Ready for a change in scenery? It’s time to discover the best day trips from Tampa Bay!
Whether you are looking to explore beautiful gardens, natural springs, and more, we’ve got something for everyone. We’ve curated a list of the must-do day trips from Tampa Bay. Keep reading to find your next adventure!
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota is a must-visit! Where fine art meets nature and coastal beauty, you will feel like you have traveled to a time and place far away. Masterworks from the 16th to 20th century are displayed in the grand waterfront mansion that was home to Mabel and John Ringling of the Ringling Brothers Circus. As beautiful as the art inside is, you won’t want to miss explore the sprawling gardens that surround the museum, too.
Devil's Den Springs
Snorkel and scuba dive Florida’s premier pre-historic spring, Devil’s Den Spring! Located inside a dry cave, this underground spring has been home to many extinct animal fossils dating back to the Pleistocene Age. Go explore one of Florida’s best and oldest swimming holes!
You’ve probably heard of the Weeki Wachee mermaid show, but did you know that this Old Florida site is also home to the deepest freshwater cave system in the country? There is plenty to do at the park to make a day of it. The iconic mermaid show and underwater theater is a must, but we also recommend the family-friendly water park at Buccaneer Bay or renting an inner tube for a lazy river ride down the clear Weeki Wachee River. The river is also the perfect place to launch a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard!
Due to COVID-19, the Mermaid Shows and Riverboat Ride are closed until further notice.
Bok Tower Gardens
This contemplative garden and bird sanctuary is a must-do day trip from Tampa! Bok Tower Gardens is made up of a 240-acre garden, the 205-foot Singing Tower with its beautiful carillon bells, the Pine Ridge Trail, and the Pinewood Estate. The historic landscape garden is decorated with breathtaking seasonal colors of azaleas, camellias, and magnolias! Bok Tower Garden makes for a beautiful photo opt and afternoon adventure.
Anna Maria Island
Grab your beach blanket and bathing suit for a trip to Anna Marie Island! This seven-mile long barrier island is full of laid-back, Florida charm. Whether you are relaxing on the white-sandy beaches or renting a bike to explore the island on two wheels, there is something for everyone on Anna Maria Island. The Historic Bridge Street Pier is the place for dining and shopping, a must-visit for sure!
Been transported to a lush, tropical garden in the heart of St. Pete at the Sunken Gardens. Open in 1903, this roadside attraction is one of the oldest in the country. The Gardens are open for tours, educational programs, and special events. After exploring the Sunken Gardens, check out more fun things to do in St. Pete using our Neighborhood Guide.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
If you’re an animal lover, spend the day in Clearwater and visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This rehabilitation aquarium is home to Winter the dolphin and other aquatic friends. While in Clearwater, grab a bite at a local beach bar and catch the sunset along Clearwater Beach.
Beside the annual Strawberry Festival, Plant City has a lot to explore and experience! Enjoy an afternoon outside at Dinosaur World or Cow Creek Farm. Keel and Curley Farm has you covered with delicious farm fresh wine and berries to pick. Downtown Plant City is home to hidden gems like the Tipsy Bookworm, the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum, and Krazy Kup coffee shop.
Plant City is only 25 miles or a 25-30 minute drive from Downtown Tampa, making it the perfect day trip from Tampa Bay.
Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks
Been wanting to take a trip to Greece? Well, Tarpon Springs is the next best thing! Head to the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks and enjoy authentic Greek restaurants and bakeries, local shops, sponge diving, and more. You can’t visit without picking up a natural sea sponge!
Rainbow Springs State Park
Legend has it that the waters of Rainbow Springs posses magical healing powers! Whether or not that’s true, you are sure to enjoy the crystal-clear spring by swimming, tubing, or kayaking. An afternoon at Rainbow Springs is refreshing and relaxing. Be sure to explore and find the three large man-made waterfalls on your day trip from Tampa!