If you love exercise, don’t miss the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail! The 38.2 mile multi-purpose trail runs from Tarpon Springs in the north to St. Petersburg in the south. The protected greenspace takes you through Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Largo, Seminole, South Pasadena, and our beloved Gulfport.
The only question is, what mode of transportation would you like to use?
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Navigating the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail
By our count, there are at least 4 ways to navigate the trail. You can:
- Inline Skate
They’re all fun. The trail is a perfect way to exercise while surrounded by nature and sunny Florida weather.
The trailhead is in St. Petersburg, which is a perfect place to either start or end your day.
Before your ride, why not head over to Mazzarro’s Italian Market? If you’re there early in the morning, you can drink your fill of gourmet coffees, espressos, or lattes, and gorge on some freshly-made pastries. If you stop by after your ride, the market offers fresh pastas, delicious meats and cheeses, and savory wine and beer. It’s a great reward after a strenuous day of exercise!
On the other hand, maybe you don’t want to plop down in a chair after your workout. Maybe you want to cool off with a fun, watery adventure.
If that’s the case, why not take a snorkeling tour? Island Boat Adventures offers a wonderful tour to stunning Egmont Key aboard their 45-foot catamaran, the Calypso Cat. The trip takes you through emerald green Gulf waters, and acts as a sort-of wildlife tour. There’s a good chance you’ll see dolphins, and possibly sea turtles and manatees.
Once you arrive at Egmont Key, you’ll hop in the water for a snorkeling tour over the sunken ruins of Old Fort Dade. There, you’ll see plenty more wildlife, including tropical fish, starfish, sand dollars, seahorses, and even the occasional octopus!
Once you’ve returned to the boat, they’ll sail around to the opposite side of the island. You’ll have the option of exploring old Spanish-American war forts, hunting for megladon teeth on the beach, or even hopping back in the water for another snorkeling experience.
In short, it’s a fun, unique, and relaxing way to spend an afternoon. The tours fill up in advance, so reservations are required to secure your spot(s). Cruises are $39.50 for adults, $28 for children ages 4-12, and free for children 3 and under. Those prices include all of your snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, and fins).
After Your Day Out
After your day in the sunshine, return to Gulfport for a delicious meal. We’ve compiled our list of the 10 Best Restaurants in Gulfport for your perusal. You can’t go wrong with any of them!
With your meal complete, it’s time to return home for a well-deserved night’s sleep. The Historic Peninsula Inn offers a variety of beautiful suites, some suited to the business traveler, some to the couple on a romantic getaway, and some to the family of four on a trip to Old Florida. You can even bring your pup! We hope to hear from you soon!
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