Whether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater and the Greater Bay Area offer a variety of recreational opportunities.
10001 N. McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL 33612 813-884-4386
The park has 10 waterslides spread across 30 acres, as well as several children’s play areas, a massive wave pool and a lazy half-mile tube trip down the Rambling Bayou. While drying off, hit the Spike Zone for volleyball courts or grab some rays at one of the many poolside lounge chairs.
Big Cat Rescue
12802 Easy St.
Tampa, FL 33625 813-920-4130
The 45-acre wildlife preserve boasts 11 species and about 80 big cats from lions to lynx, servals to snow leopards. The preserve seeks to save the big cats and educate the public to ensure the survival of these amazing creatures.
Busch Gardens Tampa
10165 N. McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL 33612 813-884-4386
The thrill-packed theme park and zoo features roller coasters, luge-style rides and a host of kiddie rides, plus a safari-style tram adventure and Skyride — an aerial exploration of the park. The animal habitat is home to over 12,000 animals and offers live shows, with special areas for face-to-snout encounters.
24546 U.S. Highway 19 N
Clearwater, FL 33763 727-791-1799
The station features more than 100 video and prize games, bumper boats, go-karts and rides, batting cages and an 18-hole miniature golf course.
5145 Harvey Tew Road
Plant City, FL 33565 813-717-9865
Pint-size paleontologists can sift through sand at the “Fossil Dig” to discover treasures ranging from sea urchins to dinosaur bones and then view more than 200 life-sized dinosaurs in their natural environments.
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602 813-273-4000
The aquarium features four distinct environments: Wetlands, Bays & Beaches, Coral Reef and Ocean Commotion. The Penguin Promenade features black-footed African penguins, and other activities include a pair of SCUBA-based adventures: “Swim with the Fishes” and “Dive with the Sharks.”
This region offers some of the best golf courses in Florida. With more than 1,000 public and country club golf courses to choose from, you may want to seek local expertise to help you with your search. Visit Florida can help you “see what the sunshine can do for you” by searching its website for courses, clubhouses and more by city or by golfing themes such as budget-minded, for beginners and adepts. Get inspired at www.visitflorida.com/en-us/golf.html.
Lowry Park Zoo
1101 W. Sligh Ave.
Tampa, FL 33604 813-935-8552
More than 1,200 animals in eight interactive environments live on the 56-acre grounds that include children’s rides, a log flume, a manatee hospital and a podcast tour. The River Odyssey Ecotour travels along the Hillsborough River, which is home to manatees, herons, hawks and an assortment of other dazzling wildlife.