3 Low-Key, Low-Traffic, Weekend Getaways in Florida
With a pandemic lingering and an uncertain economic climate, there’s no doubt that travel is down in 2020. A clear sign: for the first time in two decades, AAA did not issue a Memorial Day travel forecast as a result of low travel numbers due to COVID-19.
But while many won’t travel this summer, those who do are opting for road trips and beach vacations where social distancing is possible. Travelers will be looking for less-crowded, more relaxed trips.
The state of Florida is full of off the beaten path, more laid-back locations for rest and relaxation. Here are some top choices if you’re looking for a low key, low-traffic travel plan.
A quintessential small-town, Plant City has the advantage of being sandwiched between the bustling metropolitan destinations of Orlando and Tampa. Home of the famous Strawberry Festival, Plant City is so much more than strawberries. For youngsters, Dinosaur World is an adventurous option. Experience 200 life-size dinosaurs in this 12-acre self-guided outdoor museum that provides for as much social distancing as you need. Wine and beer lovers can enjoy Keel & Curley, a local winery that utilizes fresh Florida fruits for its blends. And there’s plenty to explore in downtown Plant City. Designated as a U.S. historic district back in 1993, the downtown area is full of mom and pop restaurants and shops. Check out the Hampton Inn Plant City for good deals on weekend stays.
Port St. Lucie
Located in the heart of Florida's Treasure Coast, Port St. Lucie is a great destination for those seeking a slower pace and experiences with nature. The city of less than 200,000 is known for its extensive collection of hiking trails, which take visitors through a wide variety of local flora and wildlife. There are more than five beaches to choose from in Port. St. Lucie. Looking for a great deal on a place to stay? Check out the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Port St. Lucie, conveniently located near the city’s best attractions.
Looking for access to Tampa Bay beaches and sites, but want to stay somewhere a bit quieter? Trinity, located just north of the city provides a bit of an escape.
Technically located in Pasco County, just north of Tampa’s Hillsborough County - Trinity has a population of fewer than 10,000 people and is a hotspot for golf-lovers. Both Innisbrook Golf Resort and the Wentworth Golf Club are minutes from Trinity. Find affordable hotel deals at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Trinity.