If you’re a parent, grandparent, or even a babysitter you may find yourself searching for fun things to do in Tampa with kids. That’s why we compiled our list of Fun Things to do in Tampa with Kids – 25 Family Friendly Adventures!
Be sure to let us know in the comments which adventure you liked the most or if you have any favorites we missed. Our list of fun things to do in Tampa with kids is great for adults too! Kestra and I actually tried most of these adventures, you can see some of them in our video here!
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Looking for Fun Things to do in Tampa with Kids… Check out the Local Parks!
The Tampa Bay area has some of the best park systems in Florida so if you’re looking for fun things to do in Tampa with kids, the parks are a great place to start. Each park varies in size and style so you can usually find one that fits your child’s taste. From animal kingdoms to train stations, these parks are all worth a few hours of your time!
Eureka Springs Park and Lettuce Lake Regional Park are perfect for little ones who love animals. They’ll have a chance to see alligators, butterflies, armadillos, turtles, and more at these two parks. They also both have impressive boardwalk systems which makes the park accessible to all. The boardwalks also aid in keeping the wildlife a safe distance away. Which is good because that gator is huge!
If you want a more hands-on experience, check out ZooTampa at Lowry Park and Big Cat Rescue. Both offer the chance for young and old to learn and interact with the animals. The zoo allows guests to see manatees, feed giraffes, and pet stingrays and a giant tortoise– what more could a little one want! Big Cat Rescue is the world’s largest accredited sanctuary and features over 100 rescued lions, tigers, leopards, and more. Take a walking tour to learn more about the animals and their stories!
For more traditional parks (larger lawns, playgrounds, and such) we have three great options! Fred Howard Park is a 155-acre park that hosts a beach, two playgrounds, and more for the family to enjoy. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is situated in downtown Tampa on the Hillsborough River. It features plenty of grass, a playground, and a sprayground. You read that right, a sprayground! Largo Central Park is another great option, and even has a train. Plan ahead and you can ride the miniature railway on the first full weekend of every month. Let us know below in the comments which park your kids would love the most!
Watch the Sunset at Pier 60 and Stay for the Movies
There are tons of fun things to do in Tampa with kids, but a sunset followed by a movie on the pier is hard to beat. The pier stretches over 1,080 feet into the gulf and hosts a variety of daily activities. The pier is well lit making it popular for tourists and fishermen alike. Head on over to Clearwater Beach’s infamous Pier 60 from 6 to 9 every night to catch the sunset. The pier comes alive with performers, vendors, and kids tearing up the waterfall playground.
After the sun flares the last of its light into the sky, pull out your blankets and take a seat at the Sunset Cinema. Located on the lawn near Pier 60, the Sunset Cinema is a FREE outdoor theater supported by local businesses. They show movies on Friday and Saturday nights (weather permitting) and even have concessions on site!
Try out the Watersports at Clearwater Beach
Clearwater Beach is a gorgeous strip of white sand stretching for miles along the Gulf of Mexico. Touristy? Yes, definitely, but that’s Florida. Anyone looking for fun things to do in Tampa with kids has come across the various local beaches, so why is Clearwater different? The prices! Competition in Clearwater has made it affordable for most to try their favorite watersports. We decided to choose three levels of adventures for this post. They start as the most exciting and expensive (for your time) and work towards activities geared for younger children that are more budget friendly. The three adventures are parasailing, jet skiing, and paddle boarding but we hope you’ll check out other options too!
For parasailing check out Parasail Clearwater, Chute Em Up Parasail, and Clearwater Watersports. All three offer different line heights, some up to 1,000 feet, convenient locations, and fair pricing. It really just comes down to where you are on the beach and the time you want to go! Most rides are around 10 minutes and total time on the boat is around 45 minutes.
For jet skiing (or waverunners as the pros say) we recommend BouYah Watersports, Cleartwater Beach Jet Ski Rentals, and H2O Jet Ski Rentals. Again, all three are affordable and convenient and come down to your time and location. They also offer a guided tour option that sounds spectacular. It affords you the chance to explore local hidden gems you wouldn’t otherwise find!
For paddleboards we loved Clearwater Beach Paddle Board Rental Co. and Tampa Bay SUP. Both offer rentals and lessons! Now you and the kids spend more time on the board and lesson below it! Really though, both companies are great; however, if you’re looking for a longer rental try Clearwater Beach and if you’d like a shorter term try Tampa Bay. Which of the three adventures would you and your kids like the most? Let us know below in the comments!
Mini Golf is another Fun Thing to do in Tampa with Kids
For those of you who know us personally you know we love mini golf. Not just jokingly love, but seriously love and compete at mini golf. We find the best way to celebrate a victory is to have the loser buy ice cream. Let’s just say Kestra won ice cream in Tampa Bay. Good work Kes 🙂 Do you have any similar family traditions? We personally didn’t play all of these courses, but we carefully vetted them all before including them on our list of fun things to do in Tampa with kids.
Congo River Golf has plane wrecks, waterfalls, and live gators. Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf, where Kestra and I played, has baby alligators, pirate ships, and caves. Ace Golf is well landscaped, beautifully maintained, and super affordable. Captain Bligh’s Landing is a pirate themed course with different interactive scenes on each hole, and they have a talking parrot the kids will love. The Fish Hole Miniature Golf is a beautiful course in a quiet setting on the water and is better for older and younger crowds.
Local Amusement Parks – Fun Things to do in Tampa with Kids
Sure Orlando has Disney, but Tampa also has great amusement and water parks! We tried Busch Gardens and had an absolute blast with Kestra’s family. Say hi to Bria, Meghan, Colin, and Emily! Busch Gardens is a 335-acre African Safari themed amusement park. Scattered between its many rides are over 12,000 animals including rhinos, giraffes, and elephants.
Dinosaur World is a more budget-friendly option and great for smaller children. With over 200 life-size dinosaurs in the park, fossil and gemstone excavation, your kids will love the park. They even allow you to bring in your own food and drinks to save some money. We highly recommend the park to any little dino lovers!
For water lovers be sure to try out Adventure Island. The 30-acre park is just across the street from Busch Gardens. With zippy waterslides, lazy rivers, wave pools,and sandy bottom cabanas, the park has something for all ages. It is a spectacular way to beat the heat and enjoy the Florida sun as a family!
As you can see there are tons of fun things to do with kids in Tampa. Some are more budget-friendly than others but all are guaranteed to deliver smiles! Be sure to let us know below in the comments which adventure sounds the most fun to you. Do you know of any other fun things to do with kids in Tampa? Please remember to subscribe and share our blog on social media with your friends and family, God Bless!
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