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3 Days in Tampa: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, December 2014

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Tampa is a great destination for a relaxed family holiday. Its excellent beaches, theme parks, and opportunities to experience wildlife first-hand mean it's popular with adults and kids alike.
 
Day 1: Theme Parks

Tampa has several popular theme parks that’ll keep the whole family entertained.  Take your pick from the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The Florida Aquarium is known for its unique glass architecture and has over 20,000 species of aquatic plants and animals. Lowry Park Zoo has over 2,000 animals and takes an educational approach with its interactive exhibits. African-themed Busch Gardens is a definite favorite with the kids who love seeing the African wildlife and taking a white-knuckle ride on its thrilling roller coasters.

Day 2: Get Wet

The deep-water port of Tampa Bay is home to over 400 bottlenose dolphins and is one of the best places in Florida to view birds and native fish. Enjoy a leisurely cruise of the bay that includes a long lunch or a spot of cruise-ship dancing , or go dolphin spotting on a 72 foot (22 meter) catamaran – the choice is yours!

Day 3: Animal Encounters

Spend a day at the incredible Big Cat Rescue, a non-profit educational sanctuary devoted to rescuing and housing abandoned or abused exotic cats. Home to tigers, lions, leopards, cougars, bobcats, lynx, ocelots and more, you can tour the center by day (special kids tour on Saturdays) or leave the kids behind and tour the center at night. You can even watch the big cats devouring their daily meat feed (over 18's only). More up close and personal encounters can be had at the Florida Aquarium where the kids can swim with the fishes and mom and dad can swim with the sharks!

Tours & Tickets

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Tampa Bay CityPASS

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

See the best of Florida's west coast with the Tampa Bay CityPASS! Save time and money with your CityPASS, which allows you to skip long ticket lines at Tampa ...  Read more

Location: Tampa, Florida
Duration: Flexible

From USD $99.00

Best St Petersburg Speedboat Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Experience the thrill of driving your own speedboat through the serene waters of Tampa Bay. For the entirety of this narrated tour, you’ll navigate and captain ...  Read more

Location: St Petersburg, Florida
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.89

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa is the ultimate family adventure park, featuring an unparalleled combination of animal encounters, live entertainment and ...  Read more

Location: Tampa, Florida
Duration: Flexible

From USD $85.99

Sunset Cruise from Clearwater

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

On this 1 hour and 45 minute sunset cruise from Clearwater, explore the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico while soaking in amazing views of the Florida ...  Read more

Location: Clearwater Beach, Florida
Duration: 105 minutes (approx.)

From USD $17.49
$28.25 Save $10.76

Dolphin Cruise from The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay

4 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay is offering cruises aboard a 72-foot, 130-passenger catamaran, officially named Bay Spirit II. The Aquarium has partnered ...  Read more

Location: Tampa, Florida
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $37.49
$49.90 Save $12.41

Tampa Trio Pass: Florida Aquarium, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo and MOSI

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

Get your Tampa Trio - Triplet Pass today and enjoy discounted admission into 3 of Florida's favorite family attractions - The Florida Aquarium, Tampa's Lowry ...  Read more

Location: Tampa, Florida
Duration: Varies

From USD $54.99

2 Hour Lunchtime Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 50 Reviews

Take a leisurely lunchtime sightseeing cruise in Florida’s beautiful inland waters aboard a luxury yacht! As you dine on a fresh, gourmet lunch, your ...  Read more

Location: Clearwater Beach, Florida
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $16.99

Lunchtime Dance Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Get your friends together for a little midday party aboard a sleek, yacht-style luxury vessel! Enjoy the scenery of Clearwater Bay as you cruise to the sounds ...  Read more

Location: Clearwater Beach, Florida
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $21.39

Busch Gardens and Alafia River Wildlife Helicopter Tour

Take to the Tampa Bay skies on a helicopter tour over downtown Tampa and Busch Gardens. Fly over the city skyscrapers, view exotic wildlife like giraffes, ...  Read more

Location: Tampa, Florida
Duration: Varies

From USD $154.99

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Your visit to Tampa Bay isn't complete without exploring the one Bay Area attraction that opens a window to the side of Florida that few ever get to see. ...  Read more

Location: Tampa, Florida
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $21.99
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