Rather than overloading our kids with more toys and clutter, why not give the gift of experience in Tampa Bay? An annual pass or membership to a local attraction is not only cost effective, it’s a gift that keeps on giving year–round to the entire family.
Added bonus- many of the attractions that offer summer camps and school break camps extend special pricing for members and local reciprocal discounts too.
We’re also sharing some pretty awesome experiences you can book for your loved ones!
Before we dive in, we’ve got a quick note for your scroll– our guide is divided into a couple of categories:
- Super Cool Gifts of Experience: Unique experiences your loved ones will remember for a lifetime!
- Our Favorite Annual Passes and Memberships in Tampa Bay for Families
- Join the Club: Local sports teams have clubs just for their pint-sized fans and it’s a perfect gift!
NOTE: Be sure to visit each attraction’s website for the latest pricing information as it can change quickly — and there’s always a chance for a flash sale.
Super Cool Gifts of Experience for an Unforgettable Day in Tampa Bay!
Meet Thelma, CMA’s resident nurse shark, and all her friends in the lower mangrove habitat. During this program, you will assist CMA’s animal care specialists in guiding and feeding our shark. You will learn how we improve the health and well-being of the animals, and gain a greater understanding of these misunderstood creatures. Photo is included.
Ages: 7+ | $59.99 for one, $107.98 for party of 2 | 30-minute experience
Now this is something totally unique and cool! The SeaTREK experience is an UNDERWATER walking tour in the Heart of the Sea exhibit and there’s no diving experience required. Guests are in good hands as they are guided in the 15-feet deep tank by a certified SeaTREK guide. There’s a good chance you’ll see a sea turtle or shark swim by!
Ages: 10+ | $95 | 20-minute experience
Give the gift of laughter and love this holiday season! Date Night Dancing is an easy to follow program that will have any couple laughing, loving and most importantly dancing together in no time. All from the comfort of your own home – NO dance experience needed!
- Perfect for anyone with “two left feet”
- Fun & entertaining lessons
- Universal moves taught: dance to ANY MUSIC!
- Instant streaming access
There are several different animal experiences and tours you can book with Busch Gardens and one of our favorites is the Serengeti Safari. One of the coolest parts about the tour in an open-air vehicle is getting up-close to the resident giraffe as you feed them a favorite snack—lettuce!
Ages: No age limit specified | Starts at $39.95 | 30-minute experience
This is another spot where there are some really amazing animal encounters you can book to upgrade your day and one of our favorites is the Indian Rhino Feeding because they’re such enormous and gorgeous creatures and kids really love the chance to feed them!
Ages 5+ | Members: Starts at $19.95, Non-Members: Starts at $24.95 | No time specified, but it’s about 25-minutes
For the Thrill Seeker: The NEW Bay Rocket Experience in Tampa
Blast off for Tampa’s newest 45-minute adrenaline-filled jet boat thrill ride! Experience the power of Bay Rocket’s 2800 horsepower with thrilling 180-degree spins, turns, and bow dips. Feel the rush as they crank up the music for a blast off on the bay, where you will experience spectacular skyline and bay views. The crew provides a whimsical narration, fun interactive games, and a dance party on the cruise back. BayRocketTampa.com
Adults: Starts at $34.95 | Children (5-12): Starts at $29.95
Our Favorite Annual Passes to Gift in Tampa Bay!
With 19 themed areas and over 170 games, challenges and activities, the Glazer Children’s Museum is set to keep your family entertained all day, no matter how many times you go. Your kids can enjoy exhibits on arts, engineering, forts, banks and more. There are a few new temporary exhibits scheduled to debut throughout the year, so there’s always something new to experience! A one year family membership is $150
MOSI is perfect for kiddos in elementary age and older! Your kids can learn AND play at the same time, and we love that memberships also include Party of 5 memberships for $99. This allows five people to experience MOSI with only one named Member and includes discounts to 250+ science centers across the country!
Even if your kiddos aren’t quite thrill seekers yet, there is plenty to do at both parks for little ones like Sesame Street Safari of Fun and of course, the animals. To snag the best deals, we recommend you join the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay email list for alerts on flash deals and special sales! *This is one you definitely want to join the email list to get updates!
With over 120 animal species, the Lowry Park Zoo has much to offer your family. You and your family can explore the many different exhibits or go on some of the fun rides. Your membership will also allow you to experience the zoo’s seasonal events. For one year: $215 for a quad-2 members + 2 guests
Lots of new things are happening at LEGOLAND Florida including the addition of a new ride in 2023 –Pirate River Quest– and the new neighboring theme park, Peppa Pig Theme Park! Annual pass holders get special pricing at the LEGOLAND hotels and shopping discounts. The new pass system includes several options including the Gold Pass which is $239.99 that includes entrance into the LEGOLAND water park which we highly recommend.
The Tampa Bay History Center has many exhibits that are little–kid–friendly like the Treasure Seekers exhibit featuring conquistadors, pirates and shipwrecks. There is a train table for little ones to get hands on the second floor too. Family memberships are $95.
A YMCA membership is perfect for active families who can take advantage of the many group exercises, outdoor swimming pools, childcare and discounted rates on programs and classes. Per month: $59 to join and $88 per month for a family
At the Florida Aquarium, your family can experience exhibits from wetlands to beaches to coral reefs and more. Your kids will love the Splash Pad and 4D Theater. The annual pass also includes discounts on tours and guest swim experiences. For one year: $185 for a family of four; additional membership packages are available
Movie stars like Hope call Clearwater Marine Aquarium home and recently expanded and update its facility giving your family more to love and explore. A Pod of 3 membership is $150 and you can add an unnamed guest for $49 per spot.
Located right next door to the beautiful Sunken Gardens in St. Pete, Great Explorations is one of our favorite ways to play. There’s a new animal care exhibit sponsored by the SPCA for your kids to explore and the climbing structure is always a hit! Family memberships start at $125.
If you aren’t quite ready to take the plunge with one attraction, a CityPASS may be exactly what you need. The CityPass allows for one visit to Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa, Clearwater Marine Aquarium and your choice between MOSI or Chihuly Collection. An adult CityPASS is $129 (ages 10+) and a child pass is $114 (ages 3-9), a 56% savings. The pass is valid for nine days after first day of use.
JOIN THE CLUB and root, root, root for the home teams!
Game day tickets and even season passes are always a gift giving WIN! Choose between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lighting, the Tampa Bay Rays! We also love memberships to Thunderbug’s Kids Club and the Jr Bucs Fan Club as gift ideas!