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Museums in Tampa, Fl


Taking the family on a vacation to Tampa Bay is quite popular.  In the winter, the temperatures are normally in the 60’s and 70’s.  In the summer, it gets sticky hot out.  There are many fun things to do in the area for visitors of all ages.  Sightseeing and swimming in the Gulf of Mexico are obviously amongst the most popular.  But there is much more to the Tampa Bay than just enjoying the beautiful beaches. 


You will have no problem finding a decent restaurant when visiting Tampa.  Regardless of what you are in the mood for, there will be something tasty for you to eat.  If you can swing for a babysitter, we recommend you and your spouse enjoy Ybor City and Channelside for an evening of fun, dancing, and drinking.  These happening nightlife districts feature some of the best bars and nightclubs in Florida.  


If you brought the kids along for the trip, there are many fun, educational museums in Tampa you can take them.  To find a museum you and your children will love, check out the following recommendations. 



Museum of Science and Industry 


800-995-MOSI   http://www.mosi.org/ 

This Tampa science center isn’t just for kids.  You’ll have a blast and learn a few things too.  There are 400,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, along with an IMAX theatre.  They have “FUN down to a science”. 


Tampa Bay History Center 


813-228-0097   http://www.tampabayhistorycenter.org/ 

Explore and learn about the history of Tampa Bay and America at the Tampa Bay History Center.  You and your kids will have a day of fun viewing the many interactive exhibits on display.  Visit the museum store for an eclectic array of merchandise, including fine art, jewelry, commemorative objects, and playful trinkets for kids. 


Henry B. Plant Museum 


813-254-1891         http://www.plantmuseum.com/ 

The Tampa Bay Hotel is a national historic landmark.  Learn all about railroad magnate, Henry Bradley Plant and his importance on the Tampa Bay area.  Hundreds of famous and wealthy people stayed at this legendary hotel, including Babe Ruth and President Teddy Roosevelt.  When Henry B. Plant built the hotel back in 1892 he probably never realized how famous it would become.  Step inside a piece of Tampa Bay history. 


Glazer Children’s Museum 


813-443-3861         http://glazermuseum.org/ 

It’s fun to be a kid.  At Glazer Children’s Museum, your kids will have the time of their life.  There are dozens of exhibits that you’ll just have to watch them enjoy!  For example, they’re certain to have a blast piloting their own cruise ship.  The exhibits are hands-on and interactive, so your child will be anything but bored. 


Florida Museum of Photographic Arts 


813-221-2222         http://www.fmopa.org/ 

View stunning art from some of the top photographers in the world.  If you enjoy the photographic arts, you have come to the right place.  Check out the museum events calendar to find the workshop you would most enjoy. 


If you visit Tampa, you NEED to visit the MOSI.  Check out this cool informative video about it:



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