The Tampa Florida day trips and one tank trips presented on this website are all within 100 miles of Tampa.

The average car can get at least 250 miles on a tank of gas. Some compact cars can get quite a bit more.

The Tampa Florida day trips on this website can be made with gallons to spare for sightseeing and back road exploring on the trip.

Here are some things to do and places to see from Tampa.

The map below shows you some of the major cities and places within a 100 mile radius of Tampa.

Recommended Tampa Florida Day Trips

Alva is a small town on the Caloosahatchee River west of Fort Myers. It has a small museum and an Old Florida ambiance with lots of oaks and Spanish Moss and the lazy river flowing by. Not named for Thomas Alva Edison.

Arcadia has an annual rodeo and is in the heart of cattle country. Downtown has been restored and a couple of nice bed and breakfasts make this a good weekend getaway.

Babcock Wilderness Adventures near Punta Gorda takes you on a tour of a working Florida ranch. You not only see the operation, but get to ride through one of Florida's most pristine natural settings.

Boca Grande is on the south end of Gasparilla Island and has the laid back charm of an end of the road village. Good relaxing, good dining, great beaches.

Bok Tower Gardens is a peaceful retreat near Lake Wales.  A carillon tower and lush landscaping mark this National historic treasure.

Bradenton is a small city south of Tampa Bay that has great arts, seafood and beaches. It is the little brother to nearby Sarasota.

Brooksville is in rolling hill and spreading oak country. An old southern town with a Confederate soldier statue standing guard over its county courthouse.

Cabbage Key can only be reached by boat.  It's home to the Old Florida restaurant where Jimmy Buffet was inspired to write "Cheesburger in Paradise".

Captiva Island has some of the finest shelling beaches in the world. Just north of Sanibel, it is a great place to relax for a day, week or lifetime.

Central West Florida Day Trips is a page on this website that has maps showing interesting back road drives around Tampa and the region.

Chattaway is an Old Florida style restaurant in St. Petersburg that features old claw footed bathtubs as planters and provides a casual menu in outdoor surroundings.

Cortez is an authentic Old Florida fishing village on an island on the causeway between Bradenton and the beaches.  Lots of great seafood, a museum and waterfront ambiance.

Crystal River Swim With Manatees is a fun family activity where various tour operators provide the equipment and let you swim among manatees in the super clear waters in this area north of Tampa.

Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg has the world's largest permanent exhibit of the works of this great master. The architecture of the building is also a work of art.

Dinosaur World near Plant City is an attraction that the entire family will enjoy, especially the kids. Your kids will thank you for making this one of your Tampa Florida day trips.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers are the well preserved winter homes of Thomas Alva Edison and Henry Ford. Edison's laboratory is an interesting well preserved attraction.

Englewood is a town on the beach that is a delight to visit. It is off the beaten path on the way to Boca Grande. Nice shops and restaurants, great beaches.

Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa is one of the largest and finest in the world. It is also known as the Tampa Aquarium. For kids, this will be one of the most popular Tampa Florida day trips.

Florida Orange Groves is an historic winery in St. Petersburg. You can see how wine is made and do some sampling.

Fort Desoto Park has one of the finest beaches in Florida. It is located south of St. Petersburg in Tierra Verde. The trip to the beach is a very scenic drive.

Fort Meade is a small historic town established on the site of a fort used during the Seminole Wars.

Fort Myers is the major city in southwest Florida and is an easy trip from Tampa. Lots of great boating, the huge nearby community of Cape Coral, not far from Naples.

Keel and Curley Winery in Plant City is a family owned vineyard that specializes in blueberry wines.  Nice bar and tastings.

Lakeland is a beautiful mid sized city between Tampa and Orlando on I-4.  It has many downtown lakes, and the Frank Lloyd Wright designed campus of Florida Southern College.

Naples and Old Naples are gems of the southwest coast. Lots of culture, dining, shopping, a great zoo and botanical garden and world class beaches.

Oscar Scherer State Park is in the Venice, Florida area. It is a full service park with lots of things to do during the day and some beautiful camp sites.

Punta Gorda is a small town on the southern shore of Peace River and Charlotte Harbor. Some of the best sailing in Florida, good shopping and dining.

Rosa Fiorello Winery near Bradenton is a family owned enterprise. Enjoy watching the wine making process and sampling the wares.

Sarasota has a beautiful waterfront setting and great beaches. It has some of the finest are exhibits and museums in Florida. Home of New College and the John and Mabel Ringling residence.

Six Amazing Day trips tells you about several of the attractions on this page.

Solomon's Castle is the home and studio of sculptor Howard Solomon.  It is in the swamp lands near Ona northwest of Arcadia and it's a work of art as much as the things inside.

St. Leo is a beautiful small town that is home to St. Leo University.  A wonderful campus to visit.

St. Petersburg has a beautiful downtown area that has been restored and is a vital center for shopping and dining. Private and city marinas line the waterfront, and the Vinoy Renaissance hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery is a small family owned business near Spring Hill and Brooksville. You will see how the grapes are grown, the wine made, and can sample the products.

Tampa itself can keep you busy for days with its aquarium, zoo, Ybor City, Columbia Restaurant, professional football and waterfront everywhere you look. Although your Tampa Florida day trips start here, don't forget to visit as much as you can here too.

Venice is a small town with great beaches on the Gulf and a downtown area that is loaded with antique shops and good restaurants.

Webster flea markets are the biggest in Florida, but only open on Mondays.

Weeki Wachee Springs is not only a beautiful state park, it is a popular attraction with mermaid shows that goes back many years into Old Florida history.

Winter Haven, a pretty town among the lakes south of Orlando.  The home of Legoland on the site of the late and lamented Cypress Gardens.

Most of the information in our website has been published in a series of Amazon Kindle books for each of Florida's eight geographical regions.

Florida Backroads Travel, a separate Kindle book, covers all of the regions of the state in one volume.

All books can be read on a computer, tablet, Kindle and most smart phones.

Click on the book cover for free previews of these books at Amazon.com.

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