10 Things You May Not Know About Indian Shores, Florida

10 Things You May Not Know About Indian Shores, Florida

Located in Pinellas County on the breathtaking Gulf Coast of Florida, Indian Shores is a secluded island escape for those longing to be close to the action of Clearwater, Tampa and St. Pete but far away enough to enjoy the peace and tranquility of uncrowded beaches, the blue-green Gulf of Mexico waters, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

How much do you know about Indian Shores, Florida? We have a few lesser-known facts that will intrigue you.

1. Indian Shores was once a part of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

With Indian Rocks Beach to the north and Redington Shores to the south, Indian Shores is located right in between. But it wasn't always so independent. In 1927 the government filled the pass just north of the present day town limits, joining the upper Sand Key to the lower beaches. Incorporated in 1949 and called Indian Rocks Beach South Shore, the town shortened its name to Indian Shores in 1973. Visit the Town of Indian Shores website to learn more about this barrier island beauty.

Sea Bird Sanctuary

2. Indian Shores is home to a seabird sanctuary.

The largest non-profit wild bird hospital in the United States, the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, is located in Indian Shores and is funded exclusively from private donations. The sanctuary houses and treats injured pelicans, herons, egrets, owls, hawks and other regional birds. Admission to the sanctuary is free. It's open 365 days a year, so check it out next time you're in town.

3. You have access to the best of both water worlds.

Because Indian Shores, Florida is a barrier island located just west of St. Petersburg and Tampa, it is perfectly situated between Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway. Not only do you get to enjoy 2.65 miles of pristine beach, but you also get close and convenient access to both bodies of water. That translates into two-times the water fun for you and your family. Make the most of it!

4. You can golf with the gators.

Smugglers Cove Mini Golf is more than a putt-putt course. It's an alligator adventure, too! Along with your 18-holes, you'll navigate through caves, pirate ships, waterfalls�oh and live alligators. Take it up a notch and feed the alligators, if you dare. Try your hand at the cane fishing pole technique and give those gators a tasty snack. You can learn more about Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf in Indian Shores here.

5. Sea turtles love Indian Shores beach.

Sea turtle nesting season brings these amazing aquatic reptiles to our shoreline each every year from May through October. They love our soft sands just as much as we do here in Indian Shores. Sea turtles are pretty awesome creatures! You can learn more about sea turtle nesting on the Gulf Coast here. Also, check out this sea turtle slideshow for more cuteness overload.

Intracoastal Waterway

6. The beach is not the only place to find a piece of paradise.

Town Square Nature Park in Indian Shores is a nature lover's dream. Find peaceful bliss in this local park. Walk the 800-foot boardwalk, stroll under the majestic mangroves, watch the egrets, and enjoy the fishing pier. There are family-friendly facilities including free parking, picnic pavilions, restrooms and observation areas. It is a hidden gem and well worth the visit.

7. There is a lost Tiki Garden in Indian Shores.

Tiki Gardens was a South Seas Polynesian theme park back in the day in Indian Shores. The park, which opened in 1964, was closed in the 1980s and sold by the owners, "Trader" Frank Byars and Wahine Jo Byars, to a developer who planned to build a hotel on the large property. Pinellas County, Florida bought the property from the developer and turned it into a public parking lot now called Tiki Gardens Beach Access. A little more trivia for you�The LP Exotic Sounds from Tiki Gardens features "Polynesian Fantasy: the Tiki Gardens Theme Song" which was written by Ernie Shreeves, one of the men behind the Tiki Gardens.

8. Indian Shores has a Key West style bar reminiscent of the days of Hemingway.

Mahuffer's (a.k.a Sloppy John's) can be found on Gulf Blvd, just north of the Park Boulevard bridge. It's self-described as the "wurst" place on the beach with lousy food, warm beer, sometimes live music, and sometimes live food. Mahuffer's has received numerous accolades from HGTV, the Travel Channel, Travelocity, and has been named Best of Tampa Bay two years in a row. It's worth a visit, even if you decide you don't like it. It is the textbook definition of a dive and Mahuffer's is proud of it.

9. Indian Shores is a small town with big events.

Indian Rocks Beach

If you think it's just about beaches here in Indian Shores, you're wrong! Though they are the main attraction, you'll also find some fabulous local events and festivals during your stay. We highly recommend that you make a stop at the Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market for some of the best local growers, gourmet food items, and fine arts and crafts found anywhere. Indian Shores goes all out during the holidays with a St. Patrick's Day Festival and Holiday Lighted Boat Parade you won't want to miss. Coastal cleanups are part of the endeavor to keep our area beaches and waters in pristine condition for residents and visitors alike, so join in the action if you can. We always welcome visitors and look forward to seeing you on our beaches, in our town and at our events. Take a look to see what's happening during your stay on the Indian Shores Event Calendar.

10. All of Plumlee Realty's Indian Shores condos offer either Gulf of Mexico or Intracoastal Waterway views.

How can you go wrong? You can't! Whichever way you look, Gulf Coast beauty abounds. You're sandwiched in between two beautiful bodies of water with a 2.65 stretch of sandy shoreline in the middle. Take a peek at our Indian Shores vacation rentals and see which one catches your eye. Then, start making your plans for your next Gulf beach vacation on our island. Let us know if we help you with anything!

Do you live or vacation in Indian Shores, Florida? If so, what do you want others to know about this little piece of paradise?

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