When we gathered the materials showing the variety of places to visit and things to do, it came to an enormous stack of literature. We put the information into a binder and hope you will have fun sorting through all the offerings this area has.
Just for starters:
John's Pass is a 5-minute walk across the bridge onto Madeira Beach. They have a range of interesting shops, reasonably priced to tempt you. John's Pass also is home to deep sea fishing tours, boat and jetski rentals, dolphin watching, shelling tours, and para-sailing charters.
Golf and Tennis are close by, as is one of the longest bike/walking paths in Florida. Miniature golf is just a few blocks down the beach. Treasure Island has many parks, also.
If you like Bike Riding, the Pinellas Trail is about a 3 mile ride from the house.
There are gin joints and eateries catering to every kind of cuisine imaginable. Many of the local establishments provide live entertainment, including Dixieland Jazz, Reggae, Jimmy Buffett Style, Country, and Contemporary music, to name a few.
Trips to the Seabird Sanctuary, Sunken Gardens, Lowery Park Zoo, Busch Gardens, the Dali Museum, or the Museum of Science and Industry are only the beginning of things to do within 30 miles.
Sports fans can choose from Tampa Bay's three professional teams, the Buccaneers, Devil Rays, or Lightning. Many baseball teams choose this area for their Spring Training. Here is a link to Florida Spring Training calendars for many of the teams: http://www.springtrainingonline.com
Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios and the Ringling Brothers Winter Home are all less than two hours away. We have gone to Downtown Disney in about 90 minutes and spent the day there many times.
Just don't forget that the main reason to come here is the Beach! With all of the other things you can do, it is easy to forget. White sandy beaches with miles of beautiful shoreline to stroll on, sit near, or fish from, are just a few steps away from the house. Bird watching is a favourite past-time. Herons and egrets vie for fishermen's attention, while the pelicans and seagulls soar overhead. It is very common to see dolphins playing in the waves just offshore. Shore fishing is very popular, as is fishing from the John's Pass Bridge.
The ocean water is inviting and warm, with a gradually sloping soft sand bottom that makes it safe for even beginning beach lovers. The beach here has been classified as a Blue Ocean Beach, signifying that it is ecologically sound. You can swim here all year round.
It's hard to describe the peaceful feeling of sitting at the ocean's edge, watching the sun set while the water laps against your feet.
THINGS TO DO