Get out of the house this weekend for Mother's Day. Our roundup of Tampa Bay venues offering free admission allows you to give Mom the gift of spending the day together. Many art museums will also provide complimentary entry, with lots of shopping options in their stores.
Bok Tower Gardens: All mothers receive free admission to the gardens and free carillon concerts at 1 and 3 p.m. Regular admission $15, $5 5-12, 5 and younger free, dogs $5. Opens at 8 a.m. Sunday. 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. (863) 676-1408. boktowergardens.org.
Chihuly Collection: Moms get in free with a paid admission. The ticket includes entrance to the Morean Arts Center, Morean Center for Clay and the Morean Glass Studio. $19.95, $17.95 seniors, $12.95 students, 5 and younger free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 896-4527. moreanartscenter.org.
Dinosaur World: Mom gets in free to roar with the dinosaurs with one paid child's admission on Sunday. $16.95, $14.95 seniors, $11.95 3-12, 2 and younger free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City. (813) 717-9865. dinosaurworld.com.
Florida Aquarium: Give your mother a bouquet of living fish and take her to the aquarium for free admission with the purchase of one full-price ticket. Ticket prices vary by day, with a discount when buying ahead of time. 9:30 a.m. Saturday. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. floridaaquarium.org.
Glazer Children's Museum: Mom gets free admission Sunday. $15, $12.50 military and seniors, $9.50 children, 1 and younger free. 1-6 p.m. 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. glazermuseum.org.
Imagine Museum: Bring Mom for free and visit the gift shop filled with incredible glass art. The museum is offering half-off memberships through May, so buy her one and she can return all year for free. 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 300-1700. imaginemuseum.com.
The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art: Mom gets hooked up with free admission and a mimosa at the in-house Canyon restaurant, which will feature a Mother's Day menu. $10, $5 7-18. 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 892-4200. thejamesmuseum.org.
Masonic Home of Florida: Under the direction of Larry Patterson and Seraphime Mike, the Masonic Band of St. Petersburg presents the Mother's Day Tribute. This musical salute to all mothers includes Lady of Spain, The Yellow Rose of Texas and Mothers of Democracy. Free (donations appreciated). 4 p.m. Sunday. Masonic Home of Florida, 3100 First St. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3499.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens: Mothers and grandmothers get free admission to the gardens with one full-price admission. $17.99, $16.99 seniors, $12.99 4-16, 3 and younger free. 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. (941) 355-5305. sarasotajunglegardens.com.
Tampa Bay History Center: Your loved one gets in free with one paid adult admission Sunday. In a special Mother's Day scavenger hunt, discover the stories of notable women throughout Tampa Bay's past. $14.95, $12.95 seniors, $10.95 7-17, $12.95 military, first responders and students, 6 and younger free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 801 Old Water St., Tampa. (813) 228-0097. tampabayhistorycenter.org.
Tampa Museum of Art: All moms get in free, and get free mimosas at the on-site Riverwalk Cafe. Discounts are already available in the museum store, so you can buy her something artsy, too. $15, seniors, Florida teachers and military $7.50, students free-$5, 6 and younger free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 120 W Gasparilla Plaza. (813) 274-8130. tampamuseum.org.
ZooTampa at Lowry Park: Moms get in free with paid admission on Sunday. $33.95, $24.95 for ages 3-11 online at zootampa.org. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552.
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