Day Trips from Lakeland, Florida

Fun Day Trips from Lakeland, Florida

Taking a day trip from Lakeland 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.

Get ready for some adventure on these Lakeland day trips.

Bok Tower – This 100-foot tower is built on one of the highest points inBok Tower Florida. The surrounding botanical garden and Pinewood estate are beautifully manicured. Just 50 minutes away from Lakeland off Rt. 60. Read the story.

Punta Gorda – If you like watersports, shopping and waterfront dining, you will love this quaint city under 2 hours south of Tampa just off I-75 or from Lakeland Rt. 17 south. Read the story.

Mount Dora – One of our favorite day trips. Plenty of quirky shops and restaurants. Exceptional food at Pisces Rising. Just under 90 minutes northeast of Lakeland. Visit the seaplane capital on the way.  Read the story.

Anna Maria Island – Just 75 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. Under two hours north straight up Rt. 98 out of Lakeland. Read the story.

The Villages – Just under 90 minutes north 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, because of the great shops, restaurants and entertainment. Read the story.

Rainbow Springs – Under two hours north of Lakeland 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.

St. Pete Beach – Yes, it is another Florida beach. We know there are tons of beaches in Florida. St. Pete Beach offers more than most. Plenty of cool restaurants, waterfront bars and shops. Just 90 minutes away! 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 is located 30 miles east of Bradenton and under 90 minutes due south of Lakeland on Rt. 17. Arcadia’s streets are lined with antique dealers. Every kind of antique you can imagine from 1800s farm tools to World War II relics. You could easily spend a half day roaming the shops. Read the story.

Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park – From Lakeland take Rt. 98 northwest for about an hour and 45 minutes to Homosassa Springs. There you will find a state park dedicated to the wildlife in Florida. They have captive animals, birds and reptiles in their natural habitat. Read the story.

We didn’t mention the most popular day trip from Lakeland – Clearwater Beach. This famous destination needs little introduction.

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St. Pete Beach has a revolving restaurant that scans the skyline for miles around.
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Evening Starting to Shade Lake Dora
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Vincent Van Gough's painting Starry Night is recreated on a house as you enter Mount Dora from the west on Rt. 441.
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Tavares is on the way to Mount Dora. The waterfront streets in downtown have docks for seaplanes.
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Crystal River is known for more than manatees. Thousands of people come here for scallop season.
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Beauty like this awaits you at Rainbow Springs.
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World class inshore fishing is available in Punta Gorda.
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Homosassa Springs offers opportunities to swim with manatees as well as the wildlife park.
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Lighthouse at Lake Sumter Landing. One of the squares in the Villages.
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Antique shops line the streets of Arcadia

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