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8 Best Things To Do In Indian Rocks Beach, Florida - Updated 2020

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Venkateshwar
Venkateshwar
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Located on the gorgeous Gulf Coast of Florida, Indian Rocks Beach offers nearly three miles (4.8 kilometers) of beautiful and accessible beaches, with 27 beach access points along Gulf Boulevard. The gorgeous Gulf of Mexico sunsets, pristine shorelines, white stretches of sand, calm clear waters and fewer crowds make Indian Rocks Beach a favorite destination for tourists. The dune-lined stretch, dotted with small motels, rental condos, and vacation cottages provides a family-friendly atmosphere to tourists. People come from all over the world to visit Indian Rocks Beach.

The abundance of fish and wildlife, availability of fresh water from the springs, and a favorable climate for agriculture made the area attractive to early settlers in the region. Here, you can immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of the beaches, in addition to setting up camp on the beach, in front of your hotel - there are plenty of other things to do in and around Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.

If you are planning to visit Indian Rocks Beach, don’t miss out these top attractions.

1. 1. Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve

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With pristine white sand and loads of shells, this is a beautiful quiet beach and a fantastic place to watch an amazing sunset, over the sea. The beach is well maintained, and you can see several bird species and dolphins. There are chair rentals, restrooms, and a place to shower off, before getting back in your car. It’s a great beach to walk on in the early morning and enjoy the beautiful sunrise, amidst the cool, calm atmosphere. It’s also a great place to take the kids, for a visit with nature.

Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve

Address: 900 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785, USA

Website: Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preservee

2. Indian Rocks Historical Museum

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An old house with rooms furnished as they would have been at the time of building and a 50s style kitchen, this small museum is well organized and attractive. The exhibits containing lots of antiques and old pictures of the area are quite informative and throw light on the history of the area and the orange growing areas.

The museum narrates the changes in IRB, from beginning to present time, including the presence of the Native Americans, changes in residents, fishing and how families have survived here, over the years. It has a nice variety of American history, from WWI to Vietnam and some fantastic photos depicting life in the 40’s and 50’s.

The spirit of the people in this small city, who take extra efforts to preserve its heritage, is laudable.

Indian Rocks Historical Museum

Address: 203 4th Ave N, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785, USA

Website: Indian Rocks Historical Museum

3. Kolb Park

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Kolb Park is a nice park, with two shaded playgrounds, a tennis and handball court, along with swings, a merry go round, and picnic areas, located next to the library and community art center. The park is clean, safe and a nice alternative to the beach, with good ice cream and candy shops around the corner. This place is also the location of many local festivals and is an asset to the whole community.

Kolb Park

Address: 1508 Bay Palm Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785, USA

Website: Kolb Park

4. Splash Harbour Water Park

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Located right on the Gulf of Mexico, this water park offers a nice break from the sun and sand of the beach. It’s a nice little waterpark, with a lazy river, a few slides, a small pool and swimming areas for both age groups, and a children’s play area. It’s not a large park, but there are enough things to keep kids occupied, for several hours.

The park also offers various deals: you can take advantage of Jimmy Guana’s Restaurant’s Wednesday deals, where, for every 25 USD you spend, you get a free pass for the water park. If you stay in in the attached condos you also get free passes. With a snack bar and restaurant, it’s a good place for a fun family day.

Splash Harbour Water Park

Address: 399 2nd St, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785, USA

Website: Splash Harbour Water Park

5. Contagious Fishing Charters

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The short trip and day long charters of Contagious Fishing Charters, are fun filled, with an abundance of fish caught by the end of the trip. In the case of bottom fishing, you may catch red grouper, triggerfish, gray snapper, red snapper, lizard fish, toadfish, and other ocean dwelling species. The sight of dolphins on the way in and out, coupled with the bonhomie generated by the Captain and his staff, make for a pleasant experience.

At the end of the trip, the Captain cleans the fish for you and often, the price of the caught fish is worth more than the cost of the trip.

Contagious Fishing Charters

Address: 401 2nd St, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785, USA

Website: Contagious Fishing Charters

6. Guppy's on the Beach Grill & Bar

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Guppy’s is a higher end restaurant with very delicious food. You have to come and eat at Guppy’s if you are in the Clearwater area - the food is amazing. The lobster appetizer and shrimp sauté, Kona dusted sea scallops, lobster bisque, filet and more - the mouth-watering flavors are the best you have ever tried.

The drinks are very flavorful, with good variety, for those who like to complement their meal with a glass. Don’t forget to leave some room for dessert and try the upside down apple pie with cinnamon ice cream or the flourless chocolate torte and caramel sea salt cheesecake, it’s to die for. The cooks take pride in their work and the food is meticulously prepared and seasoned.

Try to sit outside and enjoy the sea breeze, as the inside can be a little overcrowded and boisterous when it gets busy. They have a reasonable early bird menu (order by 5:15).

Guppy's on the Beach Grill & Bar

Address: 1609 Gulf Blvd. Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785

Website: Guppy’s on the Beach Grill & Bar

7. IRB Boat Rentals

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IRB Boat Rentals is quite professional - James is very knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. His boats are meticulously prepared to ensure you are fully prepared, with all the operational and safety features, navigation and charts. The travelers are given a very thorough run down of the navigation system, prior to departure, and pre-prepared charts make navigation of the popular spots very simple. His charts are customized to the area and the boats are exceptionally outfitted with VHF radio, flares, life preservers, and everything needed for safe boating.

James will make your boating day a joy, his preparation with each customer, to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trip, is appreciable. You will see dolphins and beautiful scenery along the way and the price is fair and reasonable.

IRB Boat Rentals

Address: 401 2nd Street, Slip 10, Indian Rocks Beach,

Website: IRB Boat Rentals

8. Clearwater Marine Aquarium (from USD 26.95)

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Focused on marine life, the aquarium is, in fact, a marine educational center that rescues and displays a variety of marine animals. Real-life star of the “Dolphin Tale” movie, a tail-less dolphin named “Winter” is here and you can watch the aquarium staff feed and take care of sharks, dolphins, sea turtles stingrays, and otters.

Through underwater viewing areas, see the animals, attend the daily shows and take a round of the aquarium’s hospital. The aquarium also offers 90-minute safari boat tours, that take you on the Intracoastal Waterway, to a shell island.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Address: 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA

Website: Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium General Admission

Duration: 1 day

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Gorgeous Gulf Coast of Florida

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The pristine beauty of the beaches, museums, the aquarium, fish charters and great seafood at Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, will enthrall you with its mesmerizing beauty. Here, you can immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of the beaches and have a good time with friends and family.

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Journalist and a freelance writer based in India, traveling for K.Venkateshwar.Rao means exploring the world in search of arts and culture, interesting people, great food, and hidden gems. He has...Read more

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