Tampa is a Playground of Kid-Friendly Attractions and Activities

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.

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.

Museum of Science & Industry
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MOSI is Tampa's popular science and industry museum packed with fun activities and interactive learning experiences. The facility houses a collection permanent exhibits that cover all disciplines of science including biology, anatomy, physics,...  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



Coast Bike Share provides a convenient and environmentally-friendly transit option in Tampa's most popular neighborhoods. With bike hubs located in downtown, Hyde Park, and Ybor City, visitors can grab a bike and explore many of the city's most...  Read More

Topgolf Tampa
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Located in Brandon, a 15 minute drive from downtown is Topgolf Tampa. This unique entertainment complex offers a 3 level golf range for players of all ages and abilities to hone their skills playing target-oriented games. A state-of-the-art...  Read More

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



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

Florida Aquarium


One of the best aquariums in the southeast, this 250,000 square foot attraction explores aquatic environments around the world featuring more than 20,000 plants and animals in both fresh and saltwater environments. Exhibits document the movement...  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

Lowry Park


Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is beloved by locals and visitors alike featuring 1,300 animals with an emphasis on regional endangered species and those in similar climates. This 56-acre nonprofit zoo has been voted the #1 Family Friendly Zoo in the...  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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Skye is a freelance writer that adopted Tampa as her hometown over a decade ago and never looked back. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no snow climate, and in her spare time...  More About Skye