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One of the best “secret beaches” is located right here in the Tampa Bay area. So, I guess it isn’t a secret anymore. Family Destinations Guide put out a list of the Top 100 secret beaches in the United States. They name Shell Key Preserve as the #2 secret beach in the United States. Shell Key is located just south of Pass-a-Grille and north of Fort DeSoto in Tierra Verde.

Here is what they say about Shell Key, “The beach is unspoiled and natural, with no development or buildings, offering a peaceful and serene atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, or simply strolling along the shore, taking in the breathtaking scenery and listening to the sound of the waves.”

Of the 10 best “secret beaches” in the United States, 4 of them are in Florida. Shell Key is #2, Lovers Key State Park south of Fort Myers is #6. Also, Dry Tortugas National Park west of Key West is #9 and Boneyard Beach near Jacksonville comes in at #10.

Finally, there is one more Tampa Bay area beach in the Top 100 and that is Caladesi Island. It comes in at #23 on the list.

[SOURCE: That’s So Tampa]



7 Underrated Tampa Attractions Tourist Often Miss

Whether you’re new to the area or are only here for a couple weeks, you may be missing out on some underrated Tampa attractions. We saw someone ask what do most tourists miss out on during their stay in Tampa. Some of the replies were just trolls but others inspired us to make this list.

Florida is one of the best travel destinations this summer. With wonderful weather and so many attractions it’s easy to see why. There are the obvious things like going to Clearwater beach, see a show at Amalie Arena, or shopping at International Plaza. But how can you make the most out of your trip in Tampa?

For some of the obvious stuff, like beach trips, we recommend staying away from the more popular ones. Nothing against those locations, but you may find less crowds, lower prices, and just as gorgeous views at these underrated beaches. Instead of going to Clearwater beach, we recommend going to Pass-A-Grille or Maderia Beach. Another attraction we’re leaving off the list but still feel the need to mention is Busch Gardens. Busch Gardens is home to one of the best roller coasters in the country. If you’re into the thrill of high-speed coasters and seeing unique wildlife, don’t miss out on Busch Gardens.

Here are 7 underrated Tampa attractions tourist often miss

  • Crystal Clear Springs

    Since Florida is known for our gorgeous beaches, many miss out on the experience of kayaking or tubing down one of our MANY crystal clear springs. These are a MUST for anyone visiting or just moved to Tampa. One bonus is entry to the springs is going to cost you way less than day parking on the beach. You can check out the 5 springs that are worth the drive from Tampa.

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  • The Bay Rocket Experience

    Have you ever been on a boat tour with 2800 horsepower and thrilling 180-degree spins, turns, and bow dips? Now is your chance to experience the rush with The Bay Rocket Experience. Tickets start at $35 for adults. Click here for more info.

  • Glass Blowing Workshops In St. Pete

    Okay, so you’ll have to cross the bridge for this one but it’s worth it! Take home your own hand-made souvenir with a glass blowing workshop at Zen Glass Studio in St. Pete.  You can choose between making your own wine/pint glass, glass ornament, paperweight, beads or pendants. Click here for more info.


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  • Learn To Shuffle

    And no, we don’t mean the dance. Shuffle is located in Tampa off Columbus Dr, close to Armature Works. Learn the art of Florida’s favorite “sport.” Shuffle is the first and only shuffleboard bar and restaurant. They feature 2 shuffleboard courts and live music weekly. This is a perfect place to blend in with the locals.


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  • Roll Your Own Cigar

    There is so much history to learn in Ybor City. One of the most underrated tourist attractions is J.C. Newman Cigar Company. This class is great for bachelor parties, team building skills, or just for learning something new. You can experience this authentic tradition by booking a tour or hand-rolling training session by going to the company’s website.

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  • PedalPub

    With so many breweries popping up around Tampa Bay, it’s hard to choose just 2-3 to check out. Instead, try visiting a handful and work off the beer while you do it.

  • Check Out Tampa Riverwalk or Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

    If you’re looking for something to do by the water, we recommend renting a bike, scooter or walking the Tampa Riverwalk. It was recently voted one of the best river walks in the country. You’ll be able to stop in multiple iconic Tampa spots like Columbia and Ulele. If you feel like making the trip to Tarpon Springs, the sponge docks is another great option. You’ll be surrounded by authentic Greek food and home-made goods!

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