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Top 4 Family Vacation Spots Near Gainesville


Looking for some go-to vacation spots near Gainesville? No matter what kind of adventure you and your fam are searching for, these four ideas – courtesy of StorQuest – are bound to lead to something awesome.

1) The City Vacay – Tampa

If variety is your thing when it comes to vacation activities, check out Tampa. Rent a canoe and explore the city from the Hillsborough River or head to the Beach Walk promenade for a more fast-paced adventure like parasailing, jet skiing, or aqua biking. Get up close and personal with wildlife at the Lowry Park Zoo – rated the best zoo for kids by Parents Magazine. Soak up some rays during a friendly sand volleyball game or teach the kids to skimboard at Clearwater Beach. Visiting in July or August? Check out the Tampa Bay Bucs during an open practice or preseason game!

2) The Island Vacay – Amelia Island

Dreaming of a laid-back, toes-in-the-sand kind of vacation? Amelia Island provides all the chill vibes mixed with a smooth Old Florida ambiance. Nothing busy or fast-paced here – just low-key mom-and-pop shops, from-scratch brunch spots, and some unreal sunsets. Take the trolley for a tour of the town, test out your new clubs on the golf course, or charter a sailboat for an unforgettable experience on the water.

3) The Camping Vacay – O’Leno State Park

O’Leno State Park made the list of 100 Best Campgrounds in America by Reserve America – and for good reason. This outdoor playground is one of Florida’s original state parks and is widely known for its incredible paddling. Launch your kayak or canoe into the Santa Fe River and explore all the way out to where the river dips underground. Choose one of the 55 campsites with all the amenities, or, for a more primitive experience, backpack 3 miles and stay at Sweetwater Lake.

4) The Staycation Vacay – Natural North Florida

Not feeling like traveling too far but still want an epic staycation? Natural North Florida is an off-the-beaten-path collection of natural wonders – right in our own backyard! Practically free of crowds, you can easily set aside an entire weekend exploring countless natural springs, hiking trails in award-winning state parks, and fishing some of the best spots that North Florida has to offer. For an incredible highlight, we recommend taking your scuba or snorkel gear out from storage and exploring the prehistoric waters of Devil’s Den.

The Best Trip Yet

StorQuest is here to make sure that your next family vacation is talked about for years to come. Use our self storage units to make sure all of your gear is organized and ready for the next boating trip, surfing session, or big bike trip. Call our friendly leasing team to reserve your space today.

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