Tampa, the economic center of Western Florida, is best known for stunning beaches, year-round perfect weather, sunshine and plenty of outdoor activities, making it one of the best vacation destinations in Florida. A near perfect family vacation destination, we bet you would love Tampa whether you have kids or you are a kid at heart. With an abundance of exciting attractions to visit including Bausch Gardens, Historic Old Quarters such as Ybor City and old Hyde Park and many others, the city is bound to enthrall you throughout your stay. However, we will highly recommend you to plan well-in-advance and book flights from Atlantic City to Tampa at least a couple of months in advance to get the best travel deals.

Read on to know about the best places to visit and activities to indulge in to get the best out of your visit to this charming beach city.

Thrill Rides at the Busch Gardens
Tampa’s number one leisure destination for a long time now, a trip to the city can’t be complete without paying a visit to the SeaWorld themed Busch Gardens. The magical theme park boasts multiple theme rides for people of all ages. The wild roller coasters are the favorites among adults and older kids while the little ones love having fun at the Sesame Street Safari of Fun. The dining options and the entertaining live shows provide another opportunity for family bonding.

Launch a Canoe and paddle down the Hillsborough River
Canoe Escape provides you a wonderful stress-busting opportunity to escape the hustle of the city life and spend time amidst nature. You have the option to rent a canoe or a kayak and paddle down the Hillsborough River by yourself or avail the services of a guide. Click beautiful photos, watch wildlife and create family vacation memories worth remembering at canoe escape. The star attraction here is the moonlight trip just before sunset where you can see all the creepy-crawlies that come out at night.

Come face-to-teeth with Dinosaurs at Dinosaur World
Home to 150 life-size Dinosaur exhibits, the Dinosaur world located just outside Tampa will fascinate your kids like no other attraction here. Once here, you would actually feel like one of the characters in Jurassic Park movie as the effigies are realistically set amidst lush green vegetation. The animatronic scene featuring Brachiosaurus and Triceratops will definitely spook you.

Enjoy the Slides at Adventure Island
Spread over an area of 30-acres, the Adventure Island is like a cousin of the Busch Gardens with an even gorgeous landscape featuring high-speed rides, miniature wave pools, trickling waterfalls, cafes, bars and more. Thrill seekers will have a gala time here.

Explore rich marine life at the Florida Aquarium
Featuring more than 20,000 varieties of flora and fauna from around the world in both freshwater and saltwater environments, the Florida Aquarium is one of the best in the country’s southeast. The penguin show, the main highlight here will make your kids want to come back again and again.

Author's Bio: 

Margaret Wilson is a travel blogger. Margaret is currently working as a travel Writer at MyFlightSearch.com. She is an adventurous backpacker, she has been to over 70 countries all around the World. She writes about food, culture and her travel experiences and has been featured in multiple travel magazines and blog sites.