Indian Shores Florida (FL)
Nearby Attractions

Splash Harbour Water Park

Splash Harbour Water Park in Indian Rocks Beach is less than a 5-minute drive from my condo and offers a splash-tacular day for the entire family.  Enjoy a 42-foot tall slide in a water tube for one or two and experience this thrilling ride with its many twists, turns and exciting bowl feature.  There is also a 600-foot long relaxing lazy river that features waterfalls, sprays and mists to keep you cool while soaking up the Florida sun.  There are other slides, interactive water activities, mining for treasure, as well as a huge sun deck to just kick back and relax.

South Florida Museum

The South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  Highlights include fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest mammals and marine species and the Montague Tallant collection of prehistoric and early post-contact archeological artifacts.  The Environmental Wing focuses on Florida’s ecology and bio-diversity in the Pine Uplands and Riverine Galleries. 

Feed the Manatees, and visit Snooty, the oldest known manatee in the world, who is a permanent resident at the The Parker Manatee Aquarium.  The aquarium provides visitors an opportunity to see manatees in the wild.  An exhibit area within the facility helps to educate the public about manatee anatomy and offers above and below water viewing.  The Aquarium is also a second stage rehabilitation facility, providing a temporary home for manatees that will be released back into the wild after treatment. 

The South Florida Museum also has The Planetarium, with shows about our planet, galaxy, the stars and constellations.  At a special show the first Saturday night of every month, enjoy mind-boggling computer-generated animations on the planetarium’s dome, set to the music of your favorite classic rock and roll, including the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Pink Floyd.

Pass-A-Grille Beach

Pass-A-Grille Beach, at the southern tip of the 13-mile long barrier island, is a great place to walk along the rocks and find beautiful seashells that are left for you to pick up off the beach during low tide.  Enjoy the magnificent sunsets over the gulf while enjoying Al Fresco dining at one of the small restaurants or pubs across from the beach.

John's Pass Historic Fishing Village and Broadwalk
Pinellas County's #1 tourist attraction is located on Gulf Blvd., just 10 minutes south of Indian Shores. This quaint turn-of-the-century fishing pier features more than 100 unique shops, inviting eateries, the local fishing fleet, dolphin watching and shell tours, boat rentals, parasailing and jet skiing and a 1,100-foot long pier. The beach is a short stroll away. There are many festivals held at John’s Pass Historic Fishing Village, including a Seafood Festival, Veterans Day Boat Parade, Christmas in the Village and John Levique Pirate Days. John’s Pass Historic Fishing Village, located in Madeira Beach, is close to St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa, and just a short drive to the Orlando area.

Fishing the Gulf at Long Pier Redington Shores
Enjoy pier fishing in the Gulf, 1,200 feet off the coastline on this 1,200 foot privately owned pier, a historic landmark built in 1962.  The Pier has served as a beach fishing site and tourist hotspot since its establishment, attracting people from all over the world to Redington Shores.  In 2007, the Pier underwent an extensive renovation project and is equipped with a large tackle shop, concession stand, several shelters, benches and restrooms. Take a leisurely walk out on to the Gulf to enjoy a romantic sunset.  Enjoy the rest of Redington Shores with its luxury homes, hotels, condos, retail shops and restaurants. 

Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, located right in Indian Shores, is the largest wild bird hospital and rehabilitation center in the U.S. This nonprofit organization admits over 8,000 injured birds each year. For over 39 years (founded in 1971 by zoologist Ralph T. Heath), the mission of this nonprofit organization is the rescue, repair and rehabilitation of injured birds and their release back into nature. The Sanctuary is world renowned for its innovative rehabilitation techniques, and was the first facility to breed Eastern Brown Pelicans in captivity. Staffed by experienced professionals and dedicated volunteers, the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is equipped with emergency facilities, a surgical center, bird injury recovery areas, and an outdoor wild bird recuperation area. Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is open 365 days/year, offers tours (visitors can view in excess of 600 wild birds at any given time) and admission is free.

Located at 18328 Gulf Blvd. in Indian Shores, the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is a must-see during any visit to Indian Shores, Florida.

