25 kid-friendly spots in Tampa Bay where parents can get a damn drink

Sometimes you need to bring the little ones to a kid-friendly adult place, so you can have a little fun too. And preferably it's somewhere you can grab a few drinks and relax , since the beer limit is two pitchers at Chuck-E-Cheese.

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Florida Aquarium  
701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, (813) 273-4000
Who doesn’t love a trip to the aquarium? Especially in the summer heat. It offers a wide variety of aquatic animals for the kids to point at, and its cafes offer a variety of beer and wine so the parents can enjoy the outing too. Don’t worry, you'll burn off those two beers chasing the kids around the splash pad. 
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Florida Aquarium

701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, (813) 273-4000
Who doesn’t love a trip to the aquarium? Especially in the summer heat. It offers a wide variety of aquatic animals for the kids to point at, and its cafes offer a variety of beer and wine so the parents can enjoy the outing too. Don’t worry, you'll burn off those two beers chasing the kids around the splash pad.

Photo via Florida Aquarium/Facebook
Adventure Island
10001 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612, (813) 884-4386
Adventure Island is the ultimate escape from the roasting summer sun. Forget how unsanitary water parks are and enjoy the many waterslides, lazy rivers, or the bar, while your kids enjoy those other activities. Margaritas taste great after accidentally swallowing pool water. 
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Adventure Island

10001 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612, (813) 884-4386
Adventure Island is the ultimate escape from the roasting summer sun. Forget how unsanitary water parks are and enjoy the many waterslides, lazy rivers, or the bar, while your kids enjoy those other activities. Margaritas taste great after accidentally swallowing pool water.

Photo viaAdventure Island/Facebook
 Busch Gardens  
10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612,  (813)-884- 4386. 
Parents and guardians deserve a cold beer or two after chaperoning a group of kids around a giant amusement park filled with rides, animals, and activities. You may think Busch Gardens is just for the kids, but there’s just as many opportunities for fun for the parents too. (Aka booze). 
Photo via   Busch Gardens/Facebook

Busch Gardens

10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612, (813)-884- 4386.
Parents and guardians deserve a cold beer or two after chaperoning a group of kids around a giant amusement park filled with rides, animals, and activities. You may think Busch Gardens is just for the kids, but there’s just as many opportunities for fun for the parents too. (Aka booze).

Photo via Busch Gardens/Facebook
 Smuggler's Cove Golf 
15395 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL 33708, (727) 398-7008 
Come on, who doesn’t enjoy a game of mini golf once in a while? The little office offers snacks, beer, and wine, so you can enjoy an adult beverage while you put with the kids. And yeah, they have live alligators you can feed at the end of the course. 
Photo via Smuggler's Cove Golf/Facebook

Smuggler's Cove Golf

15395 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL 33708, (727) 398-7008
Come on, who doesn’t enjoy a game of mini golf once in a while? The little office offers snacks, beer, and wine, so you can enjoy an adult beverage while you put with the kids. And yeah, they have live alligators you can feed at the end of the course.

Photo via Smuggler's Cove Golf/Facebook
 Caddy’s on the Beach  
9000 W Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL 33706, (727) 360-4993 
Right on Treasure Island Beach, Caddy’s offers some of the best parties, views of the beach, and of course, alcohol. But Caddy’s is also kid friendly during the day, with the entire beach as their playground. 
Photo via   Caddy’s on the Beach/Facebook

Caddy’s on the Beach

9000 W Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL 33706, (727) 360-4993
Right on Treasure Island Beach, Caddy’s offers some of the best parties, views of the beach, and of course, alcohol. But Caddy’s is also kid friendly during the day, with the entire beach as their playground.

Photo via Caddy’s on the Beach/Facebook