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Busch Gardens of Tampa Bay 

Busch Gardens is a thrilling African safari and a sun-soaked Florida vacation all rolled into one. Experience up-close encounters with wild animals, and explore fascinating attractions based on cultures and legends of far away lands.

A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos featuring nearly 3,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age.

Busch Gardens
10165 N McKinley Dr
Tampa, FL 33612

Open daily, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Prices adjusted seasonally: $69.95 for adults, $59.95 for children ages 3 - 9, children under 3 free. 888.800.5447




Adventure Island 

Adventure Island is open weekends only now through October 25. Please check the Park Calendar for the complete operating schedule before your visit. A step through the entrance and you're transported straight to the Florida Keys and the laid-back lifestyle that made them famous.

Soaking,, sunning and relaxing - that's what life's all about at Adventure Island.

Adventure Island's 30 acres provide water-soaked excitement for guests of all ages. Ease into island time in a place where corkscrew slides, waterfalls, a giant wave pool, a rambling river, and other family attractions create a laid-back atmosphere and hours of sun-drenched fun.

Your toughest decision? Whether to hit the slides for some fast-paced fun or grab a siesta in your own private cabana. Ni-ice.

Adventure Island

10001 N. McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL 33612

Hours 9:00 a.m. to dusk, weather permitting, $39.95 for adults, $35.95 for children ages 3 - 9, children under 3 free. 888.800.5447




Ybor City 

Known as Tampas Latin Quarter for over a century, Ybor City is an exotic blend of aromas, flavors, sights and sounds. From the scent of roasting Cuban coffee early in the morning to the rhythms of Latin music late into the night, Ybor is a feast for the senses.

Choose from a variety of cuisine - Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Greek and French - just by strolling down La Setima, the main street of the Historic District. Share authentic tapas and a pitcher of Spanish sangria in a caf atmosphere reminiscent of a Mediterranean village. Browse eclectic shops and art galleries or visit one of the museums. See a hand-rolled cigar being made or just relax and people watch with a cup of Ybors famous cafe con leche.

Listen to the music of the night - jazz, blues, salsa, reggae and even hip-hop emanate from a selection of pubs, patio bars and nightclubs. Ybor is alive with a variety of entertainment that makes it one of Floridas top-ranked nightspots.




John's Pass Village 

This quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village is Pinellas County's #1 tourist attraction. Over one hundred merchants inhabit the Village with unique retail shopping, a variety of restaurants, the local fishing fleet, cruise lines, boat rentals, parasailing and jet skiing. Plenty of parking! The beach is a short stroll away. Conveniently located near St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa, and just a short drive to the Orlando area. Open daily!


Dolphins are a common sight as they frolic through the corridor of John's Pass from the Gulf to the Intercoastal. John's Pass Boardwalk offers a wide range of choices for enjoying the experience . . . stroll along with a soda or ice cream cone, or visit one of the waterfront restaurants or decks for a beverage, a snack or a full-course dinner.

John's Pass Village

150 Johns Pass Boardwalk W
Madeira Beach, FL 33708-2625
727.394.0756




St. Petersburg Pier 

The St. Petersburg Pier, simply called "The Pier" by locals, is a major tourist destination in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Some of the activities and sights it encompasses include: fishing, boat rentals, weekly festivals, and the pier aquarium. Shopping, dining and nightlife are other amenities. The Pier was originally completed in 1889 with many subsequent renovations. Besides the attractions it is known for its five-story inverted pyramid shape overlooking Tampa Bay.

St. Petersburg Pier
800 2nd Ave NE
St Petersburg, FL 33701-3521
727.821.6443




Lowry Park Zoo 

Re-opened at its current site in 1988, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is today ranked the number-one family-friendly zoo in the U.S. (Child magazine) and recognized by the State of Florida as a center for Florida wildlife conservation and biodiversity (HB 457).

The region's only dedicated zoological garden, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo was designed to enhance quality of life in greater Tampa Bay as an affordable leisure destination and center for education and endangered species conservation. Natural outdoor exhibits for more than 2,000 animals from Florida and similar habitats include a Native Florida Wildlife Center and manatee hospital, Asian Gardens, Primate World, Free-Flight Aviaries, Wallaroo Station children's zoo, and Safari Africa. The Zoo also features rides, shows and hands-on interactive exhibits designed to give you a WILD experience.

Lowry Park Zoo
1101 W Sligh Ave

Tampa, FL 33604
813.935.8552

Zoo Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Subject to close for special events or inclement weather.