As summer wraps up, the need for serious playtime increases. After all of that back-to-school shopping, registering and planning, the true fun is in the few days of calm before the storm. Fill those remaining vacation days with five fun things to do before school starts.

Stop ‘N’ Play
10933 U.S. Highway 19 North
Port Richey, FL 34668
(727) 862-6666

Price: $1 for four tokens

Stop ‘N’ Play is 15,000 square feet of fun for the whole family. Enjoy a nine-hole miniature golf course, brightly decorated birthday party rooms and a free kids play area. This family friendly venue features more than 100 games for family members to choose from, including pinball, skeeball, a dance revolution game and a wide variety of video arcade games ensure. Many of the games at Stop ‘N’ Play disperse tickets that can be traded in for prizes at the Prize Center as well.

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Port Richey Waterfront Park
8119 Old Post Road
Port Richey, FL 34668

Price: free

Port Richey Waterfront Park is a great place for the family to spend an afternoon fishing, swimming and playing in a beautiful relaxing setting. This park features a long fishing pier, a small walking bridge and a lake to fish in. Kids may expore a fenced playground with slides, teeter-totters and swings as well. Port Richey Waterfront Park also boasts a small floating dock for launching canoes and kayaks, as well as for swimming. The park also offers restrooms, a covered pavilion, picnic tables and a walking/biking trail.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
6131 Commercial Way
Spring Hill, FL 34606
(352) 592-5656

Price: $13 adults/$8 children ages 6 to 12/free children 5 and younger

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is a fantastic place to spend a hot, summer day in Florida. Enjoy mermaid shows, animal shows and a water park with slides. The water park section also boasts a small kiddy section where water squirts out of various animal shapes to keep the little ones entertained without getting run over. Also for the little ones, the fun slide here provides plenty of fun entertainment.

MOSI Museum of Science & Industry
4801 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, Fl  33617
(813) 987-6000

Price: $20.95 adults 13 to 59/$18.95 seniors 60 and older/$16.95 children 2 to 12/$4 parking per car

MOSI Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa is a great place for the whole family to spend the afternoon in a fun-filled, educational setting. MOSI Museum has a special section just for kids that includes ample hands-on activities. It even offers a wide variety of workshops and classes the entire family can enjoy together. Visit the butterfly garden and the WeatherQuest exhibit for extra fun during a day here.

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Tarpon Springs Aquarium
850 Dodecanese Blvd
Tarpon Springs, Fl  34689
(727) 938-5378

Price: $7 seniors/$7.75 adults/$5.75 children 3- to 11/free children younger than 3

This small aquarium at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks offers snake exhibits in addition to opportunities to watch a diver feed the sharks and other live fish, and even pet a baby alligator. The aquarium’s a manta ray tank allows visitors to pet the manta rays and even purchase food to feed them. For the really brave, food may be purchased and fed to the sharks by using a long stick as well. 

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