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If you're in Tampa with young kids (12 and younger), consider a stop at the Glazer Children's Museum. Though Tampa isn't short on kid-friendly attractions, most of them are dependent on the weather, meaning you might want to have an indoor backup plan in case the clouds roll in.

Packed with permanent and temporary exhibits, this 53,000-square-foot space is filled with interactive exhibits that aim to teach kids about the human body, math, science and art. For example, in the museum's "Engineers' Workshop" exhibit, little kids can design a Tampa Bay train route or build with blocks and giant Legos, while older children can learn how to design the perfect paper airplane.

Travelers were generally pleased with the well-maintained and clean museum but warn that it's better suited for toddlers and young children than 10 years old. Visitors do note it can get quite busy when it's raining and during holidays. The museum does have a Subway sandwich shop on-site, but not much else in the way of refreshments.

The museum is located near The Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. If you decide to drive to the museum, you'll find nearby metered street parking. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Admission for adults costs $15; kids between the ages of 1 and 12 enter for $10. Discounts are available for members of the military, teachers and seniors. Infants enter for free. Visit the museum's website for more information.

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