We will be updating this list over the next couple of months, but in the meantime, here is the list:
Treasure Island is not really a Florida golf destination, as most people come for the beach and the water. In addition, the entire island is pretty compact and developed, not allowing for the large spaces typically required for a golf course. Nevertheless, there are a few public course options for the golf enthusiast, and a tennis option too.
Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis
The first and most convenient if youâ€™re staying in Treasure Island is Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis. A par 3, 9 hole walking course that overlooks the intracoastal waterway, there are private lessons, tournaments and clinics available. Cost is extremely reasonable. No driving range. Tennis is available also, although reservations are needed. The facility also includes a sand volleyball court, a basketball court and picnic pavilion. 10315 Paradise Blvd, Treasure Island, 727-360-6062
Twin Brooks Golf Course
The Twin Brooks course is actually in St Petersburg and closer to Gulfport than to Treasure Island, but the course was recently renovated and is now re-open for play. The course is 18-holes and includes a driving range, which is something that the Treasure Bay course lacks. In addition there are three additional practice holes and a practice area.
A newly added fleet of 12 golf carts may help ease the heat in the summertime. PGA instruction is available for individuals or groups. You can check the website for current rates or to book line. Tee time reservations are 3 days in advance January to April.
Twin Brooks Golf Course is located at 3800 22nd Ave S. Phone 727-893-7445.
Sometimes a swimming pool just hits the spot
If all that sun, sand and surf has become, well, annoying, we know you still need a way to cool off. Or maybe just need a smaller body of water to keep the kids corralled in other than the Gulf of Mexico.
It may be time to try one of the local pools.
Sure, you can try to sneak into one of the resorts, but are you really ready to live like you’re in witness protection, constantly looking over your shoulder, worried someone is going to ask you for your room number?
There are two great complexes in the St Petersburg area which are open year-round. Â Both have a variety of swimming options and very helpful websites.
St Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center
The first, the St Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center, is about a 10 minute drive from Treasure Island. Â The SPB Family Aquatic Center is a year-round heated/chilled facility, complete with a childrenâ€™s play area that features water features that spray and squirt water, plus lounges, showers, dressing rooms, etc. Because the facility is sometimes used for special events, I suggest contacting the center before heading over â€“ 727-363-9264.
You can find information about hours & fees, classes, pool regulations and slide rules here.Â The center is located at 7701 Boca Ciega Dr, St Pete Beach.
The St Petersburg Parks & Recreation department operates St Petersburgâ€™s pools.
There are 9.
The North Shore Aquatic Complex is going to be the most similar to the SPB Family Aquatic Center.Â And only the North Shore Aquatic Complex is open all year. Â It is located at 901 North Shore Dr, NE, St Petersburg. This complex features a 50 meter pool with diving board, 25 yard training pool with zero depth entry, a play pool with a giant flume slide, splash pad and accessible zero depth entry.
Reach the North Shore complex by phone at 727-893-7727.
Rainout line is 727-877-2236 or view online.
The Treasure Island Outdoor Friday Market is seasonal only and runs from late December through the end of April. The venue is held at the Treasure Island Community Center. 104th Ave & Park Place and has just what youâ€™d expect from a farmerâ€™s market. Fridays 9 am â€“ 2 pm.
You can visit the marketâ€™s Facebook page for news and alerts.
Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market (year-round) Gulfport â€“ Gulfport toughs it out through high and low season by operating its farmers market year-round.
The year-round operation is probably one of the reasons it is so successful. If you look at the list of local markets at the top of the page you’ll see that the vast majority operate only part of the year.
Gulfport’s Fresh Market has continued to grow in the number of vendors and expand the types of vendors participating each week.
Today the roster includes approximately 70 vendors. October through April hours are 9am â€“ 3pm and May through September the hours are 9am â€“ 2pm.
Located on Beach Blvd between the public library and the Gulfport Casino, street parking is free. Visit the website to find a list of vendors.
Kayaks, Paddleboards, Boats and More!
Thereâ€™s more than one way to get in and in the water on Treasure Island besides wading in from the beach. Â You can head out on Boca Ciega Bay or out into the Gulf. Â Day or night!
Treasure Island Boat RentalsÂ â€“ Bow, Pontoon & Deck Boats available for rent. Rentals include a cooler, nautical chart, orientation and the necessary safety equipment.
