While summer is the ideal time to spend a day building sandcastles at the beach or splashing around at a local water park, it’s not always ideal to be outdoors. If you’re not near the water, that midday summer sun can get HOT! And let’s not forget about those summer storms that can crash your afternoon pool party.
Fortunately, there are tons of places around Tampa where you can spend a fun-filled day no matter what Mother Nature has in store. We’ve rounded up our over 30 great indoor places to play in Tampa Bay!
Our list is divided up into a few categories to help you find the best spot for your family:
- The Best Indoor Playgrounds and Trampoline Parks
- Awesome Indoor Gaming Spots and Arcades
- Kid-Friendly Museums We LOVE
- Indoor Ice-Skating and Roller Rinks
The Best Indoor Playgrounds and Trampoline Parks
New Tampa, Port Richey, and Brandon
Urban Air is the ultimate indoor adventure park where mini warriors can conquer obstacles, show gravity who’s boss, and have a blast! Jump high, play laser tag, mini golf, or wall climbing, go bowling, ride the go-karts, conquer the ropes course, challenge others to a game of dodgeball and more! There’s even a special area for kids ages 7 and under who aren’t quite ready for the big kid games.
4340 W. Hillsborough Ave, Tampa
Altitude Trampoline Park has over 30,000 square feet of indoor trampolines and attractions! It’s a perfect spot for families, groups, and birthday parties!
Clearwater and Tampa
Sky Zone is the original indoor trampoline park! Come check out their wall-to-wall trampolines, NEW AIR COURT, warped wall, SKY TOWER, Ninja Warrior course, sky joust, sky ladder, sky climbing wall, and more!
5208 W. Linebaugh Ave, Tampa
Bounce House Place is an indoor party and playtime with an inflatable playground for toddlers to 12-year-olds. It’s an ideal spot for birthday parties and events!
4535 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa
Playgrounds of Tampa is South Tampa’s only indoor bounce house park and coffee lounge. This 7,500-square-foot facility has an array of bounce houses, interactive gaming floor, camps, and even a special toddler area.
22930 FL-54, Lutz
Flying Squirrel Lutz is a 40,000 square foot trampoline park with an extreme traverse climbing wall, battle beam, pro dunk hoops, air bag, aerial silks, air track tumbling floor, Olympic performance trampolines, dodgeball, zip line, a private party room, a cafe and more! There are also three Topgolf Swingsuite golf simulators and an arcade.
Awesome Indoor Gaming Spots and Arcades
8021 Citrus Park Dr., Tampa
Elev8 Fun offers over 125,000 square feet of entertainment, games, and experiences for the whole family! Attractions include state of the art and retro arcade games, full-sized bowling, a multi-level go-kart track, an interactive mini-golf experience, a ropes course, laser tag, and more!
2839 Creek Grass Way, Lutz
No matter what your age, there’s something for everyone at Main Event! Attractions include state-of-the-art bowling, multi-level laser tag, an arcade games gallery featuring more than 100 of the latest interactive video games and more!
6283 W. Waters Ave, Tampa
This 24,000-square-foot facility is packed with fun! Check out their Tactical Laser Tag called Earth 2165 which is set in an 8,000 square foot Post-Apocalyptic Arena. Play Archery Tag and Bazooka Ball on their AstroTurf Sports Court and enjoy the 50-game arcade and Virtual Reality Gaming Area.
10209 Estuary Lakes Dr., Tampa
Dave & Buster’s has a massive arcade and virtual reality. Enjoy game day with massive screens and stadium sound to amplify watching your favorite Tampa Bay teams with friends.
Wesley Chapel, Carrollwood, Brandon, Clearwater, St. Pete
Chuck E. Cheese is the perfect place to Play Your Heart Out! Get in on All You Can Play games and go all in on fun! Of course, don’t miss their famous pizza and a visit from Chuck E Cheese and his friends.
1600 East 8th Ave, Tampa, FL
GameTime offers a Mega Arcade with a full-service restaurant and sports bar. Their Mega Arcade has over 100 new and retro arcade games, prize machines, mini bowling, and other interactive games!
1213 W. Waters Ave, Tampa
Lowry Parcade is Tampa’s first classic arcade and craft beer tavern! Guests can play over 30 classic arcade games and pinball machines.
615 Channelside Drive, Suite 120, Tampa
Located on the waterfront at Sparkman Wharf, Splitsville Southern + Social offers more than 10-pin bowling. They also feature indoor lawn and feather bowling, ping pong, billiards, foosball, darts, and shuffleboard.
Zephyrhills, Midtown Tampa, West Tampa
Pin Chasers has several locations around the Tampa Bay area and offers leagues, tournaments, and special family events in addition to regular bowling games. There is also an on-site arcade and food service.
Museums in Tampa Bay We LOVE!
110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
There are some amazing hands-on exhibits kids love including the UnMonsters exhibit by BayCare where kids can be the doctor, a veterinarian’s office, and a STEM area. There’s also a Publix that’s just their size where they can shop just like mom and dad, a theater for littles to put on a play, and an engineer’s workshop. You can also check out the World’s Largest Triceratops, Big John! There are three floors total with the first two mostly in use for daily play.
1925 4th St. N, St. Pete
Great Explorations Children’s Museum is located right next to Sunken Gardens. Stay and play at the many exhibits and you just might bump into the museum’s mascot, Morris! Pretend to be a dentist, become a LEGO builder, learn about life on the farm, or become a news anchor!
