15 Best Things To Do In Hudson, Florida - Updated 2022

things to do in hudson florida
Melanie
Melanie 
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Aside from its beaches, Florida is known for being the hub for amusement parks. At Hudson, you will be able to gain access to some of these, as the town is in close proximity to where these rides are. Bring your family over and have a fun-filled adventure with your kids, here are the best things to do in Hudson, Florida!

1. Go diving at Hudson Grotto

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Posted by Hudson Grotto on Thursday, November 10, 2011

Those who love to go diving are in for a treat at Hudson Grotto. This prehistoric limestone sink is composed of a magnificent mix of freshwater and saltwater. It is 100 ft (30 m) deep, which means there are a plethora of things for divers and explorers to see.

Nature lovers will also be delighted to know that there is a variety of bass, catfish, koi, and turtles that tend to swim about in the more shallow areas of the water. There is also a picnic area and shelter by the water’s edge for visitors to have a nice meal while enjoying the sights and sounds of this natural wonder.

Hudson Grotto

Address: 6840 Tower Dr, Hudson, FL 34667, United States

Website: Hudson Grotto

2. Cool down with some ice cream at Hudson Beach Ice Cream Parlor

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What is your favorite ice cream in these delicious decorated cones?

Posted by Hudson Beach Ice Cream Parlor on Thursday, February 17, 2022

Hudson Beach Ice Cream Parlor describes itself as a family-owned, old-fashioned ice cream parlor. The parlor takes pride in the quality of its homemade ice cream and has 40 different flavors for visitors to choose from.

Some of these options include sherbet, Italian ice, sugar-free, and low-fat. To those of you feeling hungry, the parlor also serves beef hotdogs that are cooked using a steaming method to ensure great quality and taste. All the food is complemented by the parlor’s outdoor waterfront seating which creates a great dining experience for visitors.

Hudson Beach Ice Cream Parlor

Address: 6930 Clark St, Hudson, FL 34667, United States

Website: Hudson Beach Ice Cream Parlor

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm

3. Have a nice beer at Craft Life Brewing Company

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OLD SKOOL. On tap at Florida Cracker Tap Room . #itsacraftlife

Posted by Craft Life Brewing on Sunday, February 20, 2022

From the name itself, Craft Life Brewing Company is a brewery that takes pride in serving great craft beer for about a decade now. It uses the best local ingredients for its brewing process and guarantees visitors that the beer tastes great. It’s also a live music venue where local bands come in and play some music for the customers which complements the beer.

In 2019, the brewery entered the Best Florida Beer Competition and won 2nd place with their entry, Me So Jalapeno Honey, which is a honey ale fermented with candied jalapenos.

Craft Life Brewing Company

Address: 6810 Tower Dr, Hudson, FL 34667, United States

Website: Craft Life Brewing Company

Opening hours: Wed - Thu: 4pm - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 1pm - 10pm; Sun: 1pm - 7pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

4. Dine at Fisherman's Shack

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Described as a hidden gem in Florida, Fisherman’s Shack is a dive bar that boasts a laid-back vibe that visitors will enjoy. Being a waterfront bar, customers are treated to a magnificent view of the water, especially from the patio.

It doesn’t end there as the bar serves a variety of beer and drinks at affordable prices alongside live music performances. All of this creates a friendly and chill atmosphere that guarantees customers a great experience when they choose to stop by.

Fisherman's Shack

Address: 14519 Old Dixie Hwy, Hudson, FL 34667, United States

Opening hours: 9am - 2am (daily)

5. Shop antiques from Junque From The Trunque

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Posted by Junque From The Trunque on Thursday, May 6, 2021

Yup, you may have had to double take on that name, which is not the only thing that’s funky and eclectic about the establishment! Junque on the Trunque is where you want to go for trinkets, curios, and all things collectibles. This antique store in Hudson is a slice of vintage heaven, and if antiquing is something you enjoy, you must not miss out on the collector’s items featured at the store. The place is pretty popular among locals and special items get sold out fast, so get there as soon as you can!

