Tampa is a roughly 8 hour car ride from Atlanta. There is so much to do there. We bounce around and go all over Tampa. We have stayed near Busch Gardens (there are some areas near her you want to avoid) , and area called Oldsmar, Bradenton, Clearwater and Hard Rock Hotel area. We don’t mind driving and as you can see most of these places are all over Tampa. During the first 5 years of my sons life we came here about 3 times a year and loved it.
Want to see Manatees? Then check out the Tampa Electric Manatee viewing area.
We bought memberships to here for 5 years. I always got the big season pass with free parking and my son and husband got cheaper ones. They do have for kids under 4 a free pass if you live in Florida, so see if they still do that if your child qualifies.
We love it here because my young son had rides to go on, adults had rides adn they had animals. It was always less crowded then Orlando parks and felt we got a good deal coming here.
Stroller parking- when you pay to park and you have a child with a stroller make sure to get a stroller parking pass. You can park right up front and not have to ride the train from parking.