21 days in Central West Florida Itinerary

21 days in Central West Florida Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central West Florida itinerary maker

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Tampa
— 15 nights
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Crystal River
— 5 nights
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Tampa

— 15 nights

Big Guava

Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Explore Tampa's surroundings by going to Clearwater (Murielle Winery, Clearwater Beach, &more), Largo (Largo Central Park, Bayhead Action Park, &more) and St. Petersburg (Imagine Museum, Craftsman House Gallery, &more). Pack the 27th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Big Cat Rescue, walk around Sparkman Wharf, and go for a walk through Tampa Riverwalk.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tampa trip maker app.

Fort Lauderdale to Tampa is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Tampa, with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Crystal River.

Things to do in Tampa

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Crystal River

— 5 nights

The Gem of the Nature Coast

The jewel of Florida's Nature Coast, Crystal River spreads around spring-fed Kings Bay, known for maintaining a constant 22 C (72 F) temperature all year long.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Crystal River: Inverness (Withlacoochee State Trail & Liberty Park). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, look for all kinds of wild species at Three Sisters Springs, and view the masterpieces at The Glass Garage.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Crystal River vacation planning app.

Traveling by car from Tampa to Crystal River takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Crystal River when traveling from Tampa in January, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Crystal River

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips