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Announcing the Ultimate Florida Road Trip (Part 2)

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It may be fall in some states, but it’s still warm in Florida which is why it’s time to head south again. A few years back we focused on the state in what I called the Ultimate Florida Road Trip, which took me to St. Augustine, the Space Coast, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, the Everglades and the Florida Keys. I visited well-known tourist attractions like the Kennedy Space Center and South Beach as well as activities like paddleboarding with manatees.

This time around, known as the Ultimate Florida Road Trip Part 2, I’ll be covering the west coast of the state. I’ll actually be starting in Macon, Georgia, where I’ll visit some new places before crossing state lines. If you have suggestions for places you think I should check out, be sure to leave them in the comments!

October 19-20: Gainesville

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I’ve never visited Gainesville, home to the University of Florida, so I’m excited to know what’s going on in this college town beyond the school. I’ll be staying at the historic Magnolia Plantation Bed and Breakfast Inn and look forward to visiting the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. I want to make time to go kayaking and possibly even diving. I’ve heard good things about Tall Paul’s Brew HouseMaude’s Cafe and Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate so I will try to make time for them.

October 20-22: St. Petersburg

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After a quick afternoon stop in the Crystal Springs area, I’ll be heading south, bound for St. Petersburg and Clearwater. I’ll be staying at Inn on the Beach and spending the day at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which rescues and releases marine animals like dolphins and turtles. I’ll also be learning more about the art community at The Dali Museum and Chihuly Collection.

October 22-24: Tampa

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The following few days I’ll cross the bay for Tampa, which I’ve visited before, but only when I was leaving for a cruise. I’m excited to stay at the Epicurean Hotel, a boutique hotel that puts an emphasis on culinary experiences like cooking classes and award-winning restaurants. I look forward to exploring the Cuban flair of Ybor City as well as craft breweries like CIGAR CITY BREWING and Coppertail Brewing Co.. I’ll also be dining at some of the city’s up and coming restaurants like the highly Instagrammable Oxford Exchange and The Refinery.

October 24-25: Sarasota

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I haven’t been to Sarasota since spring break in high school, but I remember the soft, white sand beaches. I’ll be going back to the Ringling Museums, including the art museum, circus museum and Cà d’Zan Mansion. I’ll be exploring some of the shops and attractions and meeting up with a friend!

October 25-31: Fort Lauderdale

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Last but not least is a week in Fort Lauderdale, a place I’ve visited before, but this time I’m going for a travel blogging conference. I’ll be exploring the city more than I did on my last visit, including some of its restaurants. When I’m not going to talks and networking with my fellow writers, I’ll be staying at Comfort Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport South & Cruise Port where I’ve booked myself a few nights.

Some of these stops are supported by the aforementioned tourism boards and convention and visitor’s bureaus as well as hotels. 

Mentioned in this post
  1. Magnolia Plantation Bed and Breakfast Inn
    Hotel in Gainesville Florida

    309 SE 7th St
    Gainesville Florida
    (352) 375-6653
    http://www.magnoliabnb.com/
  2. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
    Alachua County Florida

    4700 SW 58th Dr
    Alachua County Florida
  3. Tall Paul's Brew House
    Restaurant in Gainesville Florida

    10 SE 2nd Ave
    Gainesville Florida
    (352) 505-0990
    http://alligatorbrewing.com/
  4. Maude's Cafe
    Restaurant in Gainesville Florida

    101 SE 2nd Pl
    Gainesville Florida
    (352) 336-9646
    http://maudescafe.com/
  5. Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate
    Restaurant in Gainesville Florida

    48 SW 2nd St
    Gainesville Florida
    (352) 271-4361
    http://www.voltacoffee.com/
  6. Inn on the Beach
    Hotel in St Pete Beach Florida

    1401 Gulf Way
    St Pete Beach Florida
    (727) 360-8844
    http://www.innonbeach.com/
  7. Clearwater Marine Aquarium
    Attraction in Clearwater Florida

    249 Windward Psge
    Clearwater Florida
    (727) 441-1790
    http://www.cmaquarium.org/
  8. The Dali Museum
    Attraction in St. Petersburg Florida

    1 Dali Boulevard
    St. Petersburg Florida
  9. Chihuly Collection
    Attraction in St Petersburg Florida

    400 Beach Dr NE
    St Petersburg Florida
    (727) 896-4527
  10. Epicurean Hotel
    Hotel in Tampa Florida

    1207 S Howard Ave
    Tampa Florida
    (813) 999-8700
    http://epicureanhotel.com/
  11. CIGAR CITY BREWING
    Restaurant in Hillsborough County Florida

    3924 W Spruce St
    Hillsborough County Florida
    (813) 348-6363
    http://www.cigarcitybrewing.com/
  12. Coppertail Brewing Co.
    Attraction in Tampa Florida

    2601 E 2nd Ave
    Tampa Florida
    (813) 247-1500
    http://coppertailbrewing.com/
  13. Oxford Exchange
    Restaurant in Tampa Florida

    420 W Kennedy Blvd
    Tampa Florida
    (813) 253-0222
    http://www.oxfordexchange.com
  14. The Refinery
    Restaurant in Tampa Florida

    5137 N Florida Ave
    Tampa Florida
    (813) 237-2000
    http://www.thetamparefinery.com/
  15. Cà d'Zan Mansion
    Attraction in Sarasota Florida

    5401 Bay Shore Rd
    Sarasota Florida
    (941) 359-5700
    http://www.ringling.org/ca-dzan

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One Response to Announcing the Ultimate Florida Road Trip (Part 2)

  1. Karen Yaun October 14, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    My husband and I have stayed on Anna Maria Island a couple of times; a beautiful, peaceful beach perfect for reading! Went to Tampa, actually Ybor City, to eat at The Columbia Restaurant. We have been to three of their five other locations, but this is the original, purported to be the oldest restaurant in Florida. It takes up a full city block, and seats 1700 people! We always get the 1905 Salad – it is incredible! During a recent trip to St. Augustine, we took almost our entire family (a group of 15!) to have dinner. The service was wonderful, everyone’s meal was delicious, and it was a highlight of our vacation. Highly recommend you add this to your itinerary.

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