Indian Shores Parks
There are three beautiful parks right in Indian Shores for you to enjoy during your vacation. They are open to the public and are wonderful places to spend some family time and just enjoy a relaxing walk. They are set among the beautiful Florida foliage and offer a warm tropical atmosphere to watch the boats and maybe even see some dolphins or manatees along the intracoastal waterway.

Estelle Harper Park, behind the town hall in Indian Shores sits adjacent to the intracoastal waterway so you can watch the boats while your children enjoy the children’s playground, which includes a new jungle gym. There is also a tennis court, open to the public, free of charge, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. A covered Pavillion is also available to the public to hold a special family or business function. The Pavillion has two barbecues, fully-equipped kitchen and restrooms.

Town Square Nature Park has an 800-foot boardwalk which runs through beautiful Florida tropical landscape to a fishing pier on the intracoastal waterway. It is the perfect place for a quiet, leisurely family visit. There are two covered Pavillions with benches and plenty of parking.

Mayor Bob McEwen Veterans Park sits on the intracoastal waterway and salutes our nation’s veterans. It offers several picnic benches, barbecues, and excellent fishing in the intracoastal waterway.

Cruises and Tours
Enjoy a cruise or tour during your stay at my condo in Indian Shores. Here are some I recommend:

The Calypso Queen is a 150-passenger dinner and sightseeing ship that cruises along the calm waters of Clearwater Harbor. Relax and enjoy your dinner and watch dolphins follow along.

Also in Clearwater, cruise away into the fantasy world of swashbucklers on Captain Memo’s Original Pirate Cruise. Enjoy free soft drinks, beer or wine.

No trip to Florida’s Gulf Coast is complete without seeing dolphins playing in the serene gulf waters. Dolphin Encounter, in Clearwater, guarantees a dolphin sighting or another trip is free on any of the one-hour-plus cruises. Enjoy your cruise with unlimited beer, wine and soda.

Dolphin Landing, in St. Pete Beach, offers sailing, fishing, public motor cruises and private cruises. The public cruises consist of dolphin watches, island trips, fishing and sunset sails.

Also, in St. Pete Beach is the Dolphin Queen, which offers a 13-mile, fully narrated tour of the Coast Guard base, Tampa Bay, bird sanctuary and Snail Islands. Dolphin sightings are also guaranteed by the Dolphin Queen.

At Hubbard’s Marina Dolphin Watch, located at John’s Pass in Madeira Beach, cruise on one of the Dolphin Watch/Nature Cruises and shop the beautiful boardwalk. At John’s Pass in Madeira Beach, there are activities for the entire family. Deep-sea fishing trips, seafood restaurant and dolphin watch.

If you want to try your hand at sailing, the International Sailing School, located in St. Petersburg offers you this unique opportunity. This family-owned and operated small business is dedicated to fulfilling sailing dreams since 1981.

In Pass-A-Grille at Merry Pier in St. Pete Beach, Shell Key Shuttle is a light carbon footprint eco-tour on an unspoiled barrier island. Enjoy bird watching, shelling, snorkeling, dolphin and manatee watching.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a nonprofit working aquarium dedicated to public education, marine research, animal assisted therapy, and the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick or injured marine animals. See dolphins, sea otters, sea turtles, stingrays, and estuaries. Take the popular sea life safari boat tour to get your picture taken with a dolphin. Watch as they care for dolphins, sea turtles, otters, stingrays, sharks and many other marine animals. When you visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, make sure and see Winter the Dolphin, from the movie Dolphin Tale. Winter is a baby dolphin who was rescued after her tail was caught in a crab trap, and who survived against all odds. Her tail fell off after she was released from the crab trap. Her rescue, rehabilitation and fight to stay alive is an inspiring story. Winter was made a one-of-a-kind prosthetic tail, using a new gel that is now remarkably helping humans with prosthetics walk comfortably. Winter is an unparalleled story of survival, inspiration and the bond between humans and animals.

Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure park offering an array of fascinating attractions based on exotic encounters with the African continent. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos featuring more than 2,700 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens provides real excitement for guests of every age. The newest addition, which opened in Spring 2011, is the Cheetah Hunt, a new breed of speed rollercoaster that celebrates the spirit of the Cheetah. This new generation of thrills emerges from the cross-roads where up close animal encounters and awe-inspiring rides come together. The ride features acceleration from zero to 60 mph in a few seconds in three separate bursts over a 4,429-foot track. It also houses a habitat with close-up viewing of the theme park's first collection of cheetahs and a run where the cats can sprint 200 yards chasing a lure pulled on a spool. The ride mimics the movement of a galloping cheetah chasing its prey and uses the force of repelling magnets to launch riders from 0 to 60 mph in a matter of seconds. Driven by linear synchronous motors (LSM) using a series of high-powered magnets, the ride will be the park's first coaster to run off anything other than gravity from a lift hill descent. After looping through a figure eight in a 100-foot-tall tower, the coaster makes a 130-foot descent into a ravine. The 16-seat train simulates a bounding cheetah running close to ground level along overbanked curves across the park's Serengeti Plain. The track makes one inversion before a final run into what was built as the park's monorail station. The cheetah habitat — called Cheetah Run —offers nose-to-nose viewing of the spotted cats through heavy-duty plexiglass. Busch has trained the animals to demonstrate their high-speed sprinting capabilities. The eight cheetahs were acquired from the collection of 250 in U.S. zoos and captive breeding programs.

John’s Adventure Island – Busch Gardens Water Park
Soaking, sunning and relaxing - that's what life's all about at Adventure Island. A step through the entrance and you're transported straight to the Florida Keys and the laid-back lifestyle that made them famous. Adventure Island's 30 acres provide water-soaked excitement for guests of all ages. Ease into island time in a place where corkscrew slides, waterfalls, a giant wave pool, a rambling river, and other family attractions create a laid-back atmosphere and hours of sun-drenched fun.

Lowry Park Zoo
Rated #1 Best Zoo in the U.S. by Parents Magazine, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo features more than 1,500 animals in 56 acres of lush natural habitats. With engaging interactive exhibits, visitors can enjoy close, but safe contact with many species in the Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. At the Safari Africa and Ituri Forest, see elephants, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, meerkats, white rhinos, cheetahs, pygmy hippos and more in their natural jungle habitat. Enjoy an Australian family adventure at Wallaroo Station with wallabies, cockatoos, bats, New Guinea singing dogs, kookaburras. Kids can play in “The Billabong” water play area, pet the goats, and ride on a horse and the Tasmanian tiger family roller coaster. The Asian Gardens and Sulawesi Aviary gives the entire family an up close experience with many rare and endangered animals, including leopards, tigers, rhinos, bears, and even a white Bengal Tiger. The Florida Manatee and Aquatic Center offers a chance to descend below sea level for an enchanted look at Florida’s beloved and endangered manatee. Twin observation pools allow for year round, up-close viewing. View zoo staff caring for manatees rescued from the wild. Lowry Park Zoo operates the only non-profit manatee hospital in the world. Other habitats include Primate World, Birds of Prey, and Lorikeet Landing (a sub-tropic rain forest in the zoo).

The Pinellas Trail
The Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail is a linear park and recreation trail, which currently extends from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs. Pinellas Trail is a unique, protected green space for bikers, joggers, skaters and walkers. There are plenty of trail amenities, including places to rent bicycles and skates, benches, water fountains, and rest areas all along the trail. It is a wonderful experience to be enjoyed by all outdoor enthusiasts and is a diversified recreational facility. Enjoy riding your bike, walking, jogging or skating along the Pinellas Trail.

Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Every March, in St. Petersburg, is the World’s Fastest Spring Break party at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. There is race action on a temporary street circuit in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg. Drivers race at speeds in excess of 170 mph through the streets of St. Petersburg and the Albert Whitted Airport, overlooking the picturesque city waterfront. The waterfront course is 1.8 miles long, with 14 turns.

Smuggler’s Cove - Miniature Golf Like No Other
Smuggler's Cove miniature golf, with locations in Madeira Beach and Indian Shores is the best in Florida Adventure Style mini golf. Voted Florida's Best Mini Golf three years in a row by Florida Monthly Magazine Readers, Smuggler's Cove has rushing waters, mysterious caves, and waterfalls on mountainous tropical terrain for a truly unique Florida miniature golf experience! Smuggler's Cove has real live alligators that you can feed for a memory that will last a lifetime. Smuggler's Cove is open 365 days a year, offers party facilities, and is great fun for all ages!

