Not everyone will want to watch the Super Bowl on February 2nd, particularly some kids. But there are other fun things to do for people who are not football fans, and the Tampa Bay area has some of the best kid-friendly alternatives on Super Bowl Sunday.
Lowry Park Zoo
1101 W. Sligh Ave.
Tampa, FL 33604
Enjoy the day in a jungle filled with exotic animals, or take a ride on the Tasmanian Tiger Family Coaster, the Overland Express train or Jungle Carousel. It’s all happening at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. There are also animal shows, petting areas and water rides. Top the day off with dinner at more than a dozen nearby restaurants. For dessert, your can visit Bo’s Ice Cream shop, located less than a mile from Lowry Park Zoo.
International Plaza And Bay Street
2223 N. Westshore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
From teenagers to toddlers, visiting International Plaza and Bay Street is a great place to shop and dine. Specialty stores can be found throughout the mall including The Disney Store, Abercrombie and Apple computers. Bay Street offers outdoor shopping and some of the best food in the Tampa Bay area. Everything from burgers to cheesecake can be enjoyed in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere.
Grand Prix Tampa
14320 N. Nebraska Ave.
Tampa, FL 33613
Too young to drive a car? That’s not a problem at Grand Prix Tampa if you are at least 58 inches tall. Get behind the wheel of a go-cart and cruise the Big Track Go Kart Track. There are also batting cages, miniature golf, rope climbing inside a giant sphere and the Castle Arcade with more than 80 games. If you get hungry, you can visit the Pit Stop Cafe, which features burgers, sandwiches and drinks.
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5145 Harvey Tew Road
Plant City, FL 33565
Explore the wonders of the Jurassic age with more than 150 life-size dinosaur exhibits. There is also a dinosaur museum, playground and a place where kids can do their own archeological dig for fossils, and whatever they find can be kept as a souvenir. There is no food served at Dinosaur World, but there are picnic areas for visitors to enjoy their homemade meals. A gift shop offers a wide range of items including books, toys and artifacts.
Captain Nemo’s Pirate Cruise
25 Causeway Blvd.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Set sail on the Pirate’s Ransom, a custom designed, deep red pirate ship complete with treasure maps, face painting for visitors who want to look like a pirate and, of course, Captain Nemo and his pirate crew. The 70-foot-long ship takes visitors out to sea for a two-hour cruise around Tampa Bay. These pirates are kid-friendly and even cater birthday parties for children. Be sure to call ahead for your pirate cruise reservations.
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Maryann Tobin is an award-winning writer based in Tampa, Florida. She has appeared on the History Channel’s ‘DECODED’ series, and her investigative reporting on animal welfare issues led to a WTSP 10 News Investigators report. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.