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Old 09-05-2011, 07:11 PM
 
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Suggestions on trip planning from St.Petersburg to Keys?
My husband, 3 yr old son and I are flying to St petersburg/clear water international airport( PIE) on Dec 21 and flying back Dec31. We live in VA. Mainly, we wanted to get away from the cold and the usual/ boring white Christmas.
We are completely flexible except that the flights are booked. we probably need to rent a car driving down to the keys. We want to spent 2-3 days in Tampa bay area /st petersburg/clear water and the rest time(about a week) in FL keys. We are looking for recommendations on things to do in both placesand along the way drive down to keys. or how we should split the time in between stops.

What to do , where to eat, what to miss or not. if you could suggest on these it would be great.
Thank you for you advice in advance
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:16 PM
 
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Be prepared for a very long drive. It may to you 8 hours to drive to Key West from St. Pete if you're going that far.
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:28 PM
 
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oh my. Thats long. I thought it looked like 5-6 hours from google map.
so lets see if we want to stop in the middle from st petersburg to keys, where should we stop overnight?
Thanks for your response
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:35 PM
 
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St. Pete to Key Largo alone is 5+ hours. Key West is about 100 miles past that, and the only road between can be very congested and slow-going, especially in the winter-time. It's a nice drive though. There's a ferry that runs from Ft. Myers to Key West I believe, that might be a good time. You could stay in St. Pete for a few days, go down to Ft. Myers, check out Sanibel/Captiva (very nice beaches) and then catch the ferry to Key West.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:40 AM
 
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If you are going to The keys why not do an airboat ride in the everglades,
Key Largo has a great State park called John Pennekampf, lots of nature stuff and a 70ft glass bottom boat out to the coral reefs
(Dramamine recommended)
While in Tampa the Busch Gardens theme park is a blast for kids and adults alike. Disney,Seaworld, and Universal Studios are a two hour drive east from Tampa.Kennedy Space museum add another hour and a half east bound..
Beaches while in Tampa are a 45 minute drive west to St Petersburgs outer banks, just book a motel/hotel right on the beach..
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:14 PM
 
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Thanks very much! I like the ferry idea , probably more pleasant than traffic jam on the only road to keys!



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St. Pete to Key Largo alone is 5+ hours. Key West is about 100 miles past that, and the only road between can be very congested and slow-going, especially in the winter-time. It's a nice drive though. There's a ferry that runs from Ft. Myers to Key West I believe, that might be a good time. You could stay in St. Pete for a few days, go down to Ft. Myers, check out Sanibel/Captiva (very nice beaches) and then catch the ferry to Key West.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:16 PM
 
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cool thanks for loads of good advice!!!
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If you are going to The keys why not do an airboat ride in the everglades,
Key Largo has a great State park called John Pennekampf, lots of nature stuff and a 70ft glass bottom boat out to the coral reefs
(Dramamine recommended)
While in Tampa the Busch Gardens theme park is a blast for kids and adults alike. Disney,Seaworld, and Universal Studios are a two hour drive east from Tampa.Kennedy Space museum add another hour and a half east bound..
Beaches while in Tampa are a 45 minute drive west to St Petersburgs outer banks, just book a motel/hotel right on the beach..
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