Looking for some fun things to do with kids in Downtown Tampa? There are so many different activities and events to explore!
You and the family will totally enjoy all that the area offers. Check out our master guide on the best things to do with kids in Downtown Tampa, then let us know which one you enjoyed the most by tagging us on social media!
If there’s a specific area of the neighborhood you want to explore, tap the link below to jump to that section.
A little competition never hurts! So, why not challenge the family to a bowling showdown at Splitsville? There’s plenty to do at Splitsville! After a couple of rounds of scoring strikes, you can take the competition to Splitsville’s ping pong table, pool table, skeeball machines, and tabletop shuffleboard.
Refuel with a delicious treat from Splitsville’s menu, and adults can refresh with a drink from the bar! Splitsville covers all your necessities, ranging from food to entertainment!
Monday–Thursday | 10:30am–4:00pm
Friday–Sunday | 9:30am–5:00pm
📍 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
Get up close and personal with some adorable aquatic creatures by exploring the Florida Aquarium! Walk through an underwater tunnel and experience what it’s like to explore the world below the sea (and river).
Pet stingrays and squishy starfish at the touch tank and witness countless adorable animals that soar, swim, and slither! You can also relish a bite to eat at the Aquarium’s cafeteria and sign up for special experiences like their dolphin cruise.
For some extra fun, kids can play around in the outdoor splash pad–just don’t forget a swimsuit or change of clothes!
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Monday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Tuesday–Saturday | 10:00am–5:00pm
📍 705 Channelside Dr. Tampa, FL 33602
Set out on an unforgettable voyage of discovery at the American Victory Ship and Museum! As one of only three fully-operational WWII ships in the country, the American Victory Ship is a true American icon, floating right here in Tampa Bay.
Perfect for family members of all ages to discover real artifacts from the wars the ship has served. We recommend climbing to the top deck for really awesome views!
This is a great activity that you can pair with your day at the Florida Aquarium, as it’s docked right outside!
Stageworks Theatre has been providing fun entertainment since the early 80s–they’re Tampa’s longest-running professional theatre company, after all!
Not only can you check out their upcoming shows, but they also offer different acting classes and workshops for kids, teens, and adults. If you’re looking for a unique activity, check them out!
Operates every 15 minutes
Monday–Thursday | 7:00am–11:00 pm
Friday | 7:00am–2:00am
Saturday | 8:30am–2:00am
Sunday | 8:30am–11:00pm
📍603-611 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
If you’re taking a stroll through downtown and see the TECO Streetcar, make sure to hop on! This has to be our favorite feature of Downtown Tampa, with its pristinely kept old-timey interior. Take a ride to one of the area’s most popular attractions–the Florida Aquarium, Ybor City, and more.
And did we mention that it’s free? Perfect for entertaining the family for a day!
Open 24 Hours
📍Tampa Riverwalk, Tampa, FL 33602
If you’re looking for a more active thing, check out the Tampa Riverwalk! Stretching across Downtown Tampa’s most popular attractions, the Tampa Riverwalk should definitely be worked into your family’s rotation of activities.
You’ll see Armature Works, the Straz Center, and the Tampa Convention Center along the Riverwalk! It’s a great place to ride bikes, skate, or walk as a family.
Parents can even enjoy a drink on the go because the Tampa Riverwalk is open container. Grab a drink at one of Armature Works’ many bars and enjoy a wonderful stroll by the water.
If you love plays, musicals, and concerts, this pick is for you! The Straz Center is the spot for amazing shows that the whole family will enjoy. You have to experience their beautiful and ornate theatre at least once.
Introduce your kids to the art of acting and musicals here! They have many top-tier, family-friendly musicals that visit the Straz like The Lion King, Aladdin, and Wicked!
Check out the for all the updates on upcoming shows!
Jacky is a blogger for the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.