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Our Local Area is Home to Many Dunedin, Florida Attractions

Located on the shores of St. Joseph Sound in beautiful Dunedin, Florida, BEST WESTERN PLUS Yacht Harbor Inn is within walking distance of downtown Dunedin and close to countless local attractions.

Dunedin is home to some of the best beaches in the world, and you won’t have to venture far from your Yacht Harbor hotel room to dig your toes into the sand. Other great attractions are nearby as well, including Pinellas Trail, the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, Busch Gardens and Clearwater Marine Aquarium. In our marina, you can catch a charter boat to explore the Gulf of Mexico and even do some deep-sea fishing. Listed below are a few popular Dunedin, Florida attractions that we recommend visiting.

 

The City of Dunedin

Voted the “best little walking town in America” by Walking Magazine, Dunedin is home to quaint boutiques, cozy cafes and vibrant art galleries, all within strolling distance of our hotel. You’ll also find a number of churches just minutes away including Church of the Good Shepherd, First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, and Church of Christ. For those with pets and little ones in tow, Dunedin offers some of Florida’s most pet-friendly and kid-friendly attractions, including plenty of parks and trails.

History of Dunedin

Dunedin’s roots stretch back to the late 19th-century when a group of Scottish settlers came to Florida seeking fertile ground for cotton and citrus farms. The named their new village Dunedin to honor of the original name of their hometown of Edinburgh, Scotland. Around the return of the century, Dunedin was one of Florida’s key seaports, home at one time to the largest fleet of sailing vessels in the state. As time went on, Dunedin gained other claims to fame including being the first home of the PGA and the birthplace of frozen orange juice. Today, you can explore Dunedin’s fascinating history at the Dunedin Historical Society Museum located in the historic Atlantic Coast Line Depot building on Main Street.

Dunedin Marina

Dunedin’s large marina is located right next door to our hotel! Boat permits are available from the Dunedin Harbormaster’s office, located at 51 Main Street, just down the street from us.

Dunedin Blue Jays Spring Training

Less than a mile from our hotel, you’ll find Florida Auto Exchange Stadium where the Toronto Blue Jays host their annual spring training. The stadium is also home to their major league affiliate Dunedin Blue Jays. Be sure to check out a ball game while you’re here!

Caladesi Island State Park

Ranked as America’s Best Beach in 2008, the shores of Caladesi Island are among the most pristine and picturesque in the world. In addition to soaking up the sun and swimming in the crystal blue water, visitors to Caladesi Island can paddle around in kayaks, marvel at exotic local wildlife, or take scenic hikes through the mangroves. Access to the island is provided by the Caladesi Island Ferry, departing from Honeymoon Island at the west end of the Dunedin Causeway, around 10 minutes from the BEST WESTERN PLUS Yacht Harbor Inn.

Honeymoon Island

In addition to being one of the most beautiful settings for a romantic getaway, Honeymoon Island offers countless activities for outdoor enthusiasts including kayaking, hiking, biking, and birding. When you want to escape the sun for a while, head to the island’s Rotary Centennial Nature Center to learn about the culture and natural history of this unique region of Florida. Honeymoon Island is located 15 minutes from our hotel, accessible via the Dunedin Causeway.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Made famous by the movie Dolphin Tale, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home a wide variety of exotic marine life. The most famous of its inhabitants is Winter, a bottlenose dolphin with a prosthetic tail who was the inspiration for the Dolphin Tale movie. In addition to exhibits and animal shows, Clearwater offers adventures, tours, summer camps and interactive activities for all ages.

Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training

Less than a 20 minute drive from our hotel, you'll find the Bright House Field where the Philadelphia Phillies host their annual spring training.  The Bright House Field is a state-of-the-art ballpark that offers grass berm seating, group picnic areaa,  video scoreboard and a tiki-hut pavilion for visitors 21 and over.  Visiting from March - September?  Be sure to check out a ball game during your stay.  

Dunedin Fine Art Center

The Dunedin Fine Art Centre is one of Florida’s premier art centers, offering thought-provoking exhibitions and a range of educational resources including lectures, workshops and studio classes. Serving as the pillar of Dunedin’s vibrant local arts community, the DFAC is a great place to spend an afternoon. It’s also home to a great little café and a unique gift shop.

SimCenter Flight Simulation

Have you ever dreamed of piloting a 737 airliner or an F16 fighter jet? The SimCenter in Dunedin offers one of the most realistic simulations of these aircrafts you can find anywhere in the country. Drawing rave reviews from flight sim enthusiasts who flock here from around the world,SimCenter offers flight simulation experiences for beginners and professionals alike, with a number of aircraft to choose from.

Dunedin Golf Club

Designed in the 1920s by renowned course architect Donald Ross, the Dunedin Golf Club was the original home of the PGA and birthplace of the now legendary PGA tour. In recent years, the course has undergone a major overhaul to restore it to its original glory. It was named “country club of the year” in 2008 by Tampa Bay Magazine and continues to attract world-class golfers from far and wide.

Sunset Cruises from Dunedin Harbor

One of the best ways to enjoy a breathtaking Florida sunset is to hop aboard a Parrotdise Express Sunset Cruise at Dunedin Harbor. Cruising through Hurricane Pass amid idyllic tropical islands, this relaxing 2.5 hour experience includes complimentary wine, beer, soda and water and, in most cases, spectacular dolphin sightings!

Tarpon Springs and the Sponge Docks

Home to the largest percentage of Greek Americans of any US city, Tarpon Springs is rich with culture and history. The city was once the hub of a thriving natural sponge industry and today the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks serve a major tourist attraction with unique shops, museums, and Greek restaurants.

 

Dunedin Points of Interest

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