Top 10 Family-Friendly Rainy Day Activities In Tampa Bay | Mid Florida RV
It's raining, it's pouring, help, my vacation is boring! When the sun goes behind those Tampa Bay clouds, step out of your RV and explore some of these oft overlooked treasures! The kids will love them, and mom and dad will, too.
Though it may be raining, there are still family-friendly activities in the Tampa Bay area that are fun for kids and grown-ups alike. So, get ready to plan your own rainy day family fun day with a list of our top 10 family-friendly locations!
1. The Florida Aquarium
Relatively small by aquarium standards, the Florida Aquarium is an engaging, interesting place to spend a couple hours. The focus of exhibits here is on the interrelationships of aquatic plants and animals in nature, both of those native to Florida and from around the world. See alligators stealthily moving through bogs and magnificent wading birds flying overhead in the swamps of Florida's wetlands. Journey through Madagascar to see lemurs, chameleons and millions of cockroaches (creepy!). Watch sea otters frolicking in the water. Experience the diversity of action-filled, colorful life of coral reefs, from shallow water reefs to those 60 feet under. Touch stingrays and more in the touch tank; get lost in the technological interactivity of Ocean Commotion. It's a special place of positive take-away experience.
www.FLAquarium.org | Hours 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602 | (813) 273-4000
2. Amalie Arena
A state-of-the-art multi-purpose, sports/entertainment venue located in downtown Tampa between The Florida Aquarium and the Tampa Convention Center is the Amalie Arena. It is home to the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Hockey Team, Tampa Bay Storm AFL Football Team, as well as a host to well over 150 spectacular entertainment events annually. Unique meeting and banquet space available for groups of two to 25,000.
AmalieArena.com | Hours Vary By Event
401 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602 | (813) 301-2500
3. TECO Line Streetcar System
Tampa's first electric streetcar lines built in 1892, still around as the TECO Streetcar System, quickly became an essential part of everyday life as workers took the streetcar downtown and to the cigar factories of west Tampa. In it's heyday, the streetcars whisked passengers to and from Ybor City, Ballast Point, Hyde Park, Sulphur Springs and points beyond. Operated by uniformed conductors, the Birney cars were a welcome sight, and the familiar clang of the streetcar bell was music to the passenger's ears. To ride the streetcar was to feel the pulse of the community. Current service operates with an end-to-end running time of approximately 25 minutes. Changes to the frequency, running time and operating speed are possible and will be revisited
TECOLineStreetcar.org | Hours Vary By Day Of Week
Downtown Tampa with Channelside & Ybor City | (813) 243-4278
4. Glazer Children's Museum
Kids love the Glazer Children's Museum especially the young ones up to about 8 or 9 years old. It doesn't get much better than 3 floors of total interactive fun, activities, building and role-playing. Next door is the Museum of Art, Glazer is a wonderful place where kids can imagine and be creative. Interactive exhibits within 17 themed areas connect kids to everyday work that people do. They can make a movie, paint with light, make and fly a paper airplane, be a firefighter, vet, TV anchor, meteorologist, and more! It's popular, so expect lots of kids just having fun!
GlazerMuseum.org | Hours M-Sat 10AM - 5PM & Sun 1PM - 6PM
110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33502 | (813) 443-3861
5. Henry B. Plant Museum
A historic treasure, the Henry B. Plant Museum is located in a wing of the former magnificent historic Gilded Age Tampa Bay hotel just across the river from Tampa Riverwalk, and an easy stroll over the bridge way. Through lifestyle exhibits in 13 antique and artifact filled rooms, the museum tells the story of Tampa in the late 1800s, a time in Florida history when the wealth and vision of railroad magnates created opulent tourist destinations out of tropical Florida wetlands. Railroad, steamship and hotel tycoon Henry Bradley Plant built a railroad down the west coast of Florida to bring tourists to Tampa's tropical wilderness. To accommodate guests, he built the over-the-top, palatial Tampa Bay Hotel, a grand, vast 511-room luxury resort with all the latest amenities, called "one of the modern wonders of the world" at the time of its opening. A self-guided audio tour of the museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the life and leisure of the Gilded Age in American in the new tropical frontier.
