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Best Things to Do in Dunedin

Let’s go on an adventure! Our Destination? A small little town located on the west coast of Florida with Scottish roots named Dunedin–or as some of the locals say, DOGedin! 

This quaint little town is an escape from the hustle and bustle of its big-city neighbors. Upon first glance, Downtown Dunedin is a flourishing neighborhood of local businesses. 

After peeling back the orange, however, anyone can see this area is so much more than an artsy downtown, it’s a place where locals and tourists alike spend their days making memories with family and friends.

Grab your kids, grab your dog, or grab your bike and let’s go explore the best things to do in Downtown Dunedin.

Local Hangs

Dunedin is notorious for having only local eateries and destinations to visit, meaning you won’t find many chain restaurants or shops in this town.

If you’re not from the area, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered on the best way to blend in with the locals: visiting their favorite spots!

Up first is Florida’s first microbrewery, the Dunedin Brewery! Established in 1995, this craft beer destination served as a catalyst in developing the craft beer scene in the Sunshine State.

Take a seat at the bar and you can sample over 20 different kinds of craft beers that have all been brewed in house. They rotate their taps regularly so you can always try something new with each visit.

What was once a woodworking shop, has now been restored and transformed into one of the best things to do in Downtown Dunedin! Woodwright Brewing Co has about 12 different beers on tap along with wine and cider options for our friends that prefer fruit over barley.

Woodwright has an incredible outdoor patio area that features live acoustic music throughout the week and the cafe lights give the space a warm cozy feel. Perfect for date nights or just hanging out with friends.

The Dunedin Stadium has been ranked one of the top 5 stadiums to watch spring training games by Sports Illustrated, and it’s about to get better! This community hub is home to the Toronto Blue Jays spring training games, the Dunedin Blue Jays Minor League Baseball team, and a number of community events.

Fans can not only enjoy catching foul balls and cheering on home runs, but the newly revamped stadium will feature indoor and outdoor bar areas, closer access to players, improved concessions and a few other surprises! Don’t worry all of this construction will be done before the 2020 spring season!

If you are looking to relax, you can lounge at any one of Honeymoon Island’s five beaches, take a hike along the trails, or catch a bite at Honeymoon Cafe. Paddleboard and Kayak rentals are also available at the concession stands, or you can BYOK or PB.

You can also take a ferry across Hurricane Pass to Honeymoon’s sister Island, Caladesi Island, where you can also enjoy cycling and fishing. These islands may have been split up by a hurricane back in 1921 but they’re both equally beautiful.

Pet Friendly

Whether you say Dunedin or DOGedin, we’re sure you want to know where you can bring Fido.

Lucky for you this small town is very pet friendly!

A hidden gem with a unique beverage selection. Rosie’s Tavern not only has indoor and outdoor seating available but they treat your pets like family! Water bowls are placed throughout the pub so your fur baby can stay hydrated, while you get thirsty!

Rosie’s features a wide selection of craft beers, wines, and ciders. Their grapefruit beer is surprisingly delicious!

Aloha, and welcome to The Honu, a Hawaiian oasis serving up Polynesian cuisine for the masses. Fido is always welcome on the lanai and water bowls are always on deck. See what we did there?

The Honu prides itself in using only the freshest ingredients for all their dishes and almost everything on their menu can be made vegetarian or vegan.

This lei’d back cafe is one of the best things to do in Downtown Dunedin and the perfect place to have brunch with your dog moms or meet up with that cute guy you met on Dig.

If you’re a serious dog parent, you only feed your furbaby the best food, dress them in the finest clothes and accessories, and spoil them with more toys than they know what to do with.

That can sometimes be an exhausting job of internet researching and shopping, but your online scavenger hunt ends today! We hereby introduce you to Poochies Pet Boutique & Salon, the one-stop-shop for everything your pet needs from blinged out collars, CBD treats, grain-free food, and indestructible toys.

They also have a salon service that will have your pooch feeling like royalty! Pets are equal–or dare we even say superior–to humans here and we like it that way.

Year-Round​ Events: The City That Never Rests

Whether you are looking for freshly baked bread, hand-poured soy candles, fresh local produce, handmade soaps, or handcrafted jewelry, you can find just about anything at the Dunedin Downtown Market.

This farmer’s market is open on Fridays and Saturdays, 8 months out of the year and is conveniently located in the center of Downtown, in Pioneer Park. Grab a reusable bag and shop from over 40 different small businesses. Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat from one of the many different food options!

The Dunedin Downtown Market is said to be one of the best things to do in Downtown Dunedin by all the locals.

A tradition that has been around for more than 50 years, the Dunedin Highland Games is a festival that celebrates the Scottish Heritage of Dunedin. Grab your bagpipes and kilts skirts and get ready to compete, or maybe just drink beer and cheer really loudly from the stands.

Throughout the day you can enjoy multiple demonstrations of traditional dances and watch as athletes compete in challenges like the caber toss, stone throw, and sheaf toss.

Take a stroll down Dunedin’s Main Street and try not to spend your whole paycheck while you visit the Annual Downtown Dunedin Art & Craft Festivals.

Meet some of Florida’s finest artists and crafters with products that were all handmade in America. These budget-friendly arts and crafts festivals happen about four times a year, usually two in the spring, and two in the fall.

