Scroll down for day trip suggestions. Or for easier filtering by activity type and location, simply visit my LovingStPete main page and sort accordingly for Day Trips. While we really never have to leave the Pinellas County area, it’s still fun to occasionally leave town. Day trips are 1 to 2 1/2 hours away and doable in a day.

My name is Mike Braswell and I’m Real Estate agent in the Tampa Bay area. I truly love our area and even started @LovingStPete on Facebook and Instagram for over 15 thousand followers to reference. My main focus is waterfront properties, though I’d love to earn your business no matter the location! Please contact me if you would like to discuss our area or St Petersburg Real Estate.

North Pole Express in Parrish Florida – Christmas Holiday Train Ride

2024-02-05T10:37:38-05:00

Florida Train Museum's North Pole Express Published on 12/16/23: The North Pole Express! We recently returned from another visit and can confirm this ‘adventure’ is still a winner. 🚂 Our second year taking the 45 minute train ride to the North Pole festivities and it didn’t disappoint. I also can confirm no one in [...]

North Pole Express in Parrish Florida – Christmas Holiday Train Ride2024-02-05T10:37:38-05:00

Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach – So Many Manatees

2024-02-05T09:02:39-05:00

Free in Apollo Beach - Manatee Viewing Center Published on 11/03/23: The Manatee Viewing Center has been voted the #2 free attraction in the country by USA Today for 2023! I’m posting this Loving St Pete “Chilly Day Adventure” recommendation in November this year, so you’ll have more opportunities to visit. Who’s familiar? [...]

Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach – So Many Manatees2024-02-05T09:02:39-05:00

Tubing Down the Rainbow River – KP Hole

2023-08-17T10:07:18-04:00

Rainbow River Tubing - Fun Trip at KP Hole Published on 08/17/23: The Rainbow River! We’re back! Who knows this beautiful state park or wants a COOL place to relax while it’s still summertime hot? While the Rainbow River is nearly a 2-hour drive from St. Pete, it’s a very unique registered national [...]

Tubing Down the Rainbow River – KP Hole2023-08-17T10:07:18-04:00

Dinosaur World Florida Plant City – Our Family Review

2023-05-27T23:50:33-04:00

Dinosaur World Florida Plant City - Our Family Review Published on 05/28/23: Who knows Dinosaur World or has driven by their huge T-Rex on I-4? Colt’s head usually swivels like an owl as we pass, so we finally visited! It moved up my “to-do” list when a follower said they offer gem mining [...]

Dinosaur World Florida Plant City – Our Family Review2023-05-27T23:50:33-04:00

Keel & Curley Winery, Keel Farms in Plant City

2023-03-27T17:28:39-04:00

Keel & Curley Winery, Keel Farms in Plant City Published on 03/27/23: Hope everyone had a great weekend! As you plan future weekend activities, keep Keel & Curley Winery on your radar. While friends recommended it to us long ago as a fun ‘family outing’, we only recently visited. I can now vouch [...]

Keel & Curley Winery, Keel Farms in Plant City2023-03-27T17:28:39-04:00

Strawberry Festival Recap from Plant City | Video

2023-03-01T07:03:39-05:00

Strawberry Festival Recap from Plant City | Video Published on 03/01/23:  Here's a quick video of the Strawberry Festival from my son's perspective. Lots of games, prizes, and food. For all the details written out (address, cost, tips, etc), make sure to view my other Strawberry Festival post! I’m a local Tampa Bay [...]

Strawberry Festival Recap from Plant City | Video2023-03-01T07:03:39-05:00

Strawberry Festival 2023 in Plant City Florida – Information

2023-03-01T09:13:33-05:00

Strawberry Festival 2023 in Plant City Florida - Information Published on 03/01/23:  It's here! The annual Strawberry Festival kicks of tomorrow and runs through March 12th! Headline entertainers include Ludacris, Willie Nelson, Josh Turner, Oak Ridge Boys, Sara Evans, Isley Brothers and many more. The annual festival is 45-50 minutes from St Pete, thus [...]

Strawberry Festival 2023 in Plant City Florida – Information2023-03-01T09:13:33-05:00

Parkesdale Market & Farms in Plant City Florida – Strawberry Shortcake

2023-02-28T07:54:04-05:00

Parkesdale Market & Farms in Plant City Florida - Strawberry Shortcake Published on 02/28/23: It’s Florida Strawberry Festival time! As part of my #LovingStPeteDayTrips series, I’ll post about the festival itself shortly. Pictures from a previous visit and details of what to expect at this popular festival in Plant City. First, if you’re ever in [...]

Parkesdale Market & Farms in Plant City Florida – Strawberry Shortcake2023-02-28T07:54:04-05:00

Our Second Visit to TECO’s Manatee Viewing Center

2023-01-09T13:27:46-05:00

Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach - Free Published on 01/09/23: The Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach! Hope everyone had a nice break. Does anyone have a case of the Mondays after the holidays and school hiatus? [Mike raises hand] Back to the grind for our family, with multiple jobs, school, and sports [...]

Our Second Visit to TECO’s Manatee Viewing Center2023-01-09T13:27:46-05:00

Sarasota Children’s Garden and Art Center

2022-12-05T16:53:40-05:00

Sarasota Children's Garden & Art Center Published on 11/20/22: The Children’s Garden & Art Center in Sarasota! If you’re looking for an activity while kids and grandkids are on break, add this 2-acre interactive garden to your list. As a bonus, they have a lineup of special events this Tues, Wed, Friday and Saturday. [...]

Sarasota Children’s Garden and Art Center2022-12-05T16:53:40-05:00
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