In November 2011, I purchased an annual pass for our family! Since November we have visited the aquarium 10 times!! It can't be beat! One of the perks of this pass is that you do NOT have to name the guests on your pass like you have to do at other local sites. This is so helpful because we have been able to bring guests that are in town as well as utilize our pass with play date friends! Being a stay at home I find this as the ideal destination for play dates, rainy days or simply as a great stop to spend a few hours. The aquarium is great for people of ALL ages. The accesibilty to get around inside & out at the aquarium is very user friendly.
My 18 month old son loves walking right up to the aquarium glass and looking right into the tanks. I don't have to worry about picking him up to look at everything. All the areas are well labeled & is extremely informative. Staff is always available to answer questions & they all seem very well educated about the sea life & birds!
I really appreciate the antibacterial pumps well placed throughout the aquarium which really helps to keep curious little hands clean!
There are eventsl offered throughout the year for kids and adults as well as special spring break, summer camps & misc opportunities to get kids involved in fun activites!
Cafes: There is an indoor & outdoor cafe/bar. Both offer nice options on their menus. Pass holders are offered a discount.
Outdoor Play: One of the highlights for us since we return so often. We bring all of our swim gear and towels for water play, the sandbox & outdoor play ground area.
( CRUCIAL NOTE: BRING RUBBER SHOES FOR THE KIDS, THE GROUND IS VERY SLIPPERY & THIS CAN BE A MAJOR PROBLEM!) Be prepared for lots of fun!
Gift Shop: Beautiful shop offering lots of neat gift ideas! A little $$ but really quality selection.)
Parking: As an annual pass holder I am able to utilize the designated parking lot free. If you do not have a pass there is a $6 charge or you can use the public parking garage across the street.
- Channelside is an easy walking distance (across the street) from the aquarium and offers several restuarant options, a high end bowling alley (pricey), ice cream shop, candy shop, movies. http://www.channelsidebayplaza.com/
- At the port of Tampa (which is in the surrounding area of the aquarium) there is a naval ship docked that can be toured! My son is a little young for this so we haven't checked it out but it looks like a neat, quick & easy stop for kids. http://www.americanvictory.org/
- STREETCAR! The trolley ride can't be missed! The trolley starts running at noon & makes pick ups every 15 - 20 min at several different stop off locations. Pricing is reasonable & worth the experience. Well worth jumping on and riding down to the convention center or all the way to ybor! http://www.tecolinestreetcar.org/
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