In Tampa, the area is known for its amazing theme parks like Busch Gardens, Adventure Island and Legoland which your kids can enjoy during the weekends. If your family loves sports, there are a variety of sports clubs for soccer, hockey, and baseball.
Downtown Tampa has seen a growth in development and offers variety of entertainment venues for families including amazing restaurants and malls. In addition, Tampa has wonderful museums, among other attractions, but Orlando steals the show when it comes to attracting tourists.
Orlando is strategically located at the heart of Florida and attracts over 55 million visitors every year. The city has lots of parks, including Lake Eola Park, where families can enjoy boat excursions. Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge is also another popular park, excellent for weekend family escapades. The park offers amazing wildlife like alligators, dolphins and manatees among others.
For local families who want a break from their stressful work schedules, they can choose to enjoy modern and classic plays at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. For families who want their kids to experience the Disney way of life in Orlando, they can choose to live in the Celebration Florida.
Orlando and Tampa were ranked the 44th and 42nd best place to live in the United States respectively, by US News & World Report. The survey included participants from all over the country, including variables such as the best schools and hospitals.
Both Tampa and Orlando are great cities to raise your family. However, compared to Tampa, especially in St Petersburg, Orlando offers a more secure environment for families with children. With over 20 universities and colleges, including excellent hospitals and several high tech companies, there is no doubt that Orlando is the best city to raise your family.