Casual, waterfront dining is the name of the game at John’s Pass, and most of the restaurants here focus on fresh, local seafood. If you happen to be in town January 22 - 24, 2021, you'll have an opportunity to sample lots of different kinds of delicious varieties at the John's Pass Seafood Festival. Any time of year, sit outside at the Friendly Fisherman’s Dockside Lounge and watch the fishing fleet come in (you may see dolphins, too!). Looking for a sports bar vibe with an option of outdoor deck seating? If so, choose Gator’s Cafe and Saloon. If you’re feeling “tiki,” check out The Hut Bar & Grill with its 70-foot dock, water views, extensive tropical drinks menu and live music seven days a week. Walt’z Fish Shak has a “catch of the day” chalkboard menu and is housed in one of the few buildings remaining from the original fishing village. Other options for dining include Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and Mad Beach Fish House. Save room for ice cream and sweets - you’ll find several places to treat yourself after your meal.
John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk sits on a pass that runs between Boca Ciega Bay and the Gulf of Mexico - so it’s a natural launching point for water adventures. Book a parasail excursion, or head out on your own by renting a powerboat, paddleboard, Jet Ski or Waverunner. Hoping to relax, enjoy the scenery and sip a tropical drink? The Calypso Breeze triple-decker boat offers sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises (tip: arrive early to score a spot on the open-air top deck). Want bragging rights to a unique adventure? Take a floating bar tour with Florida Tiki Tours - just grab five of your closest friends and get ready for an unforgettable time. Hubbard’s Marina offers fishing excursions, sunset cruises and ferry rides to Egmont Key.
The Hubbards family has been fishing local waters since 1928, meaning they’re the perfect folks to take you out on a fishing charter or party fishing boat. Day and night trips range from five to 44 hours in length, aiming for snapper, grouper, amberjack and shark. Excursions depart from Hubbard’s Marina, which also offers a variety of boat cruises as well as kayak and paddleboard rentals. Lady Godiva Fishing Charters and Early Riser Charters are two additional fishing charters that work right out of John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk.
Kids of all ages love seeing dolphins! Good thing the John’s Pass area offers several dolphin watching tours (there’s even one that includes shelling and snorkeling, too). If you’re traveling with young children, the Pirate Ship Tour is a can’t-miss swashbuckling adventure with an entertaining pirate crew and lots of onboard fun. Want some old-fashioned arcade fun? Stop in with the kids at Beach Fun and Games for 30 games including classics such as skee-ball and air hockey. Ever kissed an alligator? Here’s your chance at the Alligator Attraction, where you’ll also find more than 150 other rescued animals including pigs, skunks and lizards. If you're kids are crazy about sharks, plan to cruise on the Shark Boat (the front of the boat is shaped like a giant great white shark's head).
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