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Location & Hours

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY
10165 N. McKinley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33612
Corner of Busch Boulevard and 40th Street

Hours and days of operation vary; check hours before your visit.

(407) 545-5550
buschgardens.com

The Florida Aquarium

THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Located in Downtown Tampa in the Channelside district.

Open daily 9:30am-5pm
Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Hours are subject to change; call or visit website to confirm current hours.

(813) 273-4000
flaquarium.org

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

ZOOTAMPA AT LOWRY PARK
1101 W. Sligh Ave.
Tampa, FL 33604

Open daily, 9:30am-5pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
The Zoo may close due to inclement weather.

(813) 935-8552
ZooTampa.org

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM
249 Windward Passage
Clearwater, FL 33767

Daily 10am-6pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve at 2pm, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve at 4pm.
Seasonal hours may apply; check before visiting.

(727) 441-1790
cmaquarium.org

Museum of Science & Industry

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY
4801 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, Fl 33617

Open daily, 10am-5pm
Holiday hours subject to change.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

(813) 987-6000
mosi.org

The Tropics Boat Tours Dolphin or Sunset Cruise

THE TROPICS BOAT TOURS DOLPHIN OR SUNSET CRUISE
25 Causeway Blvd Slip #5
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Tour times vary seasonally; please check website for current schedule.
The Tropics Boat Tours office is open from 9am-5pm; closed Tuesdays.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

(727) 442-7433
thetropicsboattours.com

CityPASS Admission

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Single-day admission to Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay, including all shows, exhibits and rides

Some rides, activities and attractions may be temporarily unavailable; see schedule updates.

The Florida Aquarium

General admission

The Splash Pad, 4-D Theater, and 3 touch pools are temporarily unavailable.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Single-day admission, including unlimited rides, entry to all wildlife shows, animal mingles, and chats with the Animal Care team

Lorikeet Landing and some attractions in Wallaroo Kids are temporarily unavailable.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

General admission

Museum of Science & Industry

General admission to permanent exhibits, including Dinovations Lab, Connectus and Idea Zone

The Tropics Boat Tours Dolphin or Sunset Cruise

Admission to Dolphin Exploration Tour OR Sunset Celebration Cruise

Highlights

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • Be transported to Pantopia™, an elaborately-jeweled land that features thrilling rides and attractions, sensational new food and beverage options, exciting entertainment, shopping, a renovated indoor theater and more. Feel the thrill of Pantopia’s centerpiece and North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon’s Fury. Like its bird of prey namesake, at the ride’s highest point, riders pivot 90 degrees in midair to a face-down dive position. An instant later they plunge 60 mph straight down.
  • Experience a new breed of speed with Florida’s first triple launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt. This one-of-a-kind themed launch coaster climbs high above the African landscape and then races down along the ground and through a rocky gorge. With another burst of acceleration, guests leap over awestruck bystanders and head for home. It’s a 4,400-foot sprint that will take your breath away.
  • Observe and even take part in the animal care experience in the state-of-the-art Animal Care Center.
  • Come face-to-face with orangutans and test your strength in a tug of war with a Bengal tiger in Jungala. It’s an unforgettable adventure and an extraordinary mix of discovery and fun in the only jungle in the world that plays with you.
  • Join everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends at Busch Gardens® for a family-friendly African adventure filled with kid-size rides and cool water fun. Dip and dive through the desert on the Air Grover junior coaster. Climb and play in Elmo’s Tree House. Splash and refresh in Bert and Ernie’s fun-filled water play area. Watch your Sesame Street friends in African-inspired shows—and share a hug or a meal with these lovable characters.
  • Experience the new Cobra's Curse, where you'll start with a one-of-a-kind vertical lift, reach speeds of 40 mph, and end with a free spin into frenzy!

