Labor Day Road Trips Within 100 Miles of Tampa


Nothing says the end of summer like Labor Day weekend. Many fire up the grill for the last gathering of the summer, while others look to do a last trip or even the trip with the family.

Here is your list of places to consider visiting with the family this Labor Day that are within 100 miles of Tampa.

Caladesi Island

Pack a basket, beach chairs and towels and head to Caladesi Island. Caladesi Island is one of Florida's state parks located in Pinellas county and is one of the Gulf Coast's natural islands. Caladesi is reminiscent of what it is like to be on an exclusive tropical island would be like with its white sand beaches that were rated America's Best Beach in 2008. You can go swimming, sunbath and comb the beach. You can even kayak through the interior mangroves or hike the trail. The park has a marina for those with a boat or you can take the Caladesi Island Ferry service which leaves from Honeymoon Island.

Rainbow Springs

Rainbow Springs is one of Florida's largest springs. Archaeologists have indicated these springs have been in use for around 10,000 years. The Rainbow River is known for swimming and snorkeling, along with canoes and kayaks going down the river, both of which can be rented at the headsprings. For those traveling and wanting to stay in the area, a full-service campground is located within miles of the headsprings. While tubing along the river outside of the main springs area is a main highlight, check ahead to ensure your day of visit will permit tubing.

Old Town

So if you have had enough of sand in between your toes and want to experience rides in the Orlando area without spending a paycheck, you should check out Old Town. This area is often overlooked, but can provide for fun family entertainment without Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Old Town has restaurants, shops, but most importantly the Happy Days Family Amusement Center which makes it a great place for afternoon or evening fun with friends and family. Plus, you can mine for gold at Black Market Minerals or watch a magic show at Great Magic Hall. In addition, you may be able to catch the Old Town Saturday Nite Classic Car Cruise, which is America's longest continuous running car cruise.

Whether you want a beach, a spring or to have some amusement fun, there are plenty of places you can go that are only 100 miles away from Tampa. Close out your summer with one of these Labor Day destinations.

Have you visited any of these places? What do you think of them? Any other cool places to go on Labor Day weekend? Comment below and you may be featured in a future article.


Ebony T. Grimsley-Vaz is the Creative Director and Owner of Above Promotions Company. She is also the author of "Because You're Small: Effective Marketing Strategies for Immediate Implementation" which is sold online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other stores and a contributor to various media outlets.