Children at Play in Tampa Bay | RTX Traveler Magazine

Dunedin and the Tampa Bay area offer plenty of activities for all ages including the little ones, so check out these three exciting attractions that are sure to engage the kids.




Listed as the #3 Activity in the area by TripAdvisor members, Little Toot Dolphin Adventures is an amazing experience for the whole family. Located at Clearwater Marina, Little Toot Dolphin Adventures takes guests on a 90 minute narrated tour of Clearwater Bay and the Gulf of Mexico with a guarantee to see dolphins or your next trip is free. What sets the company apart from other tours is Little Toot, a forty-foot tugboat that is the only vessel in the area authorized to access the shallows of Clearwater Bay. With plenty of power and a unique shape the tugboat creates a wake that dolphins find hard to resist so be sure to bring the camera and enjoy your day on the bay.



Children love animals so of course a visit to the local zoo is the ideal way to spend the day with the family. Located in Tampa, Lowery Park Zoo has once again been named the #1 Zoo in the U.S. by Parents Magazine. Natural outdoor exhibits for more than 1,500 animals from Florida and similar habitats include a Native Florida Wildlife Center, manatee hospital, Primate World and Wallaroo Station children’s zoo. Little ones can spend the day at the Zoo School which offers a multitude of classes designed to spark the imagination or they can enjoy a variety of rides, shows and hands-on interactive exhibits that all make the park a can’t-miss attraction.



Just south of Dunedin the Clearwater Marine Aquarium will keep the children busy all day at a unique facility with underwater viewing windows, roofless dolphin pools, a hands-on stingray beach, and many other one-of-a-kind animal homes and exhibits. The aquarium is also home to Winter, star and subject of the 2011 blockbuster film “Dolphin Tale.” Winter lost her tail in a crab trap and was rehabilitated at the aquarium where she received an artificial tail fin and eventually learned to swim again. Open daily, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is perfect for expanding your child’s mind and burning the extra energy.






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