The Florida Aquarium

  • Rediscover adventure on the Wetlands Trail inside the iconic glass panel dome filled with free flying birds, alligators, otters and even the invasive Burmese Pythons.
  • Take a Journey to Madagascar and come face to face with ring-tailed lemurs, hissing cockroaches, colorful chameleons and much more!
  • Touch stingrays and sharks at Stingray Beach.
  • See over 2,000 coral reef residents including Sand Tiger Sharks, Sea Turtle and Moray Eels in the 500,000 gallon Coral Reef Exhibit.
  • Cool down in the rainforest-themed Splash Pad, a 2-acre outdoor water play area with dry and wet play elements, sandboxes, lush landscaping and more.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

  • Step inside the largest nonprofit manatee critical care center and see real wild Florida manatees receiving lifesaving care.
  • Take a ride on Expedition Wild Africa and get up close with some of the most exciting animals from Africa including elephants, painted dogs, white rhinos and more!
  • Stroll along a beautiful boardwalk shaded by massive oak trees where you'll find Florida Panthers, native birds, alligators, bears and so much more.
  • Cool off at Roaring Springs, a thrilling family water adventure.
  • Then head over to Wallaroo, where the littlest explorers can play in the splash pad, climb the Koala Clubhouse, ride the Tiger Coaster, and more.
  • Throughout the day, you'll get to meet the team that cares for more than 1,000 animals at the daily chats, mingles, and shows.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

  • Experience Clearwater Marine Aquarium's brand New Expansion featuring a new dolphin habitat, nine floor-to-ceiling windows and the 40-foot-wide Window of Wonder!
  • Explore Winter's Rescue Walk featuring exciting interactive exhibits that illustrate the aquarium's rescue work.
  • Enjoy dining indoors or outdoors at Shark Bites Cafe, where all food is fresh and made to order.
  • Shop with a cause; the aquarium's Marine Life Research Product Brand is featured in the brand new gift shop.
  • Treat yourself to sweeping Views of Clearwater Bay.
  • Hand-feed Cownose and Southern stingrays at Stingray Beach.
  • Continue your day learning about the mission of rescue, rehab and release while exploring our marine life hospital,. where you can meet the rest of the rescued animals, including turtles, otters, a nurse shark and some brand new residents—rare rough toothed dolphins!

Museum of Science & Industry

  • Be among the first to discover the new MOSI and experience Connectus, the all new permanent exhibit that brings you face-to-face with the future, giving access to new technologies before they are released to the public.
  • Experience 3D Printing the Future: The Exhibition, discover the story of the night sky in The Saunders Planetarium and become an aspiring astronaut in Mission: Moonbase.
  • Let your creativity run wild in Idea Zone, where anyone can design and engineer hands-on projects. Then, challenge your senses on the 36-foot-high multi-level structure, featuring NEW obstacles that will get your adrenaline pumping!

The Tropics Boat Tours Dolphin or Sunset Cruise

  • Take in views of the beautiful emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico in search of the Sun Coast’s favorite, the Bottlenose Dolphin, on a Dolphin Exploration Tour. Or, witness a breathtaking Florida sunset on a Sunset Celebration Cruise — if you’re lucky, you may witness the legendary green flash.
  • Enjoy premium liquor (ages 21 and over) as well as snacks and soft drinks from the on-board bar.
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, with 5-star hospitality from the staff.

CityPASS Entry

Visit the CityPASS Travel Guide for detailed information on advance reservations and entry.

Offers/Upgrades

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

10% off Dining: Visit the Adventure Outpost located inside the park to redeem offer. Based on availability.

10% off a Serengeti Safari®: Grab a spot on a spacious open-air touring vehicle and trek across the wide and wild African Plain on an unforgettable Serengeti Safari®. See hundreds of fascinating animals and get up-close to some you can even feed by hand. Pricing varies seasonally.

10% off Quick Queue: Bypass wait times at our major and most popular attractions. Limited quantities are available each day; seasonal pricing ranges from $19.99 to $45.99.

Adventure Island Water Park: Cost for CityPASS guests: $25 (regular price $59). Present this coupon at the Busch Gardens ticket window to purchase admission to Adventure Island, then visit their website to make a reservation.

