Here is a brief glimpse of exciting and beautiful places to see in the Tampa Bay area. It is by no means complete, but it might give you some ideas about side trips and a day away from the beach and sun. On our website, you will find “Our Beaches” on the menu, so you can learn more about them there. Enjoy the Tampa Bay area!

Egmont Key

Egmont Key offers the opportunity to go snorkeling in clear Gulf water, and St. Pete Dolphin Snorkeling Tour takes you there. Enjoy the famous Dolphin Show on the way as dolphins jump and play in the wake of our boat, swimming alongside to take a look at who is on board. While snorkeling, watch for dolphins, manatee, tropical fish, sea turtles, and other sea life, plus sea birds and gopher tortoises on the island. Shelling and sunbathing on the beautiful beaches and exploring the gun batteries of Fort Dade, established in 1899 for the Spanish American War, and the ghost town inland that once housed U.S. Army personnel, enhance the adventure.
We provide the snorkels, masks and fins for the whole family.

Our tours

Dolphin Watching, Snorkelling, Shelling, Sightseeing, Island Adventure ½ day Egmont Key Cruise
Four fun filled family activities for one low price!

No one covers so much coastline scouting for dolphins to jump and play in our single-hull boat wake. A great photo opportunity! Once at Egmont Key, you are free to explore this tropical island with ruins dating to the 1700’s. lighthouse, or shelling where an abundance of sea shells constantly wash onshore. You can also snorkel among the fish or grass flats or dive for dollars and shells.

Call us now: 727-320-5610

Our Rates

Our Boats Leave From 4630 29th Ave S, Gulfport Fl 33711

Use the map below to get the directions.

Join us for an afternoon of sun, dolphins, snorkeling, shelling and adventure… oh, and did we say dolphins? All ages are welcome. The trip is 4 hours.

Call 727-320-5610 for reservations.

Adults Children 4-12 years Children 3 & under
$40 $28 FREE
  • Taxes are included.
  • Free parking available at all locations.
  • We supply the masks and snorkels at no extra cost. You may also bring your own.
  • Tipping the Captain & Mate is appreciated.

St. Petersburg

Sunken Gardens
Perhaps the most beautiful four acres in the City of St. Petersburg, Sunken Gardens contains some of the oldest tropical plants in the city in the city’s oldest living museum. Take a tour or stroll on your own to see cascading waterfalls, beautiful demonstration gardens and more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers. If you have never seen a pink flamingo before, here is your chance as a number of these exotic birds call Sunken Gardens home.
1825 4th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Salvador Dali Museum
The Dali Museum includes a collection of over 2,100 artworks from the celebrated surrealist Salvador Dali (1904-1989) celebrating his entire career. The collection includes 96 oil paintings, many original drawings, bookworks, prints, sculpture, photos, manuscripts and an extensive archive of documents. The museum opened in 1982 with the donation of the collection of Reynolds and Eleanor Morse. The Morses purchased their first Dali painting, (Daddy Longlegs of the Evening, Hope!) in 1943 and eventually met Dali and became friends of many years.
Many more works have been acquired since by the museum. According to the museum’s website, “The distinguished new building, which opened on January 11, 2011, enables the Museum to better protect and display the collection, to welcome the public, and to educate and promote enjoyment. In a larger sense, it is a place of beauty dedicated, as is Dali’s art, to understanding and transformation.”
1 Dali Blvd
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727-823-3767

Dale Chihuly Glass Museum
From Seattle to the Louvre, Venice to St. Petersburg and beyond, glass artist Dale Chihuly has thrilled visitors and museum goers with his amazing glass works and installations. While visiting the Tampa Bay area, you can see an astounding collection of the artist’s work in downtown St. Petersburg – a hub for the arts in west central Florida.
The Chihuly Collection is presented by the nearby Morean Arts Center where the Hot Shop for glass making resides. Just north of the Chihuly Collection (within walking distance) is the beautiful St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts.
720 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Vinoy Renaissance Hotel
501 5th Ave NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
A jewel in the crown of downtown St. Petersburg since 1925, the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel has hosted guests from all over the world and include Babe Ruth, Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge and James Stewart. During World War II, the hotel was taken over by the U.S. Army and used as a training center. It fell into disrepair in the 1970’s and closed. Undergoing a $93 million renovation in the 1990’s, it reopened as a resort with a golf club, spa and other amenities. The Vinoy Renaissance (a Marriott hotel) is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. On April 18, 2012, the AIA’s Florida Chapter placed it on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years, 100 Places. In 2005, the Vinoy earned AAA Four-Diamond status.
501 5th Ave NE
St. Petersburg, Fla. 33701

