When you're ready to slip away to the Florida coast, have a friend drop you off at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). It's located just south of the point where Veteran's Expressway joins Highway 60. You can fly from Austin to Tampa in under three hours on a nonstop flight, or if you require a flight with connections, expect around five hours.
Feed the giraffes and watch the cheetahs run at Busch Gardens, and then get ready to scream on some of the best roller coasters in Florida. From heart-stopping dives on the SheiKra to the upside-down spins of the Kumba, these rides will bring out your inner daredevil. Other places to interact with animals include the Lowry Park Zoo, Florida Aquarium and Big Cat Rescue. If you just want to relax, take a walk in Lettuce Lake Park or drive out to Clearwater Beach.
Make sure to pack your sunblock and swimwear because Tampa is blessed with more than 360 sunny days each year with highs between 65 and 95. When you fly from Austin to Tampa International Airport (TPA), the baggage claim area is where you'll find all ground transportation options. You can rent a car, hop on the public bus, slip into a taxi or use the Shared Passenger Van Service.
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