Things to Do in Tampa Bay in December 2024

Want to create some awesome new holiday traditions? Head to Tampa Bay for an exciting December getaway! During your trip, guests can experience the holiday cheer of Busch Gardens or visit the marine life at the Florida Aquarium. Other fun options include the Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show and Can You Escape Tampa. From dolphin cruises to unforgettable food tours, you will have a variety of fun experiences to choose from, all set in sunny Tampa Bay. Don't miss out on the fun! 

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Top Things To Do In Tampa Bay Area in December
Dec 1, 2024 to Dec 31, 2024
Scenic Cruise on Crystal River
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Experience the wonder of Crystal River in December on a scenic cruise. This aquatic adventure perfectly captures the serenity of winter in Tampa Bay Area, FL. Enjoy spotting unique marine wildlife including manatees in the quieter, cool season. Bundle up and savor the soothing rhythm of the river set against pristine, panoramic views - a truly scenic marvel heightened by the crisp December air. For nature enthusiasts, it's an unforgettable, cozy, and magical winter escape.

Dec 1, 2024 to Dec 31, 2024
Busch Gardens Tampa
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December is the ultimate time to visit Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay. The weather is cooler, perfect for outdoor exploration. The park is decked out in festive decorations with holiday-themed shows, making your experience genuinely magical. You might even spot some animals enjoying the mild winter weather. Surprise encounters with Christmas-themed characters add a holiday twist to the thrilling rides and attractions. Witness the spirit of the season embrace this African-themed park for an entirely unique spectacle.

Dec 1, 2024 to Dec 23, 2024
The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay
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December is the perfect time to visit The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay. Its balmy temperatures offer a warm respite from the winter chill. During the holiday season, the aquarium is splendidly decorated, providing a magical underwater Christmas experience. Special December events include diving Santa shows, holiday-themed animal encounters and hands-on marine life education. Not to mention, witnessing over 20,000 sea creatures in their exhibits is a spectacular sight any time of the year.
Dec 1, 2024 to Dec 31, 2024
1.5-HOUR Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise from Tampa
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December is a fabulous time to visit Tampa Bay Area in Florida due to the breathtaking River of Lights Christmas Cruise. With a 75-minute journey spanning the beautifully lit Hillsborough River, the cruise offers stunning views of the Tampa skyline. The boat is festively decorated and features interactive carol singing, free hot cocoa, and holiday cookies. It's a magical experience, perfect for families or a romantic evening and exemplifies the holiday spirit.
Dec 1, 2024 to Dec 31, 2024
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo Admission
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December is an ideal month to visit Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, where the cool Florida winter offers comfortable zoo exploration. Enjoy observing over 1,300 animals, from native Florida species to exotic creatures from around the world. Special events like 'Christmas in the Wild' offer holiday-themed enchantment. The cooler temperatures make the animals more active, offering increased viewing pleasure. Its lush, tropical setting mixed with holiday cheer makes December visits to Lowry Park Zoo an unforgettable experience.


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