Tampa is full of activities and attractions for all ages! Families from all over the country choose the Tampa Bay area because of its beautiful ocean views and fun things for families to do. We at Carl’s Van Rentals suggest that if you’re headed our way for a Tampa trip that you check out some of the following Tampa family attractions.

1. Lowry Park Zoo

Lowry Park Zoo

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You just cannot come to Tampa without spending a day—or at least an afternoon—at the Lowry Park Zoo. This attraction has been rated not only as a top Tampa attraction, but also as a top zoo in the United States.


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MOSI—or the Museum of Science & Industry—is a perfect attraction for families looking for something to do on a rainy day. (Although the museum is fantastic no matter what the weather!) You can enjoy numerous exhibits, spend some time at the planetarium, or even catch an IMAX movie.

3. Glazer Children’s Museum


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Imagination is the name of the game at the Glazer Children’s Museum. Kids both young and old will enjoy the educational and interactive displays throughout the museum.

4. Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue

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A Tampa visitor-favorite for viewing exotic felines up close is none other than Big Cat Rescue. What began as a concerned citizen wanting to save exotic cats from misuse or neglect has expanded into one of the largest animal rescue efforts in the area. You can learn more about Big Cat Rescue and even take a tour to see the beautiful creatures up close!

These Tampa attractions are great for the whole family, and they certainly are not all that Tampa and South Florida has to offer. For all your Florida family travels, contact Carl’s Van Rentals at (813) 872-7111 to get a reliable and affordable van rental. We carry everything from minivan rentals to passenger van rentals, so be sure to check out our current specials!