Loew’s Don Cesar Hotel
Located at the southern end of St. Pete Beach, the grand, Mediterranean revival Don CeSar Hotel opened in 1928. In recent times, the “Pink Palace” and resort has been known to provide services for Justin Timberlake and Elton John with the same Gatsby-esque level of service as when it was a playground for the celebrities of the first half of the 20th century, including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Clarence Darrow. The Don CeSar did service as a military hospital during World War II, its pink color painted over in grey.
Today, the Don offers 277 rooms and 36 suites, two heated pools, 38,000 square feet of function space and an 11,000 square foot full service spa. Of course, it is situated on the beautiful sugar sands of St. Pete Beach.
Just a mile or so south is Pass-a-Grille, a quaint old Florida town with shops, restaurants and the famous Merry Pier. The Don CeSar Hotel is a founding member of the National Trust of Historic Hotels of America.
Loews Don Cesar Hotel
3400 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706

Madeira Beach

John’s Pass Village
John’s Pass occupies the southern end of Madeira Beach, the natural waterway between Madeira Beach and Treasure Island. John’s Pass Village is an exciting fishing village-themed assortment of over 100 shops and restaurants with beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. Dolphin often pass through the waterway on their way in and out between the Gulf and the waterway.Familiar restaurant names include Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and Hooters, but many of the smaller eateries are well worth finding. These include Walt’z Fish Shak – a small bungalow serving fresh caught fish, Boardwalk Grill and Kilwin’s Ice Cream. Fair warning: if you eat outdoors on the boardwalk, the seagulls will try to steal your sandwich and ice cream.
The shops of John’s Pass Village include a variety of surf-related clothing and accessories shops, galleries for art, jewelry and gifts; ice cream, Caribbean-themed clothing, and much more.
When visiting the Village, stop at the John’s Pass Ticket Booth! The John’s Pass Ticket Booth is located at 12831 Village Boulevard, Madeira Beach, FL33708, next to Knock on Wood. Call 727-320-5610 for directions and reservations or email at The John’s Pass Ticket Booth offers the best pricing for day boat trips to Egmont Key for dolphin watch, shelling and snorkeling; wave-runners, parasailing, eco-tours, motorized kayaks and deep-sea fishing. Our boats board and depart for Egmont Key from the Gulfport Marina, south of John’s Pass. They make a big wake that dolphins love to jump and play in. You will see far more dolphins up close on our tours than anyone else’s tour.
12901 Gulf Blvd
Madeira Beach, FL 33708


Pier 60
Pier 60 is a 1,080-foot fishing pier and recreational park, complete with a huge playground for children. The pier is a popular fishing spot for locals and offers a bait and tackle store with rentals of fishing gear for visitors. It is well lit after dark adding an attraction to fish to the pier. Fish commonly caught at Pier 60 include Spanish mackerel, spotted and silver trout, snook, redfish, tarpon, sheepshead, snapper, flounder and jack.
Sunsets at Pier 60, a nightly celebration featuring artists and craftsmen, street performers and live music starting two hours before sunset and ending two hours after sunset, is a fun and memorable experience for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy live music and entertainment, as well as a beautiful Gulf sunset. Pier 60 is near the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Resort and Spa, across Gulf Boulevard from the picturesque Clearwater Municipal Marina.
7 Causeway Blvd.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a non-profit organization that houses and rehabilitates dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, sting rays, fish, coral reefs, mangroves and more. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium was made famous by Winter, the bottlenose dolphin with the prosthetic tail from the movie Dolphin Tale, and Hope, a young rescued dolphin that has become Winter’s best friend. The amazing marine rescue center offers an up-close introduction to a large number of animals, many of which will be returned to the Gulf of Mexico when their rehabilitation is complete.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
249 Windward Passage
Clearwater, FL 33767


Downtown Dunedin
Dunedin’s downtown area is nationally recognized as one of the most successful small town revitalizations in the country, offering visitors many diverse restaurants, night life with live music, art and antique galleries, clothing stores, gift shops (Florida kitsch available) and the Dunedin Historical Society Museum housed in the old train station. Where the tracks of the Orange Belt Railroad once ran now is the Pinellas Trail, a 38.5 mile recreational path stretching from Tarpon Springs in the north to St. Petersburg in the south, passing through the towns of Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Largo, Seminole, South Pasadena, and Gulfport. It is used by thousands of people daily for walking, jogging, cycling, and inline skating.
The distance that the main trail currently covers 38.2 miles (61.5 km). Rent a bicycle in downtown Dunedin and enjoy the fine Florida weather.

Dunedin Fine Art Center
Just a couple of miles north of downtown Dunedin, the Dunedin Fine Art Center is a must see in the area. Founded in 1974, the center stands today as the largest art center in Florida. 44,000 square feet of studio art education and exhibition facilities, including the hands-on David L. Mason Children’s Art Museum, a gift shop and café, make for a wonderful visit for a couple of hours or a lifetime of learning to make art. Some one-time classes are available. Classes are offered in painting, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry making, ceramics, photography and more. Six exhibitions galleries continually offer enriching experiences in encountering art.
1143 Michigan Blvd.
Dunedin, Fla. 34698

Honeymoon Island
Once named Hog Island, Honeymoon Island came about its name 1939 when a New York developer built 50 palm thatched bungalows to rent to newlywed couples. Today, the island is part of the City of Dunedin and part of the Florida Parks System. The island’s mangrove swamps, tidal flats and beautiful beaches make it the most visited park in Florida. Visitors find miles of beaches and clear water, plentiful parking, concessions, bath houses and showers. Osprey and eagle nests, tortoises, seabirds and other animals can be seen. Swimming, snorkeling, shelling, fishing, sunbathing and walking the miles of nature trails make it a fabulous day out.

