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The Top 8 Must-Sees at the Tampa Bay Beaches

The Top 8 Must-Sees at the Tampa Bay Beaches

The Top 8 Must-Sees at the Tampa Bay Beaches

The Top 8 Must-Sees at the Tampa Bay Beaches


When traveling the 26 miles of gorgeous Tampa Bay Beaches, there are a few things you can’t afford to miss. From the beaches, to the restaurants and all of the experiences in between, there’s a lot to keep track of. You can claim your free Visitors Guide to get the best information on where to stay, play, eat and shop in the Tampa Bay Beaches. Ready for your next vacation? Click here to Enter to Win a Beach Getaway!


Here’s our list of the Top 8 Things you must-see on your next trip: 

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A whole day could easily be spent walking the shops and boardwalk at John’s Pass. Featuring over 100 stores and restaurants, there is something to do for everyone. Check out the unique retail shopping, a variety of restaurants, the local fishing fleet, dolphin watching and shelling tours, boat rentals, parasailing and jet skiing. The beauty of the boardwalk and the quality of the shops and restaurants are enough to keep even the locals coming back.


You can still see some of the famous marine life that starred in the Dolphin Tale films at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Learn about the incredible impact the stories of their rescued animals have, including Winter the Dolphin’s legacy, and how Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s work through conservation, research and rescue efforts continue to inspire their community and visitors. 


Look for sea life, shells, or simply sit back and enjoy the views from the water? Shell Key is home to some of the best shelling, bird and sea life watching on the Gulf Coast. To take it all in, the Shell Key Shuttle gives you as much time as you want, allowing you to come and go on your own schedule with three departure and three return times. Masks and snorkels are provided on board as well as umbrellas for optimal shelling and lounging. 


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This beautiful stretch of beach is known for their traditional sunset bell ringing at Pass-A-Grille. Visitors from all over the country and the world will sign the bell’s guest book after ringing the bell and honoring life’s special moments. Leading up to this sunset tradition, you can enjoy Pass-A-Grille swimming in the clear water and white sand, fishing off the Merry Pier and sea walls, or shop your way down the street all the way to the Don Cesar




Located in one of the most popular destinations in Pinellas County, The Alligator and Wildlife Discovery Center in John’s Pass gives you the once in a lifetime chance to kiss a gator! This  education and conservation center houses over 200 animal rescues, including reptiles, mammals, & aquatic wildlife. This is one of the best ways to get up close and personal with Florida’s native critters.



Since the opening of Corey Avenue in February 1937, the variety of businesses and boutiques has made it a popular destination–especially for their Sunday morning markets. This hidden gem supports 50-80 vendors selling everything from local art to produce. The Corey Avenue Sunday Market on St. Pete Beach is a favorite of tourists and residents alike. The Market is open every Sunday year round! You can also find seasonal markets in Pass-A-Grille and Madeira Beach!


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Featuring beaches that cover 5 islands, a historic fort museum, waterfront campgrounds, paved and natural trails, no shortage of kayaks or fishing spots, Fort Desoto offers something for everyone. Even your dog can enjoy the warm gulf waters at the Fort Desoto Dog Beach. If you’re feeling spontaneous, catch a 20 minute ferry ride to beautiful secluded Egmont Key, and grab some food and memorabilia on the way by the gift shops and snack bars. 

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If you want to watch the amazing Tampa Bay sunsets from a different view, check out Dolphin Landings Sunset Sail. There, you can witness the world famous sunsets from a sailboat with water under your feet. Spend two blissful hours relaxing on your own or with friends and family with free water and soda and a cooler with ice for you to BYOB! Whether you charter your own boat or join a group, there’s plenty of space and you’re sure to have a once in a lifetime experience.

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