Glazer Children’s Museum#9 in Best Things To Do in Tampa
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 or 12 year olds. Pay attention to the timing of your visit: Reviewers who stopped by the museum during the summer complained that it got crowded due to visiting summer camps. Meanwhile, during the school year, class trips made it difficult for vacationing families to navigate the museum's many exhibits. 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 covered parking available adjacent to the Poe Parking Garage on the corner of Ashley Drive and Cass Street. Standard parking costs $1.20 per hour. 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 $9.50. Discounts are available for members of the military, teachers and seniors. Children under the age of 1 enter for free.
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#1 Busch Gardens
Spanning 297 acres and boasting more than 12,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens is a popular way to spend a day under the Tampa sun. Did you know that Busch Gardens is actually older than nearby Disney World? It's also cheaper and includes themed lands on Morocco, the Congo, Timbuktu, Egypt and Nairobi; plus animal exhibits based on the Serengeti Plain and the Myombe Reserve (and that's just scratching the surface).
Recent visitors enjoyed the combination of entertainment and education found here, but warn that prices are high and crowds are thick. To avoid some of the crowds, travelers recommend going through the park in reverse. In other words, start in the back of the park and work your way to the front. Reviewers said this method will allow you to bypass the bottlenecking that clogs the front of the park, and puts you closest to the entrance when you're ready to leave.
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