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Tampa: ZooTampa at Lowry Park Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

1. Tampa: ZooTampa at Lowry Park Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

ZooTampa brings together animals and visitors to create unforgettable, natural connections. Home to more than 1300 animals, the park is famous for having one of the most beautiful, tropical zoological settings in the world. Get closer to wildlife than ever before by touching a giant tortoise, feeding a giraffe, getting nose-to-horn with an Indian rhino, hand-to-fin with slippery stingrays, and more. Families can also splash in water play areas, feel the adrenaline on rides and watch educational shows. At the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Hospital, the zoo’s vets and animal-care staff treat sick, injured, and orphaned manatees, and return them to the wild after rehabilitation. The zoo cares for the most diverse group of wildlife in Florida, and has won numerous awards for animal preservation.

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Tampa: The Florida Aquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance

2. Tampa: The Florida Aquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance

Get close to many of Florida’s aquatic and terrestrial animals and ecosystems, as well as others from around the world at the Florida Aquarium, including sea turtles and coral. Your ticket allows you to access all of the exhibits, which feature diverse creatures and habitats.  The Florida Aquarium works to protect and restore our planet on many conservation fronts, including research and rescue efforts that help restore Florida’s sea turtle and coral populations and to ensure that sharks continue to swim the seas.  Get up close and personal with unique moon jellies at the touch pool experience in the Moon Bay exhibit and learn about this hypnotically graceful ocean creature with surprising survival skills. On the Wetlands Trail, see species such as alligators, river otters, and even the invasive Burmese python. There is also a large aviary that allows birds to explore in a safe environment. Journey through a mangrove forest to see it teeming with local fish. Witness feedings of the intriguing pink spoonbill or other animals and learn more about the wildlife during scheduled presentations at the ranger station. Embark on the Journey to Madagascar, a unique exhibit featuring ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, hissing cockroaches, and marine life found in the Indian Ocean. In the Bays to Beaches exhibit, see spiny lobsters and the strange Toadfish as well as Batfish who walk on the bottom of the seafloor. Take the opportunity to touch the gentle aquatic creatures at Stingray Beach, or bizarre creatures that have no backbone such as anemones and sea stars. In the coral tunnel, discover the intriguing sea dragons and sea horses. The Florida Aquarium journey culminates at the 500,000-gallon habitat that features sharks, rays, sea turtles, reef fish, and moray eels. Learn about the aquarium’s conservation efforts at the Waves of Wonder gallery. The highlight of this section is the Heart of the Sea where you will see bonnethead sharks, loggerhead turtle, tarpon, southern stingrays, spotted eagle rays, plus a variety of reef fish. At The Splash Pad, bring swimsuits for the kids who are invited to play in the outdoor plaza at the rain-forest-themed water feature with dump buckets and waterworks, plus net climbs, slides, and more.

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Tampa: ZooQuarium 1-Day Ticket

3. Tampa: ZooQuarium 1-Day Ticket

Receive double the fun in one day with full access to both the ZooTampa at Lowry Park and the Florida Aquarium in a single Price Ticket. Enjoy all-day access to the ZooTampa at Lowry Park which includes the family-friendly Water Play Areas, Carousel Circle, and Tiger Family Roller Coaster as well as their 5 Wildlife continent habitats: (Florida Wildlife, Asian Gardens, Wallaroo Station, Primate World, and Safari Africa). Then, head out to the Florida Aquarium to experience one of the top Aquariums in the United States with thousands of amazing sea creatures, terrestrial animals and plants. Explore all the Aquarium exhibits and daily scheduled activities, the outdoor plaza which includes The Splash Pad, Fins Bar, and the Four Ducks 4-D theater.

