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Florida State Fairgrounds Introduction

Hosting the spectacular annual Florida State Fair, the Florida State Fairgrounds are set on a huge 330-acre site, and offer a wide array of events throughout the year. As well as educational events, there’s a museum, an equestrian center, and a livestock holding. Established in 1904, the State Fair is by far the biggest event held there, attracting over 500,000 visitors over 12 days. Florida residents show their creative exhibits in horticulture, woodcarving, needlework and more. Bragging rights come for the most prized bull, best pie, and the most beautiful quilt. The Fair has thrilling fairground rides and many food stalls.

Hotels near Florida State Fairgrounds

There are several budget and mid-range hotels in the immediate vicinity, including one directly opposite the entrance. Many of the hotels are set off I-4 and U.S. Route 301, and offer modest rooms, free Wi-Fi, breakfast and parking. Further afield you’ll find some mid-range suburban hotels and a few upscale options. One on the other side of the I-4 offers a casino and dining. Shop around and you’ll find 3-star accommodation with a pool. The annual Fair is held in February, when hotel prices shoot up. Out of holiday season from September to December is the cheapest time to visit.

Where to stay near Florida State Fairgrounds

Many families flock to the annual Florida State Fair and stay in either the nearby highway hotels, or one of the suburban lodgings a short drive away. Head 9 miles southwest to downtown Tampa and you’ll find many hotels, restaurants, bars, museums and theatres. The adjacent Channel District is home to Florida’s largest seaport. There are several beaches south of Tampa, which makes it a popular destination for families. Tampa is a vibrant city, but not as flashy as Miami or as crowded as Orlando. Just northeast of downtown is the historic Ybor City, famed for its cigar factories.

Things to see near Florida State Fairgrounds

While there aren't many noteworthy attractions in the immediate area around the Florida State Fairgrounds, if you head southeast toward downtown Tampa and the surrounding neighbourhoods, you’ll find plenty to do. The Florida Aquarium in the Channel District is 10 miles away. For family fun at the Busch Gardens animal park and the neighboring Adventure Island water park you’ll need to head 9 miles north of the State Fairgrounds. If you're looking for nightlife head to the Latin district in Ybor City, home to around 60 bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The neighborhood draws up to 30,000 people on weekend nights.

How to get to Florida State Fairgrounds

Many visitors travel by car and the destination is easily reached from Interstate 4 and highway 301. There are 3 entrances to the venue, which can be accessed from U.S. Highway 301, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, and Orient Road (only the Orient Road service entrance is open on non-event days). If you’re staying in downtown Tampa, the line 6 bus will take you to the fairground; the journey takes about an hour, or it’s an 11-minute taxi ride to the site. Tampa International Airport is 17 miles away, while Tampa Union Station (TUS) is 10 miles away.

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