Local trips and travel tips for venturing beyond Lakeland

We’ve got everything from the road map to the shopping list — where will you go first?

Feet out of car window driving on road trip

It’s time to pack your bags + explore, Lakelanders. | Photo by Avinash Patel via Pexels

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Itching to get out of town, Lakelanders? It’s National Travel and Tourism Week — AKA the excuse you’ve been looking for to hit the road or take to the skies.

If you need some inspiration, look no further — check out four nearby destinations.

For the outdoorsy type

Rent a kayak to see Weeki Wachee’s wildlife up close and personal.

Photo by @carlie.stach

📍 Weeki Wachee State Park

For the foodie

An exterior shot of Luv Child in Tampa

With a dreamy exterior like this, we know whatever is inside will be extra tasty.

Photo by @luvchildsoho

📍 Tampa

For the explorer

Shops in downtown Mount Dora with plants and painted walls

Mount Dora is a small town full of color — plus, you can walk to most of our recommendations.

Photo by @amberdawnmc

📍 Mount Dora

  • Eat: “Unique” doesn’t even begin to describe the culinary creations found at WAVE Asian Bistro — order your sushi as a burger, pizza, donut, and more.
  • Experience: Head downtown for Plaid in the Park, a monthly celebration of Scottish culture.
  • Stay: Dewberry cottage in downtown Mount Dora (~$224/night)
  • Pack: Mesh tote

For the historian


While you’re exploring Ybor City, be on the lookout for its iconic rogue chickens.

Photo by Dylan Breese

📍Ybor City

Know where we should go for our next Hit the Road series? Let us know.

It wouldn’t be National Travel and Tourism Week if we didn’t mention taking flight. Use our guides to Orlando International Airport and Tampa International Airport before switching your phone to airplane mode. We covered everything from parking to security, dining, and rideshares.

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