Downtown tampaOne of my absolute favorite ways to get out of a romantic rut is to get the heck out of town together.

Lucky for us Central Floridians, we don’t have to go far. Here are three ideas, each about 2 hours away, that will cost you less than a tank of gas to get to. ..

Seminole Hard Rock Café & Casino
Gamblers love the 5,000 slots and 90+ tables, but the Hard Rock also has a bunch of restaurants and a steady line-up of live entertainment. If you can swing a midweek getaway, room prices go as low as $126/night.

St. Augustine
Eat, drink and be merry in the country’s oldest city, home to dozens of great restaurants and just as many fun bars and pubs. Consider booking a haunted city tour or taking a night sail on The Black Raven, an adults-only pirate ship trip. Bed and breakfasts are a plenty along St. Augustine’s brick-lined streets and rates start at $99/night. Click here for info on accommodations and stuff to do.

See a Bucks or a Lightening game, ride the streetcar (until 2am on weekends), explore the Florida Aquarium or Lowry Park Zoo, hit Busch Gardens, or party in Ybor City. Just two hours away, downtown Tampa is a fabulous spot for a quick overnight packed with activity. This site has a comprehensive list of attractions, restaurants and accommodation options.


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