Tampa's Kid-Friendly Attractions and Activities: This Florida City Is Your Playground



Whether you have kids, are a kid, or are just a kid at heart, you will find plenty of fun and adventure in Tampa. Almost all area attractions welcome children of all ages, but of course some are more geared to the little ones than others. To help you choose kid-friendly attractions and activities that are perfect for your family, 10 Best has compiled a list of the top ten options.

At the top of the list is Busch Gardens. This well-run, clean theme park is a perennial favorite for families. There are thrill rides for all ages. Older kids will clamor to get on the wild roller coasters while the smaller tykes can enjoy activities just their size at the Sesame Street Safari of Fun. The whole family will enjoy the entertaining shows and the many different dining options. 

Located just down the street, Adventure Island is Tampa's best water park and a sister park of Busch Gardens. If you plan on visiting both, make sure you get the two park ticket and save some money.

If you are looking for something a little different, check out the Tampa Bay Water Bike Company. Conveniently located on the downtown waterfront, this is a fun and easy way to get out on the water and enjoy a little sightseeing with the family.


Ben T. Davis Beach
Photo courtesy of Dylan Stinson/Film Tampa Bay


If you're vacationing in Tampa and are looking for a beach close-by that offers powdery white sand for lounging, calm water for cooling off and shelters for picnics, then Davis Beach is for you. This is the closest beach to downtown Tampa and...  Read More


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Outside the city


Dade City's Wild Things is an animal sanctuary located just north of Tampa in the small town of Dade City. Featuring over 200 animals, visitors can view a wide variety of species from big cats such as jaguars, Florida Panthers, and African Lions...  Read More




Tampa Bay Water Bikes is located on the public docks adjacent to the Convention Center and Sail Pavilion in downtown Tampa. The perfect sightseeing option to get a water view of the city's iconic landmarks, water biking is easy and fun. Also...  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


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North Tampa


When it comes to water parks in Tampa, Adventure Island, the aquatic corporate cousin of Busch Gardens, reigns supreme with 30 gorgeously landscaped acres of waterlogged fun. As thrill seekers brave hairpin turns and stomach-churning drops on 10...  Read More


Museum of Science & Industry
Photo courtesy of Tampa Museum of Science and Industry


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


Florida Aquarium


One of the best aquariums in the southeast, the Florida Aquarium explores life underwater featuring more than 20,000 plants and animals in both fresh and saltwater environments. Exhibits document the movement of water from wetlands to ocean and...  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


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Lowry Park


Everybody loves a zoo, and Lowry Park Zoo is one of the cleanest, best organized you will find anywhere, so much so that it was recently voted the best zoo in the country by Parents Magazine. All of your favorites are here, including African...  Read More




Wild animals and wilder rides await visitors at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The 335-acre Africa-inspired theme park's six infamous roller coasters, 2,000-plus animals and entertaining live shows provide truly unforgettable thrills. There is...  Read More


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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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