PlantMuseum.com | Hours T-Sat 10AM - 5PM & Sun 12PM - 5PM
401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606 | (813) 254-1891
6. Museum of Science & Industry
One fabulous place, the Museum of Science & Industry is great for tech-savvy teens, young adults and adults of any age who are into the future of technology. Located in North Tampa, adjacent to University of South Florida campus, it's a must-see. All about technology of the future, it's exciting and thought-provoking. Here, the sky is the limit! Through 450+ exhibits, any interactive and hands on, space, astronomy, past, present and future, robotics, gaming and more is explored. The new Drone Zone is a great example. You can fly, drive and dive a commercial drone in the air, land and underwater. Or, experience how the car of the future rides - driverless, of course! Or, code robots; explore 3D printing. See into the night sky, explore space, experience the journey of humpback whales and more in the IMAX Theater. Walk into the future at MOSI!
MOSI.org | Hours 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33617 | (813) 987-6000
7. Tampa Bay History Center
Florida is perceived as a sun and fun place with limited historical roots, and the Tampa Bay History Center offers era exhibits of tools and weapons, made of shell, and pottery of Florida's first people, the Tocobaga and Calusa. The story moves chronologically to exhibits of Spanish and French 16th century explorers, several of whom landed in the Tampa Bay area. Artifacts tell the story of the hardy pioneers who established roots while enduring mosquitoes swarming black, hot, humid weather and wetland creatures to create settlements, bringing cattle to Florida's vast interior landscape to establish a Florida's cattle industry. You will leave here knowing what a "cracker" is! The center explores rich Seminole and Miccousukee cultures through exhibits of clothing, jewelry and Everglades grass baskets. Its cigar memorabilia is unsurpassed, chronicling the growth of the cigar industry and the lasting cultural impact on modern Florida of railroad tycoons like Henry Plant, Baron Collier, Henry Flagler, and highlights sports legends.
TampaBayHistoryCenter.org | Hours Sun-Thurs 11AM - 9PM F-Sat 11AM - 10PM
801 Water St., Tampa, FL 33602 | (813) 228-0097
8. Tampa Museum of Art
An architecturally stunning building on Tampa Riverwalk by the Convention Center is the Tampa Museum of Art. Dynamic, constantly changing, beautifully curated traveling exhibitions and a growing permanent collection creates a dynamic visual experience. It may not be large or world-class by metropolis standards, but it's a pleasant experience with just enough to see without sensory overload. The museum's SONO Restaurant offers delicious salads and sandwiches.
TampaMuseum.org | Hours M-Sun 10AM - 5PM & Thu 10AM - 8PM
120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602 | (813) 274-8130
9. Dali Museum
Standing out distinctively along St. Petersburg's lovely waterfront is an architecturally acclaimed building, the Dali Museum, featuring 1062 triangular-shaped glass panels. Inside is the larges collection outside of Europe of Salvador Dali, the late Spanish surrealist. It's a sensational visual, optical and intellectual experience, regardless of whether you appreciate or understand Dali's art. His famous Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea Which at Twenty Meters Becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln is an optical illusion stunner. All you can say is "Wow, how did he do that?" There's a great little restaurant with a view inside, and a superb Dali-centric gift shop, too.
TheDali.org | Hours Daily 10AM - 6PM (Thu until 8PM)
One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 | (727) 823-3767
10. International Plaza & Bay Street
The most distinctive shopping and destination of Florida's West Coast, the International Plaza and Bay Street, features 200 specialty stores and plus a vibrant outdoor village filled with an exciting collection of restaurants. Adjacent to the Tampa International Airport, they offer a traditional enclosed shopping mall anchored by Dillard's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstorm, and LifeTime Athletic, plus a more modern open-air shopping center anchored by Restoration Hardware, and primarily features restaurants including The Capital Grille, The Cheesecake Factory, and Bar Louie among others.
ShopInternationalPlaza.com | Hours Vary By Day Of Week
2223 N. Westshore Blvd. Tampa, FL 33607 | (813) 342-3790
So, now that you've planned your family-friendly rainy day family fun day, it's time to head over to Mid Florida RV Rentals! You can rent an RV and hit the road! Call 866-MID-FLRV (866-643-3578) for your RV rental needs!