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Tampa to Sarasota drive

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 Brandon (Florida)
 Sun City Center
 Big Top Brewing Company
driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV


Tampa to Sarasota road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Tampa to Sarasota. If you're planning a road trip to Sarasota, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Tampa and Sarasota. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Tampa and Sarasota. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in Tampa
drive for about 20 minutes

10:20 am  Brandon (Florida)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:20 am
drive for about 20 minutes

11:40 am  Gibsonton
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:40 pm
drive for about 19 minutes

12:59 pm  Sun City Center
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:59 pm
drive for about 22 minutes

2:21 pm  Ellenton
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:21 pm
drive for about 25 minutes

3:46 pm  eat at Big Top Brewing Company
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:46 pm
drive for about 12 minutes

4:58 pm  arrive in Sarasota

driving ≈ 2 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Brandon (Florida)  (3 answers)
    Yoga Loft Tampa  (2 mentions)
    Channelside Bay Plaza  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Brandon (Florida):
        Tre Amici @ The Bunker
    hotels around Brandon (Florida):
        Columbia Restaurant

    Bayshore Blvd  (4 mentions)
    Tampa Riverwalk  (4 mentions)
    South Howard Ave  (3 mentions)
    Curtis Hixon Park  (2 mentions)
    Hyde Park Village  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Gibsonton:
        Piquant Hyde Park
        Tre Amici @ The Bunker
        Oxford Exchange
        Bern's Steak House
    hotels around Gibsonton:
        Columbia Restaurant

Sun City Center

Ellenton  (2 answers)

Big Top Brewing Company  (2 mentions)

What are some things to do in Sarasota?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Siesta Beach  (2 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Sarasota. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Laura from Honolulu asked:
Where's the best beer?!  (7 answers)

profile  Scott from Philadelphia asked:
Hip, urban neighborhoods in Sarasota Fl.  (3 answers)

profile  Victoria from Riga asked:
Things to see in Sarasota, Florida, and around?  (2 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Sarasota.

Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Sarasota to Tampa drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Tampa to Sarasota. Or get a full Tampa to Sarasota flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Tampa well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Tampa!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 61 miles
driving time of 59 minutes
69 Tampa travel answers
3 Brandon (Florida) travel answers
1 Gibsonton travel answer
1 Sun City Center travel answer
2 Ellenton travel answers
33 Sarasota travel answers


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