Chihuly Blown Glass Art Exhibit and Morean Arts Center Glass Studio in St. Petersburg
The CHIHULY COLLECTION is located at 400 Beach Drive about a mile east of the Morean Arts Center. It is a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly's unique artwork in a magnificent 10,000 square foot setting designed by award-winning architect Albert Alfonso. The Collection is located on the city's waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg on Beach Drive in the heart of the most vibrant tourist area in St. Petersburg , within walking distance of the Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, the Museum of Fine Arts, a multitude of galleries, restaurants and shops, and in January 2011 the new Salvador Dali Museum.
This presentation is unique as it is the first installation of Chihuly art in a building designed specifically for that purpose. Designed so that the art and architecture work together to create a visitor experience unlike any other exhibition of Chihuly's art. The Collection is marked at the entrance by an iconic 20 foot sculpture created especially for the site.

The Collection includes Chihuly's spectacular large-scale installations such as Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier created specifically for the Collection along with several popular series works including Macchia, Ikebana, Niijima Floats, Persians and Tumbleweeds which have thrilled audiences around the globe. Each space has been designed individually to complement each installation producing unique visual experiences.
A pioneer of the studio glass movement, Chihuly is credited with transforming the methods of creating glass art and thereby leading the development of complex, multi-part glass sculptures and environmental art. His influence extends beyond the boundaries of the studio glass movement and even the field of glass: his achievements have influenced contemporary art in general.

Make sure to stop in to the 30-seat theater for an informative and entertaining video presentation. And don't forget to visit the retail store with a wide variety of Chihuly merchandise. (Entrance to the store does not require admission to the Chihuly Collection.)

The Collection is open seven days a week for your convenience. Chihuly Collection docent-led tours are every hour on the half hour Monday through Friday. The last tour begins at 4:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and at 6:30pm on Thursdays. There are no tours on Saturdays and Sundays, but there are floating docents on site throughout the Collection.

You can enrich your experience further by visiting the Morean Arts Center Glass Studio. Shop where you can watch glassblowers create one-of-a-kind pieces, have your own personal glass blowing experience and shop for unique glass art created by local and regional artists. The Glass Studio is located conveniently at the main Morean Arts Center facility less than a mile from the Chihuly Collection.

Dali Museum
The grand opening of the Dali Museum, on the scenic St. Petersburg waterfront in January 2011 marked the new home of the most comprehensive museum exhibit (outside Spain) of the work of the great surrealist artist Salvador Dali. The new building is architecturally striking and its exterior itself is a work of art, featuring more than 900 triangular-shaped glass panels. Every glass panel is unique and provides a beautiful view of St. Petersburg's picturesque waterfront. Called the "Enigma," it is more than 75 feet tall and wraps around the building like a Dali clock.

Dali's works are full of wonderful landscapes, portraits and still lifes. His later works astound with fascinating double images and immense religious paintings. Of the 18 so-called Masterworks produced by Dali, 8 are located in St. Petersburg's Dali Museum.

For children, the Dali Museum offers a playful introduction to fine art. The Surreal Family Guide, which you can request at the museum, directs kids through the museum and points out interesting facts about the art and artist. The new museum also includes a children's gallery. The Dali Museum is located at 1 Dali Blvd. in St. Petersburg, Florida.



The Florida Botanical Gardens
The Florida Botanical Gardens, in Largo, is 150 sun-kissed acres of Florida's finest formal gardens, natural habitats and scenic landscapes. There are more than 25 gardens and display areas, including the Tropical, Daylily, Bromeliad and Butterfly gardens. A Rose Garden shows off a dazzling array of species perfect for the Florida climate. Take a few minutes to marvel at the wildlife, including alligators that call the Gardens home. Stop by the Botanical Bounty Store for a souvenir or gift sporting a horticultural flair.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. A children's trail has recently been added. With the aid of a map available at the garden, kids can search for butterflies, wildlife, tropical fruit and the amazing things we get from trees. The gardens are home to a dazzling array of species perfectly suited for Florida and serve as great inspiration for guests who enjoy a stroll in a green paradise.

