6 Tampa Bay Outdoor Day Trips

Enjoy this spring weather by visiting these amazing outdoor attractions

As the weather in Tampa Bay begins to rise, we have compiled a list of outdoor activities to enjoy before it gets too hot!

Bok Tower Gardens

Enjoy 250-acres of beautiful gardens and a bird sanctuary that has been around since 1929. The garden is also in the midst of celebrating Spring Bloom, which is an annual slate of events celebrating the most colorful time of the year. There will be concerts, nutrition classes, children's learning experiences, and an Easter Sunday Sunrise Service. Spring Bloom runs until April 30. 

Hillsborough River State Park

The park offers an abundance of activities from camping, to cycling, hiking, and fishing. The Hillsborough River also has some of the only Class II rapids in the state. 

The Ringling

Located in Sarasota, this property offers 66-acre Bayfront Gardens, the famous John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Circus Museum, and other attractions. You can either book a walking tour or just wander by yourself.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Also located in Sarasota, the Selby Gardens offer a 15-acre downtown tropical urban oasis and a 30-acre Historic Spanish Point location. You can enjoy local nature, history, and environmental awareness. The Historic Spanish Point garden showcases 5,000 years of native fauna history.

Sunken Gardens

One of the oldest of "Old Florida" roadside attractions, the Sunken Gardens are the perfect place to be this spring. It is a 4-acre space with more than 50,000 tropical plants and its famous flamingos. Located just north of downtown St. Pete, this is the perfect day trip.

Fort De Soto

This park is more than just white beaches in Pinellas, it also offers a Quartermaster Museum, walking trails, a dog beach, and other activities. You can also enjoy birdwatching with more than 300 different species visiting at various times of the year. 

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