Mad Beach PaddlesportsÂ â€“ 11125 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island. (At the Treasure Bay Resort and Marina).Â 610-217-2604.
Mad Beach offers paddleboard and kayak rentals, along with tours.Â A couple of really cool things they offer areÂ Night Sup and Sunset/Glow Tour.Â Paddleboarding at night! Yes it is a thing! Fewer people, less glare, the stars and the moon, cooler temps and even cooler LED lights on the paddleboards.Â If you donâ€™t want to go out on your own, theÂ toursÂ are a great way to go.Â Four tour options include Tour Shell Key, Tour Johns Pass, the Sunset/Glow tour mentioned above, and Tour DeSoto.Â Bike rentalsÂ are also available at Mad Beach Paddlesports, including Fat Tire Bikes and Electric Bikes.
Surf ShackÂ â€“ 14953 Gulf Blvd in Madeira Beach.Â A great choice if you want to head up the coast a tad to Madeira Beach.Â Bike rentals, paddleboard rentals, kayak rentals, scooter rentals, boogie board rentals and more! They say they have everything you need for the beach and I think they mean it! Right down to sunglasses and flip flops.
Hubbardâ€™s MarinaÂ â€“ a family business in its fourth generation, Hubbardâ€™s has been around since 1928.Â Hubbardâ€™s offers fishing trips of varying lengths, private charters, daily dolphin watching nature and eco tours, a sunset cruise, a ferry to Egmont key, kayak and paddleboard rentals and guided Segway tours.Â Located atÂ 170 Johns Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach. Â Call them at 727-393-1947 or 1-800-755-0677.
Online reservations available if you know what you want!
This slide is operated by Big Event Slides. Â Also known as the Hippo Slide.
Big Event Slides â€“ 10400 Gulf Blvd. Â $3 for one trip, $5 for two trips or an all-day pass for $25. Huge slide. You can see it from the parking lot! Check out the pictures on Facebook â€“ so much fun!
When we were there last (July 2018) the slide was now sort of tan and blue. Â Maybe they don’t last long in the blazing Florida sun. I will ask next time. Â But there was also a pirate ship of sorts available.
Take note that the bungee trampoline has a weight limit that could affect some adults.
It operates during the Sunday evening Drum Circle too, so have a ride and try to slide with the beat!
This is what the “complex” looks like as you approach from the parking area. Â You can easily access this via the Mobi-Mat, as the Mobi-Mat begins where the wooden beach walkover ends.
Getting Around Treasure Island by Boat
Treasure Island has three public ramps. These are all pretty small, single-lane ramps with limited or no space for trailer parking. Â It may make sense to scope it out ahead of time, but if youâ€™re staying at our TI rentals youâ€™ll want to use the 123rdÂ Ave ramp and you can take the trailer back to the house and return on foot.
Things can get really busy on weekends, so TI asks that youÂ prepare your boatÂ prior to launch.Â Treasure Island also has a small marina with some boat slips for rent. If you just need a slip for a short period they do have metered slips available at an hourly rate. There is a waiting list for the permanent slips. You may contact the recreation department if youâ€™re interested. 727-547-4575. This is located on Boca Ciega Bay next to the City Services Complex on 108thÂ Ave. Be careful if you search the web for information â€“ there is a Treasure Island Marina in Panama City Beach. Â Use ourÂ linkÂ or make sure you have the right one!
Bridges The Causeway Bridge (pictured above) can open three times per hour during the week and twice an hour on the weekends. Here is the schedule:Â Monday – Friday – 7 am to 7 pm it opens at the top of the hour, at twenty minutes after the hour and forty minutes after the hour. Saturday, Sunday and Federal holidays – it opens at 15 minutes after the hour and 45 minutes after the hour (or 15 minutes before…) You can request a bridge opening by calling the bridge tender on VHF Channel 9. When closed the bridge has 21 feet of vertical clearance.
The Causeway Bridge (pictured above) can open three times per hour during the week and twice an hour on the weekends.
Here is the schedule:
Monday – Friday – 7 am to 7 pm it opens at the top of the hour, at twenty minutes after the hour and forty minutes after the hour.
Saturday, Sunday and Federal holidays – it opens at 15 minutes after the hour and 45 minutes after the hour (or 15 minutes before…)
You can request a bridge opening by calling the bridgetender on VHF Channel 9.
When closed the bridge has 21 feet of vertical clearance.