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 to pet the jellyfish if you're wanting a hands-on experience - don't worry, they're cold water jellies so they don't sting!

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Taco Baby

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

Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday 12pm Noon-10pm
Friday & Saturday 12pm-1am
Sunday 12pm-Sunset
Closed Mondays

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.

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Beans & Barlour

Time From Tampa: ~30 minutes

Price: $3-$6/drink 

Address: 538 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-10pm
Friday 4pm-12am
Saturday 2pm-12am Midnight
Sunday 2pm-8pm
Closed Mondays

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.

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Coolside Gelato Bar

Time From Tampa: ~40 Minutes

Price: $4-$9/item

Address: 1124 11th St., Palm Harbor, FL 34683

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 2pm-10pm
Friday 2pm-10:30pm
Saturday 12pm Noon-10:30pm
Sunday 12pm Noon-9pm
Closed Mondays

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'.

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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. 

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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
Friday 9am-10pm
Saturday 8am-10pm
Sunday 8am-8pm
Closed Mondays.

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 do evening climbs with lights and music on Fridays & Saturdays after the sun goes down.

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Florida Cactus

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.

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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.

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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.

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Myakka River State Park

Time From Tampa: ~1 hour, 6 minutes

Price: $6/vehicle

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. Walk their treetop boardwalks and enjoy the lush & diverse Florida landscape, ascend the tower for a bird's eye view, or stay low and frolic the wildflower field.

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Blue Spring State Park

Time From Tampa: ~2hrs, 15 minutes

Price: $6/vehicle

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.

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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 stunning crystal clear springs and breathtaking river views that you have to see in person to fully appreciate. The 5.7-mile-long Rainbow River is the perfect place to enjoy Florida's beauty on your tube or in your kayak.

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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.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, always respect the environment.

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