Things to do
Things to do
Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands State Parks – Honeymoon Island is a haven for nature lovers, swimmers, sun bathers and hikers. The beaches are soft, white and the water is warm in the Gulf of Mexico. You can walk for miles on the beach or trails. The island is also a bird lover's and shell seeker's paradise. There is a picnic area with shelters and tables for picnics. Honeymoon’s playground is completely ADA accessible for both children and adults. There are two cafes on Honeymoon Island with gift shops for souvenirs or sundries, plus beach umbrella and kayak rentals. Bathhouses are available for changing. It’s also the perfect location for weddings, large or small – www.romantichoneymoonisland.com Honeymoon Island is at the west end of the Dunedin Causeway and One Causeway Blvd. is a scenic drive worth taking. Entry to the park is just $8 per car, up to eight people. Your dog is even welcome at the park at the designated dog beach. Leashes are mandatory for everyone’s enjoyment. http://www.floridastateparks.org/honeymoonisland/
Caladesi Island State Park – The island paradise is accessible by ferry seven days a week. Consistently named in the top 10 beaches in the US, it features perfect white sandy beaches, nature trails, picnic areas, a gift shop and snack bar, and changing facilities. It’s the perfect opportunity to get away from it all and experience one of the most natural and beautiful beaches in the world. Get there on the Caladesi Island Ferry, starting at 10 a.m., www.caladesiferry.org www.floridastateparks.org/caladesiisland/
Kayaking/Sailing - Want to get out on the water for some real adventure? Rent a kayak, stand up board, or sailboat at Sail Honeymoon, located at 62 Causeway Blvd. You can’t miss the brightly colored kayaks! Open 7 days a week, weather and tide permitting. The trained staff will help the beginners on up. www.sailhoneymoon.com
Dunedin Fine Art Center/David L. Mason Children’s Museum (www.dfac.org ) – This wonderful facility features changing art exhibits to delight and challenge your senses. The facility, located at 1143 Michigan Blvd., includes the David L. Mason Children’s Art Museum which is designed to make art fun for children, with interactive themes and hands-on experiences. Round out your experience with a visit to the Art Center’s Palm Café and fantastic Gallery Gift Shop. DFAC is open Mon—Fri: 10 am – 5 pm, Sat: 10 am – 2 pm and Sun 1 pm – 4 pm.
Art lovers will also love the Stirling Art Studios & Gallery, 730 Broadway, 2nd Floor, where many local artists display their work. There are monthly art exhibits and the 2nd Friday “Night on the Town” receptions. All are welcome! www.stirlingartstudios.com
History comes alive at the Dunedin Historical Society – This window into the past is located in a 1923 Atlantic Coast Railroad Station at 349 Main Street along the Pinellas Trail. Its historical displays and exhibits change on a regular basis but always feature Dunedin history. Check out “Granny’s Closet,” a trip through time of toys young and older “kids” remember from their childhoods. www.dunedinmuseum.org The Museum is open Tues - Sat., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Toronto Blue Jays & Dunedin Blue Jays – Baseball is played in Dunedin from March through September thanks to the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 337 Douglas Avenue. The Toronto Blue Jays, www.torontobluejays.com take the field each March (2017 Spring Training is Sunday, February 26 thru Wednesday, March 29) for Spring Training, offering great baseball action in an intimate ballpark setting. The minor league Dunedin Jays, part of the Florida State League, take the field from April through September, www.dunedinbluejays.com These young players offer exciting action at family-friendly prices. You never know which of these exciting stars will be called up to the big leagues or when, but you have an opportunity to see them in play, up close and personal, while they’re honing their skills.
You can find baseball items of all kids at the Jays' Shop, located in Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. The shop is open in February, 2017, M-F, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Sat, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. , and the same times in March on non-game days. Game days the shop is open at 10 a.m. until 30 minutes after the game. Call them at (727) 733-9302. The Dunedin Chamber, 301 Main Street, Dunedin, also has a selection of Blue Jays hats, shirts and gift items.
Water activities– enjoy sailing, kayaking, swimming, boating, jet-skiing, fishing and more. Kayaks and sailboats rentals are available on the Dunedin Causeway at Sail Honeymoon,www.sailhoneymoon.com Kayaks can be rented at Café Honeymoon on Honeymoon Island or at Café Caladesi on Caladesi Island. If your journey puts you in a kayak on Caladesi, don’t miss the trip through the mangroves. It’s natural Florida at its best.
