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Giant Summer Adventure: Central Florida day trip destinations

Posted at 4:24 PM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 16:24:30-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Central Florida is famous for its roadside attractions! Check out five of our favorite day trip destinations from Tampa Bay.

Showcase of Citrus: Monster Truck Safari

Where: 5010 US-27, Clermont, FL
Info: The world’s largest monster truck safari is in central Florida? You better believe it! You can travel through 2,500 acres of swamps, groves, woodlands and pastures at Showcase of Citrus in Clermont, Florida. The 4x4 monster trucks are made from old school buses and sit up to 15 feet in the air.

Monkey Island

Where: Homosassa, FL
Info: In the town of Homosassa, you can find an island of wild spider monkeys. No, we're not monkeying around! Monkey Island resides in the middle of the Homosassa River and is often called 'Monkey Alcatraz.'

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Where: 3701 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL
Info: Sarasota Jungle Gardens is one of the oldest roadside attractions in Florida. Since opening in 1939, this park has provided unmatched interactive experiences with animals and nature. It's one of the few places in the state where you can hand-feed free-roaming flamingos.

The Sponge Docks

Where: 735 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL
Info: Sponges. Greek Food. Culture. The Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks is the perfect spot for a family adventure. A walk along the Dodecanese Boulevard and you'll find Greek restaurants, shops, dessert bakeries and, of course, sponges. That's what the Docks are known for, after all.

Gatorland Orlando

Where: 14501 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL
Info: Get ready for a day trip to Gatorland Orlando - The Alligator Capital of the World! Known for its world-famous gator mouth entrance, Gatorland opened as one of Central Florida's first major road-side attractions in 1949. Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve that combines old Florida charm with exciting experiences, exhibits and entertainment.