You and your family are bound for St. Petersburg, FL, and are looking for some local attractions that are great for kids. You know that at some point your kids will need some time away from the beach, so you want to have a few activities in mind in case you need to load up the minivan and seek out a different plan. You’re in luck. St. Petersburg offers many fun activities and attractions for families throughout the city, but one of our top picks here at Carl’s Van Rentals is the Great Explorations Children’s Museum.

About Great Explorations

St. Petersburg Attractions for KidsGreat Explorations Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization that’s designed to spur the imaginations of kids ages 10 and under. Here you can find areas geared toward creative play, educational exhibits, hands-on learning, and much more. Some of the popular exhibits include:

  • Build It: This area is great for kids with engineering minds!
  • Critter Cave: Get a close-up look at some creepy crawly reptiles and arachnids.
  • Express Yourself Art Studio: Build, create, sculpt!
  • And more!

In addition to some great exhibits and activity areas, Great Explorations also has regular programs and events. You’ll want to check out the Great Explorations Children’s Museum website for event info.

Admission & Hours

The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4:30 p.m. Note that Great Explorations is closed on major holidays, such as Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. Admissions rates are as follows:

  • Kids under age 1: Free
  • Ages 1-54: $10 per person
  • Ages 55+: $9 per person

Note that you may qualify for special discounts, such as military, educators, AAA members, and so on. Ask whether these deals are available to you.

Getting There

The museum is located just north of Historic Uptown St. Petersburg, only about 30 minutes south of Carl’s Van Rentals’ Tampa location (that services the St. Pete area). For all your Florida travels, Carl’s can help you get to where you need to go. Our rental inventory includes Jeeps, minivans, passenger vans, and more—great options for any family vacation. To find out more or to make a reservation, contact Carl’s today at (813) 872-7111.


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