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Tampa: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Ticket & Multi-Park Options

1. Tampa: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Ticket & Multi-Park Options

Explore Florida’s favorite coasters and thrill rides in Tampa Bay. Book a 1-day admission ticket or add multi-park options to also enjoy admission to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Adventure Island Tampa Bay. Whether you’re a coaster enthusiast or want rides that are fun for the whole family, explore Florida’s best coasters, right here in Tampa Bay. Take on a thrilling triple-launch coaster, a family spin coaster that’s a new ride every time, epic coaster legends, and more. Meet more than 300 species of animals here at Tampa’s largest zoo. From the exotic to the endangered, the ones you love to the ones you’ve never even heard of, meet more than 300 species of animals. If you’re planning a Tampa, Florida vacation, be sure not to miss the largest zoo in Tampa, Florida – in fact, one of the largest zoos in all of North America. Enjoy live shows from world-class performers – along with a few rescued rising stars. Your admission is your ticket to world-class entertainment, with live shows for all ages. Enjoy the breathtaking performances on ice during Turn It Up!, the nostalgic sounds of Rock a Doo Wop, plus the kid-friendly fun of Let's Play Together at Sesame Street® Safari of Fun.

Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

2. Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

Visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium to learn about all of the rescued and resident animals. Catch some of the daily presentations and make sure to watch the daily programs in the theatre. Boat tours, animal care experiences and behind-the-scenes tours will add at least another hour to your day.  Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an indoor/outdoor facility with air-conditioned areas inside and open air outside. Enjoy the views of Clearwater Bay from the harbor view deck and stranding deck. Discover a variety of animals including dolphins, pelicans, sea turtles, otters, sharks, and other animals.  The majority of residents cannot be released due to a variety of reasons, so you can visit them in their permanent habitats and learn their stories. See a number of animals currently undergoing rehabilitation in the working animal hospital. The presentations and talks throughout the day aim to educate you in a fun way about the work going on to take care of the marine life and the environment. 

Tampa Bay CityPASS®: Save Over 53% at 5 Top Attractions

3. Tampa Bay CityPASS®: Save Over 53% at 5 Top Attractions

Ride thrilling coasters and see amazing animals, inspiring art, fascinating science, and more with the Tampa Bay CityPASS ticket which includes admission to: 1. Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay Florida’s Coaster Capital, is the ultimate family adventure, providing unrivaled excitement for guests of every age with a unique blend of world-class thrill rides, live shows, games, restaurants and one of the nation’s largest zoos. 2. The Florida Aquarium See why The Florida Aquarium is one of the top aquariums in the country, with thousands of sea creatures, including sharks, alligators, otters, sea turtles, and more! Encounter ring-tailed lemurs, touch a moon jelly and explore the hidden creatures living in our oceans.  3. ZooTampa at Lowry Park Experience unforgettable natural connections and excitement at ZooTampa! Feel the rush of a macaw soaring overhead, ask questions at the many animal mingles, and feel the splash of wild water adventure at Roaring Springs presented by Pinch A Penny!  4. Clearwater Marine Aquarium See Winter the dolphin, star, and inspiration of the popular Dolphin Tale movies. Immerse yourself in the world of marine life rescue at this unique facility—not your typical aquarium. Explore the working animal hospital. See rescued dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and otters. Be inspired by fun, educational presentations about the important ongoing work of rescue, rehabilitation, and release. 5. Museum of Science and Industry OR The Tropics Boat Tours Dolphin or Sunset Cruise 5.1 Museum of Science and Industry Tampa’s premier science center, where curious minds can explore space science, weather, robotics, engineering, physics, paleontology, the human body, and more. Get “STEAM-ed” at MOSI, where Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math collide. 5.2 The Tropics Boat Tours Dolphin or Sunset Cruise Experience Clearwater Beach, its magnificent waterways, and its resident Bottlenose Dolphins onboard Clearwater Beach's Best Outdoor Activity of the year! Enjoy guaranteed dolphin sightings on a Dolphin Exploration tour, along with a live narration from the crew and other wildlife viewing opportunities. Or, witness a breathtaking Florida sunset on a Sunset Celebration Cruise.

Tampa Bay 2-Hour Speedboat Adventure

4. Tampa Bay 2-Hour Speedboat Adventure

Experience the adventure of a lifetime and become the captain of your very own speedboat on this thrilling 2-hour tour out of Tampa Bay. Meet at the Tierra Verde Resort Marina to join a knowledgeable guide who will help you navigate your way out of the serenity of Tampa Bay and let you take control of your craft for a heart-pounding journey. Open the throttle and feel the wind in your hair and the sea beneath your wings, as you speed across the Gulf of Mexico. Sail past the beautiful National Wildlife Refuges and historic Fort de Soto Park. And look out for pods of bottlenose dolphins, manatees, gopher tortoises and numerous varieties of local birds swirling above.

St. Petersburg: 3-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

5. St. Petersburg: 3-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Looking for a way to turn St. Petersburg into a giant game board? This interactive scavenger hunt combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg, Florida. Guided from any smartphone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning about the local history. The adventure will begin along the bay and take you on a well-designed course that will include scenic parks, outdoor art, historic hotels and other sights around the city. Using a smartphone as “the guide” will allow you to start when you want and determine your own pace of play. Stop for lunch at one of the many sidewalk cafes or grab an ice cream… why not, it’s your schedule?  Offered at a fixed price for a group versus per person pricing, this city tour/ game offers a great value for those on a budget. Points of interest will include the following: Museum of History, Straub Park, North Yacht Basin, Historic Renaissance Hotel and other city monuments and sights.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 86 reviews

Very educational for children, adults and seniors. Heartwarming to see how well the animals are taken care of from their specific diets to their social time. Just loved it 5 years ago before the new facility was built. Loved it even more this visit. Easy to get around the buildings. From blind turtles being fed and nurtured right thru to the seahorse we seen, our experience was fabulous for the four of us (my husband and I, 73, who are seniors, our daughter 43 and granddaughter 18 a college freshman). Highly recommend for any family, any age to experience this rescue facility

Oh my goodness !!! I have been to Clearwater Marina Aquarium before when I lived in Clearwater. This was our 1st family vacation with my husband and 2 bonus girls. The staff is over and beyond helpful and polite. I absolutely love visiting here and seeing all of the animals !!!! But seeing Winters area empty was so surreal and made me tear up Prayers to everyone that had the pleasure of working and being apart of her life for 16 years

We had a fantastic time. With this city pass we had the opportunity to walk through 5 attractions of the city of Tampa at a cheaper price than buying it at the box office or online. The only bad thing is that you only have 9 days from the first time you use the first ticket to go to all the attractions. And sometimes the weather can work against you… .. for example it is raining and you cannot fully enjoy your attractions

Tricky to find the meet up site but we had a blast! Plenty of open water to throttle down and avoid boats. We are a couple in our fifties (one with mobility issues) but once you plop down into the boat; it’s so much fun! Don’t sell yourself short by thinking you are too old! If you aren’t a regular boater..definitely experience this adventure!

I had my doubts that this was real because of the low price. It was super easy, I went to the entrance and they scanned us in no time. No need to redeem a voucher or print tickets our wait in ticket lines. Super easy and super cheap. Well worth the ticket.