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!
Timberline Glamping Hillsborough River combines the great outdoors with modern comforts. All tents come equipped with AC/Heat, mini fridge/freezer, beds/bedding, coffee maker, complimentary coffee + water, charcoal grills, fire ring, outdoor chairs, décor, and string lights to set the mood! Tents vary in size and sleep anywhere from 2-7 people.
They come with different queen beds, bunk beds and king bed combinations. Located in the beautiful Hillsborough River State Park just 30 minutes from downtown Tampa, the park features miles of river hiking trails, kayaking/canoeing, biking, suspension bridges, wildlife watching & unique to Florida river rapids!
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Make it a date night at the AC Hotel Tampa with their Take 2 Package, which includes 2 tapas & 2 cocktails in the AC Lounge and a 2pm check-out! Explore Memorial Day weekend festivities around Tampa and then relax in luxurious guest rooms, soak up the sun at their pristine outdoor pool and unwind by the fire pit to complete your stay. Book your romantic staycation today!
Get Away for The Weekend
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. These gorgeous islands are recovering from hurricane damage and welcoming guests back. This is a great way to support a local community.
Be sure to visit the Mucky Duck on Captiva to sit outside with a cocktail and witness a sunset like no other.
Closer to home is the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach with the benefits of being a local. The package Includes 25% on Best Available Rate, $20.00 Valet Parking, and 10% off at our dining outlets, including Ocean Hai, eSKPades, and DocK’s Pool Bar & Grille (excludes alcohol).
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.
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.
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.
ROAD TRIP NEAR ORLANDO? If you see yourself being in the Orlando area then scope out these Memorial Day Weekend Day Deals and Getaways in Orlando.