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November 27, 2018

The Gift of Experience in Tampa Bay: A Holiday Gift List Must

By Tampa Bay Parenting

Who wants to battle the crowds at the mall for a pile of things your relatives will discreetly return? This year, give your family the gift of experience of fun trips to different attractions across Tampa Bay. With annual passes or memberships to some of Tampa’s best attractions, your family can experience all the fun more than once!   

Related: Think Outside the Gift Box: Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Busch Gardens + Adventure Island  

Whether your kids are young or old, you can all enjoy a day spent at Busch Gardens. With a Fun Card, you can delight in many different shows, play areas, food, games, animal exhibits, rides and more. Busch Gardens has 16 amazing rides, including seven roller coasters and one kid’s coaster. A new roller coaster, Tirgris, debuts in 2019 so it’s the perfect gift for the thrill seeker in your life! Through Nov. 30 you can purchase an Annual Pass for as low as $9.99 per month.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium  

If your kid loves the Dolphin Tale movies, this is the place for you. Your family can spend a day visiting the many different marine life exhibits at the Clearwater Aquarium, including Winter and Hope’s exhibits! You can also get discounted rates for tours, camps and other aquariums. For one year: $45 adults/$35 children and seniors per annual pass

Florida Aquarium   

At the Florida Aquarium, your family can experience exhibits from wetlands to beaches to coral reefs and more. Your kids will love the Splash Pad and 4D Theater. The annual pass also includes discounts on tours and guest swim experiences. For one year: $155 for party of 4; cost increases for each extra member

Glazer Children’s Museum  

With 19 themed areas and over 170 games, challenges and activities, the Glazer Children’s Museum is set to keep your family entertained all day, no matter how many times you go. Your kids can enjoy exhibits on arts, engineering, forts, banks and more.  For one year: $125 for up to 5 guests 

Great Explorations Children’s Museum

This beloved museum is celebrating more than 30 years of providing local children a place to learn and grow! Continue on with the tradition by gifting your child or a child you love with an annual membership! Family memberships start at $100 for up to 5 guests


If you haven’t visited MOSI since the remodeling, this is your chance. Take your kids to experience over 100 hands-on science exhibits, the planetarium, playground and more. Your membership will also include discounts for the ropes course. For one year: $99 for party of five, $149 for up to eight guests 

ZooTampa at Lowry Park  

With over 120 animal species, the Lowry Park Zoo has much to offer your family. You and your family can explore the many different exhibits or go on some of the fun rides. Your membership will also allow you to experience the zoo’s seasonal events.  For one year: $169 for 2 adults, kids and one guest 


A YMCA membership is perfect for active families who can take advantage of the many group exercises, outdoor swimming pools, childcare and discounted rates on programs and classes. Per month: $66 for one location for two adults and one child (join fee may apply)  

Related: Gift of Fitness with the YMCA

gift of experience

Is your family already an annual pass holder at one of the local attractions? Consider elevating your next visit by gifting a one on one animal encounter your child will never forget! We’ve listed some of our favorite experiences here to help you choose like this Aldabra Tortoise experience at Busch Gardens

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