Plan Your Summer Vacation With the Family to Florida’s West Coast

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If you want to take the family on a Florida vacation, the Tampa and St. Petersburg area is a paradise filled with family fun. With sugar-white sands, balmy breezes and gentle Gulf waves beckoning, the region has the perfect combination of natural beauty and must-see attractions. When making a Tampa / St. Pete visit, be sure to plan a trip to some of these top spots.

From towering thrill rides to one of the largest zoos in North America, Busch Gardens Tampa has no shortage of adventure. Check out world-class rides, see a show at the indoor theater and try amazing dining and shopping options.

Tampa

Tampa is a city packed with fun for the whole family. It’s home to some of the area’s biggest attractions, including Busch Gardens and Lowry Park Zoo. Plan at least one full day to visit Busch Gardens, which is one of the nation’s most popular theme parks. In addition to a large number of rides, the park also features many animal exhibits with rare and endangered species, beautiful gardens and daily shows, making it a theme park all ages can enjoy.

If you like animals, you’ll also want to bring the family to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. This must-see attraction is a five-time winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and is one of the most popular zoos in the region. The zoo spans 56 acres of natural animal environment and cares for more than 1,300 animals.

St. Petersburg

Take a break from the outdoors and head to St. Petersburg for some art appreciation at the Salvador Dali Museum. Entirely devoted to the works of Salvador Dali, this museum’s large free-form geodesic glass bubble architecture is as impressive as the works it houses. Gallery tours and audio guides are provided with admission.

After your Dali visit, view some of nature’s own artwork at Sunken Gardens. A tropical, tranquil paradise in the heart of St. Pete, the gardens are spread across four acres and boast more than 50,000 tropical plants, resident flamingos and other exotic birds. Several beautiful water features, including a wishing well, complement the botanical wonders, while paved paths make it easy for everyone in the family to explore.

Sunset viewing is perfect on Captain Memo’s Pirate Ship

Sunset viewing is perfect on Captain Memo’s Pirate Ship

Clearwater

There’s simply no better place to take advantage of Florida’s natural beauty, sunshine and warmth than Clearwater. Start your Clearwater visit with a family-friendly adventure sailing the seas on a pirate cruise. This entertaining odyssey offers plenty of scenic views, while the pirate fun includes things like treasure hunts, water gun games and dancing. You’ll also get a chance to soak in the sun aboard the ship, and maybe even spot a dolphin on the water.

No visit to Clearwater is complete without a trip to Clearwater Beach. In 2013, USA Today dubbed it the “best beach town,” and it’s easy to see why. Clearwater Beach offers palm trees, pristine waters, white sand and plenty of sunshine to entice visitors of all ages. Be sure to visit the Sunsets of Pier 60 Daily Festival. Running every day from two hours before to two hours after sunset, this festival offers family-friendly vendors, crafts and entertainment.

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