12 Spontaneous Day Trips That Are Less Than 3 Hours Away From Tampa
Treat yo-self to a spontaneous day out.
We need a break from the daily grind, it's time to pack the car and gear up for an adventure in the Sunshine State. Whether you're looking for a cute and quick bite & a boozy frosty treat, something active and outdoors, or stunning art installments - this list of 12 spontaneous day trips near Tampa has you covered; and the best part, they're all less than 3 hours away.
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The Florida Aquarium
Time From Tampa: ~7 minutes from the heart of the city.
Price: Changes depending on the day - tends to stay around the $30 mark; keep an eye on their website for daily ticket rates. Ordering your ticket online gets you the lowest price.
Address: 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
Hours: 9:30am-5pm, 7 days a week.
Why you need to go: If you're looking to keep your day trip local, admire the marine life that makes our oceans great; one of the more popular exhibits being the Shark Tanks. You'll even have a chance toif you're wanting a hands-on experience - don't worry, they're cold water jellies so they don't sting!
Time From Tampa: ~40 minutes
Price: $3 per taco; they do $2 tacos on Tuesdays - heads up: they only accept credit or debit, no cash.
Address: 235 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698
Tuesday-Thursday 12pm Noon-10pm
Friday & Saturday 12pm-1am
Why you need to go: A Chase ATM turned adorable Taqueria serves up tasty tacos in downtown Dunedin; they even have a Jackfruit Taco for all you vegans out there! Grab a bite from the tiniest taco stand and explore downtown Dunedin - they often have weekend markets and have arty stuff going on in the area.
Beans & Barlour
Time From Tampa: ~30 minutes
Address: 538 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-10pm
Saturday 2pm-12am Midnight
Why you need to go: This coffee and dessert lounge serves up the most delicious boozy milkshake concoctions imaginable - Samoa or Lucky Charms milkshake anyone!? If you're not looking to drink, all of their boozy creations also come virgin. Super chill atmosphere.
Coolside Gelato Bar
Time From Tampa: ~40 Minutes
Address: 1124 11th St., Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 2pm-10pm
Saturday 12pm Noon-10:30pm
Sunday 12pm Noon-9pm
Why you need to go: Get delicious crepes, Gelato, and Italian Ice at this handcrafted Gelato Bar. If you're looking to try something amazing, get a Beerlato: a mix of one of their delicious gelato flavors and a craft beer - basically a Root Beer float, with gelato and without the 'root'.
Fort Drum Crystal Mines
Time From Tampa: ~2hours, 10minutes
Price: $60/person - take home everything you find.
Address: 28320 NE 55th Ave
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Hours: 9am-5pm, 7 days a week.
Why you need to go: Hunt for gorgeous rocks, minerals, and sparkling crystals to add to your collection; you may just have the perfect spot for them in your nature-inspired space at home. Take home anything you find and that fits in your bucket. Expect this to be an all-day spontaneous trip with just a little bit of planning, including packing a change of clothes and checking for what else Fort Drum suggests to bring on their website.
TreeHoppers Aerial Adventure Park
Time From Tampa: ~40 minutes
Price: $59.95/adult for a 3-hour climb-time.
Address: 27839 St Joe Rd, Dade City, FL 33525
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9am-6pm
Why you need to go: Climb among the trees and zipline across the landscape for a fun and active day out; If you want to make it a spontaneous night trip, they doon Fridays & Saturdays after the sun goes down.
Time From Tampa: ~1 hour, 40 minutes
Price: Free to explore - just check in at the office first; cactus & succulent prices range greatly from teeny tiny potters to big ol' cacti bois between $1.75-$150.
Address: 2542 Peterson Rd Apopka, FL 32703
Hours: 7am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday; closed on weekends.
Why you need to go: A cactus and succulent farm for you to pick up and fill all of your adorable new potted plant needs. A broad range of color, style, and shape - there's so much to choose from you'll be seriously shook. You can get some surprisingly beautiful photos here too.
The Chihuly Exhibit
Time From Tampa: ~30 Minutes
Price: $19.95/adult - if you have a group of 10+ they do offer discounted group rates. Spontaneous girl's day?
Address: 720 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL. 33701
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 12pm Noon-5pm
Why you need to go: Stunning, unique, and breathtaking halls of glass art; See the colors, the lights, and the abstract beauty of these amazing pieces made by famous Glass Artist, Dale Chihuly.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Time From Tampa: ~1 hour, 10 minutes
Price: $20/adult; $10 for guests of members, free for members.
Address: 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
Hours: 10am-5pm, 7 days a week. Closed on Christmas Day.
Why you need to go: A stunning floral and botanical oasis stretched across 8 different greenhouses, outdoor gardens, and indoor exhibits. They're known to do limited-time exhibits that use flowers, plants, and other decors to create unique installments.
Myakka River State Park
Time From Tampa: ~1 hour, 6 minutes
Address: 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL. 34241
Hours: 8am-Sunset 365 days a year
Why you need to go: An affordable and beautiful place to enjoy nature views., ascend the tower for a bird's eye view, or stay low and .
Blue Spring State Park
Time From Tampa: ~2hrs, 15 minutes
Address: 2100 W French Avenue, Orange City, FL. 32763
Hours: 8am-Sunset, 365 days a year.
Why you need to go: Swim, snorkel, and tube in this stunning blue spring; You'll be surrounded by Florida's lush tropical landscape for some of the most beautiful backdrops for your Insta-shots. Manatees are known to flock these springs between November & March.
Rainbow Springs State Park
Time From Tampa: ~1 hour, 45minutes
Price: $2/person to swim in the headsprings; Tubing fees will vary.
Address: 19158 SW 81st Place Rd. Dunnellon FL 34432
Hours: 8am-Sunset, 365 days a year.
Why you need to go: This gorgeous state park houses stunningthat you have to see in person to fully appreciate. The 5.7-mile-long or in your kayak.
So what are you waiting for? Get your Spotify playlists ready, pack up the car, get out there and enjoy a spontaneous day out in the gorgeous Sunshine State.
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