Top 20 Places to Take Kids in and around Tampa
Best Places for Kids in the Tampa region!
The best places to take kids in Tampa, based on KidsOutAndAbout's annual reader survey. But there is LOTS more to do in Tampa! Get great ideas here! What is listed below are far from the only opportunities for family fun and learning; they're just what was voted this year.
Lowry Park Zoo
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is a 63-acre nonprofit zoo located in Tampa, Florida.
Busch Gardens Tampa is a 335-acre 19th century African-themed animal theme park located in the city of Tampa, Florida.
Glazer Children's Museum
Glazer Children's Museum is a place where children and their parents can learn through play and shared discovery. Created specifically for children under 12, our Museum offers 170 'interactivities' in multiple themed areas for families to explore, connect while having fun along the way.
The Florida Aquarium is a 501(c)3 non-profit facility that aims to engage people through education, entertainment, conservation and research to inspire stewardship of our natural environment.
Adventure Island - Tampa
Adventure Island is a water park located northeast of Tampa, Florida, across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The park features 30 acres of water rides, dining, and other attractions.
Dinosaur World is an outdoor dinosaur theme parks in the US. The park features over 150 life-size dinosaur sculptures created by Christer Svensson.
Great Explorations Children's Museum
Great Explorations Children’s Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has served the children and families of the Tampa Bay area since 1987. Designed for children 10 and under, the 24,000 square foot museum is filled with exhibits and activities to stimulate learning through creativity, play and exploration. The museum is a learning playground where children can make a discovery, make a mess, and even make a new friend.
Grand Prix Tampa
Activities for all ages, from towering rope courses to mini-golf & arcades, set on 15 acres.
Enjoy your vacation at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. The theme park and water park includes 50 rides, shows and attraction.
Museum of Science and Industry
MOSI is a non-profit, community-based institution. We are dedicated to advancing public understanding of science, industry and technology. Our core ideology is to make a difference in people's lives by making science real for people of all ages.
Sky Zone Tampa
Air Heads Trampoline Arena
Indoor all-ages trampoline center with a cafe, birthday party packages & fitness classes.
Largo Central Railroad
The Largo Central Railroad is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) all volunteer group whose goal it is to share their love of railroads with the community. Come on down and check out the remarkable equipment. From steam engines that work just like the originals, the sleek diesels and the accurately detailed cars, you can learn a lot about the history of the railroads here at our park!
Bits-n-Pieces Puppet Theatre
Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre Shows featuring the famous nine-foot-tall puppets may be presented at a variety of venues. Indoors or out, in a community facility or onsite at schools, the GIANT puppets are unforgettable. They make an excellent live theatre experience and a great school field trip event.
David L. Mason Children’s Museum
The David L. Mason Children’s Art Museum is an interpretive and interactive gallery space for children and their families.
The Dali Museum
Soak in the brilliance as you are surrounded by an unparalleled collection of works by renowned artist Salvador Dali. Enjoy an afternoon wandering through the awe-inspiring building and interactive gardens and then grab a bite of authentic Spanish cuisine at Cafe Gala. #TheDali
Sea Life Safari
Our Sea Life Safari Boat Tour is one of the most popular activities at CMA. It includes a 90-minute trip into our beautiful intra-coastal waters. You will search for dolphins, sea birds and other marine life as your guides narrate the scenic ride to a shell island. You’ll witness data collection in action as we perform our net pull and pass around sea creatures before releasing them back to the bay. Kids and adults alike love this one-of-a-kind, hands-on experience.
Manatee Viewing Center
The Manatee Viewing Center’s mission is to educate the public about the Florida manatee and its habitat. The center is a state and federally designated manatee sanctuary.
United Skates Tampa
United Skates is Tampa Bay's #1 place for Skating, Games, Fitness, and Fun! Specializing in birthday parties, private parties, fundraisers, group outings, corporate functions, and a variety of public skating sessions for children, teens, and adults.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in six categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Place to Have Fun INSIDEAir Heads Trampoline Arena