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John's Pass / Madeira Beach, Florida is abundant with outdoor activities, including charter fishing, manatee/dolphin watching, golf, animal sanctuaries, parks and gardens, historical sites, snorkeling and scuba diving, and all water sports, like jet skiing and boating. The following list includes outdoor activities from our favorite local business sure to make your Florida vacation a memorable one.

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Discover local public golf courses in the Madeira Beach / St. Petersburg / Tampa area, as well as our featured course, The Tides, overlooking the beautiful Boca Ciega Bay in Seminole.

(727) 393-8300

Complete with dark caves, old pirate ships, tricky corners, and 20 to 30 American Alligators, Smugglers Cove Mini Golf in Madeira Beach supplies fun for the whole family! Enjoy 18 holes of golf while feeding gators and showing off your superior putt-putt skills.

(727) 393-1947

Travel around Upper Boca Ciega Bay on the 54-foot Sea Adventure boat. Dolphin sightings are guaranteed, but also keep an eye out for sea-turtles, manatees and many other marine birds and fish! All cruises are narrated, with drinks (free beer!), snacks, and a bathroom provided.


Sunsets at Pier 60 is a 364-day long festival full of art, street performers and crafts for the whole family in Downtown Clearwater. Or, check out the world-famous Pier 60 — a 1,080-foot fishing pier that is the perfect place to watch the sunset.


Hubbard’s Marina has charters ranging anywhere from 5 to 63 hours, and with their experienced crews and captains, you're always bound to have a good trip.

Located 15-20 minutes from your vacation rental, Boca Ciega Park is more than a typical park — it's an ecosystem. Photograph wildlife, kayak through the mangroves, go fishing, or check out the view from the "bird tower."

(727) 582-2100

The Florida Botanical Gardens are located 20-25 minutes from your vacation rental. Between five major gardens, you'll enjoy beautiful flowers and plants as far as the eye can see. If you're visiting during the holidays, come see the Christmas lights at the Botanical Gardens.

(727) 360-8669

Looking for tranquility in the St. Pete area? Hop on the famous Shell Key Shuttle to enjoy a full day of snorkeling, shelling, or just a peaceful picnic. Please be mindful that this is also a haven for wildlife and some areas of the preserve are reserved for animals only.

(727) 582-2267

Fort Desoto National Park is a land reserve when you can fish, kayak and sightsee. You can also visit the historic fort that was originally built in 1898, complete with actual original mortars of the U.S. Army.

(727) 391-6211

The Suncoast Sea Bird Sanctuary is a nonprofit charity dedicated to saving and protecting local birds. The sanctuary allows guided and educational tours through its gardens and cages, and you can interact with the birds that are unable to survive on their own in the wild.