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Story and pho­tos by Chris Roddey

Spec­tac­u­lar sun­sets over the Gulf are just part of a day filled with out­door op­por­tu­ni­ties. April and May brings the re­mark­able ex­cite­ment of Tar­pon fish­ing as well Span­ish Mack­erel, King Fish, Grouper and Snap­per. Fish from the sea­wall or bring your kayak for in­land an­gling. Off­shore char­ter boats are avail­able for both day trips and overnight vis­its to the Gulf of Mex­ico mid­dle grounds.

Bring your own boat and use the Hick­ory Point docks and boat launch to ex­plore the wa­ter­ways, in­clud­ing the bar­rier is­lands and his­toric sponge docks in Tar­pon Springs. En­joy wa­ter­front fine din­ing by boat cruis­ing to a va­ri­ety of restau­rants in com­mu­ni­ties like Tar­pon Springs, Dunedin, Down­town Clear­wa­ter, Clear­wa­ter Beach and oth­ers. Or for land­lub­ber sight­see­ing and din­ing ex­cur­sions, take the open air Jol­ley Trol­ley to many of the same lo­cales.

There’s even more fun on land when you hike some or all of the Pinel­las Trail. This for­mer rail­road bed is now a lin­ear park that ex­tends for roughly 100 km (60 mi). It is per­fect for bi­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts, run­ners, jog­gers, and those who en­joy walk­ing from one com­mu­nity to an­other. Take a morn­ing stroll to Dunedin and ride the Jol­ley Trol­ley back to Tar­pon Springs.

In­dulge your in­tel­lec­tual side at the St. Peters­burg Mu­seum of Fine Arts, or one of the many his­tor­i­cal mu­se­ums, then your palate at one of the many craft brew­eries. Get out for Satur­day morn­ing mar­kets and evening street cel­e­bra­tions, or take in a ball game dur­ing the Grape­fruit League Spring Train­ing (home to Philadel­phia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yan­kees, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays).

Florid­i­ans love to get to­gether, so in ad­di­tion to reg­u­larly sched­ule car shows, spring pro­vides some iconic events in­clud­ing; Fire­stone Grand Prix - March 10-12 Palm Har­bor Cit­rus Fes­ti­val - April 6-9 Tar­pon Springs Fine Arts Fes­ti­val on the Bayou - April 8th & 9th

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