Your Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores Bucket List

*This blog post was originally published in August 2015, but we've added some new items to your Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores bucket list for 2016. Check out what else is bucket-list worthy on Florida's Gulf Coast.

Are you looking for the best of Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores? How about some life-changing experiences that you can check-off from your bucket list? Well then, this is just the post for you. We've compiled a list of must-do items to help you have the quintessential Florida Gulf Coast experience here on our lovely barrier island shores.

How many of these Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores bucket list items have you done?

Your Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores Bucket List

Rent a beach house in Indian Rocks Beach or Indian Shores.

The best way to accomplish your bucket list is to actually be here! Spend at least a week, preferably more, getting to know Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores on an intimate level. Immerse yourself in Gulf Coast paradise and make the most of each and every day. See what barrier island bliss awaits you. Life is short! Go ahead and book your Gulf Coast vacation rental now and get crackin' on that bucket list.

Do yoga on the beach.

Come on, you know you want to! Haven't you always imagined how relaxing and peaceful it would be? Add in some breathtaking Gulf of Mexico views and it doesn't get any better. Yoga on the beach in Indian Rocks Beach happens on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 22nd and 23rd Avenue right on the sand. All levels are welcome and it'll be the best $6 you'll ever spend. Namaste!

Swim in the Gulf of Mexico.

Crystalline gulf waters are the crowned jewel of our shoreline. Sparkling blue-green waters, gentle tides, and warm salt water are very inviting. You should definitely accept! A swim in the Gulf of Mexico is good for the mind, body and soul.

Get lost in a local park.

The beach isn't the only place that offers coastal beauty as far as the eye can see. Did you know that Indian Rocks Beach has seven public parks? And guess what, they're each worth visiting! That's probably a little unrealistic during your time in Indian Rocks Beach, but at least try to visit a new one each time you vacation here. As a side note, Indian Rocks Beach also has 27 beach accesses, some which are part of our parks, each leading you down a path into our little island paradise. See for yourself!

Get wet and wild at Splash Harbour Water Park.

You don't have to leave Indian Rocks Beach to find a fun day filled with water slides, lazy rivers, splash pads and an all around wet and wild good time. This one is definitely kid-approved! Splash Harbour Water Park is perfect for a family day out without having to drive to Tampa or elsewhere for amusement. It's right here in IRB! Read more about Indian Rocks Beach's newest water park and put it on your list.

Attend a local festival in Indian Rocks Beach or Indian Shores.

There is no better way to get a taste of the local flavor, both literally and figuratively, than by stopping by a local festival or event hosted by the community of Indian Rocks Beach or Indian Shores. Our laid-back island attitude and cooperative spirit shine through and give you a glimpse into what our residents, businesses, and communities have to offer. You'll be impressed! Local events and festivals occur all year long on the Gulf Coast, so visit the Indian Rocks Beach event page or the take a look at the Indian Shores calendar to see what's happening and when.

(P.S. It's a good idea to follow our blog, as we highlight many of these events and give you inside information on what's going on.)

Embark on a brand new on-the-water adventure.

Live a little. Step out of your comfort zone. Do something you've never done before. That's all part of a vacation, isn't it? Where better than the gorgeous Gulf Coast of Florida to get out on the water and have a thrilling new adventure. Parasailing? Charter fishing? Surfing? Wave-running? Sightseeing cruise? Peruse your on-the-water adventure options and just do it.

Go shelling.

The benefit of vacationing on a barrier island is the chance to score some really great seashells. There are less people combing the shoreline, so the odds are in your favor. Check out our Gulf Beach Shelling Guide for some of our best tips.

Visit the Indian Rocks Beach Historical Museum.

Get to know the fascinating history of Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores. The Indian Rocks Beach Historical Museum is just the place to do so, and a great place to have fun while you're at it. The photographs, relics, exhibits, postcards and maps truly bring this treasured part of Florida's Gulf Coast to life. In fact, Indian Rocks Beach turned 60 years old recentlyyou can read more about that here.

Check out the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary.

Located in Indian Shores, the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is the largest non-profit wild bird sanctuary in the country. The sanctuary is also considered one of the top avian rehabilitation centers in the world. Though the goal is always to rehabilitate and release, when that can't happen the birds find permanent homes here. You'll see everything from tiny song birds to majestic birds of prey. The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is a haven for bird watchers and photographers, too.

Enjoy an exhibit at the Beach Art Center.

The Beach Art Center brings artists and the community together through a love for the arts. Offering kids camps, art instruction for all ages, exhibitions, and special events throughout the year, you'll want to be sure to stop by this Indian Rocks Beach art haven. Click here for the exhibits now on display.

Go for a stroll at the Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve.

Both Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores offer many great local parks. The Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve is a hidden gem! Quiet, relaxing and very scenic, the Nature Preserve offers a retreat into nature and a chance to observe the coastal flora and fauna of Florida's beautiful Gulf Coast. Take advantage of the boardwalks, fishing pier and other amenities during your visit.

Stop by the Tiki Gardens.

As just mentioned, Indian Shores also offers some really nice parks and beach access points. The Tiki Gardens Park was formerly known as a big tourist attraction of days gone by. Today, Pinellas County manages it and has converted into a beach access parking area offering plenty of room to park, a walkway directly to the beach, and restrooms on site. Check out what remains of the this lost Florida tourist attraction, which featured a South Seas Polynesian-style theme park in its hey day.

Explore the Intracoastal Waterway.

The Gulf of Mexico is often a big draw to those visiting our barrier island paradise. But don't overlook the Intracoastal Waterway, which lies on the opposite side of the island. Whether you take a stroll, enjoy the boats, try an on-the-water adventure, or dine and enjoy its views, the Intracoastal is worthy of your time.

Savor some Gulf Coast seafood.

A trip to Florida's Gulf Coast is not complete without a sampling of our local seafood. No matter what you crave, you'll find it in our local seafood shops and area restaurants. Looking for some Indian Rocks Beach dining recommendations? You can find them here.

Be here for Stone Crab season on the Gulf Coast.

Stone Crab season is a pretty big deal here on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The joyous and much anticipated Stone Crab season starts annually each October 15 and continues through May 15. There are many Stone Crab festivals and events in honor of this momentous time. Read more about Stone Crab Season on the Gulf Coast and check out the best Gulf Coast Stone Crab festivals and celebrations.

Catch a Gulf of Mexico sunset.

Brilliant colors blaze over the serene Gulf of Mexico waters as the sun sinks below the horizon. You'll want to bring your camera for this!

Indian Rocks Beach sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

Did we miss anything? What's on your Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores bucket list this year?

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