Tampa is already a great place to live, so it shouldn’t surprise you to learn the city is also one of the best places in the country for a “staycation.” If you have some vacation time coming up, or you’re looking for a place to entertain your kids during spring break, don’t worry about finding an exotic destination. Stay home and have a blast on your Tampa staycation!

Whatever kind of fun you're looking to have on your time off, a staycation in Tampa will surely not disappoint! Check out the Tampa Bay CityPass to get the best bang for your fun buck and get out there and enjoy Tampa! 

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
4.6  5 Rating (14)
10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, Tampa FL, 33674
OK, this isn’t exactly a clever and unexpected choice... but a staycation doesn’t have to be clever and unexpected, it just needs to be fun. From animal habitat tours and exhibits, to its celebrated collection of roller coasters and thrill rides, Busch Gardens has delivered family fun for nearly 60 years.
Florida Aquarium
4.8  5 Rating (12)
701 Channelside Drive, Tampa FL, 33602
Get up close and personal with some of Florida’s most beautiful marine and plant wildlife. Follow the Wetlands Trail through the aquarium’s atrium to see alligators, otters, and native birds, then continue into the Coral Reef exhibit for a 500,000 gallon natural seawater tank filled with sea turtles, eels, sharks and more. Stop by the Stingray Zone for a petting experience, see a movie in the 4D Theater, and splash around outside on The Splash Pad. The Florida Aquarium in Downtown Tampa is often ranked as one of the best aquariums in the U.S., well worth a stop on your Tampa staycation.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
4.4  5 Rating (29)
5223 North Orient Road, Tampa FL, 33610
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the premier entertainment destination of Central Florida. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida,...
Museum of Science and Industry
5.0  5 Rating (3)
4801 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa FL, 33617
The Museum of Science and Industry in North Tampa, aka MOSI, is a museum complex featuring several STEM-inspired exhibits, an IMAX Theater, Planetarium and a Science Works Theater. MOSI is located across from University of South Florida on Fowler Ave. It's the perfect destination for curious minds, no matter the age!
ZooTampa at Lowry Park
4.6  5 Rating (6)
1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa FL, 33604
ZooTampa at Lowry Park is a place of unforgettable, natural connections. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is home to more than 1,300 animals and famous for having...
Hillsborough River State Park
4.8  5 Rating (5)
15402 U.S. 301 North, Thonotosassa FL, 33592
Looking for a more rugged staycation experience? Head up Highway 301 to Hillsborough River State Park for a piece of the great outdoors! The park offers (among other things) hiking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, picnicking and camping.
Adventure Island
4.6  5 Rating (4)
10001 N Malcolm McKinley Dr., Tampa FL, 33612
Adventure Island provides 30 acres of waterpark excitement while making you feel like you are on a tropical island. This waterpark has it all, from a rambling...
Grand Prix Tampa
4.2  5 Rating (8)
14320 North Nebraska Ave, Tampa FL, 33613
Grand Prix Tampa is a one stop destination for a variety of fun in Tampa. Enjoy go-kart racing, batting cages, miniature golf, bowling, paintless paintball,...
The Tampa Riverwalk
4.8  5 Rating (9)
600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa FL, 33602
This site is managed by Friends of the Riverwalk, a nonprofit organization working in tandem with the City of Tampa to transform downtown's waterfront.
Tampa Museum of Art
4.9  5 Rating (6)
120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa FL, 33602
The Tampa Museum of Art leads as a community institution dedicated to celebrating cultural diversity through ancient, modern & contemporary art.
Aloft Tampa Downtown Hotel
5.0  5 Rating (8)
100 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa FL, 33602
Aloft Tampa Downtown is the newest hotel to hit the downtown Tampa waterfront scene. We are located in the city center and downtown business district and...