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Tampa is a beautiful bay city along Florida’s Gulf Coast with so many fun things to do. From here up to Orlando or south to Naples, there are a lot of day & weekend trips to take from Tampa.
The recommendations in this post are kid-friendly places and activities so bring the whole family!
Luscious, white, sand beaches, Busch Gardens, and Ybor City, are just a few things that Tampa has to offer in terms of attractions and entertainment.
If you’re from the Tampa area or just staying here on vacation, there are plenty of exciting activities to do nearby.
All of the attractions on this list are under 3 hours from Tampa.
Take a day trip from Tampa or even a weekend getaway to these spots and enjoy some of the best that Florida has to offer!
Here are 15 day & weekend trips to take from Tampa!
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Best Day & Weekend Trips From Tampa
Things To Do Nearby- Downtown St. Petersburg
Take a stroll or ride bike through the waterfront parks next to the pier.
Check out the downtown shops and restaurants.
Visit the Museum of Fine Arts or Dali Museum.
Looking to see a bit more of the area? Take a downtown city tour!
Recommended Rental Nearby-
St Pete Pier
800 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Things To Do Near Icon Park
If you’re looking for more fun in the area, Ripley’s Believe It or Not is right by Icon Park and is worth visiting.
Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows is right next to the parking ramp for the park. It’s a live comedy/mystery show where you try to solve the crime.
Pirates Cove Adventure Golf is a mini-golf course and just a short walk from Icon Park.
For a deal that lets you bundle several attractions on International Drive, try the Orlando Explorer Pass!
Recommended Rental Nearby– Hyatt Place
8375 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Hours- 10 am-2 am
Things To Do In Treasure Island and Nearby
John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk is less than a 10-minute drive from Treasure Island.
(See #8 on this list)
Rosselli Park is nearby and has tennis courts, a kids’ playground, baseball field, picnic area, and dog park.
Get some food at Caddy’s restaurant on the beach. Known for their bottomless mimosas and sangrias on weekends.
If you’re looking to get out on the water, check out a yacht cruise in the area!
Recommended Rental Nearby– Island Inn Beach Resort
11260 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, FL, 33706
Ocala National Forest
Forest Service Road 09, Silver Springs, FL, 34488
Things To Do Near Times Square, Fort Myers Beach
Try a 4-6 hour fishing charter in the area with Beeline Fishing Charters!
Bowditch Point Park is near the northern tip of the island and is a nature preserve with trails and a beach.
Take a Dolphin Tiki Cruise around Fort Myers Beach.
Recommended Rental Nearby- Pink Shell Vacation Villas
1133 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL, 33931
Things To Do In Clearwater Beach
Visit downtown for shops and restaurants/bars. The downtown area is just a block from the beach and includes Pelican Walk Plaza, 2 floors of shops, and restaurants.
Hogan’s Beach Shop is a great place to see wrestling history and collect memorabilia. After checking out the beach shop, have a beer at Hogan’s Hangout on the corner of Mandalay Ave.
The original Frenchy’s Cafe is right around the corner from Hogan’s Hangout.
While in Clearwater Beach, don’t miss the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for some family fun. The aquarium is home to dolphins, sea turtles, and other marine life.
Sand Key Beach Park is south of Clearwater Beach and Pier 60. It’s a quieter spot with a picnic area, grills, shelters, dog park, and beach.
Recommended Rental Nearby– Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
Clearwater Beach- Pier 60
7 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767
Things To Do In Anna Maria
While here, walk over to the Anna Maria City Pier. The pier is just a little ways south.
Or you can walk north to Rod & Reel Pier for some great views and good food. Both are less than a half-mile away from Bayfront Park.
Looking for more delicious food in the area? Check out these restaurants on Anna Maria Island!
You can see lots of marine life in the water from the piers. We saw stingrays and dolphins when we were at the Rod & Reel Pier.
Just a little further north from Rod & Reel Pier is Bean Point, which is the beach at the northernmost point of the island. Here is where Tampa Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico.
There are no amenities at Bean Point, it’s just a great beach with picturesque views and smaller crowds.
Recommended Rental Nearby– Sunrise Garden Resort
316 N Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, FL 34216
12902 Village Blvd., Madeira Beach, FL 33708
Things To Do Near John’s Pass, Madeira Beach
Just north of John’s Pass is a nice beach access area in Madeira Beach. This beach isn’t very wide and there are a lot of hotels on the beach, so it gets crowded fairly quickly.
