When you are fortunate enough to live in Tampa, you get the opportunity to take some easy day trips to some amazing locations. While others around the country have to save all year for a trip to these cool locations for their annual vacation, you can visit these exciting places on any old Saturday.

It’s one perk that makes it even more special to live in Tampa, besides the great city that it is. Do you live a visit to a place that specializes in all things animals? Perhaps you love a piece of history with a good museum. You can find all of these things in more in a day trip from Tampa. Here’s how to enjoy a day trip from Tampa without spending more than $100.

The Dali Museum – 1 Dali Boulevard, St. Petersburg

The Dali MuseumA great first trip from your Tampa home may be up the road to St. Petersburg, FL where you can find the popular Dali Museum. This is a great way to take in history, art, and really unique exhibits. It all started when A. Reynolds Morse and wife Eleanor bought a Dali painting back in 1943 which would eventually grow into the largest private collection of his work.

It used to be located in their Cleveland home but eventually moved to a small building in Beechwood, Ohio before realizing that a marine warehouse in St. Pete’s would be the perfect place to house the collection. It’s now a distinctive landmark in the area with the geometric glass bubbles on the exterior. You can get into the museum for $21 and even less for kids and seniors.

Frank Lloyd Wright Collection – 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland

Speaking of some of the greatest artists and designers of all time, check out the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection over at the Florida Southern College in Lakeland. The largest single grouping of buildings designed by Mr. Wright can be found here after president Ludd M. Spivey reached out to him in hopes of creating a dream college that would incorporate what later became known as the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel. Later, a dozen more structures designed by Wright were added and today, individuals and groups can take a tour of the buildings. It’s only $20 per person.

Bishop Planetarium & Parker Manatee Aquarium – 201 10th Street West, Bradenton

Do you love animals? Perhaps the best day trip would be to this local planetarium and aquarium over at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton. The oldest manatee in captivity lives here known as Snooty, and you can visit his swimming pool along with an all-digital planetarium for just $15.95 per person.

Ringling Museum – 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

Ringling MuseumAlong with the South Florida Museum’s aquarium, you can enjoy more of your love for animals over at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. You’ll find old paintings, special exhibits, and 66 acres of things to see.

Fantasy of Flight – 1400 Broadway Boulevard S.E., Polk City

Lastly, when you’re enjoying day trips around Tampa for less than $100, you can hit I-4 between Tampa and Orlando to reach the Fantasy of Flight. This is your chance to see over 40 historic civilian and military aircraft, sometimes flying, and some of them go back to WWII. You may even get the chance to take a flight on vintage barnstorming aircraft with a rope course challenge.

While there is so much to love about Tampa, you can enjoy the amazing things surrounding your town for a day trip with the family that won’t break the bank!

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