Saturday, July 25, 2015

Discover The New Tampa Attractions

By Jony Mozen

Visitors to Florida and area residents have endless opportunities for family friendly entertainment. People flock to the Sunshine State to enjoy the pleasant climate that allows for fun in the sun throughout the year. The New Tampa attractions, and others in outlying areas, offer people of all age groups a variety of ways to enjoy their leisure time.

Flatwoods Wilderness Park is the ideal place for outdoor recreation, including cycling, jogging, and in-line skating. Anyone who want to escape the developed areas of the state will find fishing, picnic facilities, trails, and more in this sprawling park. This huge facility in New Tampa encompasses more than 5,400 acres and is a part of the Lower Hillsborough County Wilderness Preserve.

The loop road encircles the park and represents a seven-mile trek. Rest shelters offer cool water and paper cups at four points along the paved road. Elsewhere in the park, shelters are equipped with grills and tables for outdoor meals. The park's Visitor Center provides restrooms, picnic tables, and cold drinks. Guests will find additional restrooms at the Bruce B Downs Blvd entrance. Park users have access from sunup to sundown seven days per week and are welcome to bring their dogs provided they stay on a leash.

Lowry Park Zoo is another one of many family friendly attractions near New Tampa. Multiple parents' magazines name this the best zoo in the nation with more than 60 acres of entertainment space. Guests have the chance to observe a wide variety of indigenous and exotic species from around the world. Children and their parents are welcome to pet stingrays, feed the giraffes, and participate in other fun interactive activities. Zoo inhabitants include penguins, tigers, manatees, orangutans, koalas, and much more.

Families can head to the Florida Aquarium for the opportunity to interact with denizens of the deep. One of the most popular exhibits at this attraction is the breathtaking Coral Reef Gallery. Guests walk by vast windows offering a glimpse into the world beneath the ocean's surface and they do not even have to get their feet wet. Visitors who want to get wet can participate in one of the swimming and dive experiences offered. The aquarium offers multiple shows featuring many of its inhabitants.

Bok Tower Gardens is an official National Historic Landmark offering a gorgeous natural setting for communing with nature. The Gardens feature a marble carillon tower that reaches a height of 205 feet and where guests can enjoy daily concerts. Pinewood Estate is a Mediterranean-style mansion built during the 1930s and offers tours year round.

For fun on the water, guests can hardly do better than playing captain at Speed Boat Adventures. Under the watchful eye of a veteran captain, guests have a chance to speed around Tampa Bay on a two-hour tour for a chance to view the city from a different angle while keeping an eye out for sea turtles, manatees, native birds, and dolphins.

There is no shortage of fun things to see and do in central Florida. Tampa offers convenient access to numerous wildlife preserves, amusement parks, and outdoor recreational areas. Visitors and area residents in all age groups can spend any day having fun in the sun.

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