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Activities for Children in in Ybor City, Florida

by Heather Montgomery

Ybor City is the historic Latin Quarter located in Tampa, Florida. You will not only find yummy food in Ybor; there is also a rich culture and historical flair, as well as the eccentric boutique street of 7th Avenue. While Ybor is renowned for its thriving nightlife and raucous night festivals, it also offers a variety of activities for children to enjoy while visiting.

History

Take your child on a tour of the historical importance of Ybor City. Ybor was once a thriving cigar town -- at one time surpassing Cuba as the Cigar Capitol of the World -- founded in 1886 by immigrants looking to escape the unrest in Cuba. Many of the old cigar factories and original homes are still standing today. You can take a tour of the rich history at the Ybor City Museum. The museum features a garden and recreated cigar home as well as artifacts from the original settlers.

Festivals

Ybor City knows how to throw a party. There are frequent festivals throughout the year, including Guavaween, Festa Italiana, Flan Fest and Fiesta Day. During the day, these festivals offer kid-friendly activities, parades, live music and more food than your children can stomach.

Fun and Games

Inside Ybor City’s shopping district, you can take in a movie at the 20-screen Centro Ybor Muvico Theater or play some games at Game Time. Game Time offers arcade games and food. Challenge your child to a competitive game of skee-ball or play a game of pool while your child beats the latest racing game.

A Short Drive

While Ybor City has plenty to offer both adults and kids, there are some other activities just a short drive away in the Channelside and Downtown Tampa districts. Channelside offers the Florida Aquarium, where you can pet sharks, take in a show, view the aquatic life native to Florida or cool off in the Explore a Shore water fun zone. Downtown Tampa offers the Glazer Children’s Museum, where your child can be a firefighter, a bank teller or doctor while exploring the interactive activity centers.

About the Author

Based in Lakeland, FL., Heather Montgomery has been writing a popular celebrity parenting blog and several parenting and relationship articles since 2011. Her work also appears on eHow and Everyday Family and she focuses her writing on topics about parenting, crafts, education and family relationships. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in early education from Fort Hays State University.

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