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Busch Gardens Africa, Tampa, Florida

You can travel to another continent without leaving North American soil by visiting  Busch Gardens Africa, where you're sure to encounter lions, monkeys, and hippos (they sneak in a few species from other continents, too, like tigers). The family adventure park offers an array of activities, rides, and attractions based on African culture, including the recently opened Jungala.

Tickets for adult admission at the gate cost $64.95, but you can save up to $10 by purchasing online. Plus, all Busch Gardens tickets come with a free second day to be used within seven days of your first entry. (Photo: Busch Entertainment Corporation)
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2010 is set to be a banner year in Tampa. The city will see the opening of a new theme park (no, not The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, that's Orlando), art museum, and children's museum, providing visitors with plenty of new reasons beyond the beach to pay a visit.

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? Sure. This spring, Busch Gardens will open the Sesame Street Safari of Fun, a playland packed with rides, shows, and other amusements, including the "Air Grover" junior roller coaster and the watery "Oscar's Swamp Stomp."


The fall 2010 opening of the Glazer Children's Museum provides another reason to bring the kids to Tampa. The 53,000-square-foot museum will be a place for children to learn, create, and play. Kids can follow the journey of a water drop from a climbing structure, pilot a plane, or dress up like firefighters and put out imaginary fires.

On February 6, the Tampa Museum of Art will open a new facility in downtown Tampa. In its new digs, the museum will continue to host traveling exhibitions in addition to adding to its permanent collections of classical and contemporary art.

Tampa is well-connected to the rest of the U.S., and with air service from low-cost carriers including AirTran, JetBlue, and Southwest, airfares tend to stay competitively priced.

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