Caladesi lsland
Neighboring Caladesi Island was separated from Honeymoon Island many years ago by a hurricane. Today, the ferry service from Honeymoon Island takes you there and drops you in its beautiful marina inside the island. Caladesi’s beach is truly among the most beautiful anywhere and the island is even less developed than Honeymoon Island’s, with no parking lots or cars or paved roads. Nature trails abound.
Honeymoon Island
#1 Causeway Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698

Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs was originally settled after the American Civil War by white and black farmers and fishermen who named it for the sightings of leaping Tarpon. The bayous and springs of the area attracted wealthy people from the north to build vacation homes and sponge diving began in the 1890’s as a new income source. Greek immigrants began coming to Tarpon Springs to join the growing sponging industry, which still exists on a smaller scale today.
The historic downtown area is undergoing renovation and surround neighborhoods provide a glimpse at Florida’s early days as a refuge for wealthy northerners. The sponge docks and Historic District should be seen and vintage sponge boats are on display at the docks.


Straz Center for the Performing Arts
The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, located in downtown Tampa, provides world-class entertainment. From lavish Broadway shows to classical music and rock concerts The Straz Center is the largest facility of its kind in the Southeastern United States.
1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 222-1000

Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens is a must-do for families visiting the Tampa Bay area. The Africa-themed animal park features live animals and amazing rides and roller coasters, with names such as Cobra’s Curse, Cheetah Hunt and Kumba. Busch Gardens’ world-class shows provide entertainment for all ages and its state-of-the-art animal habitats are home to more than 12,000 animals making the park one of the largest zoos in North America.
10165 N McKinley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33612

Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium, one of the best aquariums in the country, is in downtown Tampa. The various aquarium tanks feature a great variety of fish and fauna native to the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. The Florida Aquarium conducts coral reef research, sea turtle rescue, river otter rescue and environmental conservation. It is a wonderful family destination with plenty of fun activities like Swim with the Fishes, Penguins: Backstage Pass and a Wild Dolphin Ecotour. Don’t miss The Splash Pad, an outdoor water fun zone for kids!
A food court and gift shop are available.
The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-273-4000

Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) is a not-for-profit, science museum dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives by making sciencereal (and a lot of fun) for people of all ages. People can experience a scientific playground of more than 450 hands-on activities in the largest science center in the southeastern United States. 400 hands-on exhibits explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) in fun ways – a very different kind of classroom for kids from elementary school through high school and any age. It is also the location of Florida’s only IMAX Dome Theatre, the Florida Hospital DOME Theatre.
Museum of Science and Industry
4801 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33617
(813) 987-6000

Glaser Children’s Museum
If you are looking for a day to get out of the sun with the kids, the 53,000 square foot Glaser Children’s Museum is a great destination. It is designed to inspire children and families by creating learning opportunities around innovative play and discovery through permanent and traveling exhibits, comprehensive programs and special events.
110 W Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 443-3861


Everyone knows about Disney, Universal Studios, Epcot and the many parks and attractions available near Orlando. Did you know how easy it is to drive there from the Tampa Bay area? By car or by shuttle bus, you are only a little over an hour away.
It all started in the 1950’s and Walt Disney’s search for the site of a new park in the southeast U.S. He saw the little town of Orlando from his airplane and realized it’s central significance with the looming creation of I-4 connecting the east and west coasts of Florida. The acquisition of land was carried on with stealth, with land sellers unaware of what was about to happen. Orlando is today a booming city with an enormous tourism industry.


Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Following the tragic accident in 1980 in which the freighter Summit Venture rammed the southbound span of the original Sunshine Skyway Bridge killing 35 people, the beautiful, new Sunshine Skyway was completed in the mid 1980’s, spanning the mouth of Tampa Bay and connecting St. Petersburg to the Bradenton / Sarasota area. The old bridge approaches reaching far into the bay were rebuilt to become the Skyway Fishing Pier, operated by the Florida Parks Department. It is considered the longest fishing pier in the world in one of the most active fishing grounds in the world.

Ringling Museum of Art, Circus Museum, Ca d’Zan
The famous circus mogul John Ringling and his wife Mable built a beautiful home on the bay in Sarasota in the 1920’s to be near the home of the circus and its personnel. The home, named Ca d’Zan, remains today one of the most beautiful mansions anywhere and is faithfully modelled after residences on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. The wealthy couple collected art, especially European art of the Renaissance and Baroque periods and opened the 21 gallery John and Ringling Museum of Art on their 20-acre property in 1931, just after Mable’s death. The museum is modeled after the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Today, the collection, spanning from ancient Greece to the modern era, is considered one of the premier art collections in the nation.
Also on the grounds is the fabulous Circus Museum, the historic Asolo Theatre and the Bayfront Gardens which include Mable Ringling’s original and beautiful rose garden.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34243

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