The Florida Aquarium

10% off the Wild Dolphin Cruise: Want to experience the amazing, graceful and beautiful wild dolphins that call Tampa Bay home? Check out the Wild Dolphin Cruise departing daily from The Florida Aquarium. The 75-minute ecotour through the bay allows guests to encounter the awesome animals that thrive in these local waters. The cruise has a 85-90% success rate seeing dolphins! CityPASS guests receive 10% off the normal price.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Signature Encounters: These encounters start at $15 per person for non-members, and $10 per person for members. Prices vary based on peak/non-peak days and include Indian Rhino Feeding, African Penguin Backstage, Koala Photo Encounter Presented by Yob Family Foundation (Weekends and select weekdays only), Aldabra Tortoise Encounter and Southern White Rhino Backstage. Guests can book encounters at the Tours & Guest Services Kiosk after entering the Zoo; see details.

Interactive Animal Encounters: Giraffe Meet and Greet, $9.95; Stingray feeding, $5; Lorikeet feeding, $5. Guests can book encounters at the Tours & Guest Services Kiosk after entering the Zoo; see details.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Animal Interactions: Animal interactions and educational programs available. Prices vary; check with guest services or visit cmaquarium.org.

$5 off Your Purchase: Get $5 off when you spend $30 or more in the retail store at CMA.

Museum of Science & Industry

$2 off Planetarium: Discover the stars and gaze in awe at the Universe as you tour the night sky with a MOSI astronomer! CityPASS guests get $2 off.

Virtual Reality Simulator: Experience a spacewalk on the International Space Station or an underwater adventure among prehistoric creatures in 360 degrees. Cost for CityPASS guests: $8.

$2 off MOSI Sky Trail Ropes Course: Conquer your fears on this 36-foot-high multilevel structure, featuring 35 different elements. CityPASS guests get $2 off.

The Tropics Boat Tours Dolphin or Sunset Cruise

10% off Your Purchase: Get 10% off all Tropics Boat Tours Merchandise.

Advice for Visitors

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Tips:
  • See the animals at their most active: Visit habitats in the morning or evening when the weather is cooler.
  • Stump the staff: Stop anyone in the park wearing a green shirt and a name tag, and ask them for a random fact about their favorite animal. The Zoo education staff members are experts on cool information about animals.
  • Make a plan: Most people approach theme parks in clock-wise patterns. Start in the back of theme parks and work your way forward to beat the lines. If you want ride-specific merchandise, your best bet is to find it at the gift shop that is located closest to that attraction.
  • Don’t get soaked: If you want to ride water rides but remain dry, you have two options: wear a poncho, or bring a spare change of clothes. Ponchos are available at all Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay gift shops. Use sandwich-sized plastic bags to keep cell phones, money and other valuables safe and dry while enjoying water rides. Or, take advantage of lockers located next to all major attractions to keep a change of clothes dry so you can enjoy the rest of your day without squishy shoes.
  • Beat the crowd: Most guests eat lunch between 11am and 2pm, so plan on eating lunch earlier or later than usual. Peak meal times are the best times to beat the lines at your favorite rides like Cheetah Hunt® and SheiKra®.
  • Beat the heat: Florida temperatures can get quite high – especially in the middle of the day – and the humid weather can drain your energy. Cool off by enjoying several misting fans located throughout the park and carry a water bottle with you to refill at water fountains located near every restroom. Don’t forget hats, sunglasses and sunscreen, and save water rides, air-conditioned attractions and shows for the mid-day heat.
  • Busch Gardens Discovery Guide: Get real-time information about the park with the Busch Gardens Discovery Guide, with all sorts of helpful and valuable features to help you make the most of your day, like exclusive offers and deals, up-to-the-minute ride wait times and daily show times. You’ll also find an interactive map, fun photo frames, insider park tips, and more. Available now in the App Store and Google Play.
  • Please note that some rides and attractions may close in case of inclement weather.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:

Accessibility: Guest Relations is situated inside the park entrance at Adventure Outpost, on the left hand side as you enter the park. Guests with disabilities are welcome to stop by Guest Relations for any assistance they require. Wheelchairs are available for rent.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for directions. Click here for information on parking. Click here for information on a free shuttle between Orlando and Tampa.

The Florida Aquarium

Tips:
  • Check out daily dive shows, feedings and animal chats.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Café Ray
  • Gift Shops: Gift shop open daily.