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Tampa: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Ticket & Multi-Park Options

4. Tampa: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Ticket & Multi-Park Options

Explore Florida’s favorite coasters and thrill rides in Tampa Bay. Book a 1-day admission ticket or add multi-park options to also enjoy admission to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Adventure Island Tampa Bay. Whether you’re a coaster enthusiast or want rides that are fun for the whole family, explore Florida’s best coasters, right here in Tampa Bay. Take on a thrilling triple-launch coaster, a family spin coaster that’s a new ride every time, epic coaster legends, and more. Meet more than 300 species of animals here at Tampa’s largest zoo. From the exotic to the endangered, the ones you love to the ones you’ve never even heard of, meet more than 300 species of animals. If you’re planning a Tampa, Florida vacation, be sure not to miss the largest zoo in Tampa, Florida – in fact, one of the largest zoos in all of North America. Enjoy live shows from world-class performers – along with a few rescued rising stars. Your admission is your ticket to world-class entertainment, with live shows for all ages. Enjoy the breathtaking performances on ice during Turn It Up!, the nostalgic sounds of Rock a Doo Wop, plus the kid-friendly fun of Let's Play Together at Sesame Street® Safari of Fun.

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SeaWorld Orlando: Park Admission Ticket

5. SeaWorld Orlando: Park Admission Ticket

Immerse yourself in wonder at SeaWorld Orlando, where the aquatic world comes to life like no place else. With the combo ticket options available, you can also enjoy the thrills of Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa and Adventure Island. SeaWorld Connect with the ocean at SeaWorld, watching killer whales leap at the One Ocean show, racing like a ray on Manta the ride, entering the all-new thrilling, chilling adventure of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin and sharing an epic voyage with sea turtles at TurtleTrek. Experience the power and grace of killer whales in the awe-inspiring Shamu show One Ocean. Orcas jump skyward, dancing fountains dot the water, and a Splash Zone seat gives you submerged views of killer whales flapping their fins and drenching you with water. For fast thrills, the Manta flying roller coaster tilts you parallel to the ground and sends you headfirst on a twisting, plunging trip that starts with an inverted nosedive. At Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, you’ll glide past ethereal, icy sights on a trackless ride to a no-glass penguin exhibit, which gets you closer to the charming birds and lets you experience their ideal, frosty conditions. Aquatica Orlando From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches and the remarkable animal habitats that are the hallmark of SeaWorld, Aquatica Orlando, SeaWorld's Waterpark, delights all ages and interests. This one-of-a-kind park is home to some of the world's most thrilling water rides, featuring 38 slides, rivers and lagoons and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches. Busch Gardens Tampa Take your family to Busch Gardens Tampa, a place where fun comes naturally. Everyone can enjoy the unparalleled mix of animal encounters, captivating shows, and thrilling rides. Race like a cheetah aboard Cheetah Hunt, or dive face down at 60 mph on Falcon's Fury, America's tallest freestanding drop tower. Adventure Island Treat your family to a tropical oasis, where the fun never sets. Enjoy thrilling rides, chilling slides and splashes to delight everyone. Swirl down the wild tubes of Caribbean Corkscrew, swoosh the 210-foot GulfScream descent or race to the finish on Riptide. Little ones will find adventure too at Fabian’s Funport, with fountains, splash zones and water slides perfect for pint-sized summer fun.

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Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

6. Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

Visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium to learn about all of the rescued and resident animals. Catch some of the daily presentations and make sure to watch the daily programs in the theatre. Boat tours, animal care experiences and behind-the-scenes tours will add at least another hour to your day.  Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an indoor/outdoor facility with air-conditioned areas inside and open air outside. Enjoy the views of Clearwater Bay from the harbor view deck and stranding deck. Discover a variety of animals including dolphins, pelicans, sea turtles, otters, sharks, and other animals.  The majority of residents cannot be released due to a variety of reasons, so you can visit them in their permanent habitats and learn their stories. See a number of animals currently undergoing rehabilitation in the working animal hospital. The presentations and talks throughout the day aim to educate you in a fun way about the work going on to take care of the marine life and the environment. 

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Tampa Bay 2-Hour Speedboat Adventure

7. Tampa Bay 2-Hour Speedboat Adventure

Experience the adventure of a lifetime and become the captain of your very own speedboat on this thrilling 2-hour tour out of Tampa Bay. Meet at the Tierra Verde Resort Marina to join a knowledgeable guide who will help you navigate your way out of the serenity of Tampa Bay and let you take control of your craft for a heart-pounding journey. Open the throttle and feel the wind in your hair and the sea beneath your wings, as you speed across the Gulf of Mexico. Sail past the beautiful National Wildlife Refuges and historic Fort de Soto Park. And look out for pods of bottlenose dolphins, manatees, gopher tortoises and numerous varieties of local birds swirling above.

