Tampa Bay Saltwater Adventures

Things To Do in Tampa Bay

This page lists things you can do, some for free and some for a fee that allow you see and enjoy our area.
For other ideas, see our boat accessible restaurants page.

Free or Cheap           Waterfront

Caladesi Island State Park
From 3 miles of nature trail and a 108-slip marina (with overnight docking available) to the 4th best natural beach in the Nation, Caladesi Island has something for everyone. In addition to fishing and shelling the island has picnic pavilions available for rental, bathhouses, and a park concession.

Driving Directions
Caladesi Island is accessible only by boat or Ferry. Hourly Ferries leave from Honeymoon Island State Park. See the Park service website for ferry hours, prices, and driving directions to Honeymoon Island.

By Boat
From channel marker #14, just west of the Dunedin Causeway Bridge, take an approximate 212 degree heading on your compass for approximately 1 mile. Follow the channel markers into the Caladesi Island State Park Marina.

Fees: See the park service website for current park entrance fees.
Dunedin, FL

Imax Movies, Restaurants, Bars, Seaport Tours and Shops all along the waterfront in Downtown Tampa.
Channelside Drive Tampa, FL

Jacks Boat Rentals
At John's Pass Boardwalk. Powerboats, Deck Boats, Waverunners, Sailing and Fishing Charters. Call for Reservations.
145 Johns Pass Boardwalk Boardwalk Place Madeira Beach, FL 33708 (727) 392-6912

Shell Key Preserve
Visit Shell Key Preserve, a undeveloped barrier island near Fort Desoto Park in Pinellas County. The island is only accessible by boat. (hyperlink requires Adobe Acrobat to view). For more informatio about Shell Key Preserve call (727) 453-6900. Groups of 50 or more require a permit.

Showtime Speedway
Oval Track Stock Car Racing, most Saturday nights. Showtime Speedway holds lots of special events and is always a good show! Family friendly. Check the Speedway website for dates and times.
4550 Ulmerton Rd Clearwater, FL 33762

Sunsets at Pier 60
A nightly festival featuring artists, musicians, and more. From 2 hours before to 2 hours after sunset. Clearwater Beach. (727) 449-1036 (ongoing).

TECO Manatee Viewing Center
Open December through March - For twenty years, visitors of all ages have enjoyed the Manatee Viewing Center, an ecological gem tucked among the mangroves beside the discharge canal of Tampa Electricís Big Bend Power Station.

The Florida Aquarium
Over 10,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and beyond. Various activities including outside area for kids, catamaran tours, diving and dining. Within walking distance to the Channnelside restaurants and shops.
701 Channelside Drive Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 273-4000

Tour the SS American Victory
The ship's popular Self-Guided Restoration Tours allow visitors to view first hand the on-going work to restore this 60-year old icon of America's merchant maritime might. If you haven't visited in a while, do so soon! Discounts available for seniors, veterans, active duty military and groups of 10 or more.

Docent-guided Behind the Scenes Tours get you into some out of the way areas of the ship not open to regular visitors. Call the ship at (813)228-8766 for more information.
705 Channelside Drive Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 228-8766