Family Summer Vacation Trips Within Driving Distance Of Tampa

It’s not too soon or too late to plan that family summer vacation for 2022. If you can’t get away for long, there are plenty of places within driving distance from the Tampa area. Perhaps some of these ideas could be the way to enjoy those summer months.

Right here in the Tampa Bay area, we have Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Florida Aquarium, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, ZooTampa, beaches, etc. You know and might already enjoy visiting our most local attractions. If you want to get out of the immediate area, here are some suggestions:

  • 1. Clearwater Beach:

    The Pinellas County beaches have lots of options from the bustle of Clearwater to the more serene Indian Rocks Beach.

    The Pinellas County beaches are the nearest place to go for the sun, the sand and the water.(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

  • 2. The most obvious, and possibly expensive: Walt Disney World and Universal

    Orlando area theme parks at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. The tourist mecca of central Florida has seemingly anything you’d like to do. Add in Sea World Orlando and Legoland and there’s something for every age group.

    Walt Disney’s dream is still the most visited tourist attraction.

    (Photo by Olga Thompson/Walt Disney World Resort via Getty Images)

    (Photo by Rachel Pitts/BBGI)

  • 3. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex:

    Some history, some technology, all coolness. If you plan the trip right, you might even be lucky enough to witness a rocket launch.

    (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • 4. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park:

    Yes, it’s still there and so is the famous mermaid show!

    🧜🏻‍♀️ Happy #MermaidMonday with Ashleigh! The mermaids perform daily at 11 AM, 1:30 PM, and 3 PM (Weather permitting).

    The Ranger Experience: 10 AM, 12 PM & 2 PM

    The Wilderness River Cruise: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

    Buccaneer Bay Waterpark is currently open on weekends only.

    — Weeki Wachee Springs State Park 🧜🏻‍♀️ (@WeekiWacheeSpgs) April 4, 2022
  • 5. Cedar Key:

    It’s a small community on the Gulf of Mexico where you can find yourself enjoying getting away from the ‘big city’ and enjoy some of the best clam chowder in the country. We’re looking at you, Tony’s!

  • 6. Silver Springs State Park:

    You can enjoy looking through the crystal clear waters from a glass-bottom boat. Bring the family to go canoeing or kayaking through the springs.

These are just a few of the many ways to enjoy summer with so many attractions in our own backyard. Check back, as we’ll keep adding to this list!

Top Florida Beaches For 2022

  • Fort Zachary Taylor State Park

  • South Beach

    Two parts to the adventure….

    The beach…

    And the awesome architecture

  • Grayton Beach State Park, South Walton

    There are all sorts of ways to explore the area, including an underwater art museum for divers.

    Grayton Beach is a small, historic beach village on the Florida Panhandle Gulf coast halfway between Destin and Panama City in Walton County and adjacent to Grayton Beach State Park. Collectively, the area is known as the “Beaches of South Walton.”

    — Terri Green (@TerriGreenUSA) June 29, 2020
  • Siesta Beach

    You’ve seen it on MTV, but the locals know it’s so much better without the drama! In fact, it’s really one of the best beaches in the world.

  • Pensacola Beach

    A fantastic beach for relaxing, or if you can find a spot during an air show, a perfect way to watch the flight demonstrations.

  • Fort Lauderdale Beach

    Another Atlantic Ocean beach retreat

  • Caladesi Island State Park

  • Amelia Island

    Barely in Florida, almost as north as you can go and still not be in Georgia. Find your perfect spot.

  • Pass-A-Grille Beach

    Yes, we know we have great beaches along the Pinellas County coast.

    And don’t forget the gorgeous sunsets…

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