ParrotDise Express Boat Tours– Located in the Dunedin Marina, these 45 and 26 foot boats offer dolphin and sunset cruises, snorkeling and shelling, and amazing wildlife experiences while enjoying complimentary beverages! Fun for the whole family! www.parrotdiseexpress.com
Dunedin Golf Club – If golf is your passion, this is a spot you don’t want to miss. The Club is the original home of the PGA, from 1945 to 1963. This famed Donald Ross-designed course is a challenge for all skill levels. All are welcome on this course, which offers fantastic greens and superior play. Before or after your golf experience, visit the Clubhouse for delicious choices in food and drink. Plus the pro shop offers extraordinary golf apparel, accessories and service. www.dunedingolfclub.com
Dunedin Stirling Links – Want to hit a bucket of balls? Practice your putting? Take a lesson? Or work on your short game on the par 3 course? This is the place for great golf at competitive prices! Located at 620 Palm Blvd., just minutes north of charming downtown Dunedin. www.dunedingolf.com
Dunedin Downtown Market - Residents and visitors can find the freshest produce, an impressive array of cheeses, honey, sauces and dips, plants, hand crafts and more at the Downtown Dunedin Market held every Friday and Saturday morning, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park, November through May. Enjoy the distinctive and eclectic flavor of the downtown.
Looking for a FREE water activity to delight the little ones? Check out Dunedin’s Kiwanis Sprayground, 1937 Ed Eckert Drive. This interactive children’s water playground, open daily from 9 AM to sunset, is filled with several water features to “beat the summer heat.” The main attractions are “Nessie,” Dunedin’s own version of the Loch Ness Monster, with multiple sprays and an aqua run slide in the middle of the park. The Kiwanis Sprayground has over 3,000 sq. ft. of play area and is ADA accessible. The sprayground has a non-slip surface, no standing water, a fully automatic system of spray and streaming water features, with a re-circulating water system. The deck perimeter has shade structures and spectator benches. The facility also has a lightning detection system with automatic water shut off and security cameras.
Hammock Park – Just after Florida joined the Union in 1845, a team of surveyors were mapping out the State and identified the borders of the truly unique, natural environment. Their survey of the North and South borders of the Hammock still exist today. This fantastic park is home to over 300 trees, shrubs, flowers and animals, as well as over 100 species of birds. It’s natural Florida setting is one you don’t want to miss. Picnic, stroll, or hike through trails, both natural shell or elevated boardwalk, and experience Florida as it was decades ago.
Visit the Dunedin Historical Museum and learn about Dunedin’s and Pinellas County’s unique history. The Dunedin Fine Art Center is a world of art experiences for the whole family. Or take the kids to La Dee-Da Kids Spa for the royal treatment (www.LaDeeDaKidsSpa.com) See descriptions above.
Rainy day? How about a game of bowling at the Dunedin Lanes? This retro bowling facility will give the whole family hours of fun. A restaurant and lounge will round out your experience. www.dunedinlanes.com
Visit the Dunedin Historical Museum and learn about Dunedin’s and Pinellas County’s unique history. The Dunedin Fine Art Center is a world of art experiences for the whole family. Or take the kids to La Dee-Da Kids Spa for the royal treatment (www.LaDeeDaKidsSpa.com)
National Armed Services and Law Enforcement Memorial Museum – affectionately known as NASLEMM. This fantastic collection is at the heart of Dunedin and honors those who serve or have served in law enforcement and the military. It features weapons of all types and sizes, historical artifacts, a replica of “Old Sparky,” Florida’s retired electric chair, and a collection of police statues and figurines. Visit www.naslemm.com for all the info you’ll need.
Learn Tai Chi! The Taoist Tai Chi Society's International Center Florida is in Dunedin! Learn this moving meditation and its value to harmony of body, mind and spirit. Take a class or make this a part of your life. Visit them at 280 Locklie Street, Dunedin, (7270734-0929, toll free in the USA & Canada, 877-398-1108 or www.taoist.org/movingmeditation
You can stay in Dunedin, yet with just a few minutes of travel, you can experience all kinds of things!
Jolley Trolley – want to enjoy everything from Clearwater Beach to Tarpon Springs without the hassle of driving? The Jolley Trolley is a fun way to see all the communities. Start in downtown Dunedin and go North or South. Convenient and inexpensive ($5 per person/$2.50 for seniors 65+) day passes are available on board or at the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce. The Trolley operates 7 days per week, 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Visit www.clearwaterjolleytrolley.com for the complete schedule or call (727) 445-1200. Track the Trolley on your smart phone with the "Ride Systems" app. Choose "Jolley Trolley" and select Route - Coastal Route. In tracks the trolley in real time.
