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  1. 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,  …

  2. 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  …

  3. 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"  …

  4. 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 …

  5. 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 …

  6. 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 …

  7. Steigerwaldt/Jockey Children's Fountain at Bayfront Park

    Sarasota : Ringling Boulevard and Bayfront Drive, Sarasota, 34236

    While this water zone is more splash fountain than sprayground, it still provides a fun way for kids to cool off on a hot Florida day. Located in Bayfront Park on Sarasota's waterfront, this 4,000-gallon fountain shoots water from more than 30 jets. Children 3 years and younger must wear swim di …

  8. Sprayground at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

    Downtown Tampa : 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    While not true spraygrounds, there are two interactive fountains in the new Curtis Hixon park: the Louver Fountain on the east side of the park along Ashley Drive and the Mist Fountain on the west side the park along the Riverwalk. The park's playground features an interactive NEOS 360 Ring, whi …

  9. Ross Norton Recreation and Aquatic Complex

    Downtown Clearwater : 1426 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater, 33756

    Ross Norton Aquatic Complex features three different pools for the entire family to enjoy. Included in the three is an activity pool and water playground ideal for smaller children. It features water cannons, kiddie slides, waterfalls, and a baby bungee.Recreation card and annual Play Pass hold …

  10. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center

    Editor's pick

    Largo : 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo, 33770

    Highland Recreation Complex in Largo offers programs, classes and special events for nearly every recreational interest. It features both indoor and outdoor facilities, a gym, a newly constructed skatepark and is home to to the tallest municipal water slide in Pinellas County at the Highland Fam …

  11. Sulphur Springs Park and Sulphur Springs Pool

    Tampa : 701 E Bird St., Tampa, 33604

    Among its many amenities, Sulphur Springs Park offers views of the well-known springs, picnic areas and a sand volleyball court. There is a playground and observation areas for watching fish and manatees that sometimes swim in the Hillsborough River and the lagoon that feeds into the river from  …

  12. Cuscaden Park

    Ybor City : 2900 N 15th St., Tampa, 33605

    Unfortunately, the historic Cuscaden Pool is scheduled to be closed during summer 2010 while officials deal with leaks. This is also affecting rooms in the facility near the pool, which is built above ground.Cuscaden Park amenities include: soccer fields, a picnic area and playground. Cuscaden P …

  13. WaterPlay sprayground at Zephyr Park

    East Pasco : 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills, 33542

    WaterPlay offers kids a fun and safe way to cool off under fountain jets and falling buckets of water. Located in Zephyr Park at Fourth Street and Fourth Avenue, the 7,000-square-foot sprayground features arches shooting water and soaker cannons. Benches surround the sprayground so parents can w …

  14. Sprayground at Adventure Island

    Tampa : 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa, 33612

    Adventure Island's 30 acres provide water-soaked excitement for guests of all ages.Little ones will love Fabian's Fun Port, a scaled-down destination sized just right for smaller hands and kid-size courage. There's a mini wave pool, plus bubbly springs and jumping jets in a sprayground. Or they  …

  15. 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 …

  16. 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 …

  17. 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 …

  18. 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 …

  19. 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 …

  20. 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 …

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