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Safety Harbor is such an adorable Florida gem. Coastal, colorful, and charming, it’s the perfect day trip if you’re looking for something to do! Here are seven fun things you won’t want to skip while you’re exploring Safety Harbor!

Downtown Safety Harbor Florida

Fun things to do in Safety Harbor

Check out Main Street

Main Street is full of adorable shops, dining, and galleries. You will see plenty of bistro-style seating and lots of people strolling enjoying the fresh air. When Remi and I were walking it I had to look at him and say, “It feels like we’re in a movie.” It was so quaint, innocent, and charming.

Check out Parks and the Safety Harbor Pier

If you wander a little bit from Main Street you’ll stumble onto the Safety Harbor Pier. Take a walk out on it and spot Tampa off in the distance. If you’re lucky you may even spot a manatee swimming by!

Walking down the Safety Harbor Pier on a sunny, clear sky day

There are a number of little parks throughout Safety Harbor. There’s Baranoff Park, Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, and my personal favorite, Philippe Park. Philippe Park is so beautiful— it’s a lovely spot to have a picnic and watch the sunset, or even just take a stroll.

Walking through Philippe Park


Crooked Thumb and Troubled Waters Brewing are must-stops if you’re in the area! Troubled Water Brewing is right on Main Street, while Crooked Thumb is less than a ten-minute walk away.

Related read: Best Breweries in St. Pete, Fun Breweries in Clearwater, Breweries in Tampa, and Best Breweries in Dunedin

Troubled Waters offers several in-house-made beers as well a few guest beers. They are known for their Sour Patch Kid Berliner, which is very light and enjoyable! You may also appreciate other fun varieties like Mango Habanero SMaSH or Raspberry Lemon Fun Police.

Can’t decide? Get a flight! They also have foosball and other board and card games. I loved embarrassing Remi at Uno after he annihilated me at foosball.

Troubled Waters Brewing taproom

Crooked Thumb has a very large warehouse-style tasting room as well as a beer garden. You absolutely HAVE to get the Strawberry Shakedown!! It’s fruity but subtle, with flavors of strawberry and vanilla.

They usually have other fun options as well like Where’s the Rum? A tiki-inspired fruited sour. You’ll probably want to stay for a few. For tips, reviews, and more info on Crooked Thumb click here.

Experience some local eats

So many delicious eateries to choose from on and off of Main Street. Bar Fly is my favorite serving sandwiches, tacos, and delicious bloody marys. It’s definitely a great lunch spot. They offer indoor or outdoor seating with colorful, fun decor.

You can find open-air seating, plenty of seafood, salad, and wrap options, and typically live music at Whistle Stop. Don’t leave without grabbing a milkshake! If you want a little more of an elevated experience, Water Oak Grill is a seafood and steak bar that also serves up delicious craft cocktails.

Related read: Check out the best restaurants in Clearwater Beach, downtown St. Pete, Channelside, and Dunedin.


This place was on my list of Tampa Bay date ideas for the longest time before I finally got to check it out! It’s a super cute venue and unique experience with food, craft cocktails, and movie screenings.

Check out their upcoming screenings and head over to check them out! It has somewhat of speakeasy vibes which is why I really enjoy this spot! If you’re a fan of speakeasies, be sure to check out my list of fun speakeasies in Tampa Bay!


Just a little walk from Main Street, you will find Whimzeyland. You may be asking yourself, “What on earth is Whimzeyland?” I asked myself the same thing. Bright colors, tiled mosaics, junk art animals, and over 800 painted bowling balls all come together to create Whimzeyland.

Whimzeyland is actually also known as “The Bowling Ball House.” It’s home to two artists who began the transformation of an ordinary home in 1985. When shopping at a local flea market they saw a sign that said “10 free bowling balls per person.”

After calling some friends they ended up having 60 bowling balls, and in doing art show travels they’ve also had other artists create bowling ball art for their collection… and well yeah, the rest is history.

Fun, brightly colored Whimzeyland in downtown safety harbor

Outside of the home they also have a gazebo where they sometimes have small performances, shows, and events. You can also schedule a 90-minute tour of Whimzeyland, Safety Harbor Art and Music Center, and a couple of other places you may not have known were a component of Whimzeyland!

Safety Harbor Art and Music Center (SHAMc)

Decorated just as magically as Whimzeyland, SHAMc is another must-see spot in Safety Harbor. They offer workshops, classes, and also host open mic nights as well as music events.

Where to stay in Safety Harbor

As I mentioned, Safety Harbor is quaint. So there aren’t too many options for places to stay, so make sure to book in advance.

Candlewood Suites offers suites with kitchenettes, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, and is close to all of the downtown Safety Harbor action.

If you are traveling with more than one person, there are some adorable cottage-style homes available for rent. These homes usually offer more space and privacy compared to hotel rooms and are equipped with amenities like a full kitchen, living room, and backyard. Here are my top 3 selections:

How fun is this quirky, charming little gem in Florida? Would you visit?

Be sure to check out some of my other Florida posts before you go!

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  1. Such a nice place for a day trip . Next time I’m in Florida , I would love to visit Whimzeyland. There’s so many different things to see in the collection. Thanks for the great guide on where to eat and what to do.

  2. I’ve never been to Safety Harbor but it looks like an awesome place to explore! I love our photos + it’d be fun to check out the food + Whimzeyland!

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