Best Kid-Friendly Weekend Activities in Tampa

Best Kid-Friendly Weekend Activities in Tampa

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We all struggle with that sinking feeling accompanied by, “What am I going to do with the kids this weekend?” You want to plan an elaborate, fun-filled kid-friendly weekend full of activities. We’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best weekend activities with the kids in the Tampa Bay area:

1. Adventure Island

A water park is a great way to beat the heat and get the kids (and you) having a blast.

2. The Big Red Balloon

Take the kids for a ride in a hot air balloon this weekend. No, really- right here in Tampa!

3. DFAC Children’s Art Museum

Spend an educational weekend with the kids at one of Tampa’s best children’s museums.

4. Big Cat Rescue

Tour Tampa’s Big Cat Rescue and get up close and personal with some REALLY big cats!

5. Bay Area Renaissance Festival

Dress up, eat some turkey legs, and cheer on knights with your kids at the Bay Area Ren Fest.

6. Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

Most kids have a pirate phase. Make a weekend experience they’ll never experience and take them on a real pirate cruise that’s perfect for families.

7. Weeki Wachee’s Mermaid Show

Not into pirates? Bet your kids would love to see a mermaid right here in Tampa.

8. Tampa Theatre

Tampa Theatre has regular kids’ shows that are perfect for a rainy Florida weekend indoors.

9. Heritage Village

Step into a history with this historically accurate village and sneak in some weekend learning while having fun!

10. Busch Gardens

Don’t overthink it. Take the kids to Busch Gardens, ride every ride twice, and eat a bunch of junk food.

11. Lowry Park Zoo

One of the best zoos in the country is located right here in Tampa- get wild!

12. TECO Line Streetcars

Ride in one of Tampa’s historic streetcars and give the kids one of those fun “first” experiences.

13. Spinner’s Rotating Restaurant

For a special dinner, take the family to Spinner’s and take in a gorgeous 360-degree view of Tampa like no other.

14. Dinosaur World

How many kids can say they saw a giant (animatronic) dinosaur up close? Take your little paleontologists to explore Dinosaur World.

15. Paleo Discoveries

Speaking of ancient history, your kids can go hunting for fossils at Tampa’s Paleo Discoveries this weekend.

16. The Florida Aquarium

Another kid-friendly gem that’s located right here in Tampa, the Florida Aquarium is a surefire way to make a memorable weekend activity fun for the kids.

17. Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center

There aren’t many kids in the U.S. that can take a weekend trip to see manatees in the wild. Your kids are lucky. Teach them more about Tampa’s ecosystem and foster an appreciation for the environment.

18. Ghost Tours of Historic Tampa

Want to scare the daylights out of the kids? Take them on a ghost tour just in time for Halloween. They’ll probably be way braver than you.

19. Tampa Bay Water Bike Company

That’s right- a water bike. Tour Tampa a new way with the kids this weekend.

20. Drive-In Movies in Tampa

You’d be surprised at the number of old-fashioned drive-in movie theatres in the Tampa Bay area. Pack up the car and let the kids experience a piece of iconic American history together.

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