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6 Spring Break destinations within 90 minutes of Lakeland, FL


Sunset Beach | Photo via LALtoday

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Spring Breakfive days to fill for Polk County Public School families. If you’re looking to get the kids out this week, we’ve rounded up 6 options within 90 minutes of downtown Lakeland.


Consider a couple of beaches an hour or so away that tend to be more laid back, at least in our experience.

  • Treasure Island, 90 minutes | Treasure Island’s Sunset Beach is a quieter option to its popular counterpart St. Pete Beach. The area is mostly residential, leaving little room for bustling beach hotels + party crowds.
  • Fort DeSoto Beach, 90 minutes | Fort DeSoto Beach offers wildlife, plus access to five interconnected keys. Pro tip: we recommend packing a lunch for this option.

Theme Parks

Not interested in the Spring Break influx at Disney or Universal? You’re in luck.

  • Peppa Pig Theme Park, 40 minutes | Next door to Legoland, this park features rides, attractions, and meet-and-greets with Peppa and friends. Tickets for a one-day visit start at $34.99.
  • Dinosaur World, 27 minutes | Experience hundreds of life-size dinosaurs, exhibits, boardwalks, and playgrounds at this prehistoric park. Tickets start at $19.95 for adults. Pro tip: your leashed furry friends are welcome to visit with you.

Other attractions

Looking for other recommendations that don’t include characters or sand?

  • Bok Tower Gardens, 50 minutes | Wander 50 acres of gardens, plus a 2.5-acre children’s garden including boardwalks, play areas, and room for exploring.
  • Tampa Riverwalk, 52 minutes | Bike, skate, jog, or walk down Tampa’s Riverwalk, then, consider adding playtime at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park’s interactive fountains.


Want to stay closer to home? Check out three events happening around town, here.

Was there a special spot or event we missed? Share it with us + let us know how you’re spring breakin’ this week.

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