Day Trips from Tampa

Fun Day Trips from Tampa, Florida

Taking a day trip from Tampa is easy. The expressway system is perfect for getting around the state quick. In under two hours you can visit some of Florida’s most coveted and fun places.

Tampa has plenty of things to do and, of course, Clearwater Beach is just a few minutes away, a day trip is always fun to visit for a day trip from Tampa.

Get ready for some adventure on these Tampa day trips.

Cedar Key – 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.

Bok Tower – 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.

Punta Gorda – 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.

Mount Dora – One of our favorite day trips. Plenty of quirky shops and restaurants. Exceptional food at Pisces Rising. Just under two hours east of Tampa off Rt. 75 north. Read the story.

Anna Maria Island – Just 45 minutes south of Anna Maria Island FloridaTampa off I75 take rt. 64 to a quaint island. Colorful shops dot the streets along with an uncluttered beach. Read the story.

Crystal River – 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. Read the story.

The Villages – Just under 2 hours north on I75 is the largest growing The Villages Floridaand friendliest community in the state. See why thousands of golf carts and immaculate streets bring a couple hundred new residents each month. Another one of our favorite day trips is because of great shops, restaurants and entertainment. Read the story.

Rainbow Springs – 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.

Cayo Costa – Yes, it is another Florida State Park. But this is unlike any other park you have been too. 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 is missing on this remote barrier island. Read the story.

Arcadia, Florida – 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.

Cedar Key Shops
We Agree - Mount Dora is "Someplace Special"
Spanish Springs The Villages Florida
Evening Starting to Shade Lake Dora
Mount Dora 3
Vincent Van Gough's painting Starry Night is recreated on a house as you enter Mount Dora from the west on Rt. 441.
Tavares is on the way to Mount Dora. The waterfront streets in downtown have docks for seaplanes.
Crystal River Florida
Crystal River is known for more than manatees. Thousands of people come here for scallop season.
Rainbow river Florida day trip
Beauty like this awaits you at Rainbow Springs.
World class inshore fishing is available in Punta Gorda.
Day trip to Cayo Costa
Remote beaches like this on Cayo Costa Island.
Day trip to Villages from Tampa
Lighthouse at Lake Sumter Landing. One of the squares in the Villages.
Arcadia antique capital
Antique shops line the streets of Arcadia

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