The garden isn't just for plants, though. More than 150 types of bird, mammals and reptiles have been documented on the site. Several endangered or threatened species including bald eagles, gopher tortoises and Sherman fox squirrels make their home here. There are also a number of threatened or endangered plants found on site.
If you visit the gardens on a Saturday in winter or spring, consider stopping at the Pinellas County Market in the Park. It's a great place to get some fresh air while picking up some fresh veggies. More than just a farmer's market, Market in the Park brings together healthy, local produce, delicious gourmet foods, beautiful plants and much more.

Featuring 30-plus booths with a variety of unique items not always found in chain stores, Market in the Park is sure to have something for everyone, including children's activities as well. New to the market is horticultural-friendly craft products, as well as entertainment and educational booths, and more traditional items such as handmade soaps, organic cotton products, bird feeders, hot sauces, honey, stuffed breads, coffee and nuts. Dogs on a leash are welcome to shop with their families. The Florida Botanical Gardens is open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Market in the Park is held on Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m at 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo.

Tropicana Field – Home of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays
If you're a baseball fan, opening day for Spring Training at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, is the last Saturday in February. Tropicana Field is the home of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays. This beautiful domed stadium is a great venue for watching Spring Training games of your favorite team playing the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tropicana Field also provides fans with a unique experience, unmatched by any other professional sports arena in the world. The Rays Touch Tank is a 35-foot, 10,000 gallon tank filled with over 30 cow nose rays taken from the Tampa Bay waters. Admission to the tank area is free for all fans, where they can see the rays up close, get an education about Florida aquatic life, and even feed the rays. The proceeds from the sale of "ray food" go to various charities in the Tampa Bay area, including the Florida Aquarium. The tank is located just behind the right center field wall, and is the 10th largest tank in the United States. If a player hits a home run into the tank $5,000 is donated to charity, with half going to the Florida Aquarium and half to the player's charity of choice.

The Ted Williams Museum/Hitters Hall of Fame houses exhibits on Ted Williams' careers both with the Boston Red Sox and the United States Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War. There are also monuments to the members of the Hitters Hall of Fame and authentic memorabilia and Williams' own personal mementos from his career and post-playing life.

There are two sit-down restaurants at Tropicana Field (the Center Field Brewhouse and the Batter's Eye Restaurant), as well as the Cuesta-Rey Cigar Bar. There are also various generic vendors, Checkers, and concession stands for Outback Steakhouse and Papa John's Pizza. While there, try a "The Heater" Dog, which consists of a regular hot dog topped with chili and cheese. The museum is open during game days, opening at the same time as the park and closing after the seventh inning with the concession stands. Admission is free, and the museum is open to all ticketholders.

Gay Pride St. Petersburg, known as “Pride Carnivale”, throws the Sunshine State’s biggest Pride event.  It began a decade ago, drawing 13,000 attendees, and has blossomed into a major festival, now drawing in excess of 120,00 particpants and spectators.  St. Pete Pride takes place at the end June, and includes a street festival and night-time parade.

St. Petersburg Attractions (less than 20 minutes away)
Florida International Museum
Florida Holocaust Museum
Sunken Gardens
Derby Lane (Greyhound Racing)
State Parks in the surrounding area
Light House Point Marina
St. Petersburg Opera Company
St. Petersburg City Theatre
FreeFall Theatre Company
Florida West Ballet

Clearwater Attractions (15-20 minutes)
Suncoast Star Playhouse
Gypsy Stage Repertory
Octagon Arts Center
Tampa Bay SUP Stand Up Paddleboarding & Kayaking
Scuba Quest

Orlando Attractions (90-minute drive)
Walt Disney World
EPCOT Center
Universal Studios
Disney MGM Studios
Fantasy of Flight

Perfect Florida Golf Vacation
Belleview Biltmore Golf Club, in Belleair, features a picturesque, championship course, skilled PGA golf professionals and personal club service. The 71- par championship course offers a challenging and scenic golf experience to the serious golfer or weekend player. The Belleview Biltmore Golf Club’s 18 championship holes of golf has a reputation for its challenging, but also forgiving design. For your convenience the Belleview Biltmore Pro Shop carries a complete selection of golf accessories and apparel, club and shoe rentals are available to meet the golf attire and shoe requirements.