Junque From The Trunque

Address: 12209 US-19, Hudson, FL 34667, United States

Website: Junque From The Trunque

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am - 6pm (closed on Mon)

6. Satisfy your shopaholic soul at Fairway Oaks Plaza

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Shopping on vacation? Some say it’s a must. Your trip to Hudson, Florida, is no exception, especially when you visit Fairway Oaks Plaza. This shopping mall on Little Road isn’t only a haven for shoppers, though. It’s your one-stop shop for everything that you may need while you stay in the city. There’s a fitness center, a pharmacy, and a few other essential shops as well. Granted, it isn’t the most flashy of commercial centers, but to an avid shopper, it is a worthy place to visit, all right!

Fairway Oaks Plaza

Address: 13700 Little Rd, Hudson, FL 34667, United States

Opening hours: 8am - 9pm (daily)

7. Fill yourself with thrills at Busch Gardens (from USD 114.0)

Busch Gardens Tampa 156
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Like Adventure Island, Busch Gardens is an amusement park owned and operated by SeaWorld Entertainment. As with other amusement parks, the Busch Gardens in Florida is filled with rides, and it is also home to Sheikra, the first “dive machine” roller coaster in the United States. Beyond the rides, it is also where one of the largest zoos in the country, housing over 2,700 animals in its facility.

Busch Gardens

Address: 10165 N McKinley Dr, 33612 Tampa, FL

Price: from 89.99 USD

Opening Hours: 10 am – 9 pm

Contact: +1 813 884 4FUN

Website:

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Admission Ticket

Duration: 8 hours

8. Caladesi Island State Park

Waiting For The Manatee
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Caladesi Island State Park features white sand beaches, where visitors can enjoy all sorts of water activities, from swimming to fishing and kayaking. Recognized as having the best beach in North America in 2008, the park is also home to a nature trail, where trekkers can spot a variety of wildlife. Those who want to spend an entire day at the beach can do so, as there are picnic tables where they can hang out at. There are also picnic pavilions within the park grounds, although these have to be reserved for a fee. Boat camping is allowed on the island.

Caladesi Island State Park

Address: 1 Causeway Blvd, 34698 Dunedin, FL

Price: from 2 USD

Opening Hours: 8 am to sundown

Access: The park can be accessed via Honeymoon Island State Park. Ride a Caladesi Connection ferry from there.

Website: Caladesi Island State Park

9. Ride the rapids at Hillsborough River State Park

Paddling on the Hillsborough River
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Hillsborough River State Park may not be at the beachside, but it more than makes up for this with the number of activities that can be done here. The park has nature trails, which both hikers and cyclists can traverse. Adventurers can try riding the rapids at the Hillsborough River. For those who want a more sedate time in the water, they can go canoeing there.

There is also a pool for those who want to go swimming. History fans meanwhile can visit Fort Foster State Historic Site, found within the park, which is a reconstructed fort from the Second Seminole War, although access to this is dependent on the weather, and you will need to get a ranger to guide you through there. Nonetheless, you can still get your dose of history by dropping by the Interpretive Center, which provides additional information about the aforesaid war. The park has campsites for those who want to stay the night there.

Hillsborough River State Park

Address: 15402 US-301, 33592 Thonotosassa, FL

Contact: +1 813 987 6771

Website: Hillsborough River State Park

10. Explore the old mines at Sunwest Park

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The Pasco County Florida Department of Health (DOH) has lifted the swim advisory at Sunwest Park. To find out more about...

Posted by Sunwest Park on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

One of the fun things to do in Hudson is exploring the hidden gems of Sunwest Park. The place used to be SunWest Mines, where limestone was collected. However, this park has more than just remnants of that. At the center of the park is a spring-fed lake. Its white sand makes this resemble a beach. Visitors can go swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding at the lake. Also in the park is the Aqua Park, which has an inflatable obstacle course.