There’s a parking lot and a pay station here. There are no lifeguards here and hours are 7 am- Dusk.
About 10 minutes south of John’s Pass is the St. Petersburg Municipal Beach in Treasure Island (See #3)
Recommended Rental Nearby– Barefoot Beach Club
Things To Do In Naples
The boat picks you up and drops you off at Tin City, which is a bunch of indoor shops and restaurants on the Naples waterfront.
The Naples Pier is close by and a popular attraction with concessions and a beach area.
For more to do in Naples and Southwest Florida, go here.
Recommended Rental Nearby– Cove Inn on Naples Bay
Pure Florida Cruises at Tin City
1200 5th Ave. S Ste 501, Naples, FL 34102
Things To Do In St. Pete Beach
The Drunken Clam is a good seafood restaurant right across the street from County Park Beach. The Clam is a sports bar and is also popular for wings and drinks.
Pass-a-Grille Beach is further south on the island and has paddleboard and speed boat rentals.
This is a well-known beach with gift shops and restaurants/bars nearby, including Hurricane Seafood Restaurant.
Recommended Rental Nearby– The Don CeSar
County Park Beach
4700 Gulf Blvd., St. Petersburg Beach, FL 33706
Things To Do On Sanibel Island
There are quite a few places to rent bikes on the island and it’s a good way to get around and explore.
Bowman’s Beach Park is on the western end of the island and has trails, a kids’ playground, and is another popular spot for shelling.
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is close to Bowman’s Beach Park and is known for its migratory bird populations.
The refuge is more than 6400 acres and home to nearly 250 bird species!
Recommended Rental Nearby– Waterside Inn on the Beach
Lighthouse Beach Park
One Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL, 33957
Things To Do Near Univeral Orlando
Shadow Bay Park is just north of Universal and has trails for walking and biking and tennis courts.
Fun Spot America is another lesser-known theme park with an arcade, roller coaster rides, bumper cars, and go-karts.
Recommended Rental Nearby- Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819
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Things To Do Near Dinosaur World- Plant City
There are a number of food options in Plant City not too far from Dinosaur World. These include Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 1916 Irish Pub, Applebees, Outback Steakhouse, and Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant.
If you bring your dog to Dinosaur World, you can also let them play at the Plant City Dog Park which is close by. Burchwood Park and Rowena Mays Park are also in the area.
Recommended Rental Nearby- Hampton Inn Plant City offers 15% off room rates when you call ahead and mention Dinosaur World.
5145 Harvey Tew Rd, Plant City, FL 33565
Things To Do In Bradenton Beach
*Coquina Beach is right on the other side of Gulf Drive from Leftis Key and is the most popular beach on the south end of the island, with lots of amenities.
*Cortez Beach is also close by and is about a mile north of the preserve.
*If you’re looking for the best beaches on the island, go here!
Recommended Rental Nearby- Tropic Isle Inn
Leftis Key Preserve
2351 Gulf Dr. S, Bradenton Beach, FL, 34217
Things To Do Near Disney World
Sea World is about 10 minutes from Disney. This attraction has shows and presentations with marine life, rides and attractions, and close encounters with the animals.
Discovery Cove is a nearby snorkeling spot where you can also go swimming with dolphins!
Recommended Rental Nearby– Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort
1375 E Buena Vista Dr., Orlando, FL, 32830
What Cities Are 1 Hour (Or Less) From Tampa?
St. Petersburg- 25 minutes
Plant City- 25 minutes
St. Pete Beach- 36 minutes
Clearwater Beach- 38 minutes
Madeira Beach- 39 minutes
Anna Maria Island- 60 minutes
What Cities Are 2 Hours (Or Less) From Tampa?
Orlando- 1 hour and 33 minutes
Ocala- 1 hour and 38 minutes
What Cities Are 3 Hours (Or Less) From Tampa?
Fort Myers Beach- 2 hours and 18 minutes
Naples- 2 hours and 23 minutes
Sanibel Island- 2 hours and 28 minutes
What Beaches Are Closest To Tampa?
Ben T. Davis Beach is a popular beach in Tampa and is located on the causeway as you head to Clearwater. Located across from Davis Beach is East Tampa Beach.
For more on the best beaches in the Tampa area, check out this post!
Conclusion:15 Day & Weekend Trips From Tampa
As you can see, there are many awesome attractions and day trips from Tampa!
If you’re looking for more fun things to do in Florida, check out these 17 Amazing Gulf Coast Beaches.
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