We lived in Sarasota for 13 years, so I'm pretty familiar with Tampa and the surrounding area. Fort DeSoto Park in Pinellas County (by St. Petersburg) is a gorgeous, clean county park. The campsites are all near the water. Fort DeSoto's beach is beautiful - it was voted the most beautiful beach in the US a couple of years ago. You can visit the fort which is from the Spanish-American war (beautiful place to watch the sunset). There are kayaks and bicycles for rent and there are miles of bike/roller-blading/walking paths. If you have a dog, they have a really nice doggie park. Places to visit in Tampa - Ybor City (restored area of Tampa, where the cigar industry was based 1800/1900's), Busch Gardens (Tampa) if you like amusement parks. In Sarasota, you have beautiful sugar-fine white beaches, St. Armand's Circle (beautiful, up-scale boutiques, outside cafes -- really nice, Myakka State Park, where you can ride an airboat (big, tour-sized boat for nature tour), see alligators in the wild). The Ringling Museum in Sarasota is really worth seeing - it contains a fine arts museum, and the restored mansion was built by John & Mabel Ringling (Ringling Bros. Circus). It contains a circus museum as well. In St. Petersburg you have the Dali Museum and The Pier (shopping complex with restaurants right at the end of the pier). Downtown St. Petersburg by the waterfront is very, very pretty. Hope this helps.