Seaplane Basin Park, Fishing and More: Family Fun in the Davis Islands
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Whether you’re planning a trip to Florida or already live there and want to take a staycation, there are several activities to enjoy in the Davis Islands. Although it’s a small area, it’s packed with things to do! You could have a picnic at Seaplane Basin, play fetch at Davis Island Dog Beach, or sample gourmet chocolates at the Tebella Tea Company. Here are some ideas for a family outing south of Tampa.
What better way to appreciate the Sunshine State than to head outdoors? There are several opportunities for recreation in the Davis Islands.
Roy Jenkins Pool
On a hot day, this outdoor community pool is fun for the whole family. It has clean restrooms, a separate kids’ pool with water features, and changing rooms with showers.
The pool is also fully staffed with lifeguards, making it a great place to learn how to swim. According to a Gallup poll, 55% of people over age 15 don’t know how to swim, but it’s an important skill to have — especially in Florida.
Davis Islands Beach
Bask in the sand and surf of Tampa Bay at Davis Islands Beach. It’s calm, quiet, and a perfect place to watch the sunset. Keep in mind that there are no restrooms or other facilities at this beach, but it’s just a few minutes away from town.
Davis Island Dog Beach
Right next to the main Davis Islands Beach is the Davis Island Dog Beach, which features a waterfront dog park, a water fountain, and a wash station. Unleashed dogs are allowed, so exercise caution if your pup is reactive around other dogs. Always remember to pick up after your dog to keep the beach clean.
Seaplane Basin Park
Seaplane Basin Park is a well-maintained, grassy park with tables, benches, and walking trails. There are lots of trees for shade. From Seaplane Basin Park, you get a view of the commercial boat docks and can watch planes going in for a landing at the nearby airport. Seaplane Basin also features a dog park and a bicycle repair station.
Davis Islands Park
This waterside park has a playground with slides, swings, and a jungle gym shaded by oak trees. Bring your own food and drinks and watch a game at the nearby baseball field. Davis Islands Park has restrooms and water fountains.
Steady Action Fishing Charters
Spend the day on a chartered boat and catch some fish! Whether you’re a seasoned angler or want someone to show you the ropes, Steady Action creates customized trips tailored to different skill levels. The tours accommodate up to six people, and the price includes bait, tackle, a fishing license, rods and reels, fuel, and ice. The guides will also clean and bag your fish.
Food and Drinks
Playing outside is sure to work up an appetite. Head to these local cafes and restaurants to fuel your adventures.
DI Coffee Bar
Need a boost? DI Coffee Bar serves coffee, tea, wine, and beer. The cafe also has a wide selection of pastries and sandwiches. It offers both indoor and outdoor seating with free WiFi.
Address: 214 E Davis Blvd
Hours of operation: Open Monday to Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Tebella Tea Company
The Tebella Tea Company’s flagship store offers over 115 types of tea as well as chocolate, bonbons, biscotti, cookies, and macarons. If you want a souvenir, the cafe also sells tea accessories, stationery, and other gifts. It offers free WiFi and several outdoor tables so you can enjoy your tea in the fresh air.
Address: 227 E Davis Blvd
Hours of operation: Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.
Thai Island Restaurant
In the mood for Thai food? Thai Island Restaurant offers a variety of dishes, from classics like tom kha gai to more exotic cuisine like fried calamari, papaya salad, and duck. The restaurant also offers wine, sake, beer, iced coffee, and tea. String lights and potted plants create a fun ambiance for diners of all ages.
Address: 210 E Davis Blvd
Hours of operation: Closed Monday. Open Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., then from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Open Saturday and Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
If you want to enjoy a football game over a bucket of wings, this bar is the place to be. Anchor Tavern offers classic pub food, including fish and chips, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, onion rings, and more. And, of course, there’s plenty of beer on the menu.
Address: 304 E Davis Blvd
Hours of operation: Open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Are there a few picky eaters in your group? 220 East serves American, Chinese, Mexican, and Italian food as well as seafood. There truly is something for everyone. The restaurant offers several types of cake, pie, and ice cream on its dessert menu and has a relaxing atmosphere.
Address: 220 E Davis Blvd
Hours of operation: Open Monday to Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., then from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Open Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., then from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Open Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Closed Sunday.
Grecian Island Restaurant
If you’re craving Greek food for breakfast, look no further than Grecian Island Restaurant. Sit outside and savor spanakopita, gyros, baklava with honey, and classic breakfast plates like eggs with French toast.
Address: 223 E Davis Blvd
Hours of operation: Closed Monday. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
A Fun Day in the Davis Islands
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of nearby Tampa, the Davis Islands is a breath of fresh seaside air. From parks to restaurants, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy, making it a great stopover or home base during a Florida vacation.
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