Let’s paint the town orange and raise some money! The Dunedin Orange festival is a celebration of Dunedin’s citrus history and a fundraiser for the Dunedin History Museum and the Dunedin Chamber Foundation whose missions are to educate and preserve the community’s rich and cultural heritage.

Come out and enjoy live music and entertainment throughout the event, along with craft beers and family friendly activities. Toward the end of the night, there’s even a Pin-up Girl Contest and silent auction.

Best Things to Do in Dunedin

Family Friendly

All aboard! Choo Choo! What was once a bustling train station has now been transformed into a historical museum. The Dunedin Historical Museum features interactive exhibits for all ages to enjoy.

Immerse yourself in Dunedin’s rich history as you learn about the citrus industry, early pioneers, the extensive railroad system, and more! Admission is only a suggested donation of $2 for adults, children 12 and under are FREE!

Over at Strachan’s, they take their ice cream very seriously. Every scoop of creamy goodness is made in house to ensure consistency and deliciousness!

They have crafted more than 50 different flavors and are always mixing up the selection, so don’t be afraid to try something new every time you visit.

Not an ice cream fan? GASP. No worries, they also serve homemade fudge and they have an award-winning carrot cake, as well as a variety of other cakes and pies. There is something for everyone’s taste buds to enjoy. Not only is it one of the best things to do in Downtown Dunedin, but it’s the sweetest!

Grab your bike, skateboard, rollerblades, or plain ol’ sneakers and let’s get active! The Pinellas trail runs all the way from Tarpon Spring to St. Petersburg and we’re lucky to have a portion of it run right through Downtown Dunedin.

Fun fact: the trail used to be an active railroad back in the 1800s called the Orange Belt Railway.

Lined with shady oak trees and pockets of sunshine, the Pinellas Trail is perfect for taking a nice stroll with the whole family, even your pets!

Best Things to Do in Dunedin

Late Night Entertainment

New name, who dis? Next on our list of the best things to do in Downtown Dunedin is Crown & Bull, formerly known as Kelly’s Chic A Boom Room. This restaurant features American cuisine with a modern twist using fresh, locally grown ingredients.

Did we also mention their daytime menus are gluten-free and vegan friendly? The easiest way to spot this place is to look for the illuminated sign of a Bulldog with a crown on his head.

Just a short walk east from Crown & Bull, is Downtown Dunedin’s only nightclub, Blur! Ladies get your dancing shoes, and boys stretch them legs because you’ll be dancing all night long with the electrifying energy that surrounds you.

Although Blur is closed on Mondays, #recoveryday, there’s something fun to do every other night. Drag queen bingo, karaoke night, house music night, live jazz and swing dancing, and weekend dance parties are just a few of the weekly events put on by the popular nightclub. Grab your friends or that hot date and dance the night away!

If dancing isn’t your thing, and you prefer something more laid back and playful, Reboot Bar and Arcade is going to become your new go-to hangout. They’re the new kid on the block, but this neon bar definitely lives up to it’s more established neighbors and the overall vibe of the area.

With more than 30 different video game consoles showcasing over 100 different video games, AND a virtual reality room, there is an endless amount of entertainment!

If you are into the Dungeons & Dragons scene, they have a group that meets every Monday night to battle against the monsters and wizards of the old world.

If you are more of a 90s video game fan, you can challenge your friends in a Mario Smash Brothers Tournament on Thursday nights.

Best Things to Do in Dunedin

Get Away With Us!

You don’t need to fly 1,000 miles to a city you’ve never been to or take a cross country road trip to feel like you’re on vacation. Having a staycation and exploring your city in a different way are easy ways to relax and unwind that don’t require a lot of time or money!

The Fenway Hotel has been around since the roaring 20s and is seen as an icon of the jazz age. Politicians, early explorers, artists, musicians, and others have all stayed at what was once called the Grand Lady of Dunedin.

The Fenway Hotel is full of musical history and at one point housed the county’s first radio station, which is now the home of the sun-kissed rooftop bar, Hi-Fi. Sunset is the best time to visit the rooftop bar, you can sip on expertly crafted cocktails as you gaze toward the water and watch as the sky melts away.

Inside, at Hew Parlor & Chophouse you can order a fancy scotch or whiskey from the extensive collection at the parlor bar or cut into one of the finest pieces of perfectly tender steak as you are serenaded by live music. It’s the combination of these elements that really provide an unforgettable experience at the hotel.

Now that you have the inside scoop on the best things to do in Downtown Dunedin, it’s time to call up your friends and go exploring!

Show us the places you visited by tagging your photos using #StufftoDoinTampaBay. Don’t forget to download the UNATION App or check out our website to find all the events that are happening in Dunedin!

Madai Favaro

Madai Favaro 

Madai is a Clearwater-based adventure seeker, content creator, and event planner with a serious addiction to smoothie bowls, all things basenji, and the show Fixer Upper. 

While Madai isn’t working on her own fixer-upper, she can easily be found at a local market shopping for handmade goods or eating an acai bowl from her local smoothie bar. She frequently enjoys discovering new and hidden places within the different communities around Tampa Bay and loves supporting small businesses. 

When Madai isn’t exploring her backyard, you can find her running around and managing events in Clearwater. Find Madai on Instagram at @FavaroMadai.