Marvelous Museums for Kids in Tampa Bay


By Matt Seli

Tampa and St. Petersburg, Fla. are synonymous with sunshine, sand castles and playing in the sea, but there’s so much more to explore in these Bay cities. During your next Florida getaway be sure to visit these family-friendly museums in the Tampa Bay area. Everyone will be entertained for hours on end!

Gulf Coast Hurricane Simulator at MOSI

Gulf Coast Hurricane Simulator at MOSI


The first stop on our introduction to interactive museums in the Tampa/St. Pete area is the Museum of Science & Industry, or as they like to be called, MOSI. Located in Tampa, MOSI brings science to life for guests of all ages. Be a part of science and see how it works at this scientific playground! Boasting more than 450 hand-on activities in exhibits such as Mission: Moonbase, The Amazing You and the Gulf Coast Hurricane Simulator, your family can easily spend a whole day here exploring and learning. You can also surround yourself with 10,500 square feet of screen in Florida’s most immersive movie experience at the Florida Hospital IMAX® Dome Theatre. 


Glazer Children’s Museum, located in downtown Tampa, has 53,000 square feet of space, hosting 170 interactive permanent and travelling exhibits targeted towards youngsters up to 10 years of age. Some featured permanent can’t-miss exhibits include Cruiseship, where young guests can play in the sand or on the deck of the docked play ship; Pizza Place, where they can create, serve and enjoy a play meal; and Art Smart, where kids can make a movie, create their own kaleidoscope, paint with light or just dance the day away.

Great Explorations Children’s Museum is a “learning playground”

Great Explorations Children’s Museum is a “learning playground”


Just a quick drive over the Howard Frankland Bridge, which connects Tampa to St. Petersburg, and you’re on your way to Great Explorations Children’s Museum, located next to St. Pete’s historic Sunken Gardens. Specifically designed for children ages 10 and under, Great Explorations spans over 24,000 square feet chock-full of exhibits and activities that are sure to stimulate even the most preoccupied of minds. Guests to Great Explorations will learn about fire safety at the Engine Company 15 Fire House, discover health sciences at My Checkup, learn about the importance of caring for pets at Pet Vet, and act as on-air talent at Live and on the Air: Great News! 

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