Looking for something to do with the kids here in the Tampa Bay area? Here are my picks for the 10 Best Things To Do With Kids in Tampa Bay. Is your favorite thing to do with kids missing from my list? Be sure to email me so I can get it added!
12 Best Things To Do With Kids in Tampa Bay
Welcome to Tampa! We are spoiled here in Tampa Bay, we have lots of fun and diverse things to do for families to enjoy. So, if you are wondering what to do with the kids today, I have you covered! Here are the top things to do with kids in Tampa Bay.
Best Things To Do With Kids in Tampa Florida
We are huge Busch Gardens fans. Busch Gardens has some of the world’s best roller coasters, lots of animals to see, family-friends performances and they have different events going on all year. Adventure Island is right across the street from Busch Gardens and is the water park to cool down in when temperatures heat up in Tampa.
Busch Gardens is located at 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612.
Adventure Island is located at 10001 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612.
Empower Adventures is a zipline course for adventures ages 7 and up. This is Tampa Bay’s only guided zipline course. Everyone in the family will love this 2.5 hour guided zipline experience! You will zip through 3,000 feet of aerial challenges while overlooking the wildlife and waters of the 396-acre Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve and Tampa Bay. You will also walk over the 200 foot suspension bridge over water, challenge yourself on the aerial obstacle course (which you can skip if you want) and finish with a fun rappel down. And if you want more, you can take A Leap Of Faith.
My family and I were hosted to Empower Adventures thanks to Visit Tampa Bay and had the adventure of a lifetime. We had no idea that you could find such aerial adventures here in Tampa Bay! It was so serene being in the trees, watching the birds, fish and boaters below. Well, until you stepped off and went ziplining…then it was INCREDIBLE. From start to finish your feet don’t touch the ground. We were all empowered in our own ways, I honestly never thought I would be able to complete everything and I did. I was so proud of myself 🙂 The kids loved every minute. We all did. There is something about flying through the sky and trusting something totally new to you that is good for the soul.
We did do the Leap Of Faith as well. During this empowered adventure, you climb a pole, stand up and JUMP. It was breathtaking. Literally. My husband and kids thought there was no way I would try it, but not only did I try it, I DID IT.
We all left that day excited, amazed and empowered. You never know what you can do until you try.
Empower Adventures is located at 423 Lafayette Blvd, Oldsmar, FL 34677.
TopGolf is an excellent way to get everyone in the family to have some fun golfing in a completely relaxed atmosphere. My kids are in their teens, but younger kids are welcome to give it a try as well! I will openly admit, I am not good at golf, but we always have a blast. TopGolf has several different game options to choose from, so if you don’t have big hitters in your group, that’s okay! There is something for everyone. TopGolf also serves food and drinks, so if you and your family get hungry, you don’t have to go far to get delicious eats. Our favorites are the wings and nachos. TopGolf does offer discounts and deals throughout the week, so be sure to check them out online before scheduling your day of family fun.
TopGolf is located at 10690 Palm River Road, Tampa, FL 33619.
A piece of history! Originally built in 1926, this is a true Tampa landmark. Show the kids what a theatre experience used to be like, with a few modern upgrades of course. The Tampa Theatre has different events throughout the year as well, and of course, has movies!
Tampa Theatre is located at 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is an 8-acre public park located along the Hillsborough river in downtown Tampa. It’s a great place to meet and enjoy Tampa’s waterfront, and the kids will have fun splashing through the water installations in the park.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is located at 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602.
The Museum of Science and Industry is a great way to explore and have fun out of the heat! They also have events, summer camps and movies. It is a scientific playground with over 100 hands-on activities! And admission prices are great, adults are $12.95 and kids are as low as FREE. Free entry is definitely an important consideration for me when I’m thinking about the best things to do with kids in Tampa Bay.
The Museum of Science and Industry is located at 4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33617.
George M. Steinbrenner Field – Tampa Tarpons
While this ball field is outside, catching a game here is so much fun! The prices are WAY lower than other stadiums, parking is fairly easy, and if you get there early, the players are almost always out to give autographs or give kiddos a ball.
George M. Steinbrenner Field is located at 1 Steinbrenner Dr, Tampa, FL 33614.
Glazer Children’s Museum is Tampa’s interactive, learning laboratory where children play, discover, and connect to the world around them to develop as lifelong learners and leaders. My kiddos are now a bit old for this one (ages 14 and 11), but they had a blast here when they were younger!
Glazer Children’s Museum is located at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602.
This is another fabulous Tampa attraction that is mostly inside! You can enjoy the water views, sharks and fish without being at the beach 😉 There is an outdoor play space to enjoy as well.
Does the risk of sunburn impact your choices for the best things to do with kids in Tampa Bay? Leave me a comment below and tell me about it.
The Florida Aquarium is located at 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602.
We have been here several times, and always have a hoppin good time! It’s like a jungle gym through trees! There are several obstacles and they are all rated easiest to hardest, so there is something for everyone. Plus, you can really challenge yourself if you want. It is VERY shaded, but it is all OUTDOORS so take that into account when planning your trip. Personally, we usually try to avoid visiting during the hottest summer months.
TreeHoppers is located at 27839 St Joe Rd, Dade City, FL 33525.
The Tampa Riverwalk offers a plethora of activities, things to see and do. Walk the Riverwalk and watch for dolphins and manatees, stop at Armature Works and listen to some live music, jump on some Water Bikes, go kayaking and explore. There are so many things for families to do on the Tampa Riverwalk.
Who doesn’t love going to the zoo? And ZooTampa even has a few rides, a water ride and a Splash area to help you and the kids cool off. ZooTampa at Lowry Park is home to more than 1300 animals and is famous for having one of the most beautiful, tropical zoological settings.
ZooTampa at Lowry Park is located at 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604.
Oh and of course – you can head to the beach! We are surrounded by water here in Tampa Bay and the home to the #1 beach in America! And if you do head to the beach, don’t forget your Sun Protection Hats.