Summer Guide To Cool
Every Floridian family knows the ‘real’ summer doesn’t hit until mid-July and can go into September. METRO gives you great ways to beat the heat and enjoy the hot summer days and nights with style.
Cobra’s Curse at Busch Gardens
Ride the brand-new thrilling roller coaster at Busch Gardens that features a 30,000-pound snake king icon and 70-foot vertical lift. The coaster travels 40 mph and travels backward, forward and spins creating a new spin experience each time you ride.
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Time to take the family for a date night at the Zoo. Every Friday and Saturday through August 6 enjoy the all-new Sunset Celebration, with live music and entertainment, dining in the beer & wine garden and top off the evening with a dazzling light show.
Coast Bike Share
Explore and get healthy at the same time with a ride around town with a Coast Bike Share. Located in downtown Tampa, Ybor and Hyde Park, these bikes are available to reserve on a mobile app, the web or using the bike keypad. Start wheelin’ now.
Beat the heat with the little ones this summer at The Splash Pad, the new water play area with a rain forest theme, zero-depth water play, dumb buckets and spray zones. For the extra adventurous, get close and personal with the Dive with the Sharks program.
TradeWinds Island Resorts
Plan a week or just a weekend escape at St. Pete Beach’s family-friendly, Tradewinds Island Resorts and you’ll never be bored. From RedBeard’s Pirate Adventures, to Space and Marine-Bio Camps for the kids, relax and re-charge with a family vacation.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Home to movie star dolphins, Winter and Hope, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium works to rescue and rehabilitate injured wild life. For an extra adventure, Experience the Dolphin Encounter and work with a CMA trainer during a feeding or training session.
Summer fun starts with the “Topgolf Nights” series at Topgolf in Tampa where guests will enjoy a live band or DJ every Friday and Saturday night thru Labor Day. The drinks are cold and the music is pumping.
Glazer Children’s Museum
The museum has partnered with the Gasparilla Music Festival to bring family entertainment on the first Saturday of the month with the Summer Jam Session. On August 6, enjoy a performance by Capoeria — a blend of martial arts, game, music and dance.
Explore the area that helped build a Greek community famous for its sponges, Greek restaurants, sightseeing cruises, aquarium, shopping and more. Don’t miss Tarpon Sponge Docks Hippie Fest on August 13, featuring a VW Bug show, food and beer vendors, live music and more. Or the Night in the Islands held monthly.
Great Explorations Children’s Museum & Sunken Gardens
The Museum is designed for kids under 10 to have fun and explore through interactive exhibits. Parents can enjoy a date night at Parents’ Night Out on the second Friday of the month. Next door at Sunken Gardens, stroll through the beautiful gardens and see the new flock of 20 Flamingos.
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