101 Family Day Trips and Staycations Around Tampa | Kids Out and About Tampa

101 Family Day Trips and Staycations Around Tampa

**Follow each link to get details about your visit directly from your destination, since some places operate seasonally or by reservation, as well as to check each venue's COVID requirements (masks, limits, social distancing).

Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Tampa. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!=

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Take A Deep Breath In the Garden

USF Botanical Garden
Sunken Gardens
Eureka Springs Park
Florida Botanic Garden
Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum


Get Wild on a Hike

  Bell Creek Nature Preserve
Blackwater Creek Preserve
Cockroach Bay Preserve
Edward Medard Conservation
Fish Hawk Creek Nature Preserve
Alderman's Ford Conservation Center
Alafia Scrub Nature Preserve


Time Travel Today

  American Victory Ship Mariners Museum
Cracker Country
Dunedin Historical Museum
Pioneer Florida Museum and Village
Veterans Memorial Park & Museum
Henry B. Plant Museum
Palm Harbor Museum
Tampa Bay History Center
Florida Holocaust Museum


Make Life a Beach

Honeymoon Island State Park
Caladesi Island State Park
Clear Water Beach
Sand Key Park
Redington Shores
Madeira Beach
Treasure Island Beach
Sunset Beach
St Pete Beach
Shell Key Preserve
Fort De Soto Park


Splash into Some Water Fun

Adventure Island
Ballast Point Park
Water Works Park
Roy Jenkins Pool
Interbay Pool
Cuscaden Pool


Spend the Day at a Museum

  Cass Contemporary
David L. Mason's Children's Museum
Explorations V Children's Museum
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Glazer Children's Museum
Great Explorations Children's Museums
Imagine Museum
Micheal Murphy Gallery
The Dali Museum
The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature


Explore These Cities

  St. Petersburg, Florida
Clearwater, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Orlando, Florida


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Florida Rail Road Museum
Tampa Bay Fun Boat
Tampa Water Taxi Company
Olde World Sailing Line
Kraken Cycleboats
Biplane Rides
Tampa Bay Aviation
Big Red Balloon Sightseeing Adventures


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Big Bear Farms
Dooley Groves
Favorite Farms
Hunsader Farms
HydroHarvest Farms
Sweetfields Farm
Wish U-picks
Southern Hill Farms


Play Ball!

  Tampa Bay Rowdies
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Tarpons
Tampa Bay Rays


Treat Yo' Self

The Revolution Ice Cream Co
D'lites Emporium
Dairy Joy
The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Cream Pops
Mr. Penguin
The Dessert Spot
Cotton Candy Palace
The Candy Barrell
Schakolad Chocolate Factory


Connect with Nature

Alafia Scrub Nature Preserve
Alderman's Ford Conservation Park
  Apollo Beach Park & Recreation Center
Bell Creek Preserve


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Busch Gardens - Tampa
SunWest Park


Talk to the Animals

  Big Cat Rescue
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Croc Encounters
The Florida Aquarium
Lowry Park Zoo


Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Firehouse Cultural Center
Moon Over Havana Arts Gallery
Tampa Museum of Art


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

Rainbow Springs Falls
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Big Shoals State Park
  Steinhatchee Falls


Get Active Indoors

  Adventures Archery
Air Heads Trampoline Arena
Altitude Trampoline Park
Astro Skate Family Fun Center
Boing Tampa
Bounce House Place
Bricks 4 Kidz


Challenge Yourself

  Kokol Art Studio
Life Enrichment Center
Miss Anita's Crafts


Shop Your Heart Out

  International Plaza and Bay Street
University Mall
WestShore Plaza
Hyde Park Village


Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Tampa. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away