It’s almost time for families to enjoy spring break in Tampa Bay. Now that our son is in VPK, we’re actually making plans since he’ll be out of school. We decided to stay local and I’m sure we’re not the only family. Looking for something that everyone will enjoy? Tampa Bay is an ideal and affordable place for families to take advantage of their staycation. From trips to the zoo to exploring a new culture without a passport, there’s so much to do. Here’s a list of 8 ways to have an awesome spring break in Tampa Bay with the kids.
UPDATE: There are a lot of venues, theme parks and events that are closed or cancelled due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Have a safe and fun spring break.
Visit A Museum
There’s three cool museums dedicated to children in the Tampa Bay area: MOSI, Glazer Children’s Museum and Great Explorations. My kids always have a great time visiting the Glazer Children’s Museum. They have so much to do and learning while having fun. Right now there’s a Paw Patrol Exhibit at the Glazer Children’s Museum that the kids will love. Families will have a wonderful time exploring the interactive play areas.
Looking for something older kids will enjoy? Check out the other museums in the area. Visit the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, The Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, The Tampa Museum of Art or the Tampa Bay History Center.
Support Your Sport
Florida hosts quite a few major league baseball teams for their spring training. Check out the New York Yankees at the George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa or the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field in Clearwater. Don’t forget the Toronto Blue Jays who trains at the TD Ballpark in Dunedin. Love football? Visit Tampa Bay’s newest sports team, the Vipers. Their home games are held at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Have a need for speed? Get tickets to see the Firestone Grand Prix in St. Petersburg.
Let your kids explore their creative sides by taking an art class during spring break. We have so many to offer in the Tampa Bay area. Check out the list below for some great options.
- You Do the Dishes (Tampa)
- Happy Hearts Art Studio (New Port Richey)
- AR Workshop Tampa, Brandon, St. Petersburg
- Center Place (Brandon)
- The Potter’s House Studio (Tampa)
- Miss Anita’s Crafts (Tampa)
- Two Sisters DIY Workshop (Land O’ Lakes)
- Muddy Potter (Dunedin)
- Make Me (St. Petersburg)
- Art Slingers (Land O’ Lakes)
- B Creative Painting Studio (Wesley Chapel)
- Color Me Mine (Tampa)
Enjoy the Outdoors
Take advantage of all the outdoor activities in the Tampa Bay area. Whether you enjoy exploring trails, running around the playground, sightseeing on a boat, fishing or biking, there’s so much to do. Check out these places to enjoy outdoor activities in the Tampa Bay area for spring break.
- Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park
- Tampa Riverwalk
- Bayshore Boulevard
- Lettuce Lake Regional Park
- Hillsborough River State Park
- Ballast Point Park and Pier
- TreeHoppers Aerial Adventure Park
- Empower Adventures
- Tampa Bay Water Bike Company
- Fort De Soto County Park
- Skyway Fishing Pier State Park
- Urban Kai
- Honeymoon Island State Park
- eBoats Tampa
- Pirate Water Taxi
Explore the Food Scene
Check out Heights Public Market at Armature Works, Hall on Franklin or Sparkman Wharf. They are the popular indoor/outdoor food destinations for Tampa Bay area residents. You’ll find something for everyone including picky eaters. Stop by Parkesdale Farms in Plant City to try their world famous strawberry shortcake. They’re also known for their delicious strawberry milkshake. Check out The Getaway in St. Petersburg for a family-friendly experience. Visit Hyde Park Village or the Tampa Premium Outlets for a variety of food options for the kids. Take advantage of the time off during spring break to try something new.
Want to try delicious food from different cultures? Visit Wat Mongkolratanaram on Sunday morning for an authentic Thai experience. Take a trip to Tarpon Springs to enjoy some delicious Greek food. Go to Ybor City to experience Cuban culture.
Have a Wild Adventure
Visit Busch Gardens to experience a 30-minute guided Serengeti Safari Tour. You can also ride the train to view all of the animals. Take advantage of the FREE preschool pass for kids 5 and under. It’s a limited time offer that’s only available online. Visit the animals at ZooTampa at Lowry Park for spring break. Go on a 15-minute ride on the open-air safari vehicle for behind-the-scenes views of the animals. Stop by the Florida Aquarium to visit sharks, stingrays, barracudas, otters, alligators and snakes. Say hi to Winter, star of the “Dolphin Tale” movies, at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Love farm animals? Get up close to cows, chickens and goats at Old McMicky’s Farm.
If the Florida heat is too much, have fun indoors for spring break. Check out my guide to indoor play areas in Tampa Bay. Your smaller children will enjoy Little Play Place. It’s a great place for imaginative play that encourages interaction between child and caregiver. There’s also so many great choices for kids who want to burn off some energy. You can stop by the new indoor trampoline park in Tampa at Urban Air Adventure Park. Have older kids who are looking for a challenge, visit an escape room like Rabbit Hole or Breakout’s Imagine Escape Rooms. A great way to stay cool is visiting an ice skating rink. Check out AdventHealth Center Ice or TGH Ice Plex for public skating or camps.
Have fun this spring break in Tampa Bay with the family cooling off in the water. Check out my guide for the top water parks and splash pads in the Tampa Bay area. We also have some of the world’s best beaches in our area. Take a trip to Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira Beach, John Pass Village, Coquina Beach or Sunset Beach on Treasure Island.