Day Trips From Tampa
Taking fun Florida day trips from Tampa is easy. The expressway system is perfect for getting around the state quickly. In under two hours, you can visit some of Florida’s most coveted and fun places.
I-75 takes you north or south to some great places around Florida, while I-4 takes you west where Disney and other theme parks are just 90 minutes away. Just off those interstates are some very interesting Florida day trips.
Tampa is one of the most entertaining cities in the state. Nestled in the middle of Florida with lots of waterfront activities, Tampa has many activities available. But we know that wandering spirit in many people just want to roam a little.
Florida is a phenomenal state with many different landscapes, cultures and historical events that lead to great things to see and do. Florida Travel Blog has put together 21 of our best ideas for day trips from Tampa.
Pack a lunch, fill the car up with gas and let’s get started.
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The Obvious Day Trips From Tampa
Tampa has plenty of things to do. Of course, we must include some obvious day trips for those who may be new to Tampa Bay or are just visiting. Here are the most popular day trips from Tampa Florida.
Just a few minutes away, but a day trip from Tampa at Clearwater Beach is always fun for a day. You will visit one of the top beaches in the country, a big marina with watersports, and some of the best hotels in the state.
Not to be confused with St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach is much like Clearwater Beach. Several great resorts and fun beach bars highlight this long white sandy beach.
Florida Travel Blog is somewhat certain you know the astounding benefits of living in Tampa. However, you have an opportunity to take a day trip along Water Street in downtown Tampa. In the space of less than a mile, you have The Florida Aquarium, the History Museum, and Riverwalk with restaurants all around you. Of course, Ybor City is a few blocks away! You could make a weekend getaway in Tampa with just these attractions. But we will settle for a day trip IN Tampa.
Our Florida Day Trips from Tampa
Get ready for some adventure on a Florida day trip from Tampa to any of these locations.
with the new extension of Veteran’s Expressway (State Road 589) to Lecanto/Crystal River, Cedar Key is reachable in two hours. Historically significant, Cedar Key was once a bustling seaport. Sample some aqua-cultured clams & oysters… Read the story.
This 100-foot tower is built on one of the highest points in Florida. The surrounding botanical garden and Pinewood estate are beautifully manicured. Just 90 minutes away from Tampa off Rt. 60. Read the story.
If you like watersports, shopping, and waterfront dining, you will love this quaint city about 90 minutes south of Tampa just off I-75. Read the story.
Just 45 minutes south of Tampa off I75 take rt. 64 to a quaint island. Colorful shops dot the streets along with an uncluttered beach. Read the story.
Not just the Manatee capital of the world, but scallops, springs and more. Plenty of things to see and do in and around Crystal River. About 90 minutes north off the new Rt. 589 extension. One of our favorite day trips from Tampa. Read the story.
Just under 2 hours north on I75 is the fastest-growing and friendliest community in the state. See why thousands of golf carts and immaculate streets bring a couple hundred new residents each month. It is another one of our favorite day trips from Tampa because of the great shops, friendly people, restaurants and entertainment. Read the story.
Under two hours north on Tampa is one of Florida’s most beautiful state parks. The clear cool water of Rainbow Springs forms the Rainbow River. Kayakers, tubers, swimmers, fishermen and bird watchers descend on the park grounds daily. Great place for a family picnic. Read the story.
Yes, it is another Florida State Park. But this is unlike any other park you have been to. Half the fun is getting there. You have to catch a ferry from another island (accessible by car) to go to this remote island. Don’t expect the beaches there to be like Clearwater Beach – the white sand is there, but the crowds, shops, and commercial activity are missing on this remote barrier island. Read the story.
Do you like old things? I mean real old things like antiques. Arcadia is known as the antique capital of Florida. We believe it. This small town located 30 miles east of Bradenton has streets lined with antique dealers. Every kind of antique you can imagine from farming to World War II. You could easily spend a half day roaming the shops. Read the story.
Perhaps, one of the oldest and most famous of the attractions around central Florida, Weeki Wachee offers fun for the whole family. No matter how old or how young, the mermaids will give you a performance you will never forget. Travel time is under an hour for this great show.
Just 90 minutes away from Tampa is one of the most interactive ways to learn about the diverse wildlife in Florida. Take a brief ride on a pontoon to the actual habitat of birds, reptiles, and mammals that inhabit Florida. Just a mile or two from the famed Monkey Island in Florida.
What if you could find a place that had a navigable river, unspoiled wetlands, prairies of grass, hundreds of acres of forests, a huge lake, and long boardwalks scattered throughout? Well, that kind of place exits just 90 minutes from Tampa just south of Sarasota. The park is amazing and here are pictures to prove it!
Closer to Home Day Trips From Tampa Florida
This city just across the bay from Tampa, Florida sometimes gets overlooked when people are looking for day trips from Tampa. The waterfront district is a cool place for dinner with some fabulous restaurants. The new pier in St. Petersburg is an attraction all by itself. A stroll out to the Pier is an adventure. Don’t miss the short jaunt across the bay to this enchanting area. Maybe catch a ballgame too!
This Gulf Coast town has more character than many big cities along Florida’s waterfront. Its Greek heritage is manifested in the shops, sponges docks and food. A walk down Decandonese Blvd. along the river showcases the best of Tarpon Springs culture. This is an easy 45-minute drive from Tampa. See Florida Travel Blog’s idea about traveling to Tarpon Springs.
Did you ever drive into a small town in Florida and immediately know you were someplace special? That describes the feeling about Gulfport. The homes and businesses are colorful and of all descriptions. At the end of the street is an old Florida dance hall and Casino that is now used for big meetings and events on the waterfront. Docks, fishing boats, sailing boats and a waterfront park make Gulfport a neat place to live and visit. Distance is about 45 minutes across Tampa Bay.
You won’t see this little town on many lists. Don’t let that slight by others fool you. Dade City was incorporated in 1884 and remains one of the oldest towns in the area. Besides a tour of downtown, the must-see attraction in Dade City is the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village. If the history of Florida is one of your interests, Dade City is a great place to relive it. Just 40 minutes from Tampa off I-75.
Take a day trip from Tampa adventure! Head across the bay to Dunedin, Florida just a mile or two north of Clearwater Beach. Take the Dunedin Causeway (bridge) over to Honeymoon Island. At the entrance to the park at Honeymoon is a ferry to Caladesi Island. Great way to take a little 20-minute boat trip to one of the best beaches in Florida.
Map of Florida Day Trips from Tampa
If you look at the map below, you will see that getting around central Florida from Tampa is very easy. The expressways make it simple to get east and west and north or south.
Pick your Florida day trip from Tampa. Let us know your favorite. Maybe we can add it to our list of 21 day trips from Tampa.