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Gibsonton, Florida is a small town just south of East Tampa on Highway 41, on the coast of Tampa Bay. This little city has deep roots in the circus community; it’s been a popular winter home for many a carnival worker during the off-season. The Ringling Circus had various winter homes in the area over the years and this brought a variety of characters and creatures to this otherwise quiet Florida coastal town. This slightly circus-y city is a fun destination for both young and old Gibsonton RV rental travelers. Its close proximity to big city Tampa and some surrounding preserves and state parks make it a great destination for your next RV rental vacation. Book an RV rental in Gibsonton and see what “Gibtown” has to offer.
Experience the Sites and Scenery
Access to the great outdoors in the Gibsonton area (and a little beyond) is plentiful. While Gibsonton itself doesn’t have a lot of outdoor sites to experience the surrounding nature, a drive about 15 miles East in the Gibsonton camper rental will get you to Lithia Springs Park, built around a natural spring from the Alafia River. The swimming area is a popular hangout in the park and hiking trails give access to viewing of the river cypress swamps and other natural vegetation and wildlife in the park.
About nine miles South of Gibsonton is Apollo Beach Nature Preserve. This preserve is reported to be one of the best spots for catching an ocean sunset and maybe a few fish. It is not, however, a spot for swimming or beach lounging. It’s also important to note that there’s an electrical power plant in close viewing proximity. Some visitors may enjoy seeing the blending of modern industry with nature on this beach; others, maybe not so much.
A scenic trek about 30 miles down the coast in the Gibsonton RV rental will unlock access to the Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve, just Northwest of Palmetto. This massive protected marsh spans over 24,000 acres of wetlands and saltwater marshes. There’s an extremely long fishing pier on site for prime bay browsing.
Branching out even further in the Gibsonton RV rental can get you to Myakka River State Park, about 60 miles South of Gibsonton. The park offers wildlife tours, nature trails and canoe rentals. Chances are, you’ll have a chance to view alligators and other Floridian specimens in their natural habitats here. There is a campground onsite that is rental RV-friendly, if you want to stay awhile.
This is a circus city, so a visit with the Gibsonton RV rental probably wouldn’t be complete without checking out the Gibtown International Independent Showmen’s Museum. This is a fancy name for a pretty neat carnival museum. There are antique equipment displays, exhibits with photos depicting carnivals over the decades, and one of the first Ferris wheels is on display here. Shifting gears in the camper rental by owner in Gibsonton, head a few miles North and experience the Wat Mongkolrata Buddhist Temple. Featuring Thai architecture, chanting monks and hundreds of orchids, a visit here will definitely be a memorable one. Get involved in a meditation workshop, or just wander the lush and intriguing grounds. Visit during the Sunday Market and enjoy authentic Thai food and produce. Dogs are even welcome at the market, just not in the eating area. The Manatee Viewing Center is located just nine miles South of Gibsonton. Check out the environmental education building and learn about manatees and their habitat. Then hike out to the 50-foot observation tower to take in some gorgeous bay views and possibly see some manatee shenanigans. Check with the Manatee Viewing Center for seasonal hours, as they vary depending on the time of year.
Gibsonton is a small town on the edge of action. Historically, this city was home to various carnival characters and their creatures; the city even passed laws allowing elephants and other circus critters to be housed in yards around town. The city is no stranger to snowbirds and those seeking sunshine and sand. The summer vibes are alive here all year long, so get out there in the Gibsonton RV rental and have some fair-style fun.
Where to Park It
The selection of private RV parks in the Gibsonton area is plentiful, especially considering the size of this small town. If state park camping with the Gibsonton RV rental is more your speed, Lithia Spring Park offers RV sites and plenty of recreation. Walmart is right in town, too, if you’d like to keep it close to the city action, but outside of an RV park.
The grocery store selection in Gibsonton is made up of primarily chain stores and a couple gas station convenience stores. There are a couple local markets in the area, too. Gibsonton has a variety of eatery options around town. One can experience cuisine anywhere from standard chain restaurants to pub food to a couple somewhat waterfront dining options. Venturing up to Tampa in the Gibsonton motorhome rental will open up tons of additional eating experiences. Regardless of where you end up seeking a meal, be sure to sample locally caught seafood and freshly squeezed citrus fruit. Orange juice, stone crabs, Cuban sandwiches; do all or one of them to get an authentic Gibsonton eating experience.
A visit with one of the RV rentals in Gibsonton is sure to be memorable and there’s really nothing like the warm and sunny Florida gulf. You’ll find stunning landscapes, unique wildlife and vegetation and of course, the ocean; search for a camper rental in Gibsonton and get a dose of relaxation with a little circus on the side.
RV Rentals in Gibsonton, FL
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Nearby to Gibsonton are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Everglades National Park, Fort Caroline National Memorial, Big Cypress National Preserve, Canaveral National Seashore, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, and Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. Renters also want to search these zip codes for RV rentals: 32024, Florida, 32043, Florida, 32065, Florida, 32068, Florida, 32080, Florida, and 32083, Florida.
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|Black Bear Wilderness Area Trail||Sanford||Florida|
|Alafia State Park Trail||Lithia||Florida|
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|Weedon Island Preserve Trail||St Petersburg||Florida|
|Little-Big Econ State Forest||Geneva||Florida|
|Pine Island East Loop Trail||Orlando||Florida|
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|Balm Boyette Nature Preserve Trail||Riverview||Florida|
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