Family friendly new year's eve events in Tampa Bay 2018

Our favorite family-friendly New Year’s Eve events in Tampa Bay!

There are so many unique and FUN ways to ring in 2018 with the kids! We’ve put together this list of some of our favorite family friendly New Year’s Eve events in Tampa Bay to help you find one that’s a perfect fit for your family!

Noon Year’s Eve at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo | December 31, 10am-2pm  Ring in the New Year family style at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo for a midday year-end celebration. The party includes interactive entertainment, a rockin’ DJ, a countdown to the NOON year with a kid-friendly toast and more. Noon Year’s Eve fun included with paid zoo admission or zoo membership. Everyone

Noon Year’s Eve at Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Petersburg | December 31st, 10am-2pm  Celebrate the close of the year with a dance party at Great Explorations in St. Pete. Morning fun includes making festive New Year’s hats, posting New Year’s resolutions and watching the big balloon drop at noon. All activities are included with museum admission.  Everyone

Downtown Countdown at Glazer Children’s Museum | December 31st, 1pm-6pm  Ring in 2018 at the top of every hour at Glazer Children’ Museum’s in downtown Tampa with fun activities all afternoon. New Year’s Eve festivities included with admission. Everyone

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Busch Gardens | December 31st, 9am-1am  Celebrate New Year’s Eve with friends and family and indulge in some excitement, too, at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Enjoy thrill rides in the dark including the park’s newest family spin-coaster Cobra’s Curse, jam to music throughout the park and catch the fireworks show in Gwazi Park after the countdown. Festivities are included with paid park admission. Everyone  *FIREWORKS*

Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party at LEGOLAND Florida | December 31st  Stop by LEGOLAND® Florida Resort for a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration at the Winter Haven attraction. The giant LEGO brick drops at 7 p.m. Go to a dance party and stay for the LEGO-inspired fireworks, all before midnight. Everyone *FIREWORKS*

Light it Up Clearwater Beach | December 31st  Ring in the new year at Clearwater Beach. The celebration includes a midnight fireworks show you can watch from the beach or many surrounding restaurants and bars. Learn more and find viewing locations at This is one of US News Travel’s top 5 kid-friendly new year’s eve celebrations in the country! *FIREWORKS*

First Night St. Petersburg | December 31st, starts at 4pm  Join in on the family-friendly fun starting at 4pm! Celebrate 2018 with 20 different venues throughout downtown St. Pete with live entertainment, games, crafts, a petting zoo and more! Then, head for the Pier to view a spectacular fireworks show to ring in 2018! Tickets for adults are $15, kids 6-12 are $10, and children 5 and younger are FREE to attend. Learn more: *FIREWORKS* 

Downtown Tampa NYE Fireworks | December 31st, seating opens at 10pm  With Channelside under construction, the viewing of Tampa’s annual fireworks show has been moved to Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park with the help of Channelside, the City of Tampa and the Friends of the Riverwalk organization. The viewing area will open for seating at 10:00P.M. There will be no food, beverages or entertainment–which is a good thing to help make room for as many families as possible who want to enjoy the fireworks display at midnight! Bring your own blankets and chairs! This is an alcohol-free event, so no alcoholic beverages are allowed. *FIREWORKS*

Apollo Beach New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show | December 31st, event starts at 6pm  Head to Circles Waterfront Restaurant to secure the best spot to view one of Florida’s largest fireworks displays at midnight, according to event promoters. You can even find a spot nearby if you want to avoid the crowds! Learn more at *FIREWORKS*

Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade in Ybor City | December 31st, 5:30pm  Celebrate the new year with festive floats and 20+ marching bands, including the two college bands! The parade is free to attend and runs along 7th Avenue. Learn more: