The kids are heading back to school, but that doesn’t mean you have to immediately jump back into the hustle and bustle of life. There’s still time left for one last vacation, and it doesn’t have to be anything super time consuming or strenuous. In fact, it should be the opposite. A trip that’s calming, assuring and energizing right before summer officially ends could be just what the doctor ordered. Or start planning your next family getaway for this fall. Luckily for you, we’ve got the perfect place in mind. Book a relaxing Tampa vacation and explore all the zen Tampa has to offer.

We’ve even outlined a few places to start.

Visit the Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium isn’t just for kids. With a mission to “entertain, educate and inspire” all people, there’s a lot you can get lost in while wandering the exhibit halls. See clownfish, green sea turtles, jellyfish and more up close. Plus, the softly illuminated water and calm energy of the aquarium makes for a nice day.

Lay out on Clearwater Beach
The coastal Clearwater Beach isn’t far from the Tampa/St. Petersburg area, and its relaxation capabilities don’t need much explanation. It was voted the #1 beach in America by Trip Advisor, and the white sugar sand provides a soft, cushiony palette to lay on as you sunbathe. There’s also a great beach promenade that’s lined with restaurants, entertainment and shopping. Silence to those who think retail therapy isn’t relaxing.

Visit the USF Botanical Gardens
The University of South Florida’s Botanical Gardens is 16 acres of lush, living greenery. It houses more than 3,000 plants and flowers, as well as animals and insects in their natural habitats. If you don’t suffer from any sort of seasonal allergies, this is a great place to visit and explore nature in its glory. Listen to music or an audiobook as you let the beauty and serenity of botany calm and consume you.

Stay at a beach resort
At the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, you can check in and then mentally check out. Leave your worries, your stress, your deadlines and your problems at the door. This Tampa area resort is newly renovated and is the epitome of an indulgent beach escape. This resort offers private beach cabanas, food and drink service on the sand and a beachfront pool if you’d rather stay on the property. For those of you who need even more pampering, there’s also the Hibiscus Spa right on site with offerings like body scrubs, massages, mud wraps and more. Here, the choice is all yours.

After getting away and focusing on your own comfort and calm, you should be able to face the back-to-school rush renewed and rejuvenated. And the best part about all of this? Tampa Bay will always be here whenever and if ever you need a refresher.

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