Treasure Island is a treasure just like its name. It's a treasure house of various different tourist attractions and has an abundance of places to visit.
It is blessed with natural beauty and has many beautiful beaches along its entire shoreline. The population is very less as well, making it one of the less crowded tourist attractions to visit.
There's a very cute and quirky story behind the name Treasure Island though. It is said that many businessman and property owners had buried wooden chests filled gold on the shores and then rediscovered them themselves to give it the tag of being a treasure island. But today, it is aptly named since it has a huge treasure trove in the form of various endemic and native wildlife and other natural beauty that it witnesses. It also has a great climate throughout the year, making it one of the top attractions to visit and Florida.
Enjoy jet skiing at the Boca Ciega Bay
Situated near the Gulf port and St. Petersburg is this beautiful and wonderful bay fed by the Clam Bayou estuary. It has various fun activities that you can enjoy, such as jet skiing, Paddle boarding, and more. The Bay itself is also an aquatic preserve, and hosts many endemic varieties of fish and other sea life. There is a mangrove shoreline around it, making it a wildlife hotspot.
The sandy beaches are also great for some relaxation. And the special attraction here is the 35 foot wooden observation tower, which is built at the bay and provides a great and scenic postcard view of the entire water body. It is also one of the prominent spots on the great Florida Birding Trail. There is an abundance of wildlife and sea life such as oysters, alongside natural vegetation like corals and seagrass. The caves are all fed by springs and make for some scenic locations for photoshoots.
Have a glass of wine at the Florida Orange Groves Winery
This winery is located in South Pasadena and is one of the most prominent wineries of the region. It is especially known for its wonderfully good wines that are made from various organic and tropical fruit.
What makes it genuine, is that it is labeled as being one hundred percent pure and made from fruit juices. The best part is you get an unadulterated taste. They also claim that their wines are not blended products and that the grape vines and other fruits are used directly from natural sources. The pretty little gift shop is also located on site where you can buy some wines to take back home and give to family and friends.
Watch dolphins swimming at the Sunset Vista Trailhead Park
With a beach located next to the park it is the perfect spot for relaxing and catching up with nature. There are manatees and dolphins that swim wonderfully close to the shore that you can observe, as you sit, laid back on a chair, enjoying the views.
Also it is among the lesser-known beaches on the island, making it less crowded and allowing you to relax to the most. The sunset here is also very beautiful and extremely pleasing. So make sure that you visit during the evenings to catch up on it.
Most beaches on Treasure Island are known for their amazing natural beauty and sunsets are one of the most Beautiful blessings nature has given us .This beach does complete justice to it. Hence, please catch up with the sunset here.
Golfing at Dunedin Golf Club
Golfing has since long been an active and luxurious sport enjoyed by people. This golf club caters to all kinds of crowd as per your requirements. The grounds are spread over a sprawling and large area filled with lush green lawns. There are various levels inside the grounds depending on whether you are a beginner or an amateur. Designed by the great architect Donald Ross, you will love golfing on these grounds for sure. Get along a few friends and your trip is set.
Have a look at some bizarre pieces of art at Dali Museum
Housing the works of the great artist Salvador Dali, this bizarre shaped museum had some even more bizarre artworks on display. The monument itself is made with a weird pattern and various different glass formations. Originally from Spain, Salvador Dali was known worldwide for his different and eccentric take on art forms and artworks.
The Dali museum located here is one of the most famous and well known museum to house his works. There's also other attractions like a labyrinth, a spiral staircase and more in and around the museum. Guided tours are also available that you can partake in
See a concert at the Mahaffey Theater
Located in the downtown part of Treasure Island, is this beautiful theater that hosts various shows throughout the year, from concerts to plays and from theater to standups. There's a variety of different shows for you to choose from. One of the main attractions are the performances made by the Florida orchestra. So if you are a music lover, then try attending one.
This venue has been entertaining people since its inception in 1965 and has since come a long way after hosting a variety of different artists. What makes it very popular is that the seating is well maintained and appropriately placed so that everyone who attends gets the perfect view. It remains one of the major hotspots to enjoy some live entertainment by locals and tourists alike.
Birdwatching at Sunken Gardens
Spread over a magnificent area of around four acres, this garden is the perfect place to have a walk around and make peace with nature. It houses many beautiful plants, with as many as 30,000 species located on campus. The Orchid Arbor and limestone formations are some special attractions.
