Just 25 miles inland from Tampa, this lovely little town (pop. Approx 12,000) has become our go to place. Every Tuesday and Thursday we are at the local community centre (a large pristine space with meeting rooms and a huge auditorium) playing pickle ball on the 8 indoor courts. Auburndale is a gem.

Aside from the community centre there is a quaint historic downtown with a quiet shady park nestled amongst many trees and next to the train station. The old city hall has a prestigious and stately charm. There is a clock tower (with the correct time!) and picturesque boulevard with flower beds that have been tended with care. There’s a special area in the park for kids with an extensive play area and Astro turf.

We are looking forward to spending more time here to try out the neat local food scene.

Best part: everyone is friendly.

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