801 Water St., Tampa
The Tampa Bay History Center is a great place for all ages! Head to the third floor for the Pirates, Conquistadors and Shipwrecks exhibit has hands-on activities they can manipulate with their hands like tying knots. The second floor also has a giant-sized train table that is inspired by the Port of Tampa.
701 Channelside Dr., Tampa
The Florida Aquarium is a great spot to stay cool on hot days or stay out of the rain. This is a truly magical place for little ones and older kids as they come face to face with sea creatures like sea turtles and even sharks!
4801 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa
Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) has many favorites for all of your STEAM interests from the Bed of Nails, Cargo, Loading, the Hurricane Machine, IdeaZone, Mission Moon Base, Dinovations, and to Slippery Science, the Tampa Bay Lightning themed and sponsored exhibit at this incredible kids’ museum. Also, be sure to check out the new SciLinx putt-putt course on the lawn!
1 Dali Blvd, St. Pete
Want to explore the famous work of Salvador Dali? The Dali Museum offers a free event called DillyDally with Dali which takes place on Saturdays at the museum and online and teaches children about Dali’s creative world through arts and crafts, games and puzzles. There are kids activities in The Dali’s education room that are inspired by their most recent exhibit, Where Ideas Come From along with a Drawing Room and fun 2D photo op. Although not specifically a kids museum, be sure to check out the children and families section on the website.
120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
If you’re looking for something to do on a Saturday morning, drop by The Tampa Museum of Art for a program called Art Spot, a free drop-in program that lets children make art projects inspired by works of art on display in the galleries. There is a different facilitator-guided project each week designed by art instructors. The museum also holds several Family Days each year with activities inspired by the museum’s current exhibitions. On Family Days, you can enjoy drop-in docent-led tours, pay-as-you-will admission to the galleries and more.
720 E Zack Street
This FREE museum is a must-visit with the kids, especially if they are into fire trucks. The Tampa Firefighters Museum is located inside one of downtown’s original fire houses and inside, you’ll find old fire trucks and learn about how firefighters have protected our city over the years. There is a children’s area as well where they can try on fire gear, climb through a ‘smoke’ filled hallway, and explore a kitchen area where they can learn about fire hazards.
335 2nd Avenue NE, St. Pete
The St. Petersburg Museum of History located on the downtown waterfront has the largest collection of baseballs of its kind certified by Guinness World Records. The Schrader’s Little Cooperstown exhibit has nearly 5,000 baseballs. You’ll find stories and artifacts from baseball legends like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and Joe DiMaggio and learn about more than 100 years of Tampa Bay’s own history as a spring training destination.
150 Central Avenue, St. Pete
The museum itself is a work of art, but don’t stop at the front door and make your way inside to see more than 400 pieces of artwork that connect you to the American West. You’ll see jewelry, sculptures and paintings on display through the exhibits. The museum is also very kid-friendly, with James Playdates for littles and Family Days on schedule throughout the year.
800 28th Ave. S, St. Pete
Fairgrounds St. Pete is an immersive art experience with more than 70 artists featured. You can go and simply enjoy the whimsical art that celebrates weird, wacky, wonderful Florida or choose a different adventure and try to crack the codes and mysteries you’ll find throughout. While you’re there, let the kids explore this unique immersive art exhibit that puts all of your senses to work. It’s truly something you’ve never seen or experienced before!
355 4th Street North, St. Pete
Here’s a pretty cool fact: The American Museum of Arts and Crafts is the only museum dedicated to the arts and crafts movement in the WORLD. The museum is huge, standing at 4 stories tall and covering 137,000 square feet. You’ll walk through the history of the arts and crafts movement and see beautiful creations of today as well. The museum will also host Family Day events, so be sure to check their calendar for the next one.
600 Bonnet Springs Blvd, Lakeland (located in Bonnet Springs Park)
The Florida Children’s Museum, formerly the Explorations V Children’s Museum at its previous location, is a brand new, 47,800 square foot building located in the NEW Bonnet Springs Park. It’s geared for kids up to age 12 featuring two floors of interactive learning fun including a Publix exhibit, stop motion exhibit, and so much more! We’re sharing our INSIDE LOOK of the Florida Children’s Museum here.
Indoor Ice-Skating and Roller-Skating Rinks
3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd, Wesley Chapel
AdventHealth Center Ice is the largest ice sports facility in the Southeast! With over 150,000 square feet, their five-rink complex includes three North American standard National Hockey League (NHL) ice rinks, one Olympic/International standard ice rink, and one mini-rink. They a variety of programs that suit all ages from ice hockey and figure skating to curling and private events.
Oldsmar and Clearwater
TBSA has two locations in the Tampa Bay area. Both offer learn to skate classes, figure skating, camps, and public skating. It’s also a cool place for a birthday party or special event!
10222 Elizabeth Place, Tampa
TGH Ice Plex is the official training facility of the Tampa Bay Lightning! They offer hockey lessons, learn to skate, figure skating, camps, and more. You can also rent skates and swirl around their rink during their public skate sessions.
7510 Paula Dr., Tampa
Skate World features a Roller Cafe full of family favorites. Skaters can participate in theme days along with live DJs, a fully stocked cafe and a huge arcade with awesome prizes.
5121 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa
United Skates is one of America’s Top 10 Great Places To Skate according to USA Today! They offer a variety of public skating sessions for children, teens, and adults along with a state-of-the-art sound system, live DJs, and a huge arcade. Check their website for special events and theme days!
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