and offers encounters with otters, owls and herons.

  • Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

    Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

    Rated the best zoo in the nation by both Parents (2009) and Child (2004) magazines, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has 60 acres of animals. There are African and Asian animal habitats, aviaries, a primate area, and birds of prey. Best, there are plenty of interactive exhibits where kids can interact with giraffes, white rhinos, frogs, wallabies and even stingrays.

    What to Do
    For a giggling good time, hop on over to Wallaroo Station, the Australian Children’s Zoo. There are animal encounters with koalas, wallabies, cockatoos, bats, New Guinea singing dogs, kookaburras and pet-able goats. This area also has a gentle, kid-friendly roller coaster and a train.

    What to See
    The zoo provides visitors with a rare and fascinating opportunity to view endangered manatees. There are two observation pools where visitors can get a close-up look at the zoo’s staff caring for injured manatees rescued from the wild. This is the only nonprofit manatee hospital in the world.

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium is most famous these days as the home of Winter, the dolphin with the prosthetic tail that starred in the motion picture Dolphin Tale. Bolstered by an all-star cast (Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman), the film has helped the aquarium’s attendance figures skyrocket. Currently, filming is wrapping on Dolphin Tale 2, which again will star Winter, and a new baby dolphin named Hope who was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2010.

    What to Do
    Visitors can stop by and feed Rufus, the pelican that appeared in Dolphin Tale, and get a photo with the star. There also are opportunities to feed sharks and stingrays, and to work with dolphin trainers, each for extra fees.

    What to See
    Take the Behind the Scenes Tour to see how the facility rescues, rehabilitates and releases sea creatures. Limited to very small groups, this tour is led by a staff expert who explains how the on-site animal hospital cares for injured sea turtles and others. Visiting the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is one of the best things to do in Clearwater.

  • Chihuly Collection

    Chihuly Collection

    Located on St. Petersburg’s waterfront, the Chihuly Collection is a vast assortment of artist Dale Chihuly’s dazzling glass creations, located in a stunning 10,000-square-foot building designed by architect Albert Alfonso. A pioneer of the studio glass movement, Chihuly’s glass artistry evokes ice, fire, space, the ocean and nature.

    What to Do
    At the nearby Glass Studio & Hot Shop, visitors can watch glassblowers creating art and have a have a whirl at blowing glass themselves.

    What to See
    Take a scheduled, docent-led tour to gain a greater appreciation for Dale Chihuly’s whimsical works. Tours are included with admission and one of the top things to do in St. Petersburg. You won’t be able to miss the electrifying Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier, which the artist created specifically for the collection.

  • Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)

    Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)

    Children can explore and expand their cranial potential in this wonderland of science, technology, nature and pure fun. There are dazzling, interactive exhibits about space, weather, even a high-wire bike (see below). One doesn’t have to be a science geek to have a great time, but it sure doesn’t hurt.

    What to Do
    Explore living on the lunar surface the Mission: Moonbase exhibit. Kids will need all their wits and knowledge to stay alive in a harsh, unforgiving environment. And everyone will want to ride the High Wire Bike along a 98-foot-long steel cable suspended 30 feet above the ground (harness included). For just an extra $10, guests can scamper over the Sky Trail Ropes Course and whoosh on the zip line.

    What to See
    Visitors can learn the cause of all the crazy weather we’ve been having in Disasterville — an exhibition that explores the science behind tornados, hurricanes, wildfires and other phenomenon.

  • Fort De Soto Park

    Fort De Soto Park

    This free park is made up of five interconnected islands (keys) for a total of 1,136 acres of natural beauty. It has three miles of white-sand beaches, wetlands, birds and even a loggerhead sea turtle refuge. Click here for more information.

    What to do
    The park has a 238-site family camping area with facilities, plenty of picnic areas, two large swim centers with a concession area, and seven miles of paved trail.

    What to see
    Tour the 1898 fort, which, although never the site of any battles, still has its four 12-inch seacoast rifled mortars and two 6-inch Armstrong rapid-fire rifled guns mounted. Birders will appreciate that there are 328 species of birds to spot throughout the park. (Image from http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/05_ft_desoto.htm)

  • Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

    Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

    Soak up some feasting and fun in this Greek-American neighborhood, which was built on the local natural sea sponge industry. The area makes a great day trip from the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area.

    What to do
    Here you’ll find the finest Greek restaurants, markets and bakeries. The gorgeous St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, which is said to hold the largest Epiphany celebration in the United States, is modeled after the St. Sophia Basilica (now a museum) in Istanbul, Turkey. During the winter months, visitors can stop at Spring Bayou, where the manatees come to rest and feed in its warm waters.

    What to see
    Check out the free Spongeorama factory, museum and movie theater to learn about Tarpon Springs, the Sponge Docks, and the history of the sponge industry. Spongeorama also has the world’s largest collection of sea sponges and a souvenir store, naturally. (Image from http://www.spongedocks.net/things-to-do.htm)

To visit the sites listed above that charge admission fees, use a Tampa Bay CityPASS and save significantly off combined admission. Plus, CityPASS holders avoid some ticket and entry lines, which means less time waiting and more time doing. Tampa Bay CityPASS includes prepaid admission to the Busch Gardens® Tampa, The Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and either the Chihuly Collection or Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). Some special exhibits are not included with the CityPASS and may require an extra fee.

CityPASS can be purchased online or at any of our participating Tampa Bay attractions. Use our Tampa Bay CityPASS and discover these top places to visit and things to do in Tampa Bay.

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