Florida Activities Guide

Local Information


Chamber of Commerce - Checkout the local Chamber for the latest events guide. Office located at 2926 Gulfport Blvd.


Gulfport Florida Magazine


Gulfport Merchants Association – upcoming events calendar, announcements, local maps, photos, and more!


The Gabber – want to know what’s going on? What happened? What’s for sale? Who said what? You will find it in The Gabber! 


St Pete Beach - The Sunset Capital of Florida!

 


Nature & Sightseeing

 

DolphinDolphin Watch Cruises - This is the one to go on. 1/2 day and sunset cruises. The one where you’ll see dolphins. Departs from Gulfport Marina or Merry Pier. Reservations highly recommended. Our family favorite. 727-345-4500. 


Kayak Nature Adventures - Winner of Coastal Living’s 2008 Tourism Award! Voted Best of Tampa Bay. Winner for Best Environmental Outing. Rent a kayak or take a guided tour. Pinellas County has 47 canoe/kayak launches, providing plenty of opportunities for everyone. 727-418-9728. Reservations necessary. 

 

Fort DeSoto – Frequently voted one of Florida’s most beautiful beaches. Escape the crowds at this park scattered across five islands at the mouth of Tampa Bay. Besides almost 3 miles of beaches, the park offers camping and picnic areas, two fishing piers, lots of palm trees and a nice view of the majestic Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Strong currents from Egmont Channel, so not as well known for swimming as for the miles of bike trails, sidewalks for skaters, bike rentals, fishing piers, picnic grounds, kayak and canoe rentals and an historic fort! Dogs are allowed at the Paw Playground, which is by the fort.

 

Shell Key Shuttle - Take an eco-tour of unspoiled Shell Key, a small barrier island just south of Pass-A-Grille and St Pete Beach via a 10-minute boat ride. Enjoy shelling, sunbathing, swimming, bird and dolphin watching. You an rent beach umbrellas, masks, snorkels from the boat or bring your own. Picnic and beach supplies and parking passes are available at the pier. Reservations required. No dogs or pets. You can also reach the key on your own if you have a small boat or kayak. Camping is allowed on the designated camping area on the south end, but there are no facilities of any kinds. 727-360-1348. Merry Pier at 801 Pass-A-Grille Way. 

 

Father and Son FishingFishing/Boat Charters - Dolphin Landings Charter Center. Dolphin Landings Charter Center. 727-367-4488.


Egmont Key State Park - accessible only by boat. Both the water and the beaches are fantastic. The water is clean and clear and the beaches are picturesque and photogenic in the Gulf Coast way. No food or water is available so you’ll need to bring it with you, along with shade. No toilets. The least expensive transportation option (if you don’t have your own boat) is from Ft DeSoto.

 

Homossassa Springs Wildlife State Park - Manatees! 4150 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homossassa, Fl. 352-628-5343. Check the website for hours and fees.  Did we mention manatees?

 

Caladesi State Park - completely natural island accessible only by private boat or ferry from Honeymoon Island State Park. #1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, 727-469-5918. Ferry info - 727-734-5263. 

 

Honeymoon Island - #1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin. Great place for shelling and birdwatching. Nature-lover’s delight. Open daily 8:30 to dusk. 

 

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary - See the largest remaining colony of the endangered wood stork here. 239-348-9151. Approx 130 miles. (This is an all-day trip.) 

 


Other Activities


Movies - Muvico, Baywalk, or AMC at Tyrone Mall

 

Tropicana Field - Baseball

 

Catherine Hickman Theater - 5501 27th Ave S., 727-893-1070

 

Gulfport Casino - dancing, live music and special events

 

Sailing lessons - at Boca Ciega Yacht Club. 727-321-7295. Or Offshore Sailing School at the Harborage Marina, downtwn SP


Glass-blowing classes


Salvidor Dali Museum


Sunken Gardens


Busch Gardens

 

Florida Hocolcaust Museum


Florida Aquarium


The Pier

 


Pool Swimming


Check out the St Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center website or call for hours - 727-363-9264

 


Shopping


Domain Logo


Domain – Beach Blvd, Gulfport


Small Adventures Bookstore – Beach Blvd, Gulfport


Beach Bazaar – Beach Blvd, Gulfport


Wing’s Beachwear – 6700 Gulf Blvd., St Pete Beach


Tyrone Square Mall – St Petersburg – 66th St N, 22nd Ave N and Tyrone Blvd intersections


The Food Mart – Beach Blvd, Gulfport


Can San’s – Beach Blvd, Gulfport


Pack Less Play More - rent cribs, strollers, high chairs, sunshades, car seats, bouncers, canopies, umbrellas, baby monitors and more!

 

Wellness Products – Learn how the pressures of daily living – a busy schedule, the demands of work, inadequate family or personal time, not enough rest, environmental challenges – can lead to a life thrown out of balance and a disturbance of our natural equilibrium. Visit our website and learn more about the 5 Pillars of Health, the Nikken Home Initiative, Nikken products and the Nikken business opportunity.

 


Beaches-Beaches-Beaches!


Clearwater BeachGulfport Beach – Located off Shore Blvd, just west of Beach Blvd. Swings, playground, volleyball, pavilion, restrooms, fishing pier. Groomed each morning. Shore Blvd. between 54th and 58th St S.

 

Fort DeSoto Park – Frequently voted one of Florida’s most beautiful beaches. Escape the crowds at this park scattered across five islands at the mouth of Tampa Bay. Besides almost 3 miles of beaches, the park offers camping and picnic areas, two fishing piers, lots of palm trees and a nice view of the majestic Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Strong currents from Egmont Channel, so not as well known for swimming as for the miles of bike trails, sidewalks for skaters, bike rentals, fishing piers, picnic grounds, kayak and canoe rentals and an historic fort! Dogs are allowed at the Paw Playground, which is by the fort.

 

Pass-A-Grille – an excellent choice for a day at the beach. Artists, shops, restaurants, fishing, beachcombing and swimming! Metered parking. A personal favorite.

 

Caladesi - As one of the few completely natural islands along Florida´s Gulf Coast, Caladesi´s white sand beaches were rated America's Best Beach in 2008.

 

Honeymoon IslandNature-lover’s delight. Open daily 8:30 to dusk. 

 

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