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What you should know about Brandon

The pleasant neighborhood of Brandon offers a real change of pace from the busier central districts of Tampa. Miles of tree-lined suburbs, golf courses, wide parks, and pristine lakes make up this neighborhood in eastern Tampa. Here you can enjoy the affordable pleasures of its suburban surrounds while still being able to reach family attractions, like Busch Gardens or Dinosaur World, in a short drive. And downtown Tampa, with all its cultural interest and nightlife excitement, is only a couple of miles down the expressway.

Hotels in Brandon


Most accommodation in Brandon lies on its western fringes, around the intersection of I-75 with the East Brandon Boulevard. Consisting mainly of charming motels and lake-fronting hotel chains, you can expect some good hotel rates in Brandon, especially compared to downtown Tampa. The Holiday Inn Express Tampa-Brandon is one of the better-rated hotels found here, with guests liking its outdoor pool and closeness to the Westfield shopping mall. For discount rates and convenience, booking a motel in Brandon is hard to beat. The Brandon Motor Lodge wins on both scores, also having facilities like an outdoor pool and in-room fridges and microwaves.

Things to see in Brandon


Brandon itself has all the usual attractions of suburbia, but it also has a few surprises up its sleeve. A good example is the large number of local craft breweries and distilleries to be found here. The Florida Cane Distillery is close to the main hotels, and provides informative tours and tastings of its range of fruit-infused vodkas and locally crafted moonshine. To appreciate something a little softer, the Three Palms microbrewery offers up the chance to try out 20 different beers in its front bar. Also near most Brandon hotels is the Westfield Brandon, which is one of the largest shopping malls in Tampa. It hosts 250 stores and is well-known locally for its great facilities for kids. Further out of town there are some wonderfully laid-out parks and nature preserves, one of the best being Edward Medard Regional Park. Here you can bike along paved tracks, paddle out onto the large lake, or simply cast a line and kick back.

Good for families and budget travelers


This is a neighborhood well suited to the cost-conscious traveler, with hotels in Brandon being decidedly on the affordable side. In the main hotel district there are several local restaurants and eateries offering good value for money, while nearby attractions are inexpensive or free. That gives families and young travelers the chance to make the most of Tampa's big attractions. Brandon also makes a good stop-over for those based in Orlando who are venturing to the west side of the state to try out Tampa's much-loved theme parks.

How to get to Brandon


Tampa International Airport lies some way to the west, so you'll need a hire car to travel to Brandon if you're flying in. Take FL-589 south from the airport until you reach I-275, and stay on it until exit 45. That will slip you first onto I-4 and then FL-618/Selmon Expressway. Come off at exit 14 and you'll find most of the neighborhood’s hotels off Falkenburg Road. With good traffic conditions, the journey from the airport should take less than 30 minutes. As a large, ranging neighborhood with widely scattered attractions, you'll find yourself needing four wheels rather than two feet for most of your trips around Brandon itself.