Dunedin is positioned to see some increased tourism because of the Republican National Convention next week.
The convention, set for Aug. 27 to 30, is expected to draw roughly 50,000 visitors to the Tampa Bay area, and Dunedin is sandwiched between where national delegates will be lodging in Palm Harbor and Clearwater.
Politics aside, Patch put together a list of some must-see Dunedin attractions for any visitors to the area. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comment section.
1. The Arts. Dunedin's arts and cultural community is an active group. Observe their work while walking the streets or buy it in the shops. You won't want to miss some of these more iconic pieces:
- The "Dogedin" mural at
- The "100th Orange" mural at
- Places to buy: , , , , , ,
2. Souvenir Shopping. Dunedin has a plethora of shops for those looking for a one-of-a-kind Florida treasure. Try:
- , antiques and collectibles from local vendors and artisans.
- , locally-sourced art, custom-painted furniture
- , Coastal-inpsired home accessories
- , Key West/Caribbean style accessories
- , beach accessories, clothing and gifts
3. Food. Some visitors prefer experiencing a new place by eating where the locals eat. Here are some down-home places that are just a little off the beaten path. (Note: It's fair to say the locals eat at all the restaurants in Dunedin, but we couldn't list all of them. Visit our directory for more options.)
- . Eat outside on picnic tables at a place so good it's only open twice a week. (Insider tip: cash only; open Friday and Saturday)
- . Seafood is served as fresh off the boat and as close to the water as you can get in Dunedin. It is a local favorite that also typically has a local craft beer on tap.
- . If you're looking for a a more elegant, fine-dining experience, this is it. It offers an intimate setting with award-winning meals.
- . This is definitely a favorite locals beach hangout on the Honeymoon Island side of town. It serves up something for every one's taste.
- . If you're health conscious, gluten-free or have food allergies, this is the place you can eat and feel at ease. It is the only dedicated gluten-free facility in the area.
- . It's like an island retreat located right on the Pinellas Trail. (Insider tip: order the wings; you also can't go wrong ordering wings at ).
4. Beer. If you're in need of a pint, you're in the right place. Dunedin prides itself on its locally-crafted brews. One of our bars was even named among the in the United States last year. Check the happy hours specials before you go.
- For cocktails:
- and the waterside bar at
5. Activities. If you prefer to recreate when you're traveling, try some of these trademark Dunedin activities. (Visit our calendar to see what events are planned.)
- and paddle out to or Caladesi Island
- Go to a Dunedin Blue Jays game
- Catch Drag Queen Bingo at on Tuesdays