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If you are wanting fun in the sun, the Tampa Bay area is full of that and much more! Zoos, beaches, thrill rides, water parks, aquariums — this place has it all. If you're an outdoor lover, hold on tight, you're about to have the time of your life.


When visiting the Tampa Bay area, you absolutely have to stop by Busch Gardens or your vacation won't be complete. The theme park is based on encounters of the African continent and features thrill rides, a zoo with over 2,7000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games. Recently voted the most popular theme park in Florida, you're sure to love this Tampa Bay attraction.


Do 30 acres of slides, corkscrews, waterfalls, wave pools and a children's water playground sound like something you'd enjoy? Then Adventure Island is the place to be. This water park has everything needed to satisfy your craving for excitement and thrills. Adventure Island also offers caf's, an arcade, picnic areas and gift shop.


Want to spend some time on the water? Take a lunch or dinner cruise on the Starlite Majesty. The boat features a brass and mirrored interior and this 115-foot vessel offers three decks and ample room for observation. You can enjoy an exquisite meal at your specially reserved table. You will have your choice of entrees, and your meal will be prepared by an award-winning chef.


The Starlite Princess also offers lunch and dinner cruises. When you want to take a narrated cruise along the shores of Florida's inland waters, this cruise is exactly what you need. Nothing rivals the atmosphere this authentic paddle boat has to offer. And keep an eye out for the dolphins - it's not uncommon to see them frolicking in the water!


University of South Florida Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to spend your day outdoors. These gardens offer the perfect backdrop for an outdoor stroll. On your walk, you'll see collections that include orchids, begonias, mallows, Bromeliads, gingers, ferns, androids, fruit trees, palms, cycads, carnivorous plants, herb and scent gardens and more. Plants aren't the only things that contribute to the atmosphere. You'll see a butterfly garden, gopher tortoises and over 60 species of birds.


Florida Fishing Adventures in Tarpon Springs offers visitors "a fisherman's paradise." This is truly any fishing enthusiast's dream come true. If you know fishing, you should know Gene Zamba, the guide, outdoor writer and television host. With Florida Fishing Adventures, he takes you fishing in Florida's Gulf Coast for Snook, Redfish, Sea Trout, Permit, Shark and more!


The area is also known for its abundance of outdoor beaches. Numerous beaches are scattered across the area, creating the perfect environment for sunbathing, fishing, snorkeling, diving, sailing and more. A few beaches in the area are Davis Island Beach in Tampa, Clearwater Beach in Clearwater, and St. Pete Beach in St. Pete Beach.

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