Engage and Entertain the Whole Family at World-Class Tampa Museums

Families visiting Tampa have an abundance of things to do and see in the area from beaches to theme parks. For those looking to combine fun with learning, there are many museums in the area to choose from. 10 Best has put together a list of the area's best options for families of all ages.

Many of the most popular museums are conveniently located downtown. If you have kids under 11 in your party then the Glazer Children's Museum is a perfect choice. Designed to engage and entertain the whole family, the museum features over 170 hand-on activities from grocery stores to cruise ships. Located just off Curtis Hixon Park, the museum is close to other downtown attractions such as the Tampa Museum of Art and the Tampa Riverwalk.

If you have a car and a yearning for adventure, then make a day of it and head out to Fantasy of Flight, a 45 minute drive from downtown Tampa. Owned by aerobatics competitor and aircraft designer, Kevin Weeks, this museum features the world's largest private collection of vintage aircraft along with exhibits detailing the fascinating history of flight. Waldo Wrights Flying Service will also offer bi-plane rides for an additional fee.

Built in 1891 by railroad magnate Henry B. Plant, this history museum is located in what was originally the Tampa Bay Hotel, an extravagant resort that drew such guests as Teddy Roosevelt and Babe Ruth. Now home to the University of Tampa,...  Read More

Ybor City Museum State Park
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Built to preserve and celebrate Ybor City's colorful history, this museum is a highlight of Tampa's colorful historic district, also known as the "Cigar Capital of the World." Housed in the renovated historic Ferlita Bakery, the museum boasts...  Read More


A charming historic haven set in modern-day Tampa, this living history museum, located on the Florida State Fairgrounds, recreates life in a rural 1890s Floridian town. Named after the Florida "Crackers" who were 19th century, cow-herding...  Read More

Tampa Firefighters Museum
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The Tampa Firefighters Museum is located in downtown Tampa next to Tampa Fire Rescue Station One. Built in 1911, the beautifully restored building served as the Fire Department Headquarters until 1974. A tribute to all those who have served and...  Read More

This much-loved theme park/dinosaur museum located just outside Tampa in nearby Plant City is home to over 150 life-size dinosaurs include an animatronic scene featuring a Brachiosaurus, Triceratops and Pterodactyl among others. Ideal for both...  Read More

Conveniently located close to downtown in Channelside, the American Victory Ship is one of Tampa's hidden gems. One of only four WWII ships that are fully-functioning, the Ship is a memorial to the dedicated men and women of the American...  Read More

Outside the city

Fantasy of Flight is slightly off the beaten path, but an absolute must-see for anyone who is at all interested in flying. Here you can view the world's largest privately-owned collection of vintage aircraft. The lovingly restored planes are...  Read More

Tampa Bay History Center
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The Tampa Bay History Center, a 60,000-square-foot waterfront museum, presents 12,000 years of Tampa Bay history through innovative, interactive exhibits that engage visitors of all ages. Visitors can explore a vast array of Seminole artifacts,...  Read More

Glazer Children's Museum

Kids have so much fun here that the adults end up accidentally having some as well. If you've never been to a children's museum, it's not like an adult museum. It's loud, rambunctious, and exciting for all kids. There are many hands-on exhibits...  Read More

Museum of Science & Industry
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Located across the street from the University of South Florida, MOSI has an exhibit for everyone in your party. It strives to cover all disciplines of science, including biology, anatomy, physics, and meteorology in its massive space. Equally...  Read More


Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye has lived in Tampa for over 16 years and spends much of her time exploring the region and discovering its hidden treasures. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no cold, no...  More About Skye

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