right across the street from Busch Gardens® Tampa, Adventure Island® is 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun featuring the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages. Race down rapids, dig your toes into the sand or relax all day in a private cabana. New for the 2015 season, hurtle high and experience a feeling of weightlessness on Colossal Curl™, Adventure Island’s newest family thrill slide. www.adventureisland. com. 10001 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa, 888.800.5447.
BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY—Busch
Gardens® Tampa is the ultimate family adventure, combining world-class thrill rides, live entertainment and one of North America’s largest zoos with over 12,000 animals in an unforgettable adventure. Venture across the Serengeti and race like a Cheetah aboard Florida’s first triple-launch coaster Cheetah Hunt. Plus, enjoy the fullyremodeled Pantopia with sensational new dining options, exciting entertainment, shopping, a renovated indoor theater and thrilling rides, including North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon’s Fury®. www. buschgardens.com. 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa, 888.800.5447.
CALADESI ISLAND ADVENTURE AND
only by boat, Caladesi Island is consistently rated as one of Tampa Bay’s best beaches. Catch this ferry that departs daily on the hour from Honeymoon Island State Park, weather permitting. The Caladesi Island Ferry can be contacted at: 727.469.5918 www.caladesiferry.org. Honeymoon Island State Park, End of State Road 586, Dunedin, 727.469.5918.
CITY OF DUNEDIN—Bustling
with history and activity for all ages, the City of Dunedin is as exciting as it is picturesque. With perfect weather around the calendar, Dunedin’s boastful islands and white sand beaches make for the perfect place to spend your days. Discover Dunedin today. www. dunedin-fl.com. Dunedin,.
CLEARWATER ICE ARENA—The
Ice Arena has been serving the area since 1987
with cool family fun year-round. The rink is open for daily public skating and features a live DJ on Fridays and Saturdays. There is something for everyone, from figure skating lessons and hockey leagues for all ages. Host a birthday party or rent the arena for just you and your friends. Visit their website for schedules and pricing. www.clearwatericearena.com. 13940 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, 727.536.5843.
CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM—This
working aquarium is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine animals. See marine exhibits, underwater viewing tanks and animal care presentations. Closed only major holidays. Different ticket packages available; general admission from $11.95 (children) to $17.95 (adults). Seniors (60+) pay $14.95. For a current animal-presentation schedule and animal-interaction options, visit www. seewinter.com. 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, 727.441.1790.
DOWNTOWN DUNEDIN MERCHANTS
the magic of Dunedin, a city with more than 100 privately owned shops, restaurants, bars, pubs, boutiques, art galleries, antique stores and more. This quaint city of 35,000 has the charm of a small town and the amenities of its larger city neighbors of St. Petersburg and Tampa. Let this association keep you in the know of what’s happening in Dunedin. www.delightfuldunedin.com. P.O. Box #2112 Dunedin, 727.298.3201.
2002, Dunedin Stadium was ranked by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 5 places to watch a spring training game, a remark that is oft cited in most write ups of the quaint little 5,509-seater. Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci, one of the best scribes in baseball, wrote that the Blue Jays spring training ballpark was one of the best of its kind because of its “oldschool charm,” which includes every seat being near the field. 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, FL,.
at this 200,000-square-foot aquarium are categorized by ecosystems and include wetlands, bays, beaches and coral reefs. An outdoor play area allows children to “Explore a Shore” with water jets, animal models and a pirate ship. Guests can immerse themselves in interactive dive programs like “Swim with the Fishes”, an in-water reef experience for anyone 6 or older, or “Dive with the Sharks”, for certified SCUBA divers 15 and older. Parents can relax with a beverage at the Cantina Bar and Grill while the children play the day away. Come aborad the new, double-decker, Bay Spirit II catamaran for a wild dolphin encounter. Discover the magic found in water at this spot that is perfect for the whole family. Open daily; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. General admission $18.95 (children under 12) to $23.95 (adults). www.flaquarium.org. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 813.273.4000.
GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM—One
of Tampa’s newer attractions offers 170-plus, hands-on “interactivities” in 12 themed areas, including a crane, a cruise ship, a mini-theater and a giant telephone. All are intended to “grow the minds” of children up to age 10. The 53,000-square-foot site also includes a gift shop and eatery. Adults, $15; children, $9.50; children under 1
and members, free. Open daily, except Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas and New Year’s days. www.glazermuseum.org. 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza (Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park), Tampa, 813.443.3861.
LOWRY PARK ZOO—Fifty-six
acres of natural habitats are home to The Florida Manatee and Aquatic Center, Native Florida Wildlife Center, Asian Gardens, Primate World, the Free-Flight Aviary and the newer Safari Africa. Feed the birds in Lorikeet Landing or the stingrays at Stingray Bay. Wallaroo Station Children’s Zoo includes a playground and splash areas, plus one of the zoo’s newest residents, Bundaleer the Queensland koala. Parents Magazine has rated Lowry as the top zoo in its “10 Best Zoos for Kids” for 2009. Open daily. Admission $19.95 (children) and $24.95 (adults). www.lowryparkzoo.com. 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa, 813.935.8552.
oldest living museum in St. Petersburg, Sunken Gardens is home to more than 50,000 plants and flowers in a 100-year-old garden. Garden tours, horticultural programs and special events, such as October’s Hot Pepper Fest, are also for the offing. Open daily. Admission $4 (children) to $8 (adults). www.stpete. org/sunken. 1825 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg, 727.551.3102.
TREASURE ISLAND FUN CENTER—
With nearly 200 games in the arcade room, this is a day of fun away from the sun. There’s plenty of pizza, ice cream, wings and other treats if you need a break from gaming. Theme parties are available. www.tifuncenter. com. 7770 Seminole Blvd, Seminole, 727.391.9105.
TAMPA BAY GRAND PRIX—Fully
equipped with Italian electric OTL pro-karts, Tampa Bay Grand Prix is the karting center to rev up the fun. Race along the 1/4 mile track at 45mph head to head with your friends, family, or the clock. Rent two private rooms or the whole facility for your event. Open seven days a week in both Clearwater and Tampa locations for family entertainment for all to enjoy. www.tampabaygp.com. 12350 Automobile Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33762, 727.527.8464.; 3404 Cragmont Drive, Tampa, FL, 727.527.8464.
CAPTAIN MEMO PIRATE CRUISE—Sail
with Captain Memo and his pirates on a two-hour cruise in the Gulf of Mexico while enjoying live music and a fullservice bar. Daytime cruises at 10 am and 2 pm all year (Sun 2 pm only). Sunset champagne cruises available in the evenings. Tickets range from $11-$39. www.captmemo.com. 25 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater, 727.446.2587.
SEA LIFE SAFARI—Take
a hands-on expedition for the whole family on the 2-hour boat tour to a shell island while learning about sea life. Tours depart at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Tickets from $13.75 (children); combination tickets with aquarium also available. www.sealifesafaricruise.com. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, 727.412.7992.
the outdoor lover, Sweetwater Kayaks has the perfect day planned. Visit the paddle sports center for beginning as well as experts. Paddle board yoga classes are offered each Sunday and a variety
of other classes are available. Be sure to check Sweetwater Kayaks’ website for more information. 727.570.4844.
THE TROPICS BOAT TOURS—Have
a memorable experience aboard this tropical-themed,125-passenger, double-decker catamaran. Offers Dolphin Exploration Tours, Hurricane Pass Tours, Sunset Celebration Tours, Caladesi Island Excursions, also private, Sat. night and children’s birthday party cruises. www.thetropicsboattours.com. 25 Causeway Blvd., Slip #5, Clearwater, 727.442.7433.
TIERRA VERDE BOAT RENTALS—Explore
the ocean on your own with Tierra Verde Boat Rentals. The company provides equipment along with professional assistance. Rates range from $60 to $319 for boat and WaveRunner rentals. www.tvboatrentals.com. 100 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, 727.867.0077.