Whether you've got a three-day weekend coming up that you want to take advantage of or you're looking for a getaway from Tampa, we have some suggestions to make the most of your weekend trip.
Venture to a Florida city with old-world charm when booking a vacation rental in St. Augustine for the weekend. Take in the history of this town with tours of Castillo de San Marcos and the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum. Relax on Crescent Beach as the waves crash in or get up close and personal with the water when renting tubes, canoes, or kayaks from Anastasia Watersports. St. Augustine ECO Tours sponsors boat tours so you can see dolphins splashing in and out of the water. When you want to explore the city’s sights, opt for a peaceful ride with Country Carriages down the cobblestone streets of the downtown area.
Surround yourselves with sandy beaches, magnificent sunsets, and spectacular views from your vacation rental when making Amelia Island your vacation destination for a weekend getaway. Located four hours from Tampa, this secluded island offers hiking trails in Fort Clinch Park, and peaceful strolls along the Amelia Island Historic District that is home to historic buildings with unique architecture. Shop in the specialty shops for a souvenir and then plan for an adventurous horseback ride on the beaches with Happy Trails Walking Horses for the afternoon. A boat tour with Backwater Cat Adventure puts you right on the water for the day while a fishing excursion with guides from Amelia Island Charters allows you to reel in something fresh for dinner.
Located four and a half hours from Tampa, Key Biscayne is a small town with big attractions for families. Head into the skies for a thrilling ride with Miami Seaplane Tours, or opt for a leisurely walk in Crandon Park to spot butterflies, loggerhead turtles, and a variety of bird species. When you want to get in some exercise with an adventurous twist, climb the 109 steps of the town lighthouse in Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Key Biscayne gives you and the family plenty of opportunities for fun in the sun with access to multiple beaches on the barrier island.
Palm Coast is perched between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, around a 2.5-hour drive from Tampa. While we wouldn’t blame you for spending your entire weekend lounging or surfing on the 19 miles of cinnamon-colored beaches, you can also play a round of golf at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course or try your hand at fishing along the Intracoastal Waterway. Luxury spas line the area if you’re looking for head-to-toe pampering, while the colorful gardens at Washington Oaks State Park offers a tranquil oasis full of blooming beauties.
Naples is nestled along Florida’s Gulf Coast a three-hour drive from Tampa, offering idyllic Florida landscapes and nature viewing opportunities. Build sandcastles at the family-friendly Lowdermilk Beach, watch dolphin pods along the Naples Pier or take a dip in the waters around Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park for some underwater marine life viewing. Marvel at the vibrant displays of flora and fauna at the Naples Botanical Garden or test your bravery on the thrilling water slides at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon, while the Baker Museum showcases modern and contemporary art collections in its galleries.