Tampa History CenterWhat: Tampa Bay History Center
Where: 801 Old Water Street Tampa, Florida 33602
Cost: Adults $12, Seniors (65+) $10, Students (with ID) $10, Children (4-12) $7, Children (3 and under) Free.
Reviews: Yelp and Trip Advisor

WaterGrass is truly a great place to live. With so many cultural activities surrounding you, there is always something to do. Tampa is only a short drive and has several day trip destinations. The Tampa Bay History Center is full of stories of the Tampa Bay area’s past and is fun for the whole family.

The Tampa Bay History Center offers a variety of engaging programs and activities throughout the year for the entire family. Here you will learn about the different people and places that made the Tampa Bay area what it is today. From the first native inhabitants, to the Spanish conquistadors, pioneers, sports legends and railroad tycoons, there is something that will interest every member of your family. In fact, the Lombardi trophy from the Tampa Bay Buccaneer XXXVII Super Bowl win is on display here.

One fun activity at the History Center is Family Backpack Adventures. Here, you will grab a backpack and take an adventure through the History Center! The backpacks are filled with hands-on fun, including games to play, puzzles to piece together, crafts to make, and other engaging activities. There are six different themes available: Florida’s First People. I Dig Archaeology!, Seminole Colors: Stories, Crafts & Culture, The Enduring Seminoles, Cigar City Past Times, and Cigar City: Sights, Sounds & Flavors. This program is designed for kids ages 6-12, and each backpack takes about an hour to complete. For History Center members there is no charge, and a $5 charge for nonmembers.

According to one Trip Advisor user, “What a wonderful way to learn about the early people in the state of Florida. I felt that the displays and presentations were well worth the trip. They portrayed the life and times of the settlers. It made me realize what injustice we place on the Indians. My two grandchildren were quite taken with the information about the Indians and how they lived and information regarding their culture in the early times of their state. The life like figures make things very easy to visualize.”

For information on Center events, be sure to check out the Tampa History Center events page.

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