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