The Tides Golf Club, in Seminole, is a beautiful waterfront golf course. A par 72 golf course overlooking beautiful Boca Ciega Bay in Seminole, has been a favorite of visitors and locals since 1973. The relaxed, friendly atmosphere greets you in the clubhouse and lets you know right away that you’re in for a great golf experience. The pond between holes #14 and #16 makes it very demanding off the tee. The clubhouse boasts a well-stocked pro shop, and a casual grill room with full bar is the perfect place to relax after your round.

The Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club, centrally located on McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, is the a well-manicured par 69 course. It features more than 70 sand traps, water hazards on 12 holes, grass bunkers, two-tiered greens, and fairways covered with Bermuda grass that will challenge golfers of all playing abilities. You can reserve a tee time online or call them at 727-726-4673.

The newly renovated Cove Cay Golf Club is a USGA rated, semi-private, 18-hole championship course located on the shores of Tampa Bay. The course offers spectacular views and an abundance of wildlife to add to your golfing enjoyment. Water comes into play on 12 of its 18 holes, which rarely takes over 4 hours to complete, making for an exceptional golfing experience. Cove Cay Golf Club presents a challenge to many different levels of golfer with four tees to fit your skill level. Full practice facilities, including a driving range, chipping green, and putting green are available.

Nearby Restaurants

Stefano’s is a small mom-and-pop casual, but quaint, Italian restaurant in Indian Rocks Beach that has fantastic food at a reasonable price.  Everything is made fresh to order and they use local seafood and produce in all their dishes.  They have great home-made Sangria and their dining room displays local artists’ work.

Kooky Coconut
Kooky Coconut is a little bamboo-covered café in Indian Rocks Beach that serves up delicious authentic hot-pressed Cuban sandwiches, fresh burritos, tacos and quesadillas, tuna salad and large variety of beach-friendly eats.  They also have a huge variety of beers, wines, and energy drinks.  Savor fantastic home-made ice cream with more than 20 ever-changing flavors, which they serve up on cones, as sundaes, banana splits and milk shakes.  They have the only shell shop in Indian Rocks Beach and you can head out the back door of the café and sit on the beach in complimentary beach chairs they have set up.  They also do take-out, which you can bring back to the condo to enjoy.

Lulu’s Oyster Bar and Tap House
Lulu’s Oyster Bar and Tap House serves fresh, local seafood in a casual family-friendly environment.  They have a wide variety of craft beers on tap, several varieties of oysters every day, and peel all their own shrimp daily.  Excellent fresh seafood and very reasonably priced.

Red Lion Pub
This cute little tavern and restaurant has the best Fish & Chips in the area.  Ice cold beer, delicious food and friendly atmosphere.  Enjoy indoor and outdoor dining , fresh seafood, nightly specials at this Indian Rocks Beach British pub.

Mario’s Cucina Toscana
This family owned and operated Italian restaurant in Madeira Beach serves excellent authentic pasta, chicken, veal and salads.  It is quaint, has generous portions, reasonable prices, great service and fabulous homemade sauces.

Keegan’s Seafood Grille
Featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (Seaside Eats episode), Guy Fieri raves about Keegan’s Seafood Grille.  A favorite of the locals since 1985, Keegan’s is committed to serving the freshest local products available at a reasonable price.  A family-friendly, casual restaurant, just a short walk from the beach in Indian Rocks Beach, Keegan’s is a regular winner of the People’s Choice for Best Lunch on Indian Rocks Beach, and received Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2011, 2012 and 2013.  Keegan’s, located at 1519 Gulf Blvd in Indian Rocks Beach, has daily fish specials and innovate seafood dishes, as well as an exceptional kids’ menu.

Slyce Pizza Bar
Slyce Pizza Bar, located at 311 Gulf Blvd, in Indian Rocks Beach, is for those with a passion for pizza.  This is not your typical pizza joint.  Slyce offers both whole wheat and gluten-free dough, in a comfortable, contemporary setting.  Slyce Pizza Bar offers a great selection of draft and bottled beers, and for wine lovers, an excellent variety and depth of wines uncommon for a beachside pizza joint.

