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3 Days in Tampa: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, August 2010

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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!

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Dolphin Cruise from The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 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 $36.96
$47.90 Save $10.94

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 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 $52.00
$57.95 Save $5.95

2 Hour Lunchtime Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 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 captain ...  Read more

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

From USD $17.08

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

4 star rating: Recommended 6 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 $55.29
$98.39 Save $43.10

Sunset Cruise from Clearwater

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 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: 1 hour 45 minutes

From USD $22.00

Big Cat Rescue Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Day Tour Meet 100+ exotic cats representing 15 species of wild cat. This is a walking tour. All Cat-a-tats (enclosures) are 1200 square feet to 3 acres of ...  Read more

Location: Tampa, Florida
Duration: Varies

From USD $36.00

Sunset Party Cruise from Clearwater

Dance the night away on this 2-hour party cruise! Leave Clearwater Bay and cruise along the Gulf of Mexico as you enjoy a full-service bar, dance to upbeat ...  Read more

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

From USD $22.00

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay

4 star rating: Recommended 3 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. The ...  Read more

Location: Tampa, Florida
Duration: Flexible

From USD $19.99
$21.95 Save $1.96

St Petersburg Speedboat Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 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

Dive with the Sharks at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Dive with the Sharks at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay gives you the opportunity to SCUBA dive with sharks from around the world as well as moray eels, ...  Read more

Location: Tampa, Florida
Duration: 90 minutes

From USD $159.99
$175.00 Save $15.01

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