Attractions in Tampa

Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens is an animal theme park in Tampa that attracts over four million visitors each year. It provides seven roller coasters for thrill seekers along with three water rides and various other attractions for guests of all ages. There is also plenty of live entertainment in the form of shows and stage productions. Busch Gardens is a theme park and a zoo that many animals call home such as meerkats, lions, hyenas, lemurs, crocodiles, hippos, sugar gliders, snakes, gorillas, zebras, giraffes and many more mammals, reptiles and birds.

Adventure Island
Adventure Island is a water park located next door to Busch Gardens. This fun water-filled paradise has two large pools, ten water slides, and three play areas for children. There are over thirty acres of water activities where visitors can cool off after a day in the hot Florida sun.

Museum of Science and Industry
MOSI, or the Museum of Science and Industry, is close to the University of South Florida in Tampa. Visitors can enjoy movies and educational shows in the IMAX dome or feel what it is like to be in a hurricane in the wind generator. Guests of all ages will be thrilled with the butterfly garden and a trip to the planetarium. In addition, there are special events, shows, and exhibits that change periodically to keep the museum exciting and fresh for return visitors.

Lowry Park Zoo
Lowry Park Zoo sits on 56 acres in the heart of Tampa and it has been named the top Family Friendly Zoo in the United States by Child magazine. The zoo has a wide collection of animals such as alligators, flamingos, panthers, otters, and key deer that are native to the state of Florida. Visitors can also view exotic animals such as tigers, sloth bears, komodo dragons, elephants, wolves, and much more. Lowry Park Zoo houses a manatee hospital, petting zoo, and children's rides.

Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium is located on the waterfront in downtown Tampa. This 250,000 square foot aquarium is home to over 20,000 animals and plants from around the world. Exhibits in this aquarium are designed to follow water as it flows from a fresh-water spring in Florida to the Gulf of Mexico. The water passes through exhibits showing wetlands, beach area, and a coral reef. In addition to displaying a beautiful assortment of aquatic life, the aquarium is also actively involved in research, conservation, and sea turtle rescue.