Dunedin, Florida Attractions

Dunedin, Florida Attractions
Located on the outskirts of the Tampa/St. Petersburg metro area, Dunedin occupies a choice location directly beside the Gulf of Mexico. This small town on the edge of a big city manages to maintain some of the old Florida charm, though tourists love to hit the nearby beaches in droves during the summer, especially those of Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island State Parks. If maintaining a high level of activity in a beach environment is your plan, consider Dunedin, Florida.

Caladesi Island State Park

At one point christened the nation's best beach, Caladesi Island can be reached only by private boat or the ferry from Honeymoon Island. If you're into an all natural Florida coastal experience, miles of white sand and emerald green water, Caladesi is a Dunedin, Florida, activity that might be worth the additional effort it takes to get there. Besides the beach and related endeavors, choose either the three-mile walking trail or three-mile kayak paddling trail. Fishermen are welcome to get their line wet from a boat or the surf. If you arrive by boat, the island marina has full electric and water hookups should you decide to stay awhile. Ferry passengers are limited to a four-hour stay. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children.

Caladesi Island State Park
1 Causeway Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 469-5918
www.floridastateparks.org/caladesiisland

Honeymoon Island State Park

Drive across the Dunedin causeway and you'll find yourself in the Honeymoon Island State Park, another popular choice for things to do in Dunedin. For a modest charge of $8 per vehicle, spend the day enjoying miles of Gulf beaches, mangrove swamps and tidal flats. If the convergence of ocean and land is your idea of a good time, this Florida state park should fill the bill. Nature lovers can set their own pace on the winding trail through nesting bald eagles and osprey. Swim, fish, snorkel, or shell here year round, though the water might be a little chilly in the winter. It's not quite far enough south to avoid that. Honeymoon Island welcomes dogs that are on a six-foot leash and under control of their owner.

Honeymoon Island State Park
1 Causeway Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 469-5942

Dunedin Historical Society Museum

The Dunedin Museum maintains a collection of artifacts, photographs and publications on CD documenting local and Florida life dating back to the 1870s pioneers. In addition to everyday household items, clothing, and utensils from that era, the early history of the city of Dunedin is thoroughly documented, especially the original post office, major companies and the railroad. With its primary mission being one of education, the museum maintains plenty of hands-on exhibits for the kids. Some of the more lively activities sponsored by the museum are the "living history" programs, which makes use of re-enactors to reproduce various eras in the city's history. A popular one is the Pinellas Vintage Baseball League, which incorporates uniforms and equipment of the 1890's to play "Base Ball" the way it was originally intended.

Dunedin Historical Society Museum
394 Main St.
Dunedin, FL 34697
(727) 736-1176
www.dunedinmuseum.org

Article Written By Derek Dowell

Derek Dowell has ghostwritten dozens of projects and thousands of blogs in the real estate, Internet marketing and travel industry, as well as completed the novel "Chrome Sombrero." He holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental legal studies from Missouri State University.

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