Whether you are driving across Florida or simply from Tampa to Gainesville, you need to have a little fun while doing so. In this blog, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite places to stop in between and help you spice up your road trip. From cute stores to yummy lunch breaks and gorgeous tours in the Florida outdoors, you’re sure to have a grand adventure during this short, three-hour drive. So, read on and get ready to hit the road!
Learn more about what you can do once you get to Gainesville in our free Vacation Guide. We created this planning tool to share some of our favorite things to do in the area. Inside, you’ll find some of the top local restaurants, events, shops, museums, outdoor activities, and more.
4 Spots You Need to Stop at During Your Road Trip From Tampa to Gainesville
Don’t be too quick to leave the lovely city of Tampa. After all, there’s plenty of things to do there, and the road trip that awaits you is pretty short. One of our favorite places to visit there is the Oxford Exchange. This store is one of the most unique and elegant you’ll ever see. It has a fabulous bookstore at the entrance, cafes and tea booths in a sumptuous and spacious piazza, home decor corners, and much more. Make sure you snap a picture of the sign at the entrance — it makes for a fun Instagram picture!
You should get something to eat before you hit the road. Head over to Datz, an iconic gastropub in Tampa, and enjoy their succulent menu. The restaurant has been featured in countless national magazines and shows, and it continues to be a staple for excellent pub food since its creation more than 10 years ago.
Halfway between Tampa and Gainesville is the lovely town of Silver Springs. It’s the perfect place to take a break in nature. Head over to the Silver Springs State Park and hop on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour! It’s a magical way to explore the water life of Florida without getting wet. Did you know that glass-bottom boats were invented there in the 1870s?
When you’re approaching Gainesville, there’s one more stop you need to make. Micanopy is one of the prettiest little towns in America and is only 20 minutes outside of Gainesville. There, you can feel time slow down as you drive under the oak trees and the Spanish moss. Peruse the many antique stores on Main Street, and even head over to the Mosswood Farm Store for a refreshing iced Chai Latte!
Make Sweetwater Branch Inn Your Destination!
Did we get you excited about your adventure from Tampa and Gainesville? Good — now the only thing left for you to figure out is where to stay. Sweetwater Branch Inn is one of the top B&B in Gainesville. Not only is it right in the heart of downtown, but it also offers a relaxing and high-end experience to travelers. Be one of them! Browse our rooms and cottages today and pick the one you prefer. Did we mention we serve a delicious, homemade breakfast every morning?