Accessibility: Please click here for accessibility information. Wheelchairs and scooters available for rent. Wheelchairs, $5; scooters, $12. Limited quantities are available; distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking/Transportation: The Florida Aquarium is located at 701 Channelside Drive in Tampa. Parking is available for an additional fee in the lot located north of the Aquarium, off the east side of Channelside Drive at York Street.

Groups: Groups of 15 or more: Call 813-273-4000 or email moreinfo@flaquarium.org at least 2 business days prior to arrival.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Tips:
  • The Zoo’s animals are most active in the morning and late afternoon. As the day heats up, many species enjoy naps in the shade.
  • The Zoo offers complimentary maps in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French & Hindi. Please see a Guest Services team member at the main entrance for assistance.
  • The Zoo has been certified as an "Autism Friendly" attraction and offers special toolkits and Autism friendly Zoo maps. Please see a Guest Services team member at the main entrance for assistance.
  • The Zoo offers a wide variety of shopping and dining options through the park. Some venues are open based on seasonal attendance; please see the main entrance staff for assistance. Outside food and beverages are not permitted inside the Zoo.
  • Mothers need a break with the little ones? Head to the Fisher-Price "Mommy Stop" located next to the Manatee Fountain area at the Zoo's main entrance. This shaded tranquil area provides a relaxing oasis for moms to rest with their little ones during their day at the Zoo!
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
  • Visit the zoo's website for daily schedules, to make your reservation, and to find more information on the many Up-Close Signature Encounters available, like the Indian Rhino Feeding Encounter!
Amenities:
  • Dining: Multiple dining options available.
  • Gift Shops: Multiple throughout the Zoo.

Accessibility: The Zoo is fully accessible to guests with disabilities. Wheelchairs available for rent. Non-motorized, $10 per day; motorized, $28 per day; Aqua Chairs (waterproof wheelchairs), free.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 15 or more: Call (813) 933-8012 or email pam.robertson@zootampa.org in advance of arrival.

Best Time to Visit: Beat the heat and the crowds by arriving early.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Tips:
  • Some exhibits are outdoors and/or exposed to the elements (heat, rain, etc.) Please plan accordingly, and note that outdoor exhibits may be closed in the case of inclement weather.
  • Reserve your animal interactions and educational programs prior to arrival as these sell out quickly. Go to cmaquarium.org for more information.
  • The typical time spent for a general admission visit to the Aquarium is 2 hours, so take advantage of strolling along Clearwater Beach in the same day, located less than one mile from Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
  • From Clearwater Beach, the Clearwater Ferry is a great option to get directly to CMA. They have several boat routes each day from the Clearwater Marina that will take you on a short scenic ride across the bay to the dock at CMA.
  • Clearwater Beach is an award-winning beach, having been named the best beach in the U.S. numerous times; it's definitely a must-see when in the Tampa area. With the aquarium located just a few minutes from the beach, the two make a perfect day visit to the Clearwater area!
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Shark Bites Cafe
  • Gift Shops: CMA Store

Best time to visit: For smaller crowds and shorter lines, please visit close to opening time or after 3pm.

Accessibility: Wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis; for details and accessibility information, click here.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Museum of Science & Industry

Tips:
  • Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes and allow a minimum of 3 hours to enjoy all that MOSI has to offer.

Accessibility: Please see accessibility guide here. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 15 or more: Call (813) 987-6000 or email reservations@mosi.org in advance of arrival.

The Tropics Boat Tours Dolphin or Sunset Cruise

Tips:
  • The boat tours are two hours long from boarding to return.
  • If you need to change your reserved time, please call (727) 442-7433 as soon as possible with your request.
  • Ask about upgraded drink packages and branded souvenirs, available at check-in. CityPASS guests receive 10% off all Tropics Boat Tours merchandise (does not include drink packages).
  • Outside food and drinks are not permitted on boats. Feel free to have lunch before the cruise, or dinner after the cruise; snacks are available for purchase from the on-board bar.
  • Tropics Boat Tours is the only Ocean Friendly certified commercial boat operation in all of Pinellas County.

Best Time to Visit: While weather is beautiful year-round in Clearwater, please note that summers are hot and humid. Cooler weather can be expected October through January.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking and transportation.

Groups: Groups of 10 or more: Please call (727) 442-7433 to make reservations at least one week in advance.

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