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Tampa Bay Attractions


Highlighting must see Attractions

Adventure Island

Adventure Island's Wahoo Run is the ultimate family raft ride! It plunges up to five riders more than 15 feet per second as the half-enclosed tunnel corkscrews more than 600 feet to a waiting splash pool.

Historic Bok Sanctuary

The meandering garden is one of the greatest achievements of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. Tranquil resting places, shady recesses, picturesque vistas and expansive splashes of color create a contemplative setting for your personal renewal and enjoyment.

There are also many family-friendly garden areas which give children the chance to learn about the gardens while playing in a vine-covered arbor or observing butterflies.

The acres of ferns, palms, oaks and pines create a year-round backdrop of 1,000 shades of green for the seasonal bursts of azaleas, camellias and magnolia blooms that form an ever-changing work of art.

Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure park offering an array of fascinating attractions based on exotic encounters with the African continent.

A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos featuring more than 2,700 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay provides unrivaled "real" excitement for guests of every age.

Busch Gardens was recently rated the most popular theme park in Florida among residents of the Tampa Bay area.

The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium tells Florida's unique water story as it follows a "drop" of water from its underground source to the open sea. Discover over 10,000 aquatic plants and animals both native to Florida and from all over the globe.

South Florida Museum

Discover Florida's story from the prehistoric to the present with life-sized casts of Ice Age mammals that roamed in Southwest Florida 12,000 years ago, realistic dioramas, and fossil exhibits that explain how Florida was formed. Experience Florida's First Peoples and see the world renowned Tallant Collection of artifacts, the most comprehensive collection of material from archeological sites in Florida, dating from the Paleoindian period to the arrival of the Spanish explorers in the early 1500's. Explore maps, charts and local maritime history in the Maritime Gallery. Wonder at the variety of animal life through natural history exhibits and journey back to 16th century Spain in our Spanish Plaza with a replica of a 16th century chapel. Not to be missed is the changing exhibits gallery, with new and exciting programs planned throughout the year.

The Pier

The Pier Aquarium is a non-profit public aquarium and marine education center located at The Pier in downtown St. Petersburg. The Pier Aquarium is primarily staffed by marine science students from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida, College of Marine Science. We invite you to explore diverse marine environments from around the world, starting with our own backyard in Tampa Bay and voyaging to the California Kelp Forests, the Caribbean and Pacific Coral Reefs.

The five-story complex contains sixteen (16) specialty stores, specialty carts, a Food Court and four sit-down restaurants. Captain Al's Waterfront Restaurant and Bar is located on the first level, along with the Food Court, specialty stores, galleries and boutiques. Project Creo: Center for Art and Design is housed on the 3rd floor. The famous Columbia Restaurant is on the fourth level, Cha Cha Coconuts Tropical Bar and Grill is on level five, along with the Observation Deck, and Fresco's Waterfront Bar & Grill is located on the corner of 2nd Avenue N.E. and Bayshore Drive.

Big Cat Rescue

The narrow mission of Big Cat Rescue is to provide the best permanent home they can for the limited number of abused, abandoned and retired big cats that the sanctuary can afford to take in. However, the sanctuary must turn away over 300 cats per year and the number is growing.

The broader mission, therefore, is to reduce the number of cats that suffer the fate of abandonment and abuse by educating as many people as possible about the conditions that lead to the plight of these animals. They do this through tours of the sanctuary, school education programs, 2100 page website that receives viewers from all over the world, by supporting species preservation efforts, and by providing a hands-on experience for interns from around the world.