Being a parent is a tough job. At any given moment, you’re pulling Cheerios out of your hair, mopping up various messes, shuttling screaming children to soccer or ballet and trying to conquer that ever-growing mountain of dirty laundry. If you think it’s time for a mommy-daddy getaway, Tampa Bay has plenty of opportunities for peace and quiet or fun and excitement. Check out the best the Bay has to offer and drop the kids off at grandma’s for the weekend.

TradeWinds Resort (Credit, Amanda Mole)

TradeWinds Resort
5500 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
(727) 367-6461

The beautiful TradeWinds Resort is an ideal place for rest, relaxation and working on your tan. The hotel is only steps away from gorgeous white sand beaches with lounge chairs and cabanas free to rent. You can soak up the salt and sun, or rent a kayak or hydro bike by the hour. There are a handful of quality restaurants nestled right inside the resort so you can reserve a romantic table for two. Best of all, there is a quiet, adults-only swimming pool so you can enjoy your getaway in peace.

Safety Harbor cocktail (Credit, Amanda Mole)

Safety Harbor Resort and Spa
105 N. Bayshore Drive
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
(727) 726-1161

This lavish resort opened in 1925 with the slogan, “Where healing waters flow.” The resort is built over a natural spring which is believed to have some medicinal properties. Water coolers are set up throughout the resort so guests can sample the natural spring water. The water is also used in various spa treatments. Enjoying a spa package at Safety Harbor is almost magical. You will spend the entire day in a clean, soft robe and move about the resort for various treatments, such as manicures and pedicures, mineral baths or wraps, massages, facials and more. There is even a Finnish dry sauna and Turkish steam bath you can use at your leisure. When you are finished with your treatments for the day, you and your honey can lounge in the indoor adults-only swimming pool.

The Resort and Club at Little Harbor
536 Bahia Beach Blvd.
Ruskin, FL 33570
(800) 327-2773
www.staylittleharbor.comLittle Harbor is a perfect destination for active couples. Not only do you get the usual couples goodies — chocolate-dipped strawberries, champagne, breakfast for two — but you can also choose from a selection of packages to complement your stay at the resort. Couples can choose a fishing package, golf package, water sports package or massage package. Each package includes all of the essentials, such as jet skis in the water sports package or bait and tackle for the fishing package. All of the work is already done for you — all you have to do is show up.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
5223 N. Orient Road
Tampa, FL 33610
(954) 327-7625
www.seminolehardrocktampa.comHard Rock may be the perfect getaway for young couples that are into the nightlife. There is a huge variety of on-site games, including slots, poker, blackjack and more. If you work up an appetite gaming, you’ll also enjoy the restaurant and cuisine selection, which includes sushi, Southern comfort food, seafood, steaks, pizza and so much more. There are also several bars that offer live entertainment. You may not get much rest, but you’ll never be bored at the Hard Rock.
Palmer House Bed and Breakfast
2221 Hinton Ranch Road
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 654-0961
www.palmer-house.comIf you’re looking for something a little more low key, a bed and breakfast might do the trick. Palmer House offers a variety of lodging choices, including suites and cabins. Amenities include a swimming pool, hot tub, walking and biking trails and opportunities for sailing, shopping and even horseback riding. For a quiet, relaxing country getaway, Palmer House has anything you could want.Related: Best Hotels With Free Breakfast In Tampa Bay

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