West Central Florida spans the southern part of the Nature Coast of Florida and includes well-known travel destinations such as Clearwater, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa. This Florida region is well loved by travelers because of the diverse travel experience it offers, ranging from cultural, natural, historical, to exciting water and outdoor activities. West Central Florida has all the components of a top-notch travel experience and it is no wonder that a lot of travelers from different parts of the world readily choose it for their travel adventure.
West Central Florida is accessible through its largest airport, Tampa International Airport, located on the western side of Tampa, while those who opt for budget airlines or private jets can fly in through St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. Some travelers also choose to fly in through the international flight services offered at the airports located in Sarasota and Bradenton or through the small airlines that service the airport in Lakeland.
West Central Florida is comprised of a number of counties such as Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter. Each of these counties offers unique travel adventures as well as beautiful travel attractions. One of the must-see Citrus attractions is the community of Crystal River, also known as the place where “man and manatee play”. The charm of Citrus lies in its beautiful rivers and coastline, and the many exciting water adventures that guests and travelers can experience, from fishing and kayaking to swimming with the manatee. One of the perfect places to experience this in Citrus is the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. In Hillsborough County, one of the great places to experience is Plant City, considered the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, and Tampa, which is one of the most recognized areas in Florida. Highly recommended places to visit while in Tampa include the Tampa Theatre and the entertainment complex of Channelside. Other must-see attractions here are the Tampa Museum of Art on Gazparilla Plaza and the Florida Aquarium, which offers eco tours of Tampa Bay, as well as an interactive diving experience. Meanwhile, some of the most popular attractions in North Tampa are Busch Gardens on McKinley Drive, which is not only an amusement park but is also a world class zoo, and the Museum of Science and Industry where children and their families can have firsthand experience with science through amazing displays and exhibits.
One of the best ways to explore Pinellas County is to visit a number of its state parks beginning with the ones in Anclote Key, Caladesi Island and the Skyway Fishing State Park, which is located on the north mouth of Tampa Bay and offers exciting fishing activities. In Sumter County, visiting Dade Battlefield Historic State Park on County Road will allow any traveler or guest to partake in numerous recreational activities such as going to picnics, nature trailing and wildlife viewing. Polk County, on the other hand, is one of the largest counties in the state and is highly accessible through the Orlando International Airport. Some of the attractions include Lake Kissimmee State Park and the State Park of Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek, which is home to a number of protected animal species and offers exciting hiking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing activities.
For a maximum West Central Florida travel experience, one must make it a point to visit any of its many beautiful beaches starting with the undeveloped beauty of Apollo Beach, Clearwater Beach considered the Best City Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, the island of Egmont Key on Tampa Bay, Pinella County’s Pass-a-Grille Beach where most travelers go for relaxing beach coming activities as well as fishing and visiting lovely shops for unique items and souvenirs, and Caladesi Island’s Honeymoon Island Beach which is the only pet beach in the state of Florida.
Make it a point to visit the numerous museums for one interesting historical and cultural experience before leaving West Central Florida. To finish your Florida travel experience, make sure to cap your visit with a gastronomic experience by checking out one of the local restaurants and sampling many of their mouthwatering seafood dishes.