Florida is a top tourist destination and attracts visitors from all over the world with Tampa Bay being one of the most sought after vacation regions in the state. Boasting award-winning beaches, cultural opportunities, sporting events, nature trails, water sports, and a buzzing nightlife, there is always something to do. This eclectic mix of things to do makes a staycation easy for Florida residents. Skip the crazy airports and enjoy a staycation by exploring what other people spend thousands of dollars to travel to and experience. Here are our top 15 staycation ideas:  

  1. Visit a new beach - Longboat Key has the softest, sugar sands for toes to sink your toes into and is only a short drive from Tampa.

  2. Take a nature walk through a Florida trail - Myakka River has an observation tower, shady oaks and plenty of gator spotting.

  3. Book a boat ride - Dolphin watching, airboats, or fishing charters are available for ocean, Bay or river rides.

  4. Take an art stroll - St. Pete and Tampa both have an abundance of murals, plot out a map of public art to view and take a bike ride exploring the art sights.

  5. Go bird watching.

  6. Find a sporting event - Not does Tampa Bay host pro teams, but there are also minor leagues and collegiate teams in every sport. Ever see a University of Tampa lacrosse game?

  7. Take a road trip to a bucket list adventure - With one of the seven natural wonders of the US at the base of the state, a trip to the Everglades is well worth the drive.

  8. Kayak, paddleboard or rent a jet ski - Mangrove trails and waterways make it easy to see the area from a different perspective.

  9. Theme parks - A day at Disney, Universal or Busch Gardens is easy for Florida residents and as a huge bonus, at the end of an exhausting day, you can sleep in your own bed.

  10. Explore a new town - Gulfport is known as a quirky art town, Micanopy is referred to as a step back in time, and Venice Beach is said to be the Shark Tooth Capital of the World. Take a day trip!

  11. Pick a spring for a cool swim - Florida springs are crystal clear and average about 70-75 degrees. They are sprinkled throughout the state and are an oasis of beauty.

  12. Tubing - A relaxing day of floating downstream is perfect for a sunny day. Rainbow Springs is a Florida fave.

  13. Bike the Pinellas Trail.

  14. Enjoy a cold brew - Tampa Bay and Florida, in general, is a stand-out state in the craft brewery scene with places like Cigar City Brewing and Coppertail Brewing getting national attention for their craft beers.

  15. Watch the sunset from a rooftop bar - Tampa, St Pete, St. Pete Beach, and Dunedin all have posh bars where you can sit back and watch the clouds light up in vibrant pink and purples shades.
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