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Tampa: 1 Hour Haunted History Walking Tour

8. Tampa: 1 Hour Haunted History Walking Tour

Meet your guide then set off on a seriously spooky adventure through Tampa. Journey through some of the city’s most haunted streets, and experience spine-tingling hauntings. Discover why Tampa is called “the damnedest town this side of hell”, and listen to stories of eerie, unexplained encounters and paranormal activity experienced by local residents. Hear tales of the spirit of the projectionist at the Old Tampa Theater, and the ghost of the notorious gangster Charlie Wall. By the end of the tour, you’ll have seen a new side to Tampa, and have a few ghost stories to take home with you.

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Orlando: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

9. Orlando: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

Discover the best of Orlando with the Orlando Go City All-Inclusive Pass. Choose between a 2, 3, or 5-day pass, valid for a 2-week period, and get exploring. The more you see, the more you save. Enjoy popular attractions such as Kennedy Space Center and LEGOLAND® Florida. Explore surrounding area attractions in Tampa and Miami - perfect for a road trip. Rub shoulders with the celebrities at Madame Tussauds Orlando, take a spin at The Wheel at ICON Park, and more. Benefit from a digital Go City pass and guide, which can be used on a mobile device or to print at home. Attractions Include: • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex • LEGOLAND® Florida Resort • Fun Spot America Theme Park - 4 Ride Sampler • Madame Tussauds Orlando • WonderWorks All-Access Pass • SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando • The Wheel at ICON Park • Gatorland - The Alligator Capital of the World • The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show • Titanic - the Artifact Exhibition • Gray Line Orlando - City of Orlando Tour • Congo River Adventure Golf • Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour • American Police Hall of Fame • ZooTampa at Lowry Park • StarLite Cruises: Majesty Daytime Cruise • Dolphin Racer Speedboat Cruise • Lion Country Safari - Drive-Thru Admission Only • Miami Seaquarium • Duck Tours South Beach • Island Queen Millionaire's Row Sightseeing Cruise • Ft. Lauderdale Glass Bottom Boat and Snorkeling Trip • Big Bus Miami Hop on Hop off Tour • Gator Park Airboat Tour • Sawgrass Recreation Park Everglades Airboat Adventures • Gray Line Miami: Everglades Airboat Adventure Tour • Daytona International Speedway All Access Tour There's no need to choose your attractions before you buy with the All-Inclusive Pass. You can pick and choose as you go - just be sure to check the attraction page to see if you need to make a reservation before.

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Orlando: Aquatica Water Park Admission Ticket

10. Orlando: Aquatica Water Park Admission Ticket

From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches, Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark in Orlando, delights all ages. You’ll find 59-acres of water-filled fun, with everything from up-close animal encounters to thrilling rides and 80,000 square-feet of white sand beaches available. If you're looking to kick back and relax, look no further. While the family takes thrilling spills on body slides and raft rides, you can take a moment to relax on some of Aquatica's more laid back attractions. Enjoy lazy rivers, beaches and more at Aquatica. We know planning a day for your littlest adventurers can be a challenge, so we’ve pulled together a list of kid-friendly attractions that your little ones are sure to love. Whether your family includes tiny tykes or independent adventurers, you're sure to find play areas fit for the whole family.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 457 reviews

Very educational for children, adults and seniors. Heartwarming to see how well the animals are taken care of from their specific diets to their social time. Just loved it 5 years ago before the new facility was built. Loved it even more this visit. Easy to get around the buildings. From blind turtles being fed and nurtured right thru to the seahorse we seen, our experience was fabulous for the four of us (my husband and I, 73, who are seniors, our daughter 43 and granddaughter 18 a college freshman). Highly recommend for any family, any age to experience this rescue facility

Best customer service ever easy booking when I hit there it was very crowded and I couldn’t see any show when i called them they help me and got a full refund for what I paid . Thank you so much I will use them on all my booking thank you so much

Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Pricing was good and I feel that I definitely got my moneys worth! 10/10 would recommend!!

It has everything for your family outing. It was AMAZING. I can't wait to take my family again

Always a great entertaining experience at a Sea World-Highly recommended for all ages.