The Pub Waterfront Restaurant and Lounge
Voted the "Best Place to Boat and Dine", The Pub, as it's known to local residents is the perfect spot for great food, fun atmosphere and fabulous views. Come by land or sea to this easy, casual Florida dining experience. Enjoy the newly remodeled inside dining room with its great views or al fresco dining on one of the three outdoor decks. There are 50 boat slips for those arriving by boat for lunch, dinner or Breakfast Buffet on Saturday or Sunday. There are 14 new flat screen TVs for all your favorite sports coverage.

For over 50 years The Pub has satisfied millions of people with its extensive menu that has an array of dishes that are sure to please every taste and palate. Great appetizers include Florida's local fresh fish in grouper nuggets. Other appetizers include quesadillas, crab cakes, chicken wings, and fresh oysters. Pasta dishes, finger lickin' BBQ ribs, soy glazed black angus sirloin, combination platters and seafood feast, mouth watering burgers, overstuffed sandwiches, and assorted crisp salads are all freshly prepared. Seafood is a specialty and includes the local favorite, grouper, prepared a variety of ways; tuna, salmon, mahi mahi, shrimp, scallops, clams, king crab, snow crab and lobster – all beautifully prepared. There are full liquor bars both inside and out.

Guppy's on the Beach
Guppy's is the favorite gathering place for locals and visitors and is the perfect spot to enjoy lunch and/or dinner along with the magnificent sunset. The extensive menu serves the freshest of seafood in fantastic, unique sauces. The setting is casual but the food is so perfectly prepared you would expect to be dining in a fancy 5-star restaurant. There are chef's specials daily including a blue crab taco, Jamaican Jerk swordfish, potato crusted salmon and grilled jumbo sea scallops and shrimp. The portions are more than generous and the hot homemade bread is tantalizing. Prime Black Angus Beef steaks include filet mignon and tender New York Strip. Specialty sandwiches include the popular Guppy's Grouper Sandwich. Their stellar wine list and generous cocktails in their newly designed full liquor bar is a favorite. There is a great selection on homemade desserts along with an espresso or cappuccino is a delightful way to finish off your dining experience.

Salt Rock Grill
The legendary Salt Rock Grill, run by Chef Tom is a beach landmark known for its wood fired steaks and seafood. It is well known for its delectable food, enticing drink and pleasurable surroundings. Chef Tom, originally a New Yorker, whose culinary life began as a brigade apprentice chef in a Manhattan hotel, also spent years working in Europe, and had his own popular establishment in Spain, is responsible for this first modern surf&turf; joint on the beaches. The steaks are first-rate, the lobsters are monstrous, the wine cellar deep, and the seafood and fish are souped up in spicy broth. The Salt Rock Grill is a great place for fine dining, superior service and genuine hospitality.

PJ's Oyster Bar
A family-owned and operated restaurant in St. Pete Beach, PJ's Oyster Bar is a casual, family friendly restaurant that offers fresh seafood straight from the docks of local fishermen. Very reasonably priced from its giant lobster tail to its salads and sandwiches, PJ's Oyster Bar is a great place to stop for lunch or dinner. Delicious crab cakes, salmon and shrimp, PJ's best sandwich by far is its fried grouper sandwich. PJ's Oyster Bar is a seafood restaurant, but also offers great tasting pork ribs, amazing burgers, and even pizza for the kids. Service is fast, efficient and courteous. PJ's has been a favorite with locals since it first opened 25 years ago in Indian Rocks Beach. Its St. Pete Beach restaurant opened 17 years ago and has grown steadily ever since.

Friendly Fisherman Seafood Restaurant
An area favorite for over 30 yrs., The Friendly Fisherman Seafood Restaurant is located on the Boardwalk at Hubbard's Marina in John's Pass Village, in Madeira Beach. Open since 1978, the Friendly Fisherman Seafood Restaurant has been serving the freshest catch, the tastiest sides and the best view to all who come. Families can enjoy the convivial atmosphere of the main dining room, romance and dolphin watching can be found in the Hub’s Oyster Bar & Tavern. Fishermen can have their catch fired up the same day, anyone can watch the fishing fleet come in with all the sea birds and to top it all off, there is live entertainment with happy beach music, fresh seafood, just shucked oysters and cocktails that make you appreciate the sunset and the beautiful Florida gulf coast. All seats in the restaurant have a water view.