SunWest Park

Address: 17362 Old Dixie Hwy, 34667 Hudson, FL

Price: from 5 USD

Opening Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Contact: +1 727 569 6472

Website: SunWest Park

11. Visit the memorial parks of Hudson


Hudson is home to two memorial parks: Veterans Memorial Park and Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park. Veterans Memorial Park is for sports buffs. It has basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields a swimming pool, and a recreation center. It also has a fitness trail.

Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park, meanwhile, provides you access to Hudson’s beach. It’s quite a bit smaller compared to the beaches in the neighboring areas. The advantage, however, is that since most tourists prefer the larger, more popular beaches, you don’t have to worry about crowds here.

Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park

Address: 6345 James Clark Street, New Port Richley, Florida

Contact: +1 727 861-3010

Website: Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park

Address: 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson, Florida

Website: Veterans Memorial Park

12. Three Lakes RV Resort

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Posted by Three Lakes RV Resort on Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Looking for things to do in Hudson this weekend? Why not camp at an RV resort? Three Lakes RV Resort is an ideal place to stay for families traveling together in an RV, as this puts them at the doorstep of the different attractions in and around Hudson.

Among the many amenities of the resort include a swimming pool, an on-site fitness center, and a recreation room. The beach is a 10-minute drive away from the resort.

Three Lakes RV Resort

Address: 10354 Smooth Water Drive, Hudson, Florida

Website: Three Lakes RV Resort

13. Marvel at the structural oddities

Tampa - Channelside - World's Largest Bowling Pin
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Within the vicinity are two oddly-shaped structures: an ice cream cone-shaped building, and what is promoted as the world’s largest bowling pin. The ice cream cone-shaped building is actually the Twistee Treat Restaurant, best known for its soft-serve ice cream. As such, going there will not provide you with a photo opportunity, it can also allow you to get a meal. Similarly, the world’s largest bowling pin, located in Tampa, Florida, features more than just the structural oddity. It is actually located in a mall, so visitors can also spend some time shopping, watching a movie, or having a meal in one of the restaurants there.

Twistee Treat Restaurant

Address: 7449 Laredo Dr, 34667 Hudson, FL

Website: Twistee Treat Restaurant

World’s Largest Bowling Pin

Address: 615 Channelside Drive #120, Tampa, Florida

14. Have a cold one

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Florida is known for having a warm climate, so why not cool off by trying a cold one? Florida Avenue Brewing Company, formerly known as Cold Storage Craft Brewery, a local craft brewery known for its four brews: Ale, Blueberry, IPA, and Brown. Aside from these, it also develops seasonal beers as part of its product line. Beer tours are provided for guests should they wish to explore the facilities of Florida Avenue Brewing Company.

Florida Avenue Brewing Company

Address: 4101 N Florida Ave, 33603 Tampa, Florida

Website: Florida Avenue Brewing Company

15. Make a splash at Adventure Island (from USD 55.0)

One of the best things to do around Hudson, Florida, is spending a day at this water park. Adventure Island is a theme park that has just about everything you can ever imagine in a water park. From different kinds of all pools to all sorts of slides, this park has something to offer children and adults alike. The park is owned and managed by SeaWorld Entertainment.

Adventure Island

Address: 10001 N Malcolm McKinley Dr, 33612 Tampa, FL

Price: from 10 USD

Opening Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Contact: +1 813 884 4FUN

Website: Adventure Island

Tampa Bay Adventure Island Water Park with Wave Pool

Duration: 4 hours

Hudson: A holiday for everyone

Hudson offers activities that every member of the family can enjoy. After you experience the best Hudson, Florida beaches, make sure that you add the above list to your itinerary. Drive through there to see and experience fun, family-friendly features in town.

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Melanie is a freelance travel writer. She considers freelancing for Trip 101 to be a combination of two of the things she loves: writing and traveling.

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