Yes, Florida is known for being home to Mickey Mouse. But did you know that there are a million other magical spots to be explored in our beautiful state?
You don't have to travel far from Tampa to have the adventure of a lifetime! There are some pretty amazing locales right in our backyard!
Whether you're in the mood for strolling white sand beaches, hiking through national parks, or shopping local farmers markets, the offerings for short and sweet road trips are vast!
Grab bae, plan a group trip, or ride solo for an amazing adventure on the wide open road!
Where: Crystal River, FL
The Manatee Capital of the World, Crystal River is a goldmine of outdoor adventures! Kayaking, swimming, and hiking are some of the best ways to explore the natural wonders available in this natural treasure box. In the mood for a celebrity sighting? Crystal River is the hometown of favorite The Bachelorette and Bachelor In Paradise contestant Jordan Kimball!
Where: 5145 Harvey Tew Rd, Plant City
With Jurassic Park making a comeback, embrace your inner child (and your inner T-Rex!) while enjoying a day trip to Dinosaur World in Plant City! You can even bring your furry friends and let them get to know our gigantic predecessors! Have a membership to other local attractions like MOSI, The Clearwater Marine Aquarium, or the Florida Aquarium? Dinosaur World has a reciprocal admissions program with nine other local attractions that offer attendees 50% off of regular admission.
Two Henrys Brewing Company
Where: 5210 Thonotosassa Rd, Plant City
Is there anything better than a cold one on a sunny Saturday afternoon? Celebrate local brewers by indulging in beer made from Florida produce in neighboring Plant City. Switch it up every few months with a new seasonal menu including the likes of jalapenos, blueberries, and aged chocolate. The tasting room at Two Henrys Brewing Company is absolutely worth the trip!
Keel & Curley Winery
Where: 5210 Thonotosassa Rd, Plant City
Are you Team Wine? Right next to Two Henrys Brewing Company is Keel and Curley Winery. You won't be disappointed with wine selections made from peaches, key limes, and even strawberries! And the sangria is boss!
Ocala National Forest
Where: 45621 State Road 19, Altoona
Ocala National Forest is one of the most surreal and incredible places you'll ever witness! Seriously, it looks like a travel blogger's Instagram IRL! And the best part is that it's right in our backyard! Take advantage of Florida's warm sunshine and gorgeous weather by taking a road trip up to Ocala to explore the plethora of wonders awaiting you!
Parkesdale Farm Market
Where: 3702 W Baker St, Plant City
Feeling festive? Venture out to Parkesdale Farm Market for pumpkins galore! The fun isn't limited to autumn, though. Fan favorites include guava jelly and strawberry shortcake during the warmer months! Go out during the spring and summer for locally sourced flowers and strawberries, then plan a trip during the fall to find the perfect jack-o-lantern worthy pumpkin!
Where: 948 Beach Rd, Sarasota
Siesta Key is a tropical haven just a short drive south from Tampa! This barrier island is home to turquoise waters during the day and pastel sunsets in the evening, both of which make Siesta Key the romantic locale that needs to be at the top of your road trip bucket list! And after you've gone for a swim, explore the shops and restaurants in Siesta Key Village.
Showcase of Citrus
Where: 5010 US-27, Clermont
Is there anything that screams "FLORIDA!" more than oranges? Showcase of Citrus is a premier spot for this iconic fruit, as well as other local produce. Take a tour of the grounds to embrace the full experience of citrus in Florida! And keep an eye on Groupon for discounts to make your outing even more fun and affordable!
Edward Medard Conservation Park
Where: 6140 Turkey Creek Rd, Plant City
Fishing, hiking, and trees to climb that will make your inner child scream for joy! Edward Medard Conservation Park is a win-win for all things adventurous! Just a short drive from other short and sweet road trip spots like Dinosaur World and Parkesdale Farm Market, this national park is perfect as a standalone destination or stacked with other road trip hotspots!
Where: Venice, FL
Did you know that Venice is the Shark Tooth Capital of the World? Challenge your friends or significant other to see who can find the most teeth on the beach! The stunning waterfront views also make for awesome Insta pics and the opportunity to steal a romantic moment or two with bae!
Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market
Where: 200 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland
If you haven't been to the Lakeland Farmer's Market, you're missing out! Filled with local artisans, produce, and an eclectic vibe, it's the best way to support local and enjoy a weekend out in the sun! Here you can find everything from succulents to gourmet popcorn to wall art. Browse around and you may even go home with a treasure or two!
Where: Naples, FL
Naples is home to the best of both worlds with a bustling urban center and serene beaches! It's the perfect day trip or weekend overnight spot with a vast selection of adorable Bed and Breakfasts, delectable brunch spots, and surreal sunsets to take in either beachfront or sipping a glass of wine while dining al fresco! Into golf? Naples is world-renowned for its golf courses!
Where: Haines City, FL
The citrus farms in Haines City are world renowned! Seriously, the citrus in Haines City is so sweet and delicious that you have to plan a trip ASAP! Haines City offers the best of central Florida beauty from open plains to wetlands. So if you're a photography buff, there's a treasure chest of landscape shots waiting for you!
Weeki Wachee Springs
Where: 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill
Weeki Wachee is a hotspot for outdoor activities like kayaking, paddleboard, and camping! Even the name is fun to say! Weeki Wachi is also a favorite spot for tubing. We don't know about you, but we're already filling our coolers and scheduling a road trip with our besties! So what are you waiting for? Plan a day trip with bae or a weekend overnight trip for adventure galore!
Where: 1159 Causeway Road, Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island is one of the top shelling spots in the entire world! Whether you're a collector or just enjoy strolling the beach, you're sure to find beautiful pieces! Go swimming in the teal waters, walk the white sand beaches, or get your tan on while making the most of this gorgeous locale just a short drive from Tampa!
Golden Spirit Alpaca Ranch
Where: 10937 Tarpon Springs Rd, Odessa
Just north of Tampa is a massive alpaca farm! This locally owned and operated livestock farm does it all from providing compost to local farmers to creating clothing! Guided tours are offered to those wanting to learn more about alpacas and the farm they live on. These adorable creatures also make for excellent selfie shots!
Where: 332 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater
Looking for a fun staycation? Head over to Tampa's neighbor, Clearwater. Turquoise beaches, your choice of restaurants, and a plethora of other attractions make Clearwater a world-renowned vacation destination! Lucky for us, it's right outside of Tampa and St Pete! The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is known for being home to dolphins Winter and Hope, both stars of the Hollywood film A Dolphin's Tale.
Where: 1651 Stephens Rd, Ruskin
Dooley Groves is known for its pick-your-own (or "U-Pick") produce offerings! It's great fun for a group, or a unique date idea if you're looking to have an adventure with your S/O! The farm also specializes in citrus gifts that are perfect for the holidays and other times of the year!
Where: Gainesville, FL
Gainesville is always a good time, even for the FSU fans among us. Just an hour north of Tampa, you'll be amazed at how different the flora and fauna is! Enjoy a hike, zip around town on an electric scooter, or cheer on the Gators at a football game!
Strawberry Passion Organic Farms
Where: 11780 Tom Folsom Rd, Thonotosassa
The berries at Strawberry Passion Organic Farms are as local as you can get because you pick them yourself! Learn about how strawberries are grown here in Florida, and experience first hand life on the farm as you dig into sweet homegrown berries!