One of the major attractions also includes the Botanical Garden, which is over 100 years old, and houses various different plant species. The wishing well located near the paved walkway is loved by children. Added to this is the abundant natural beauty and various trees that are planted here, making it a haven for bird watchers. Various exotic bird species love visiting or migrating to this region.
Baseball lovers go to Tropicana Field
One of the biggest and best venues for the baseball sport is the Tropicana field. You can also look at a game in a professional event, such as the Tampa Bay Rays games.
There is also a Museum located on site called the Ted Williams Museum, along with the Hitters Hall of Fame where various famous players have been honored.
The hall of fame is thus dedicated to the various great players in the field of basketball. And other another quirky feature of this venue is a water tank in which there are 30 living rays (fishes) kept and you can feed them yourself. Guided tours are available too, which you can book in advance.
Rejuvenate your soul at Paradise Spa
This wonderful spa located on Treasure Island, does stand up to its name. It is luxurious and abounds with a variety of different features that it offers, such as massage, hydrotherapy, and more. After a tiring day exploring the various tourist destinations around or having fun outdoors, this can be the perfect end to calm your frayed nerves. Do visit and spend some bucks on yourself and freshen up your body and relax your soul.
There are also Infrared Sauna sessions available along with body massages and body wraps. The scrubs and various massage creams used are of the highest quality and have very strong and pleasant aromas. Combine this with some soft yellow lighting and peaceful music and that's the recipe for the perfect spa date.
Art connoisseurs should visit the Museum of Fine Arts
This museum houses some fine quality art pieces and artworks, which have been preserved and collected over the years. Located in the downtown St. Petersburg, it is frequented by art lovers from all over. With rotating artworks on display alongside the permanent exhibits, there is a wide variety of art pieces that you can look at. A special attraction is the sculpture garden and the Steuben glass exhibition. And there is also a cafe located on the campus where you can have a cup of coffee and enjoy some live music.
Hiking on the Weedon Island Preserve
This 3100 acre something wide and large Preserve, boasts of many different hiking trails all along its natural vegetation and landscapes. One of the special natural features here are the mangrove forests and the tidal areas where hiking can be quite difficult and fun. A wide array of outdoor activities such as kayaking, picnicking, fishing and bird watching can also be enjoyed here. There is also a cultural and natural history center located which houses many exhibits.
Rent kayaks with the See Through Adventure Rentals
It is one thing kayaking on the waters, but it's a whole different thing kayaking in a glass kayak or a see through kayak. These adventure rentals have special boats which are designed in such a way that you can enjoy kayaking alongside some sea life observations. It literally combines the best of both worlds. And you can look at all the beautiful creatures living beneath the sea through the glass panes without actually getting wet. It is located near the Fort DeSoto Park and you can rent your kayaks at this place.
Fine dining at the Middle Grounds Grill
Since it’s a coastal location, Treasure Island is one of the best places to have some great seafood. The middle grounds grill offers one of the best and freshest produce cooked in delectable spices.
The dishes are all very delicious and prepared by great chefs. For those who are not very keen on the seafood, there are a variety of other options available as well.
But if you love your fish in spice, or lobsters and crabs, then do visit this place to taste some typical as well as outstanding and quirky dishes. The place is family friendly with a great set up and stylish state of the art seating.
Gaze at live alligators at the Alligator and Wildlife Discovery Center
Discovery Centers are always a fun place to visit, especially if you're going with kids. Take them on a fun educational tour to look at various different wildlife species. The main attraction are the alligators but there are a variety of other animals like snakes, lizards, spiders, pigs, and even sloths located here. You can also feed the baby alligators or handle the big ones with your own hands.
Sea life also is abundant in this preservation center with species like sting rays, starfish, and others on display.
Relax at Upham Beach Park
This light, large Sandy beauty is another beach in the long list of beach parks around Treasure Island. With an extremely long coastline, it's great to enjoy some shells hunting with your kids and collect seashells to take back home.
The water is very beautiful and an azure blue along with turquoise shade. Take a refreshing swim in these blue waters. Afterwards sit laid back on the chairs and enjoy a beautiful sunset alongside your family.
Shop at John's Pass
Any trip is incomplete without shopping. And this fishing village is the perfect spot to shop with various different types of stores like thrift stores or others. You can buy and shop a variety of local stuff and souvenirs to take back home for family and friends. The boardwalk is very broad and long too.
As you walk along it, you look at dolphins and manatees swimming on either sides. End your shopping spree by dining at one of the various locally owned restaurants situated here. Sample some local cuisines and dishes at these places. Thus, visit this wonderful, quaint tourist destination for a low key but extremely fulfilling trip!