Tampa Attractions

Enjoy your time in Tampa at the best attractions on the west coast of Florida. Let us help you discover more than the city's perfect outdoor weather and beautiful sandy beaches. Here is our handpicked list of favorite things for you to do, from museums, zoos, aquariums, amusement parks and more.

Bits 'N Pieces Puppet World
Marionettes and puppets are the ticket for children at Bits 'N Pieces Puppet World. Children delight in seeing the famous nine-foot-tall, larger- than-life puppets perform classic tales like Peter the Rabbit and singing along to the lively musical action. Reserve your tickets to see this internationally acclaimed company.

Address: 12904 Tom Gallagher Rd, Dover, FL 33527 - Map
Phone: (813) 659-0659
Web: www.puppetworld.com

Busch Gardens
Discover family fun times three at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. You'll get entrance to lush tropical gardens, see exotic animals and experience the fun of amusement rides and other attractions. Explore walkways that resemble the African wilderness, get nose-to-nose with a giraffe on a safari across the Serengeti Plains, and test your nerves on the pulse-pounding SheiKra roller coaster.

Address: 10165 North McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 - Map
Phone: (888) 800-5447
Web: www.buschgardens.com

Canoe Escape
Rent a canoe from Canoe Escape, located minutes from downtown Tampa. Take the whole family on a paddling adventure on the Hillsborough River that surrounds a 16,000 acre wildlife preserve. Pack a lunch and bring your camera to capture pictures of the alligators, snakes, turtles and birds you'll see on your adventure.

Address: 12702 US 301, Thonotosassa, FL 33592 - Map
Phone: (813) 986-2067
Web: www.canoeescape.com

Glazer Children's Museum
There is a lot of kidding around going on at the Glazer Children's Museum of Tampa. Kids can pilot a cruise ship, paint with light, and build a city at over 170 fun and challenging "interactive" themed attractions. There is a world of fun waiting for kids to explore, discover and do!

Address:110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602 - Map
Phone: (813) 443-3861
Web: www.glazermuseum.org

Grand Prix Tampa
Make a pit stop at the Grand Prix Tampa, the place to have fun playing indoor and outdoor games with the kids. Check out attractions like the Indy-style Formula race car track, play a round of miniature golf, spend time at the batting cages, go bungee jumping and so much more!

Address:14320 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33613 - Map
Phone: (813) 977-6272
Web: www.grandprixtampa.com

Lowery Park Zoo
Meet a koala bear, discover a Primate World and adopt an animal at Tampa's Lowery Park Zoo. Listen to tigers roar at the Asian Domain, watch black panthers prance at the Native Florida Wildlife Center and discover the best vantage point to hang out with the monkeys. The zoo also features rides, shows and hands-on interactive exhibits and attractions.

Address: 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL 33604 - Map
Phone: (813) 935-8552
Web: www.lowryparkzoo.com

Museum of Science and Industry
Experience a scientific playground at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry. Explore more than 450 hands-on activities and attractions. Brave extreme weather conditions inside the Disasterville exhibition. Watch animal adventure movies like Born to be Wild on the jumbo screen at the IMAX Theater. Gaze into the stars and ponder the magnitude of the universe at the Saunders Planetarium. Who knew learning was this fun?

Address: 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33617 - Map
Phone: (813) 987-6000
Web: www.mosi.org

The Florida Aquarium
Listen to penguins on your cell phone at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa. The family fun destination is recognized as one of the best aquariums in the nation. Discover 250,000 square feet of underwater galleries, exhibits and attractions filled with fish, sharks, sting rays and more. You can even purchase farm-raised fish for your tank at home!

Address: 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602 - Map
Phone: (813) 273-4000
Web: www.flaquarium.org

The Salvador Dali Museum
The Salvador Dali Museum is a worthwhile day trip to St. Petersburg from Tampa. The museum holds the largest Dali collection outside of Spain. You'll be astonished to see the huge giant canvases painted with colorful fantastical dream like imagery, straight from the famous artist's head. Bring swimsuits to swim and build sandcastles at one of the nearby beautiful beaches that St. Pete is famous for.

Address: One Dali Blvd. St., Petersburg, FL 33701 - Map
Phone: (727) 823-3767
Web: www.thedali.org

Raymond James Stadium
Come aboard a pirate ship docked in the north end zone of the Raymond James Stadium. The famous stadium and sports attraction is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the NCAA's South Florida Bulls football team. League insiders refer to the stadium as the "crown jewel" of the NFL. Residents know it as host to the 2009 Super Bowl XLIII.

Address: 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL 33607 - Map
Phone: (813) 350-6500
Web: www.raymondjames.com

Henry B. Plant Museum
Travel back in time at the Henry B. Plant Museum, at home in the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel. Walk through the spectacular tropical gardens, visit the opulent hotel rooms, and be awed and inspired by the Moorish architecture and lavish lifestyle of Old Tampa Bay Hotel's guests. The magnificent National Landmark and local attraction now belongs to the great minds at the University of Tampa.

Address: 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602 - Map
Phone: (813) 254-1891
Web: www.plantmuseum.com

St. Pete Times Forum
Enjoy the live action and attractions at the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa's sports and entertainment center. Called simply the "Forum" to local Floridians, it is home of Stanley Cup holders, The Tampa Bay Lightning and host to over 150 annual concerts, family events, ice shows, the circus and other action-packed indoor sports.

Address: 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602 - Map
Phone: (813) 301-6600
Web: www.amaliearena.com