A Local's Guide on Things to Do in Indian Rocks

A Local's Guide on Things to Do in Indian Rocks

  • Bret Crino
  • 05/10/23

Indian Rocks Beach is a gorgeous community that sits on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. As part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Area it’s close to larger cities but quiet, small, and private. Indian Rocks homes for sale are highly sought after. Many are beachfront and have swimming pools for plenty of swimming, sunning, and fun in and around the water.

If you are planning on listing a home for sale with a good realtor such as Bret Crino, you should sell it quickly and for a good price. Indian Rocks Beach is a desirable town for the weather and the location and also has many fun things to do. If you are in town looking for a home or just visiting, you should check out some of the places that the locals love.


Eating out in a restaurant is an invigorating experience and especially fun when you can dine outdoors. Indian Rocks Beach is loaded with excellent eateries. As you can imagine, seafood is ubiquitous, but many different cuisines are represented in town. Here are a few of the best.

The Original Crabby Bill’s

For 40 years, The Original Crabby Bill’s has been serving fresh seafood as well as southern cuisine to the locals. Owned and operated by Crabby Bill and his wife Dolores, this beloved establishment serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has weekly specials. Stop by on a Wednesday for all-you-can-eat snow crab legs and cole slaw.

Villa Gallace Italian Restaurant

If pasta is more your speed, check out Villa Gallace Italian Restaurant. This delightful trattoria is owned by Pompeo Gallace and his son Luigi. After learning to cook in his native Italy, Pompeo moved to New York and now serves the best Italian cuisine in the area to Indian Rocks Beach residents and visitors.


For casual dining and a really good time, head to Mahuffer’s. It’s a pub that is very popular with the locals. Enjoy a cold beer on tap and some tasty bar food like burgers and wings. You never know what you’ll find when you walk through the door. Live music and parties for various holidays are common. Once you’ve been there, you’ll want to go back.

These are just three of the more popular restaurants in town. Just wander up and down Gulf Boulevard, and you will find many more.

Fun activities in and around the water

Whether you are single, a young couple, or a family with children, there is no shortage of fun things to do in Indian Rocks. It’s the Gulf Coast of Florida, so you know that there are plenty of activities that involve being in or close to the water!

Indian Rocks Beach

A beautiful stretch of sand and surf that shares its name with the town, Indian Rocks Beach is a delightful place to swim, sit in the sun, collect conch shells, and watch a stunning sunset. It’s open all day, every day, and has free parking.

Indian Shores Beach

Located just south of Indian Rocks, the similarly named Indian Shores Beach has white sand, blue water, and some amazing sunsets of its own. Head down when you are looking for a change of scenery.

Freedom Boat Club

Located in nearby Clearwater, the Freedom Boat Club allows fun on the water without the expense involved in owning your own vessel. Members can rent boats for a day and spend it touring the area, waterskiing, fishing, or engaging in other fun on the sea.

White Knuckle Water Sports

Just across the causeway in Belleair Bluffs, White Knuckle Water Sports is perfect for more adventurous seafarers. Rent jet skis and tour the island or see dolphins up close. The kids love getting near these delightful creatures.


There is plenty of fun to be had on dry land as well. If you’d like to visit some fun attractions, consider the following.

St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art

If you are looking for a little culture, the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art is the place for you. The museum features the works of many great artists in mediums such as oil, watercolors, sculpture, and photography. Be on the lookout for the many special exhibits. If you visit in March, you can watch the stunning scarlet flowers blossom.

Salvador Dali Museum

If surrealism is your thing, the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Pete has many incredible works by the master artist. There is a junior docent art camp for the kids, and you can download an app to guide you through the expansive museum.

The Florida Botanical Gardens

Florida’s name comes from the Spanish word for “flowers,” and you can see firsthand how it earned that name at The Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. The grounds cover more than 100 acres, and they are covered with beautiful tropical and native plants. In addition to the flowers, trees, and bushes, you may see some wildlife, such as a bald eagle or gopher tortoise. It’s a great place to take the family.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Another place the little ones will love is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Hundreds of marine species are on display, including tortoises, otters, sharks, and stingrays. You can also see dolphins, including Winter, perhaps the most famous of her species since Flipper. Winter’s story was the subject of the film, “Dolphin Tale,” and its sequel, “Dolphin Tale 2”. Both movies were shot on location at the aquarium.

Indian rocks beach and the surrounding area have plenty of opportunities for fun and adventure for kids and kids at heart.

Indian Rocks Beach is a beautiful community with beaches and places to eat, shop, and have fun, and it also has stunning luxury homes. If you are looking for Indian Rocks homes for sale or plan on listing yours, contact Bret Crino. He knows Indian Rocks Beach and the entire metro area and has the skill and experience to guide you smoothly through the buying or selling process.

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