Honeymoon Island State Park

Tampa Bay

This park, so named in the 1940s when marketeers pitched the island as the perfect getaway for newlyweds, is graced with the Gulf Coast's legendary white sand, a dog-friendly beach and warm aquamarine water.

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1. Nature Center

0.29 MILES

Honeymoon Island's Nature Center offers exhibits on local habitats and wildlife, and hosts monthly presentations from wildlife experts, artists and other…

2. Caladesi Island State Park

2.23 MILES

Directly to the south of Honeymoon, this park is accessible only by boat and is virtually as nature made it: unspoiled and pristine. Consequently, it…

3. Pier 60

5.81 MILES

In high season, Clearwater's long stretch of smooth, white sand becomes a scrum of sun-baked coeds and extended families. Hotels, resorts and raucous…

4. Clearwater Marine Aquarium

5.86 MILES

The home of Winter the dolphin, this nonprofit aquarium rescues and rehabilitates injured sea animals, such as dolphins, sea otters, fish, rays, and…

5. Sand Key Park & Beach

6.99 MILES

If you want a less-crowded beach day, free of commercial folderol, head to this 65-acre, family-friendly beach park. It's at the northern tip of the…

6. St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

7.29 MILES

Erected in 1907, this historic cathedral doubles as a Greek American community center and host for the yearly Epiphany celebration. With a stately dome,…

7. Historic Sponge Docks

7.64 MILES

A walk along the docks on Dodecanese Blvd takes visitors past working sponging boats loaded up with giant specimens, along with numerous (and fairly tacky…

8. Indian Rocks Beach

11.66 MILES

This quieter, family-oriented beach appeals to day-trippers looking for their own stretch of sand. Most of the action is clustered around 17th Ave, where…