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The underwater adventure, SeaTREK, is a one-of-a-kind way to explore the Florida Aquarium.

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa has become a world-class facility. With the addition of SeaTREK, they’ve stepped up their game. SeaTREK is a guided underwater tour. Open to guests 10 years and older, the aquarium brings you into the 15-foot deep habitat.

Once inside, you’ll have the opportunity to come face-to-face with some of the aquarium’s residents. You’ll see spotted eagle rays, bonnethead sharks, a loggerhead turtle, and lots of exotic fish! You don’t have to swim, you’ll be walking through the water.

This experience will spend about 20 minutes under water after being trained on how it all works. Certified guides will help participants explore the underwater coral caves. The experience costs $95, but that also includes admission to the Florida Aquarium. Guests not participating will still need to purchase admission to the Florida Aquarium.

Watch the video of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor as she tries SeaTREK.

The program will involve Tampa students on a monthly basis, but is open to all guests of the Florida Aquarium.

You’ll need to bring a swimsuit, towel and shower items. The gear for the underwater excursion will be provided, including a wetsuit. You CAN use underwater cameras, provided it is tethered to you. No flashes or strobes are allowed. No other personal equipment is allowed, and the guides will keep an eye out for the animals’ safety, as well as participants.

Tampa Bay's Top 10 Odd Attractions

If you’re looking for something to do that’s a little different, check this list out. These are not the familiar and popular places to visit. Instead, here are a few lesser-known attractions around Tampa Bay.

Summer is here and schools are out. If you’re looking to visit someplace you haven’t been yet, here are some places around the Tampa Bay area that you may not have though about before.

  • 1 Whimzeyland, Safety Harbor

    Owned by a couple of artists, this Safety Harbor home has nearly everything covered with tile mosaics. Then there are the bowling balls, painted and decorating the property.

    Put a little Whimzeyland in your life.

    Posted by Whimzeyland on Wednesday, May 25, 2022

  • 2. Dysfuntional Grace Art Co., Ybor City

    Filled with natural and unnatural oddities, many you can actually purchase.

  • 3. 3. Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg

    Sunken Gardens has been open for over 100 years, and is St. Pete’s oldest roadside attraction. Get a visitors guide and explore the more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers. Take lots of photos of the waterfalls and their flock of flamingos,

  • 4. Chihuly Collection, St. Petersburg

    Glass art brought to its highest peak. Add to that, the drawings and limited edition prints. You can also purchase your new home decorations.

  • 5. International Independent Showmen's Museum, Riverview

    Learn the history, and mystery, of the traveling carnival.

  • 6. Church by the Sea (The Chicken Church), Madeira Beach

    Whether the design is intentional or an unfortunate result, the building is certainly memorable.

  • 7. The Sea Hagg, Bradenton

    As their sign reads, “Nauticals, Antiques, Curiosities.” It’s someplace you need to visit to find that special, one-of-a-kind treasure.

  • 8. Ulele Fairyland Figures, Tampa

    Originally on display at Lowry Park, the figures were acquired by Ulele (and Columbia Restaurant owner) Richard Gonzmart, who put them on display at his restaurant on the Hillsborough River.

  • 9. Braden Castle Ruins, Bradenton

    On land acquired by brothers Dr. Joseph Addison Braden and Hector Braden, a two-story manor, nicknamed ‘The Castle’ was built. The property fell to hard times, and much of the remaining structure has been grown over by the natural flora.

  • 10. National Comedy Hall of Fame & Museum, Holiday

    Get some laughs, and learn about some of your favorite comedians. Clearly, noplace screams “National Comedy Hall of Fame & Museum” like the town of Holiday, Florida!

    Plan your visit now!

    Posted by National Comedy Hall of Fame on Friday, January 29, 2021

Another 7 Odd Things-To-Do Near Tampa

We had so much fun finding our first list of odd things-to-do near Tampa. Now, we’ve continued scouring the area and found seven more odd attractions and sights.

Sure, the Tampa Bay area has beaches, theme parks, trails, sports arenas, malls, etc. Sometimes, however, you need to look just a little deeper to find something you never realized was there.

Here are seven odd things-to-do around the area that you may or may not have known about. If you did know, let us know about your experience. Keep an eye out for the next list!

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