this guide provided by:
Madeira Norte #312
13000 Gulf Boulevard,
Madeira Beach, Florida
* Fun Activities in and near Madeira Beach, Florida *
Here's a list of things you can do while staying in
Madeira Beach where our Gulf front
condo is in the Madeira Norte
building near Johns Pass. Our condo is available for rent by the week, so please click
here to get to that page for more information.
Before visiting any of these activities please confirm them by calling them or
checking their websites.
Activities Within Walking distance of Madeira Norte
- Walk the beach. - A quarter mile to the South is Johns Pass, the body of water that separates
Madeira Beach from Treasure Island. This is a major waterway for boat traffic coming to the inland waters. At the end of the beach is a
concrete breakwall with a wide sidewalk on top that people fish off of into the Pass. This sidewalk goes under the
drawbridge to the shops at the Village of Johns Pass. Walking North from Madeira Norte there are many miles of uninterupted
wide open public beach. Enjoy the beach at both the high tide and low tide since the look of it is very
different at the two. The tide tables are published in the local paper or here: Tide chart for the area
(click on "Johns Pass/Boca Ciega/Madeira Beach Causeway" for the closest location)
- Visit Johns Pass Village.
- This is the group of shops across from the condo on the pass. A variety of Restaurants
and shops are here, as well as jet ski and boat rentals, ocean going gambling boats,
and deep sea fishing boats. It is quicker to walk over than to find parking for your car.
- Rent a jet ski - A variety of places on Johns Pass rents them.
The price varies depending on the size of the engine and the number
of passengers they hold. Rates range from $50 to $100 per hour including
gas and tax. Rates are usually cheaper in the morning, and reservations are
accepted. Since these places are right on John's pass, it only takes a
minute to get into the Gulf. Most rental agencies do not encourage jet ski use on the
intercoastal waterway side of the pass as there are speed limits and shallows.
- Go Parasailing - The same places that rent jet skis offer parasailing with a couple of big boats
that work out of Johns Pass. This is very gentle and requires no physical effort on your part. Price varies with length of cable
that they let out for you, which determines the altitude you reach. Having two people go up together saves a little money.
Deep Sea Fishing - On the boardwalk in John's Pass Village is
Hubbard's Marine and their deep sea fishing boat, "The Friendly Fisherman", and
their restaurant by the same name. Their boat has a variety of options, from short part day trips to overnight trips.
If you go deep sea fishing on their boat, they will cook your fish for a nominal charge for dinner at the
Friendly Fisherman Restaurant.
- National Comedy Hall of Fame This museum just opened in 2007.
- Go to Gator's - This is more of a big bar and nightclub than restaurant.
It is on the other side of John's Pass (actually on Treasure Island), but right on
the Pass so an easy walk from the condo over the drawbridge. They often have live
entertainment. Much of this is on outside decks and on multiple
levels, so put the kids to bed and walk over for some music and drinks.
Activities On Madeira Beach (no more than 3 miles from condo)
- Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf - Smuggler Cove Miniature Golf is on Gulf Blvd. just
north of the Madeira Beach causeway. They even have some baby gators in a small pond between holes that you can feed. Coupons
are available in local advertising flyers. Open every day. 15395 Gulf Boulevard. (727) 398-7008
- The Candy Kitchen - Just up
the street from the condo, this place only serves candy and homemade ice cream.
The kids love going there after dinner to pick from the racks of candy. The walls
are covered with people's signatures, and they will give you a marker to add your own,
if you can find a spot.
Activities South of Madeira Beach (Treasure Island, St. Pete Beach)
- Don Cesar Hotel A historic landmark, this classic hotel was built in the 1920's,
but quickly lost business in the depression and was even converted to a
veterans hospital at one point. This huge pink hotel is now fully restored to it's grandeur from a past era.
The Don has a few different restaurants you can try while there sightseeing.
- Fort De Soto Park - This beach sometimes
makes those "best beach in the world" lists, or at least best in US or Florida. The quality of the water and sand
is really the same as at our condo, just that there isn't any development here so it is a totally natural landscape. As the name implies,
there is an old fortress here that you can walk in and around. It is pretty much walls and ruins, but there are some cannons.