Crabby Bills
Eat great seafood in a rustic, casual atmosphere where you can enjoy Florida stone crabs (in season), oysters, conch fritters and wonderful creamy clam chowder. Great place to bring the kids. While over the years, Crabby Bill’s has opened locations in Clearwater Beach, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs and Rocky Point, the best is the Original Crabby’s in Indian Rocks Beach. For over 25 years, Crabby Bill’s in Indian Rocks Beach has been serving the freshest seafood at family friendly prices. Located at 401 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. Get there early or be prepared to wait.

TJ’s Italian Café
If you’ve had enough seafood and are craving some great pizza, pasta or homestyle Italian cooking, TJ’s Italian Café in Indian Rocks Beach is the place to go. A casual "Old Italian" cuisine with authentic pastas, brick oven entrees, fresh seafood, and homemade desserts, TJ’s offers generous portions, food delivered piping hot, and attentive service. Prices are reasonable, they offer al fresco dining, and they even deliver if you want to just relax at your condo after a day at the beach. TJ’s Italian Café is located at 1515 Gulf Boulevard, Indian Rocks Beach.

The Lobster Pot
The ultimate in fine, casual dining for over 33 years, The Lobster Pot offers a wide variety of fresh seafood and steaks. They are best known for serving the freshest lobster and seafood flown in from around the world. There is Live Jazz in the martini lounge on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 6-10 pm. Call ahead for reservations to avoid a long wait. Also if you are planning to order a whole lobster, you need to call in advance. The Lobster Pot is located at 17814 Gulf Boulevard in Redington Shores.

Duke’s Island Bar & Grill
The newly renovated Duke’s Island Bar & Grill in Treasure Island has casual indoor/outdoor dining and is a great place for ribs, burgers, hot dogs, wings, pulled pork, steak and chicken sandwiches. Wednesday night is Ladies’ Night with ½-price drinks for ladies. Happy Hour is daily from 4-7 pm. Live music Sunday-Wednesday (6-10 pm) and Friday and Saturday (9 pm – 1 am). The home for NFL and College Football – come for the food… stay for the entertainment.

Sweets ‘N Treats
Large selection of candy, homemade ice cream, Italian ices, smoothies, sundaes, floats and salt water taffy. Sweets ‘N Treats even has sugar-free candies. Free Wi-Fi. Located at 10641 Gulf Blvd. in Treasure Island. Open daily from 11 am – 10 pm.

Super Scoops
Super Scoops has great homemade ice cream and soft serve custard. Smoothies, specialty coffees and nostalgia candy are simply the best. Located at 11025 Gulf Blvd. in Treasure Island.

Frida’s Café & Bakery – Largo
A unique European style bakery reminiscent of Olde world bakeries.  It has an open design that encourages you to view the bakers, decorators and chefs as they create delectables that will make your mouth water.  The donuts are crispy outside, soft inside, and just melt in your mouth.  Gourmet coffees, a generous selection of gluten-free and sugar-free products so there is something for everyone at Frida’s.

The Pie Factory – Largo
From Florida’s finest Key Lime Pie to amazing coconut cream pie, the Pie Factory has a huge selection of homemade fabulous pies.  My favorite is the peanut butter fudge swirl.  But the Pie Factory is not just pies; they have cakes, pastries, muffins, cookies and great cheese cakes.  They also offer no-sugar-added pies, quiche, and homemade sandwiches.

I Love Cupcakes – Largo
Delicious, mouth-water cupcakes, with many unique varieties can be enjoyed at I Love Cupcakes.  They also make fabulous custom cakes, pies, cookies, bars, brownies, scones, tiramisu, cannolis, eclairs, cream puffs and so much more.  There is something to satisfy any sweet-tooth and you can sample many more flavors with the new mini cupcakes.