CityPass offers visitors 5 Tampa Bay locations

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm •  Published: February 26, 2014
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — For $119, tourists in the Tampa Bay area can visit a theme park, two aquariums, a zoo and either a world-renowned glass collection or a science museum.

It's part of a new ticket booklet called CityPass, which is already offered in 11 other cities, including New York, Toronto and Seattle.

Tampa Bay-area tourism officials announced the new CityPass program Wednesday, saying it will draw more tourists to the area for a longer period. The pass is good for nine consecutive days.

"It's bringing us to a whole new level," said D.T. Minich, the executive director of Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater. "This is a great value for our customers."

The announcement comes just after Walt Disney World raised the price of a one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom to $99 before taxes for visitors over age 9.

Tampa Bay attractions are a couple of hours from the theme park hub of Orlando, but nonetheless are trying to aggressively draw visitors to the area.

Here's how CityPass works. The $119 adult ticket ($99 for kids ages 3-9) can be bought online now for use beginning May 20. After May 20, the pass can be bought online or at any of the attraction locations. Pass-holders will receive a booklet with actual tickets that are redeemable at five different locations over nine consecutive days.

Three Tampa-based attractions — the Busch Gardens theme park, The Florida Aquarium, the Lowry Park Zoo — are all included in the pass book, as is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium located in neighboring Pinellas County. The pass-holders then also choose a fifth location — either the Chihuly glass collection in downtown St. Petersburg or the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa.

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