Tampa, FL – City Pass

Tampa, FL – City Pass

The Most Economical Way to See The Big Attractions

We planned  a trip to Tampa because Lydia and Liam have been obsessed with the movie Dolphin Tales, and since the Clearwater Aquarium (from the movie) is just outside of Tampa, it seemed like a great place to make our kids’ dreams come true!  But if you know Stephanie, she has a knack for finding ways to get the most of our trips economically… so Steph introduced me to the City Pass.

With the Tampa City Pass we were able to buy admission to several main attractions for just a little more than one ticket to Busch Gardens.  So here is what we were able to see with the City Pass:

  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
  • The Florida Aquarium
  • Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Museum of Science & Industry

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

10165 N McKinley Dr, Tampa FL 33612
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The Florida Aquarium

701 Channelside Dr, Tampa FL 33602
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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
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Clearwater Aquarium

249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767
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Museum of Science & Industry

4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33617
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Toccoa Falls, GA

Toccoa Falls, GA

Perfect Sunday Drive & Stroll

Toccoa Falls is about 90 miles north of Atlanta but makes a great Sunday afternoon drive with a nice stroll on a gravel path to the waterfall.  It is located in the campus of Toccoa Falls College and to access the trail there is a small fee paid in the Toccoa Falls Book & Gift store.  The falls is 186 feet which they boast is higher than Niagara Falls, and makes a perfect place to picnic and enjoy on a nice afternoon.

Address:
Forrest Drive
Toccoa Falls, GA 30598

Phone:
706-886-6831 ext. 5219

Website:

Toccoa Falls

Providence Canyon State Park – Lumpkin, GA

Providence Canyon State Park – Lumpkin, GA

A Must-See for Anyone Who Lives in Georgia

Providence Canyon State Park may not be close enough for a day-trip, but it is certainly worth the weekend to visit this piece of Earth-Art.  Dubbed the “Little Grand Canyon” for it’s massive gullies formed by poor farming practices in the 1800’s, it makes for a hike you’ll never forget.

The park is about a 3 hour drive from Atlanta, you may want to consider finding a place to stay in Columbus.  I’d recommend getting to Providence Canyon State Park with most of the day ahead of you so you can spend time hiking around the canyon gullies. When we visited the park we didn’t realize how much time we would have wanted there.  The park closes at dusk and gates get locked, so make sure you have ample time to explore when you go.

Address:
8930 Canyon Road
Lumpkin, GA 31815

Website: Visit Park Website

Things to Do

  • Hiking in 1,003 acres
  • Canyon Climbers Club
  • Backpacking – 7 mile backcountry trail
  • Astronomy Night
  • Picnicking
  • Photography

Public Astronomy Night

We planned our trip to Providence Canyon during the public astronomy night.  The Coca-Cola Science Center brings their telescopes and astronomers for a public presentation and viewing of the stars when the sun sets and the stars come out.  A schedule is published with the dates of the astronomy nights, so if you can’t find it on Google, you can contact the Georgia State Parks office for Providence Canyon for more information at 229-838-4244.

Allatoona Pass – Walk by the Lake

Allatoona Pass – Walk by the Lake

Shady Stroll by the Lake

The trail follows the original railroad grade of the Western and Atlantic Railroad into Allatoona Pass, running through a scenic stretch along the lake.  With trails going off the main railroad you can hike around Civil War entrenchments at the top of both ridges on either side of the pass.  The main trail is flat and easy for a nice, shady Sunday stroll.  And the trail is only moderately used so it doesn’t feel too crowded.