Winter in Tampa, Florida means something different than in much of the country. After all, wintertime temperatures here often climb into the mid-70s. Warmth and sunshine are just what the doctor ordered for more than a few in more northern zones this time of year, understandably fed up with snowstorms, icy roads, and bone-chilling cold.
The best spot for a Greater Tampa getaway this winter? Surely Saddlebrook Resort! We set you up in a 480-acre Walking Village paradise of lagoons, palms, cypresses, world-class golf courses, and creature comforts of every description.
And there’s so much to see and do during the winter in the Tampa Bay region. Here are some of your options!
Holiday Happenings & Other Seasonal Fun
You’re certainly spoiled for choices when it comes to the festive season with a home base here at Saddlebrook Resort. From holiday markets and countless tree-lighting ceremonies to special seasonal festivities at some of the Tampa area’s top attractions—including Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa and Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa—and holiday-lights cruises aboard the Pirate Water Taxi, this is a fabulous place to mark the merriest time of year.
Hit up the yuletide workshop of the Gingerbread Village at Glazer’s Children Museum, or attend one of many holiday concerts at Tampa’s outstanding David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts: The calendar this season includes The Florida Orchestra – Holiday Pops on December 9th, Black Violin’s Give Thanks Tour on December 11th, and the Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker from December 16th through the 18th—to name but a few highlights.
And just because Tampa Bay isn’t known for the white stuff doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some snow-and-ice play on a getaway with us: on the 400-foot-long tubing hill at the Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park, for example, or skating on the outdoor rink of Curtis Hixon’s Park Winter Village.
Go Deep-sea Fishing
Greater Tampa can hold its own with any sportfishing hotspot in the world. Winter’s a great time to hit up the Gulf of Mexico on your pick of top-rated deep-sea fishing charters, pursuing such thrilling bluewater quarry as king mackerel, snapper, and wahoo.
Spend Some Quality Time Amid Citrus Groves
Enjoy a quintessential Sunshine State experience amid the wintertime orange, tangerine, and other citrus groves readily reached from your luxurious Saddlebrook Resort accommodations—not least those, such as Dooley Groves in Ruskin, which offer U-pick experiences.
Soak Up Everything Saddlebrook Resort Has to Offer
Of course, you can get a full dose of Greater Tampa magic this winter without even leaving the grounds of our lavish Wesley Chapel village here at Saddlebrook Resort. Take to our pair of Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Courses or one of our dozens of immaculate tennis courts, marinate in our Serenity Pool or crank up the aqua-sports in the Superpool, or simply stroll our postcard-perfect grounds. You’ll have multiple on-site eateries to frequent, plus our lively Poolside Café & Bar.
We’re really only scratching the surface when it comes to the wintertime attractions of the Tampa Bay area—and, more specifically, of our dazzling car-free resort. So what are you waiting for? Book a Saddlebrook Resort getaway in Tampa this winter ASAP!