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The Tampa Bay area offers a lot to see and do so there is plenty to choose from when making staycation plans. It sometimes does not seem so obvious if you live in the area. So instead of taking a vacation this time why not take a staycation instead. You'll save a bundle and have fun too. Just follow along as we highlight some of the things you could do on your staycation as well as offer tips on how to get even more savings like with combo packages, best times to go, and even coupons for additional discounts on your admission. Your staycation does not have to be restricted to the Tampa Bay area either. You will also find suggestions on day trips that are within a two hour drive or roughly about 100 miles from Tampa.

The Latest Staycation Ideas

  1. Morean Arts Center
  2. American Victory Ship
  3. Mixon Fruit Farms
  4. Pirate Ship at John’s Pass
  5. Armed Forces History Museum
  6. Airheads Tampa
  7. Grand Prix Tampa
  8. Glazer Children’s Museum
  9. Speed Boat Adventures Tampa
  10. Sunken Gardens

Tampa Staycation w/ $25 Gas Card, Special Rates, and more

2015 February 20
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Quite a few of the Tampa area hotels are getting into the staycation spirit by offering special deals that are exclusive to Florida residents. These hotels are close to all of the major attractions in the Tampa area so staying there gives you more time to get more out of your staycation. When planning a staycation, always check with the area hotels to see if they offer any special rates or packages that are exclusive to residents. You would be surprised at the number of hotels in the area that offer these promotions, especially in the off peak months.

Right now the DoubleTree offers two promotions for residents. One is you get a $25 gas card (credit to Visit Tampa) if you stay 2 or more nights. Just enter PK8 into the promotion code / offer code box on the reservation page. This is perfect if you live nearby since it won’t cost you much gas to get there to begin with. They have another offer out there as well. If you are a Florida resident you can get a $25 property credit that can be used for golfing, relaxing at the spa, dining, and more while on your staycation at the DoubleTree. No promotion code / offer code is needed here. You just activate the deal from their offers page.

The Sheraton Tampa East Hotel also offers an exclusive rate for Florida residents. Just enter RESIDENT as the rate code and you will get the special rate of $89 per night. You just have to show your Florida ID when you check in.

Now once you get checked in you will need discounts on your activities. The suggestion here is to get the Tampa CityPass which saves you 49% off the cost of admission to Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and either the Chihuly Collection or the Museum of Science and Industry. There’s also the Tampa Trio Pass which saves you $22 off the total cost of admission to The Florida Aquarium, Museum of Science & Industry, and Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.

For individual savings you can check out the Busch Gardens Tampa coupons, The Florida Aquarium coupons, Lowry Park Zoo coupons, Clearwater Marine Aquarium coupons, and Museum of Science and Industry coupons to make sure that you get the absolute most savings possible for your next Tampa staycation.

2014 Busch Gardens Tampa Howl-O-Scream

2014 October 26
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In the Tampa area there’s over 300 acres of sinister scares nearby. Each year the Busch Gardens Tampa theme park turns into what’s called the Howl-O-Scream. This event features new and horrifying haunted houses as well as sinister surprises around every corner. This evil overflows to the streets where hundreds of creatures roam. In addition to this, you’ll also get a chance to scream on all of the heart pounding rides in the park. It’s only open select nights leading up to the Halloween weekend. The last night of the event is November 1st. You’ll need a separate ticket for this event though. Just keep in mind that ticket prices do vary depending on the day of the week. Gates open at 7:30 pm and the park stays open as late as 1 am.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online. If you go ahead and purchase your tickets ahead of time though you can save both time and money. Before you order your tickets online though, be sure to check for promo codes. You should notice a place to enter your promo code at the top of the check out page. So how do you get these promo codes? Well a lot of the area businesses offer promo codes for the Busch Gardens Tampa Howl-O-Scream event. Some places to check for promo codes include your local Publix Supermarket, AAA office, Taco Bell, and Applebee’s Restaurants, Walgreens, Circle-K gas stations, and on some Coca-Cola / Fanta products. Finally, there’s a 4 pack ticket offer. Just grab 4 of your friends / family for a discount admission to Howl-O-Scream.

Visiting the theme park at another time of the year? Be sure to check out the Busch Gardens Tampa coupons first to make sure that you get the absolute most savings possible on your admission to the park.


2014 Brickworld LEGO Expo

2014 October 13
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Gather the whole family for a lot of LEGO fun at the Brickworld LEGO Expo. This one weekend event will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th. Explore more than 40,000 square feet of LEGO madness! See spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by local LEGO engineers. Additionally there are interactive activities, such as the LEGO and DUPLO play brick areas, seek and finds, and even fighting robots. Of course there is also plenty of shopping there as well. Get your favorite LEGO sets, minifigures, and LEGO accessories from the exhibiting LEGO vendors. General admission is $11 per person (admission is free for kids 3 years and under) but if you plan ahead, there are a few ways that you can save a little extra money off the total cost of your admission to the Brickworld LEGO Expo.

Get 20% Off Admission to the 2014 Brickworld LEGO Expo

Now you can purchase your tickets ahead of time and if you do that you can save $1 off the cost of each general admission ticket. Just keep in mind that you need a ticket for each day of the event. There are discounts available for military and first responders. Just show your ID and you will automatically get $3 off the cost of your admission to the Brickworld LEGO Expo. Also, if you do purchase your tickets online then be sure to check for coupon codes. You should notice a coupon code box at the bottom right of the checkout page. Just enter your coupon here and then click apply and you should see your discount appear right above. Try entering FCBKT14 into the coupon code box to receive $1.50 off the cost of each general admission ticket for the Brickworld LEGO Expo. This coupon code came from their Facebook page. You can also try the coupon code FFF14 for the same $1.50 discount.