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Save $1,000+ on ONE Week of Summer Fun in Tampa Bay!

Summer Savings in Tampa Bay: Yes, it’s true! There are so many ways to save on Tampa Bay attractions!

Marisa Langford of is a mom of four (and our April 2019 cover mom) and expert when it comes to family fun in Tampa Bay! She’s sharing her ideas for one amazing week of fun family adventures this summer break.

Added bonus…she’s found plenty of ways for you to save big too so you won’t break the bank.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium City Pass
Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Day 1: Buy the CityPASS and hit Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the Chihuly Collection

Go see Winter and Hope at Clearwater Marine Aquarium and then head over to St. Petersburg to check out the Chihuly Collection. Stay and have dinner in St. Pete!

CityPASS info: The official Tampa Bay CityPASS for 2 adults and 2 children (3-9) is a bargain. It includes a day at Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Florida Aquarium, AND your choice between MOSI or Chihuly Collection.

COST: $884.76  (for regular admission to all attractions)
YOU PAY: $420 (if purchased online and emailed to you. Includes processing fee.)

Busch Gardens Tampa City Pass

Day 2: Use CityPASS to visit Busch Gardens

If you have littles, check out Sesame Street Safari of Fun so your child can meet their favorite Sesame Street characters, ride age appropriate rides and navigate the awesome Treetop Trails. Be sure to bring a bathing suit for the splash pad. If you’re a thrill seeker, take a ride on the new Tigris roller coaster! Maybe you are more into animals–there are several animal experiences you can purchase as an upgrade like a safari! Learn more about fun things to do at

See CityPASS rates for family of four under Day 1.

Roaring Springs ZooTampa

Day 3: Use your CityPASS and go to ZooTampa

ZooTampa is a top zoo in the country for families and when you go, you’ll see why! There are so many animals to meet, unforgettable animal experiences like going nose to horn with a rhino. Take a ride down Roaring Springs to cool off and take the little ones to Wallaroo Station for pint-sized rides and a petting zoo. Sit back and relax as you cool down and watch the manatees swim in the newly renovated Manatee Mangrove! Learn more at

Don Cesar Resort Pass

Day 4: Visit the Don Cesar on a Resort Day Pass

Two ways to book a Day Pass: During the week it is $50 per person and $60 per person on the weekends. Based on ocupancy. Call the morning of to see. Access to pool, fitness classes, sauna, jacuzzi, lockers and steam room. Kids infant -2 are free. Kids 3-17 are $20. will allow you to book at discounted rates at a wide variety of hotels and resorts. Visit site for details!

(Based on 4 people: 2 adults, 2 kids. Taxes and resort fees included.)

COST: $605.55 (average one-night stay)
YOU PAY: $140 (Day Pass Rate)


Day 5: Enjoy Glazer Children’s Museum for a Free First Tuesday and ride the Pirate Water Taxi to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

There First Tuesday of the month (July 2, 2019 and August 6, 2019) means free admission thanks to the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. Hours are noon to 6:00 pm. Take the Pirate Water Taxi to the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park where the museum is located from numerous stops around Tampa! Regular admission the museum is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 1-10. Learn more

COST: $50 on a regular day
YOU PAY: $0 on First Tuesday

Pirate Water Taxi: Purchase a 2-day Pirate Water Taxi Pass to take and use for two full days! Plan an all-day adventure in Tampa’s downtown.

COST:  $120
YOU PAY: $74

Moon Bay jellies touch tank Florida Aquarium

Day 6: Use your CityPASS and visit the Florida Aquarium and use your second day on Pirate Water Taxi to get there!

Check out the new Moon Bay jellies touch tank in the lobby! Your friends will be so impressed that you touched a jelly! Then walk through the two story exhibit featuring Florida’s beautiful creatures from land to water. Bring your bathing suits to splash in the splash pad! You can even book a Dolphin Cruise! Learn more at

things to do in Tampa Bay

Day 7: Go to a Tampa Bay Rays Game!

With a full price admission ticket (average price is $35 per ticket, you can purchase a $2 kids ticket for select games all summer. Add $15 for parking. Pick your game!

COST: $183
YOU PAY: $102.55

things to do labor day weekend

Extra credit: Fourth Fridays (June 28, 2019)

Fourth Friday + Tampa Museum of Art + Coast Bike + Parents Night Out (Deals on dining at

Tampa Museum of Art (pay as you will admission)

Coast Bike Share: Free Day Pass. Typically it’s $8 per hour, so you’ll save $32 for an average 2 hour ride.

Friday Date Night Option: Glazer Children’s Museum offers Kids Night Out from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. One child is $35 and two children are $30 for two hours.


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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