Dunedin

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  • Independent shops and art galleries
  • Innovative dining, from seafood to Mexican
  • The craft beer scene at local pubs
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Dunedin's walkable Main Street

The quaint waterfront town of Dunedin is blossoming with eclectic art, one-of-a-kind boutiques, innovative dining and an active nightlife scene. Just minutes away from its welcoming, walkable and pet-friendly downtown, you’ll find some of the best beaches in the country. It all adds up to a mellow and refreshing getaway.

Dunedin Art, Culture & History

Explore the independent art galleries and antiques shops on and around Dunedin's Main Street. Check out The Painted Fish Gallery and and the Institute for Creative Arts. Or check out the FireHouse Gallery, housed in a converted fire station. Public art and murals dot the colorful, artsy town. Known as the "artistic equivalent of a village square", the Dunedin Fine Arts Center & Children's Art Museum offers year-round exhibitions in four galleries featuring national, regional and local artists.

Dunedin (pronounced dun-EE-din) was named by Scottish settlers generations ago, and the town is rich with Scottish heritage. You can see its influence in the Celtic shops and art around town. Learn more about the town’s unique heritage at the Dunedin Historical Museum, housed in a restored railroad station downtown.

Shopping & Antiquing

Downtown Dunedin is known for its unique shops. Stroll Main Street and find everything from clothing, jewelry and home décor to specialty wine and gifts with personality. And of course, if you’re in the market for art, Dunedin’s galleries offer abundant choices. The town is also known for antiques and vintage finds.

Dunedin Dining & Nightlife

Dunedin satisfies the culinary connoisseur and casual foodie. Downtown, try The Black Pearl, an award-winning restaurant known for its exceptional cuisine; Casa Tina, offering creative Mexican dishes in a festive setting; and Café Alfresco, whose menu spans the globe, from curries to pot stickers to New England lobster rolls. For a good meal on the water, head west toward the marina: Olde Bay Café offers seafood and other Florida favorites right on Old Clearwater Bay; the more formal Bon Appetit Restaurant serves seafood and Southern-inspired fare with waterfront views.

For local flavor, try Jollimon's Grill, a Florribean restaurant with homemade sangria and live music. Eli's Bar-B-Que is anything but ordinary – this roadside stand serves up tasty ribs, pulled pork and more, all with a delectable secret sauce. There’s also the Dunedin Smokehouse, an energetic sports bar, and Kelly's and the Chic-A-Boom Room for everything from breakfast omelettes to late-night martinis.

Dunedin is known for its beer scene. The Dunedin Brewery, which has been around for years, helped get Tampa Bay on the map as a destination for craft brew enthusiasts. The Dunedin House of Beer has a wall of excellent craft beer taps. Seventh Sun Brewing is among the latest additions to this burgeoning scene.

Outdoor Recreation

Dunedin might be one of the most bicycle-friendly communities in Florida. The Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail ambles right through the middle of downtown. The multi-purpose trail runs from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs, and near Dunedin it features a trail spur connecting to Honeymoon Island State Park. Didn’t bring your bike? No problem. Many local bike shops allow you to rent for the day. The trail is also popular with rollerbladers.

Award-Winning Beaches

Looking to relax with sand and surf? Walk, pedal or drive across the Dunedin Causeway to the award-winning beaches of Honeymoon Island State Park and Caladesi Island State Park, just minutes from downtown. Caladesi, which can be reached only by boat or ferry from Honeymoon Island, was named America's No. 1 Beach in 2008. Share the beach with osprey, sea oats and few people – both barrier islands are state parks with pristine beaches perfect for swimming, shelling, fishing, picnics and wildlife watching.

Dunedin's Major Events

The Dunedin Highland Games, held in the spring, pay tribute to Scottish culture with old-time athletics (think stone toss), piping, drumming, dancing and more. A Celtic Festival is held in the fall. Many major art festivals attracting national artists are held each year, especially in the winter months, and the Toronto Blue Jays come to Dunedin for spring training games. Ongoing events include the Sunset Music Series and Wine/Art walks, and many local bars feature live music regularly. Among annual events, the Mardi Gras parade and Dunedin Wines the Blues are perennial favorites.

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