Things To Do Near Tampa Bay's Gulf Beaches
Tampa Bay Attractions
Tampa Bay is home to many attractions and plenty of fun for the whole family on a beach vacation.
CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM
249 Windward Passage
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
(727) 441-1790 & (888) 239-9414
See and learn how to protect Dolphins, Otters, and Sea Turtles. The Aquarium is a non-profit facility dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick and injured marine animals.
Unique on the West Coast of Florida and one of only eight facilities in the United States authorized to rescue and rehabilitate marine mammals.
Great for the Kids. A family can easily spend a couple of hours at this worthwhile attraction. Learn the biology and behavior of bottlenose dolphins, loggerhead sea turtles, Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, river otters, sting rays, local fish and coral reefs via daily presentations, "hands on" opportunities, and daily feedings.
Gift shop with educational items. Had too much beach or a raining day? Head for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium just off Clearwater Beach in Island Estates.
CLEARWATER BEACH MUNICIPAL MARINA
Clearwater Beach, FL
Dock your boat at the Clearwater Beach Marina.
PIER 60 PARK, PLAYGROUND AND PIER
Clearwater Beach just south of Hilton Resort.
Fishing Pier info.
Playground is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Each night, from two hours before to two hours after Sunset, visit the Sunsets at Pier 60 street festival featuring local artisans and performers. Free.
The 1,050 foot fishing pier provides Gulf fishing opportunities for residents and visitors. No license required. Equipment rental available. Fee charged for admission.
SAND KEY PARK
A Pinellas County Park
Gulf Blvd. just South of Clearwater Pass
at the North End of Sand Key
Clearwater Beach, FL
No Admission Charge
BEACH ART CENTER
1515 Bay Palm Boulevard
Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
727-596-4331 Fax: 727-596-4331
A non-profit membership organization open to anyone who wishes to experience, support and promote an appreciation of quality visual art and craft work, both traditional and contemporary
Gallery hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:00 - Noon on Saturday; closed on Sunday. Closed in August.
INDIAN ROCKS AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
203 Fourth Ave.
Indian Rocks Beach, FL
A wooden "swing bridge" was build to connect the barrier island to the mainland and the bridgetender's chair, a bridge lantern and photos of the bridge tender opening the bridge with a giant key are on display. All this and many more reminders of old-time Indian Rocks Beach await visitors to the Museum.
The Museum is entirely supported by its volunteer members, The Indian Rocks Beach Historical Society, which was founded in 1980. This group of dedicated individuals strives to preserve a most interesting beach history for the enjoyment of many generations to come.
Visit from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday thru Saturday. Admission is free. (Hours are subject to change, an advance phone call is suggested.)
SUNCOAST SEABIRD SANCTUARY
18328 Gulf Blvd.
Indian Shores, FL
Founded in 1971 the Sanctuary is world renowned for its innovative rehabilitation techniques, and was the first facility to breed Eastern Brown Pelicans in captivity. The Sanctuary is staffed by experienced professionals and dedicated volunteers. Similar to a human hospital, it is equipped with emergency facilities, a surgical center, bird injury recovery areas, and an outdoor wild bird recuperation area.
Free - Donations Accepted
JOHN'S PASS VILLAGE & BOARDWALK
On the Waterfront at Johns Pass
Gulf Blvd. North of John's Pass
Madeira Beach, FL
THE GULF BEACHES HISTORICAL MUSEUM
St. Pete Beach, FL
Early pioneer life is exhibited in a village of restored homes and buildings. Skill demonstrations occur regularly.
Mid-May through Mid-September: Friday and Saturday, 10 A.M. - 4 p.m. & Sunday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Mid-September through Mid-May: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Sunday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
PINELLAS COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
AND HERITAGE VILLAGE
11909 125th Street North
More than 28 historic structures and features, some dating back to the 19th century, include a school, church, sponge warehouse, railroad depot and store and a variety of historic homes.
Early pioneer life is exhibited throughout the village. Skill demonstrations occur regularly.
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
THE FLORIDA BOTANICAL GARDENS
AT PINEWOOD CULTURAL PARK
12520 Ulmerton Road
The natural wonder of this site also provides a natural habitat for Florida's fabulous wildlife.
Open 7 days a week, - gates open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Welcome Center is open: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 pm.
DUNEDIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM
349 Main Street
The Society's mission is the collection, preservation and promotion of the community of Dunedin and Florida history.
DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER
1143 Michigan Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698
Monday - Friday 10:00 - 5:00
Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 and Sunday 1:00 - 4:00
NORTH PINELLAS HISTORICAL MUSEUM
PALM HARBOR HISTORICAL MUSEUM
2043 Curlew Road
Palm Harbor, FL
LEEPA-RATTNER MUSEUM OF ART
Tarpon Springs Campus
600 Klosterman Road
Palm Harbor FL
Open Tuesday thru Sunday
CELEBRATION STATION 24546 US Highway 19 N.
10001 Malcolm McKinley Drive
Admission - varies, including combination tickets with Busch Gardens
AFRICAN ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM
1711 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Wednesday to Friday: 4:30 - 6:00 pm; Saturday: 11:00 to 6:00 pm
3000 East Busch Boulevard
The nation's fourth largest zoo, Busch Gardens is where you can see African animals roaming free and an exciting amusement park featuring its world-famous rides like Kumba and the new inverted roller-coaster, Montu.. Kids will enjoy the Land of the Dragons and the whole family will enjoy shows like Hollywood Live on Ice and Dolphins of the Deep.
Admission - varies, including combination tickets with Adventure Island.
THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM
701 Channelside Drive
GLAZER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Come and play in our world today!
IT’LL GROW YOUR MIND.
Admission charged over age 1
HENRY B. PLANT MUSEUM
401 West Kennedy Boulevard
The Henry B. Plant Museum on the campus of the University of Tampa provides a taste of what the leisure-class visitors to Tampa enjoyed a hundred years ago.
LOWRY PARK ZOO
7530 North Boulevard
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo features rare Asian animals and a Florida wildlife section, shaped like the state itself. Marvel at manatees from a unique underwater perspective. The zoo's Aquatic Center is home to one of three critical care facilities in Florida for this endangered species.
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY (MOSI)
4801 E. Fowler Ave.
MOSI is the largest science center in the Southeast, has an IMAX Dome theater, where viewers thrill to magnificent scenery projected on an 85-foot-high domed screen.
FLORIDA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS
200 N. Tampa Street, Suite 130
Tampa, Florida 33602-5161
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is a non-profit museum of photography exhibiting photographic art presenting a photographer's vision as vital and central to life and culture.
Special exhibitions at the gallery, workshops, seminars, and programs for "at risk children" are all part of the programs available from this relatively new player in the Tampa Art scene.
Donation requested. Open Weekends
TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART
120 W. Gasparilla Plaza
TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER
801 Old Water Street
Charge - See Website for Details
711 Franklin St.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CAM 101
Located on the Campus of USF
YBOR CITY STATE MUSEUM
1818 9th Avenue
Admission is charged.
Historic Tours each Saturday at 10:15 a.m. start at the Ybor City State Museum. Tour of the Cigar Worker's House Museum and a walk about tour of Ybor City. Cost is $4 per person and limited to 20 people, no reservations taken, approximately 1 hour.