Summer Fun Ideas for Kids of All Ages in Tampa Bay

It’s that point of the summer where parents are running out of ideas on how to entertain the kids and the kids are going stir crazy. Fortunately, the options are near endless in the Tampa Bay area and there’s always something to do that’s fun for kids of ALL ages. Here are some of our favorites…

Zoo at Lowry Park

From open-air safari rides to roaring water coasters and over 2,000 animals in 56 acres of natural habitats, Zoo Tampa has something for kids of all ages! The zoo showcases unforgettable moments such as Up-Close Animal Encounters, Explore Expedition Africa, and the Roaring Springs Ride as well as other attractions such as a splash park, carousal, and more! Deals are available such as Toddler Tuesdays and “Pay Today Go All Year” tickets.

The Florida Aquarium

Pet a stingray, take a dolphin eco-cruise, get up-close and personal with penguins, and splash around in an outdoor water play area. The Florida Aquarium is an environmental education facility that focuses on area marine life. Other features include special exhibits, a 4-D theatre, and an enormous tank filled with sharks, sea turtles, and more!

Clearwater Beach

Rated one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Clearwater Beach is a kid-friendly destination and family favorite. Enjoy sugar white sand, gentle waves, and a multitude of watersport rentals. Cabana, chair, and umbrella rentals are also available in case you don’t feel like bringing your own. Make sure you stop by Pier 60 for their nightly sunset celebration!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

This is the perfect destination if you’ve got kids of varying ages. Older kids will love the gravity-defying roller coasters while younger children will enjoy the jungle mazes at Jungala, Sesame Street Safari of Fun, and less adventurous (but still fun!) rides. Everyone in the family will get a thrill from the zip line that soars high above the treetops which overlooks the entire park. Busch Gardens is currently offering an End of Summer promotion which includes a “Buy One, Get One Free” deal.

Lettuce Lake Park

This 240-acre county park is a peaceful escape from the city, offering kayak and canoe rentals, a boardwalk and bicycle/jogging trail, as well as a playground and picnic area. The wildlife won’t disappoint! Common sightings include alligators, turtles, and a beautiful variety of birds. Other features include nature tours and hands-on family programs.

The Dali Museum

Kids of all ages will enjoy a surreal scavenger hunt at the Salvador Dali Museum where they will be tasked with finding the artist’s most popular works throughout the museum. After that, send them into the garden labyrinth where they can get “lost” (but not really). Other features include a kids storytime every Wednesday and Thursday and crafts on Saturday.

A Ride on the JP Cat

Your kids will love the most exciting onboard adventure in Tampa Bay! Enjoy the JP Cat’s spacious deck, sunning nets, and shaded coverage while riding along the water with the area’s best catamaran crew. Our state-of-the-art vessel offers the ultimate experience for boaters of all ages. Moms and Dads, we also offer a beer and wine bar because you deserve one.

Ready to set sail? We offer several cruise options such as a sightseeing day cruise, sunset cruise, and private boat rentals for events. Call us today at (727) 310-7883 for more information or to book your next catamaran adventure!