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  1. Busch Gardens

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    One of Tampa Bay's top tourist attractions, Busch Gardens is an Africa-themed park with some of the southeast's largest roller coasters, Broadway-style shows, exotic animals, multi-story family play areas, rides and live entertainment.Rollercoaster enthusiasts, you'll love the choices here. The  …

  2. Florida Aquarium

    Editor's pick

    Channelside : 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    The aquarium, located near the Port of Tampa, has more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals in its various exhibits. Unlike other aquariums that might feature dolphins or other large mammals, the aquarium focuses on telling the story of water in Florida. The exhibits follow a "drop"  …

  3. Adventure Island

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa, 33612

    Adventure Island's 30 acres provide water-soaked excitement for guests of all ages. The park's laid-back Florida Keys theme is punctuated with corkscrew slides, waterfalls, a giant wave pool and a rambling river.The 17,000-square foot Endless Surf produces rolling waves up to 5 feet high. Paradi …

  4. Lowry Park Zoo

    Editor's pick

    Seminole Heights : 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

    Located north of downtown Tampa, this 56-acre, natural habitat zoological park has African animals, Florida wildlife, manatee center, primates, Asian animals, free-flight aviary, Stingray Bay and an Australian-themed children's zoo. The zoo in recent years has added more theme park-like rides,  …

  5. Love My Dog Water Park

    St. Petersburg : 6427 54th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33709

    Natalie Conner's water park for canines is contained on a 40- by 60-foot splash pad that recycles the low-flow water. The brightly colored doggie carwash, water tunnels and 9-inch wading pools at each end were created by Jeff Jones of Aqua Marine, who also designed the Dunedin's Kiwanis Spraygro …

  6. Cyrus Greene Park

    Tampa : 2101 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, 33601

    Cyrus Greene Pool is open year-round. The 25-yard pool is handicapped accessible and features six swim lanes, splash pad with three water drops, floor sprays, two rain arches and a tube slide. The pool is open year-round. Hours: Monday and Wednesday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m t …

  7. Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park

    Downtown Tampa : 601 Old Water St., Tampa, 33602

    One of the best parks in downtown Tampa because of its location and amenities, Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park lies between the Tampa Bay Times Forum and the Hillsborough River. It includes a memorial to those lost in the Seminole Wars of Florida. Cotanchobee Park offers a pier, canoe launch and tr …

  8. Giddens Park

    Seminole Heights : 5202 N 12th St., Tampa, 33603

    This Southeast Seminole Heights neighborhood park provides lots of opportunities for fun for the whole family. There is a fully-equipped playground, with splash pad and interactive fountain to cool off in hot summer months, sports courts and plenty of open space for games and a dog park for your …

  9. North Greenwood Recreation Complex and Pool

    Downtown Clearwater : 900 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater, 33755

    The North Greenwood pool is 25-meters with a 1-meter diving board. A plunge pool features a twisting, 140-footlong, two-story water slide. For young children, the activity pool comes with water playground and shade structure. Kids can enjoy a water slide, palm trees with coconuts that tip out wa …

  10. North Shore Pool

    St. Petersburg : 901 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33707

    North Shore Aquatic Center features a 50-meter pool with low diving board and a 12-foot-deep end, and a 25-yard training pool with zero depth entry. The kid-friendly facility's play feature pool includes flume slides and a large zero-depth entrance splash area. Water sprays from tall fountains a …

  11. Morningside Pool

    Clearwater : 2400 Harn Blvd., Clearwater, 33764

    Morningside Pool, at Morningside Park in Clearwater, has one of the top children's water playgrounds and a great pool for teens and adults. The main pool has two lanes open to lap swim with two diving boards and one giant blue slide to appease adventure-seekers. Then, in the back, there is a fen …

  12. Childs Park Pool

    St. Petersburg : 1227 43rd Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 33711

    Amenities at the Childs Park pool include a deck for sunbathing, picnic area, parent drop-off, 12' deep area with low diving board and giant flume slide. For younger children and those just learning to swim, there is a training pool, water playground features and splash pad.The pool is handicap …

  13. Sprayground at Highland Family Aquatic Center

    Largo : 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo, 33770

    The Highland Family Aquatic Center is a family friendly mini-waterpark for all ages. In addition to a pool, amenities include a 214-foot corkscrew water slide, a three-story speed slide, a zero-depth sprayground with play structure and water sprays, and a double slide suitable for all ages. Wate …

  14. Kiwanis Sprayground at Highlander Park

    Editor's pick

    Dunedin : 1937 Ed Eckert Drive, Dunedin, 34698

    The 3,000-square-foot Kiwanis Sprayground has a non-slip surface, no standing water and is ADA accessible. The fully automatic system offers a fun way to beat the heat as recirculating water sprays, gushs, dumps and pours from a variety of whimsical devices. Kids can dodge a crocodile that shoot …

  15. Sprayground at Anderson Park

    South Tampa : 821 S Rome Ave., Tampa, 33606

    Anderson Park is nestled in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood of Tampa, just west of the Old Hyde Park Village shopping center. The neighborhood park offers children lots of playground equipment, picnic benches and shade trees. While not quite a true sprayground, kids love running through the  …

  16. Spicola Family Pool

    Tampa : 2615 Corrine St., Tampa, 33605

    Spicola Family Pool is located in Desoto Park and is open seasonally, Memorial Day through Labor Day. The beach entry is accessible to all ages. A mushroom waterfall in the splash area and slide down a frog's tongue offer fun for younger children. There also is a twisting slide for older kids …

  17. Loretta Ingraham Recreation Complex

    International Plaza District : 1615 N Hubert Ave., Tampa, 33607

    The Loretta Ingraham Recreation Complex contains a gymnasium, fitness facility and computer lab. Outdoors, there is a children's playground and play courts. The complex also offers the After School Activity Program (ASAP).The Loretta Ingraham Pool, with 5,078 square feet of surface water, is ope …

  18. Kate Jackson Community Center at Anderson Park

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 821 S Rome Ave., Tampa, 33606

    Kate Jackson Community Center is located in Anderson Park in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood of Tampa, just west of Old Hyde Park Village shopping center. Kate Jackson offers an After School Activity Program for children 5 to 17.Anderson Park contains playground equipment, picnic benches and …

  19. The Florida Aquarium

    Editor's pick

    Channelside : 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Even if you don't go inside the Florida Aquarium, there's plenty for kids to do. The 2-acre Explore A Shore water zone features watery waves, slippery slides, gushing geysers and an assortment of animal models. There's a two-story, 24-foot pirate ship where kids can fire water cannons, and climb …

  20. Sprayground at Cypress Forest Park

    Oldsmar : 650 Pine Ave. N, Oldsmar, 34677

    Cypress Forest Park sprayground is a great place for cool summertime fun with 1,500 square feet of play area with bursting, shooting and cascading water. The rubberized nonskid surface is filled with brightly colored, fanciful fountains and misters, and lots of burbling "springs" that  …

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