Oldsmar is a small Florida town rich in history that has been named and renamed at least three times since 1916. The city was originally founded by Ransom E. Olds, the man responsible for the Oldsmobile and much of the automotive industry. Situated to the north of Old Tampa Bay, Oldsmar is a lush little place, with plenty of parks and places for outdoor recreations. Nature lovers find big adventures and leisure explorations in this Florida town. You can do almost anything water related and/or outdoorsy, like hikes, camp outs, swims, fishing trips, and wakeboarding excursions.
Additionally, the area is very family-friendly, so you are bound to come across lots of playgrounds for toddlers and older children alike. The best way to explore Oldsmar is to pick a few parks, pack some snacks, lunches, and comfortable walking shoes, and hit a new park for each day that you plan to stay.
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Moccasin Lake Nature Park
Moccasin Lake Nature Park is one of the most popular parks in Oldsmar because of the educational programs and interactive camping experiences for kids. Families often drop off their youngsters for nature walks with trusted camp counselors. Of course, there are family-friendly tours too, where parents can join their kiddos for informative walks across oak-lined dirt paths, man-made boardwalks through the forest, and tranquil hiking trails. Located on Park Trail Lane, this particular park offers a gorgeous view of a man-made lake, perfect for cooling your heels after a long afternoon of trekking and learning. Be sure to check out the butterfly garden and ecological exhibits before you leave.
Or, if you would rather have an entirely lakeside experience, head to Phillipe Park—home of historic Native American mounds and harbor-side picnic areas. Kids can play on swings and slides, while adults can wander the sidewalks, soak up the sunshine, and admire the seaside views.
Big Cat Rescue
Big Cat Rescue is a big draw to Oldsmar.
This is a sanctuary, not a zoo—so, if the felines don’t want to be seen that day, they opt out and stay in their habitats. These big cats were taken from abusive and dangerous situations, then rehabilitated in enclosures designed to mimic their natural environments in the wild. With that said, guests are given guided, educational tours on paths that encircle the habitats. The tour groups are kept small and guides ask guests to remain hushed to avoid scaring the animals. Otherwise, this is an excellent place to go for serious education on some amazing creatures.
There are more than a dozen restaurants and cheap eats in Oldsmar
One of the most popular eateries lies on the city’s outskirts, closer to Tampa. Cuban Breezes combines the sweet eats of authentic Cuban fare with the sauciness of traditional Latin cuisine. Their food is 100-percent genuine in a combo of scrumptious cultures, and they serve up a lunch and dinner menu every day of the week. Mango Tea is a big hit here, but the Cuban sandwich, black beans and rice, ham croquettes, and pork empanadas are all close seconds.
There are lots of fun things to do and experience when you travel to Oldsmar, Florida. In fact, you might need more than a single day to cover everything there is to see and do. Plan to stay a couple of nights with one of the top-ranked hotels in Oldsmar—Courtyard Tampa Oldsmar, Residence Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, and Hampton Inn & Suites.
Courtyard Tampa Oldsmar
Located on Tampa Road, the Courtyard Tampa Oldsmar is a high-rated hotel with super-clean rooms, knowledgeable and courteous customer service, and indulgent accommodations. Of course, the hotel offers the basics of a good hotel stay, such as comfortable beds, polite staff, essential toiletries, and close proximities to all kinds of shops, boutiques, restaurants, and activities. Guests absolutely love the darkening shades in each room. Other in-room accommodations include flat-screen LCD televisions with access to basic cable, Hulu, and Netflix, a well-equipped kitchenette, luxury bedding with plush pillows and clean sheets, and 24-hour room service.
For entertainment, take a glass of wine from the on-site bar to the koi pond and lounge around in the sunshine.
Residence Inn on Tampa Road is a classic hotel in Oldsmar, with well over 120 positive online reviews from past guests. Each morning begins with a hot breakfast buffet—free, of course, followed by relaxing accommodations, like a dip in the whirlpool hot tub, the heated indoor swimming pool, and a lengthy sweat session in the on-site fitness center. The lounge area offers plenty of mingle and relaxation time. Or, you can peruse the rows of local artisans and garage sellers at the Oldsmar Flea Market.
Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton Garden Inn, another Tampa Road favorite, offers great customer service to an array of nationwide, even worldwide, travelers to Oldsmar. Situated near a slew of superb shops, restaurants, and parks, the hotel has garnered traveler attentions with delicious daily breakfasts, and on-site bar and lounge with fabulous mixed drinks, a well-equipped fitness center, and a well-furnished, separate sitting room in each of the 83 comfortable, spacious suites.
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Hampton Inn & Suites
Hampton Inn & Suites on Tampa Road is the top-ranked hotel in Oldsmar, with both basic and luxury accommodations with budget-friendly prices for all kinds of travelers. Business professionals go gaga for the business center, on-site meeting rooms, and shuttle bus services, while families, couples, and singles love the free daily breakfasts, fitness center, swimming pool, and room service. There are 110 suites, each outfitted with homey amenities, like a super-comfy, plump bed, a spacious en-suite bathroom with fluffy towels and essential toiletries, and a mini kitchen with a little fridge and microwave.
Entertainment-wise, book an afternoon of fun with Empower Adventures. You will zipline, complete obstacle courses, cross a suspension bridge, climb cliffs, and do other fun things to drive up your adrenaline and challenge your body and mind.
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