Tampa Bay CityPASS Paves the Path for Exploration

Before I moved to the Tampa Bay area, most of my visits to Florida were spent in Orlando theme parks.  I wanted to branch out and see more than just one place, but didn’t really know what specifically was there and what was worth seeing. And even after being a Floridian for three years, I knew there were still tons of places left I wanted to explore and had been “meaning to visit.” I’m sure there are many other families out there in similar situations and thankfully, Tampa Bay CityPASS is definitely a way to get out there and see the best an area has to offer.

Tampa Bay CityPASS

CityPASS, much like its name suggests, is a booklet of tickets that serves as a pass for some of the best attractions in a variety of cities. Currently covering 12 destinations, using CityPASS gets you quite a deal – saving up to 50% off at top area attractions. Each set of passes is good for nine consecutive days – more than enough for a family vacation. And if you’re a local, nine days is enough to include two fun-filled weekends!

Tampa Bay CityPASS debuted within the last year, and at just a 45 minute drive from Orlando and close to some of the best beaches, it’s a perfect destination for extending a theme park trip or for a family vacation on it’s own.

CityPass Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay area has a variety of museums, zoos and even two notable theme parks, and by purchasing a CityPASS you gain access to many of them! Included in the Tampa Bay CityPASS is access to: Busch Gardens Tampa, The Florida Aquarium, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium and your choice of either The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) or the Chihuly Collection. Overall, the Tampa Bay CityPASS booklet has options for any kind of traveler – whether you’re an adventure seeking family or a couple seeking out a date day! At a cost of $99 for adults and $84 for children ages 3-9, it’s definitely a huge savings on the cost of visiting these places.

CityPass Tampa Bay

One of the places we chose to explore was Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo – a place I ‘d heard raves about, but never had a chance to visit before. Two of my favorite things about the CityPASS booklet is that it gives you a map to get a lay of the city you’re visiting and each ticket includes tips on the different attractions you are visiting. Our ticket for the Lowry Park Zoo advised us we’d get wet on the log flume ride and boy they weren’t kidding!

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Given that admission to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is nearly $30 and the cost breakdown of a CityPASS is a bit less than $20 per attraction, it was fantastic to see how much we were truly saving! Given that, it made add-ons like the Zoo’s light show Zoominations more affordable. The best part after the savings is that CityPASS works just like a ticket! We didn’t have to wait in line with other families purchasing tickets – we just zipped up to the front, handed over our booklet and were on our way for a day of fun! And the Lowry Park Zoo is a great place to spend the day watching otters, manatees and so many other kinds of wildlife!  And even after spending the day at the zoo, we were able to find great places to eat and shop thanks to CityPASS’ planning page, which you get access to when you purchase your booklet! All in all it was a great day of local exploration, thanks to CityPASS!

CityPass Tampa Bay

If you’ve been thinking about visiting the Tampa Bay area, maybe to see Busch Gardens or to visit the breathtaking beaches in Clearwater, I definitely recommend you do it. There’s so much to see and do you won’t regret taking the time to explore. And make sure you save money and get the best access by doing it with a Tampa Bay CityPASS. Visit CityPASS.com for more information on their destinations and to purchase your own CityPASS.

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

DISCLOSURE: Adventures by Daddy received two complimentary CityPASS Tampa Bay booklets for the purposes of this review.  However all opinions expressed are those of the author’s. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

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