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Deals for the weary: Attractions, museums step up for post-hurricane weekend

For the area's first post-hurricane weekend, Florida Aquarium has extended its Tampa Strong Days through Sunday with discounted admission of $10; $5 for ages 3-11; 2 and younger free. Its Wild Dolphin Cruise is $15 through Sunday .
Published Sep. 15, 2017

As we head into our first post-hurricane weekend, more attractions, museums and aquariums are stepping up with deals running through Sunday to give the Tampa Bay area some respite.

Here are some of the distractions you can find after you're done with the yard work:

The Florida Aquarium: The aquarium has extended its Tampa Strong Days through Sunday with discounted admission of $10; $5 for ages 3-11; 2 and younger free. Its Wild Dolphin Cruise is $15 through Sunday when purchased as an upgrade to aquarium admission. In addition, Verizon has installed a device charging station in the aquarium's lobby through Sunday. Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; outdoor splash pad open 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa.

Glazer Children's Museum: Offering $7 admission for the rest of September. The hands-on museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium: $9.99 admission to all Florida residents through Sunday. Go to The aquarium is open 10 a.m-6 p.m. at 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater.

Great Explorations: Half-off admission through Sunday at the children's museum; $5 per person, 1 and younger free. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through Saturday and noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday at 1925 Fourth St N, St. Petersburg.

Busch Gardens: The Tampa theme park and its sister park SeaWorld are offering a buy-one, get-one free deal on admission through Sunday. The single-day ticket offers are valid for Florida residents only, and must be purchased and redeemed between Wednesday and Sunday. Full price adult ticket at SeaWorld Orlando is $99.99 and Busch Gardens is $104.99. The second single-day ticket is free. Find details and tickets at and at the ticket window at the front of the parks.

Pirate Water Taxi: Kids get a free all-day pass with the purchase of one adult all-day pass. Show your Pirate Water Taxi wristband and receive discounts at participating attractions and restaurants along Tampa's Riverwalk. The deal runs through Friday. Purchase a ticket at the Pirate Water Taxi ticket booth next to the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. Or get one when you hop onboard the water taxi at any of 15 stops along the Riverwalk. Offer cannot be combined with any other special or discount. See

Gulfport Historical Society: Holding what it calls a special kind of porch party, "So You Think You Know Gulfport?" is an irreverent quiz show with prizes. Firefighters, police officers and public works employees from any Tampa Bay city or county, any Gulfport employee and any Duke Energy employee can play for free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the "game show" starts at 7 p.m. It's $5 to play; free to be part of the audience. Dogs are welcome, because Gulfport. You can bring food if you wish; BYOB is allowed, too. They meet at the Gulfport History Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S.

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