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Local Attractions

Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens

10165 N McKinley Dr Tampa, FL 33612 1-813-884-4FUN (4386) A unique experience that is not just a botanical garden, but zoo and amusement park (ie: exciting rides and roller coasters). We’ve never been, but it is a major local attraction that gets a lot of buzz. Price is $$$ – check the website before heading […]

Sunken Gardens

Sunken Gardens

1825 4th St. N., St Petersburg (about 19 mile or 30 minutes drive) from Sunsets on the Sand. A beautiful and relaxing way to spend a couple of hours if you just have to get away from the beach (we can’t imagine, but …. if you’re going down to St. Pete for the day anyway […]

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

Alright, I admit it – this is another (but VERY COOL) tourist trap! We love going up to Dodeconese Blvd to see the Sponge Docks (about 24 miles to the north). It is definitely a good day when you can see this little village of Greek ancestry. The history here is amazing. If you love […]

Johns Pass Boardwalk

OK – so it’s the local ‘tourist trap’ – but a good one! There are lots of restaurants, of course, and the requisite trinket and t-shirt shops There are also several great beachwear outlets (we shop there!), Lori’s for your natural sponges, soaps and lotions (Mary’s favorite), and a ton of outlets offering boat rides, […]

Clearwater Aquarium

A few miles to the north is the Clearwater Aquarium, located at 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767 (727-441-1790) – about 10 miles from Sunsets On The Sand. This marine life rescue center is home to Winter the Dolphin, star of the popular Dolphin Tale movies, filmed on location in Clearwater, Florida. Hope, PJ and […]

McGough Nature Park

The Narrows Environmental Education Center is located in McGough Nature Park along the Intracoastal Waterway at 11901 146th Street North,Largo – just across the Indian Rocks Bridge, about 2 miles from the beach house. Also known as the “Turtle Park” for its abundant aquatic turtle population, the center houses owls, eagles, hawks and other animals […]