Tampa Bay From a Distance: Virtual Attraction Tour
Tampa Bay, located in the heart of Florida's gulf coast, offers more than incredible weather and culture. You'll also find family fun and top-notch attractions, from thrilling roller coasters to zoos and aquariums to incredible artwork. While these must-see attractions are temporarily closed, you're in luck, because you can still "visit" them from the comfort of your own home.
Florida's Coaster Capital, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is known for family adventure with thrilling rides and one of the nation's largest zoos. Be sure to check out their Facebook and Instagram accounts for all kinds of fun! Craving some excitement? Test out the coasters and daydream of your next trip. Busch Gardens is also sharing behind-the-scenes experiences, animal spotlights and educational resources from their world-class zoo.
The Florida Aquarium is one of the top aquariums in the country, with thousands of sea creatures including sharks, alligators, otters, sea turtles and more! They offer many experiences from the comfort of home, including digital resources for all ages. Don't miss their new SEA-SPAN series, broadcast live Monday through Friday at 10am EST on Facebook. It was recently named one of the best livestream learning opportunities by the Smithsonian!
Learn more about the incredible animals at ZooTampa, including the endangered and threatened species that call the zoo home, like pygmy hippos and Bornean orangutans. At ZooTampa, conservation is a priority. Find out about the efforts being made to care for animals from around the world, and explore how you can impact animal habitat and conservation from home with sustainable choices and additional education. Enjoy story time with animal care professionals and the animals, too! Find videos and fun animal content on Facebook.
Home to Winter the dolphin, star and inspiration of the popular Dolphin Tale movies, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is not your typical aquarium. Learn more about the working animal hospital, home to rescued dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and otters. See Winter and her dolphin BFF Hope or get to know animal care specialists through Facebook Live videos.
This unique museum that highlights world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly's large-scale installations is offering some fun art inspiration with Storytime and Art with Sherri and Maddie on YouTube. Find virtual classes, exhibits, and artist demos online.
Virtual MOSI happens every weekday live at 1:30pm ET on their MOSI In Motion social pages, including demonstrations of hands-on activities to do at home, plus time for questions and answers. Field trip Fridays are extra special, with live explorations of the museum's exhibits. And, mix it up with MOSI's online "Teachable Moments" series for some fun STEAM activities.
Clearwater's magnificent waterways and resident bottlenose dolphins are a highlight from The Tropics Boat Tours. Check out their social media for photos and images of Florida's breathtaking sunsets and dolphins from the double-decker catamaran boats. And, take some time to relax and unwind with their free downloadable coloring pages!