Memorial Day Quick Trips and Staycations

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Day Trip to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Having a three-day weekend is a perfect excuse to get out of town or stay local and enjoy some rest and relaxation. There are tons of places that are just a quick drive away. Looking to just sneak away for the day? Lots of resorts offer resort passes, which allows guests to spend the day using the resort amenities without staying overnight. Keep in mind, Memorial Day weekend is a busy weekend for travelling, so book early!

Get Away for The Weekend

The Tampa Bay and surrounding area have some amazing beaches. However, if you feel like getting away from the busier crowds, check out Three Perfect Days on Sanibel and Captiva Island. These quaint, historic beach towns are about two hours south and are perfect for a three-day weekend. Be sure to visit the Mucky Duck on Captiva to sit outside with a cocktail and witness a sunset like no other.

Three Perfect Days on Sanibel and Captiva Island
Aerial shot of sanibel lighthouse

If you’re wanting to travel a little further or are looking to do something other than the beach, there are some great spots that only take a few hours to get to. Our Drivecation Ideas for a Florida Getaway by Car this Summer can give you some ideas for trips like swimming with the manatees, exploring historic towns, and more.

If you want to get out of town but don’t feel like going far, our Day trip: Day Passes to Orlando Resorts and Hotels guide can give you some great ideas to relax by the pool and feel like you’re on vacation, even if you’re not.

Head to The Beach

What better way to kick off summer than to head to the beach? We have some of the most beautiful beaches but they can get busy. Indian Shores is one of our favorite spots for a quieter, more relaxing day at the beach. We’ve put together an itinerary for a Beach Day at Indian Shores.

If you want more of a social environment, there are some great local beach bars to check out in St. Pete. Whether you work up an appetite after splashing around in the ocean or have a craving for a fruity, frozen drink, check out our suggestions for the Beach Bars in St. Petersburg.

Prefer to stay put and spend the whole day on the sand? Some beaches and parks have strict “no alcohol” laws, but there are a few sandy spots that allow you to bring coolers with your favorite boozy beverages. Our guide to Beaches That Allow Drinking in Tampa Bay will tell you where it’s OK to set up your own mini beach bar.

Image credit: Post Card Inn Beach Resort

Take it Outdoors

Nothing’s more outdoorsy than a good old fashioned camping trip. If you want to unplug and unwind, there are some awesome campgrounds around the Tampa Bay area. Here are some of our favorite picks for the Best Local Campgrounds this Summer.

Not a saltwater fan? Tubing down Florida’s springs is a refreshing way to cool off and relax. Florida actually has one of the largest concentrations of natural springs in the world. Explore the waterways with The Best Spots to Go Tubing in Florida this Summer and check out Springs in Florida, which ones you should visit? for our favorite springs to visit, whether you want to go tubing, diving, or come face to face with mermaids.

Image credit: Ginnie Springs

Another one of our favorite freshwater activities is to go swimming with the manatees. Although it’s not legal in all areas, there are a few places that will allow you to safely swim with these gentle giants. Take a look at A Bucket List Date Day Swimming with Manatees in Crystal River to learn where and how you can have this awesome experience too.

With so much to do over Memorial Day weekend, you may not want to spend all your time in just one spot. If you want a bit of luxury and relaxation but don’t want to commit to spending all your time in one spot over the weekend, check out The Best Hotel Day Passes in Tampa Bay to find local hotels that will allow to hang out for the day.

Daycation: Day Passes to Tampa Bay Hotels with ResortPass

 

 

 


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