10 days in Central West Florida Itinerary

10 days in Central West Florida Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central West Florida route planner

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Treasure Island
— 3 nights
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Crystal River
— 2 nights
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Tampa
— 4 nights
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Treasure Island

— 3 nights
Treasure Island is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. Kids will enjoy Parasailing The Pass and Largo Central Park. Get out of town with these interesting Treasure Island side-trips: Siesta Beach (in Siesta Key), Sarasota (The Ringling & Ken Thompson Park) and Saint Pete Beach (in St. Pete Beach). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Treasure Island Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, stop by The Florida Shell Shop, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Treasure Island online trip maker.

Dallas to Treasure Island is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Treasure Island. When traveling from Dallas in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Treasure Island, with highs around 74°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Crystal River.

Things to do in Treasure Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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Crystal River

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Three Sisters Springs, then take in the exciting artwork at Franklin Anderson Gallery, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Island Gulf Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Homosassa River, then identify plant and animal life at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Old Homosassa Veteran's Memorial.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Crystal River trip planner.

Getting from Treasure Island to Crystal River by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Treasure Island in December since evenings lows in Crystal River dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tampa.

Things to do in Crystal River

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Tampa

— 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and ZooTampa at Lowry Park. Step out of Tampa with an excursion to Legoland Florida Resort in Winter Haven--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at The Florida Aquarium, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial, and stop by Nicahabana Cigars.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tampa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Crystal River to Tampa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Crystal River in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tampa, with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampa

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

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