Pinellas Trail – Bike, walk, roller blade or jog through the heart of Dunedin. The Rails to Trails program gave Pinellas County’s former railways new life for all to enjoy. This 37-mile trail, with spurs in several areas, including one to Honeymoon Island State Park, gives residents and visitors alike an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Dunedin’s downtown surrounds the Pinellas Trail, and is friendly to all types of Trail users. Stop off for an amazing meal, ice cream, cool drink, quick snack, or coffee to boost your energy or soothe your spirit. Stop by the Dunedin Chamber, 301 Main Street, for a Pinellas Trail map or visit www.pinellascounty.org/trailgd/
Clearwater Ferry – Skip the traffic to Clearwater Beach and ride the Ferry Taxi! Operating 7 days a week from the Marina in downtown Clearwater. The ferry travels from the Marina to Clearwater Beach. It’s fun and easy and you miss all the traffic. www.clearwaterferry.com
Westfield/Countryside Mall is a great place for shopping, dining, movies and more. There are 150 shops, a state-of-the-art 12 screen movie theater, and a collection of restaurants located at the intersection of US 19 N and State Road 580. www.westfield.com/countryside
Clearwater Marine Aquarium – Learn all about Florida’s natural environment. See Bottlenose Dolphins show off unusual learned and natural behaviors. Meet “Winter,” a rescued dolphin who has garnered international fame. She was rescued from a crab trap as a juvenile and has learned to swim with the help of a prosthetic fluke. She and Hope are stars of the Dolphin Tales movies. This facility also features exhibits highlighting loggerhead sea turtles, stingrays, river otters, and native fish. Experience two attractions in one – visit Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure and take a free ride on the Jolley Trolley to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. www.seewinter.com
Big Cat Rescue – It is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. Over 100 exotic and endangered “cats” of all types and sizes reside in this 55-acre sanctuary at 12802 Easy St, Tampa. www.bigcatrescue.org
Dali Museum – Visit one of the most impressive collections of the works of Salvador Dali in St. Petersburg. This amazing exhibit features rich works from Dali’s career, 1904-1989. Taped guides, as well as docent-guided tours, make this experience very rewarding. The building housing the collection is amazing to see, too. For art lovers, this is a not-to-be-missed experience. www.thedali.org
Museum of Fine Arts – Located in the heart of St. Petersburg, 25 Beache Drive NE the Museum of Fine Arts has the only comprehensive art collection, from antiquities to present day, on the West Coast of Florida. It showcases 5,000 years of art history! Visit www.fine-arts.org
Chihuly Collection – famed artist Dale Chihuly’s vibrant glass works are on display at the Morean Arts Center, 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, in the vibrant Central Arts District. Visit www.moreanartscenter.org for more info.
The Florida Aquarium - See fierce sharks in a natural coral reef setting with endangered sea turtles, moray eels and more! Take a journey down the Wetlands Trail past playful river otters, alligators, free -flighted birds. A favorite for the whole family is the ray and starfish touch tanks. Encounter marine animals found throughout the world. Check out www.flaquarium.org
Francis Wilson Playhouse – this intimate theater first opened in 1935. Today it features performances of all types- musicals, plays, and concerts. Located just south of Dunedin in Clearwater at 302 Seminole St. Tickets are very reasonable. Visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org
Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater’s premier performing art center, is just minutes from Dunedin on 1111 McMullen Booth Road. World-renowned performances of all types – concerts – from classical to modern in every medium, plays, theater, ballet, dance, comedy, and more, this acoustically perfect venue offers enriching experiences. www.rutheckerdhall.com
Sports Choices for Everyone
Dunedin is home to the Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training, and the Dunedin Blue Jays for Florida State League action all summer long. Games are played at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, voted as one of the top five stadiums to catch a game. Located just south of Main Street on Douglas Avenue, the stadium is perfectly situated for fun before or after the game. Delightful downtown Dunedin, with all the options for shopping, dining, drinking or snacking, is just a few blocks away.
Want to catch some professional action while you are visiting Dunedin? No problem! In 45 minutes to an hour, you can watch the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. We also have the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Storm (indoor football) taking the rink or field at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.
Spring Training in Florida is that “not to be missed” opportunity. Dunedin is perfectly situated to catch lots of Major League action. Watch the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, see the Phillies at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, or the Yankees at Legends Field in Tampa.
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If theme parks spark your interest, you may want to try one of these large attractions, all within 2 hours or less of Dunedin:
Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, plus Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach and Disney Springs, are must-sees for many family vacationers. No more than 2 hours from Duendin, these theme parks feature fun and adventure for the whole family. www.disneyworld.com
Adventure Island – a fun water theme park with rides and splashes to thrill all ages – including a 17,000 square foot wave pool or a half-mile lazy river tube trip. It will keep you cool on the hottest day! www.adventureisland.com
Busch Gardens – Tampa Bay - An extraordinary theme park that features all types of animals in natural settings, exotic shows, and even carnival games. If rides and excitement-filled roller coasters thrill you, this is the place for even the most adventurous spirit. Fascinating shops and lots of tasty food options round out your experience. Click this link for more info, BuschGardens.