White sand beaches, a glittering gulf coast and sunshine 361 days of the year, Tampa Bay, FL, is the perfect family destination made up of sandcastle building and kite flying. But ask any parent and they’ll tell you that after a day or two on the beach, their wee ones start whining about all that scratchy sand and super hot sun. So take a break from the beach on your next family vacation in Tampa and try one of these kid-approved activities instead. The best part? No funny tan lines on the young ones!
10. Lowry Park Zoo
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! And penguins and primates, too — plus a whole lot more. Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa was voted the #1 zoo for kids by Parents Magazine offering up nearly endless animal delights for the young and young at heart. And you can get up close and personal, too; in the Safari Africa exhibit, try stepping on the raised platform to feed long-necked giraffes, or help your child saddle up on a llama for a ride through Wallaroo Station. Plus, much of the zoo’s sidewalks and paths are covered by a canopy of old oaks, so you and the kids will be clocking in summer fun in the shade.