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The Florida Aquarium: The Splash Pad

The Florida Aquarium re-opened its new and improved splash area in 2017 and it is hands down our favorite place in Tampa Bay to splash, learn and play! “The Splash Pad” features a giant lily pad climbing structure, along with multiple water features and even two covered bug-themed dry play areas. The sandbox is also returning, but not the one you may remember! You’ll find two rowboat sandboxes next to the splash pad and the Snack Shack food truck to nourish empty tummies while you play.

The changes to the splash area are exciting, but the Aquarium isn’t done yet! They will add a 4-D theater this fall and are working on a bar area that will resemble the Sail Pavilion in downtown Tampa, but on a smaller scale. So next time you visit The Florida Aquarium, don’t forget to pack your swimsuits, towels, sunscreen and water shoes!

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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