is child friendly....
There were so many
times during my stay in Tampa when I wished I had my
grandchildren with me. I know that they would have enjoyed
these museums, zoos and amusement parks immensely.
Park Zoo -- is located just ten minutes
from downtown Tampa. In 2009 it was named the Number
One Zoo in the U.S. by Parents Magazine and that title
is well deserved. The site is so clean, animals well
cared for and signage throughout the site playful and
charming. Tampa's moderate climate makes this zoo ideal
for all the animals that originate from Africa and other
warm climates. There are 2200+ species housed in replicas
of their natural habitats and there is also an on-site
Manatee hospital where the injured or abandoned Manatees
in the area are cared for (it's interesting to note
that the complete staff of this Manatee Hospital is
the viewing station in the giraffe compound at Safari
Africa. Visitors climb the stairs and at the very top
you are level with the giraffe's head and ... his very
big, wet, tongue. The kiddies squealed with delight
as the giraffes ate the cookies from their outstretched
If you're too tired to walk another step you can tour
the park with the sky train or the original one on the
ground (all rides are included in the price of admission).
Whether you are five, fifteen or fifty Journeywoman
heartily recommends a trip to the Lowry Zoo. P.P.S.
If it's your birthday you get in free. Website: www.lowryparkzoo.com
Busch Gardens --
is a combo of delicious delights for kids, especially
the older ones. This is where wildlife and wild rides
come together in a crazy mix of Broadway-style shows,
a world-class zoo with more than 2,500 exotic and endangered
animals and more record-breaking roller coasters than
any destination in Florida. Travelling with little ones?
Check out Land of the Dragons where Busch Gardens devotes
one and a half acres of fun just for young adventurers.
They'll love the illuminated water geysers, the echo
chamber and the mini flume ride. Website: http://www.buschgardens.com
Museum of Science and
Industry (MOSI) -- Journeywoman absolutely
loved The Children's Science Center at MOSI. Called
'Kids in Charge!' this museum for youngsters 12 and
under uses play areas and exhibits to explain science
and inspire creativity. It's a huge open area and kids
are free to touch and try everything. This
video will give you the best idea of what Kids in
Charge! accomplishes. Guaranteed you'll be inspired