It takes about a half hour to get here. Drive south down Gulf Blvd to the Don Cesar (big historic pink beachfront hotel), and turn
left at the stoplight as if you were going to teh mainland. In a few blocks there will be another light and a turnoff to the right
for Ft. DeSoto Park, which will be a mile or two further.
- The Hurricane - This
restaurant has two floors of dining and a third floor bar, all overlooking beautiful long stretch of Gulf Beach.
We've had mixed results with it as a restaurant, but it is one of the few restaurants and bars that are right
on the beach. Casual dining is available inside or out, and the third floor bar is a big sundeck
overlooking the water. If you are there at sunset you will see a group of people gather on the beach at the pavilion
across the street and ring the big bell at sunset. This is at the very end of St. Pete Beach, a mile
or more past the Don Cesar on the Gulf front.
- Sea Critters
- this restaurant is always good, but what draws the kids is being
able to eat on the back deck and being able to feed food scraps supplied
by the restaurant to the fish the swarm in the water under the docks
when you throw them some food. Sea Critters is located at
2007 Pass-A-Grill Way, 1/2 mile south of the Don Cesar Hotel on St. Pete Beach.
Activities North of Madeira Beach (Reddington, Indian Shores, Indian Rocks)
- Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary - they take injured birds and help them heal,
then release them. Free admission. Open 9am until sunset 7 days a week. Guided
tours available Wednesdays at 2:00 P.M. 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. 391-6211
Activities On the Mainland nearby (St. Pete and Tampa)
- Citrus Country Groves - On highway alt US19 about 3 miles from Maderia Beach.
You can watch oranges being process and readied for shipment, buy fresh squeezed orange juice as well as taste homemade florida lime and orange ice cream.
May be open only seasonally. 5800 Seminole Blvd, Seminole, FL 33772 (727) 392-1277
- Tyrone Square Shopping Mall - Just a regular shopping mall, but the closest
one to Madeira Beach. On Tyrone Blvd, about 15 minutes away.
- St. Petersburg Pier - An entertainment complex on the pier
with shops, restaurants, excursion boats, etc. Downtown St. Petersburg.
- Salvador Dali Museum - In downtown St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767
- Florida Holocaust Museum - In downtown St. Petersburg. (727) 820-0100
- Florida International Museum - This affiliate of the
Smithsonian Museum is open seasonally. In downtown St. Petersburg. (727) 341-7900
- Museum of Fine Arts - In downtown St. Petersburg (727) 896-2667
- MOSI - Museum of Science and Industry - A hands on science museum, they
even have a wind tunnel you can sit in and experience a hurricane. In Tampa, about a mile from Busch Gardens and across from the USF Sun Dome.
- Ybor City - This old cigar making district on the edge of downtown Tampa
has now been restored with tons of nightclubs and restaurants. 45 minutes to get there. Get off on the first exit once you get on I-4 towards Orlando.
- Busch Gardens - The zoological adventure park has something for every member of the
family. About 45 minutes from the condo.
- Adventure Island Water Park - Water activities for all ages, including kids
area, lazy river, wave pool, and multiple large slides. You can take a picnic lunch with you or eat there. Plenty of free chairs and shade,
so parents and grandparents can even enjoy the day there if they don't plan on going in the water. Next to Busch Gardens.
Activities On the Mainland, outside of Tampa/St. Pete (the closer ones are listed first)
- Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks - This town is known for its sponge industry.
- Cypress Gardens - This famous botanical park with water ski shows has re-opened.
- Disney World/Epcot - South side of Orlando (about 2 hours away)
- Sea World - South side of Orlando (about 2 hours away)
Call us at (614) 792-2593 to rent our beautiful corner gulf front
condo in the Madeira
Norte building on Madeira Beach.
Other Helpful Links:
To contact us -
Please call us at (614) 792-2593 or at (614) 792-2523.
If we do not answer, please leave a message.
Last Modified: April 6, 2009
copyright 2004, 2005,2006,2007,2008,2009 David Ulstad