Exploring Orlando for Some Finds in Audubon Park & a Trip to the Tampa Bay Area.

I kept the week close at home at the beginning part of the week so I could save my energy for a road trip to West Coast for the weekend.

Was focused on eating a bit healthier too since I know that would be thrown out the window come Spring Break/St. Patrick's Day weekend. πŸŒžπŸ€

Started out with shopping at the Monday Community Market with some mixed greens from Fleet Farming, and some smoothies from Skyebird.
Salad greens from Fleet Farming

Skyebird juice & Acai Bowl
Lemonade & Acai Bowl

Friday afternoon Bryan and I made our way across 50 to stop by Marker 48 Brewing. This was the first brewery for the weekend. We hit eight other breweries during our weekend in the Tampa Bay Area.
Breweries in the Tampa Bay Area
Marker 48 ~ Pinellas Ale Works ~ Cage Brewing
Urban Comfort ~ Mad Beach ~ Rapp
Escape ~ Mastry's ~ Wild Rover

Balanced out the brewery visits with some nature and local finds. We got to see the Hillsborough River turn green! 
Hillsborough River Turning Green

Later that afternoon we did some exploring across the Bay and made our way to the Florida Botanical Gardens. What a visual delight! It's fee to visit too!!
Florida Botanical Gardens
Great spot for picture taking

Florida Botanical Gardens
Come Explore!

Heritage Village at the Florida Botanical Gardens
Heritage Village

Sunday we made our way to St. Petersburg where we met up with some friends and enjoyed brunch and more breweries.
Urban Comfort
Urban Comfort Restaurant & Brewery

There are quite a few breweries in walking distance. What's nice about walking around is you get to enjoy the murals that adorn so many buildings.
Murals in Downtown St. Pete
How many murals will you discover?

After an afternoon of breweries, it was time to get a nature fix so we all drove out to Fort De Soto Park to take the doggies to the dog beach. This was a first-time visit and it was great! Beautiful park to take in the view of Gulf. I hope to come back soon and do more exploring.

Capped off our weekend back in Tampa with a beer at New World Brewery (which actually isn't a brewery). Met up with some friends I don't get to see that often. I love the patio here and the beer list is πŸ‘

New World Brewing in Tampa
Beers on the patio, my favπŸ’›

I'm always thankful that I live in a great state for exploring. I love exploring the Tampa Bay Area and It's pretty sweet how close it is to home.

I hope you had fun exploring!

~ Kelli

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