Things to Do near Lake Tarpon in Palm Harbor

Looking for Things to Do near Lake Tarpon in Palm Harbor?

There are a lot of options when you and your family are looking for fun things to do near Lake Tarpon in Palm Harbor. Here is a list of our favorite family-friendly activities.


Tarpon Sponge Docks near Vista Inn & Suites Near Lake Tarpon and Palm Harbor for Things to Do in Palm Harbor

Tarpon Sponge Docks

The sponge industry helped build a Greek community that is now famous not only for the world’s finest sponges, but for some of the finest Greek restaurants, markets and bakeries in the country.

3.9 miles


Salty Waters Fishing Charters near Vista Inn & Suites Near Lake Tarpon and Palm Harbor for Things to Do in Palm Harbor

Salty Waters Fishing Charters

Salty Water Fishing Charters provides fishing trips to allow you to have an all-around great day on the salty water! Captain Jimmy Hartley will show you some of the best near-shore fishing in west central Florida. Fishing trips are customized to focus on family fun. With over 20+ years on the local water, Captain Hartley will take you right to tarpon, snook, trout, mackerel and even shark, if you’re up for it. You never know what you’ll catch on your fishing trip!

4.2 miles


Fred Howard Park near Vista Inn & Suites Near Lake Tarpon and Palm Harbor for Things to Do in Palm Harbor

Fred Howard Park

Fred Howard Park consists of 155 acres and provides access to the Gulf of Mexico by a one-mile-long causeway. The white sandy beach is a very popular north county swim area. In addition to swimming, it provides a perfect location for visitors to enjoy many spectacular sunsets. Nesting ospreys and eagles may be viewed by park visitors as they fish for food in the surrounding waters.

5.5 miles


Honeymoon Island State Park near Vista Inn & Suites Near Lake Tarpon and Palm Harbor for Things to Do in Palm Harbor

Honeymoon Island State Park

One of Florida’s best-loved state parks, Honeymoon Island has more than four miles of beach to explore along with a three-mile trail through one of the last remaining virgin slash pine forests. Looking skyward, eagles, osprey and great horned owls can be seen, while ground animals include gopher tortoises, raccoons and armadillos. Swimming, fishing, shelling, hiking and bicycling are all popular activities that make Honeymoon Island State Park an ideal getaway.

9.4 miles


Clearwater Beach near Vista Inn & Suites Near Lake Tarpon and Palm Harbor for Things to Do in Palm Harbor

Caladesi Island

With three miles of pristine beaches accessible only by boat, Caladesi Island is an unspoiled paradise. In addition, it is a magical place for swimming, sun-bathing, picnics, snorkeling or shelling. Also, there’s a ferry that takes you there and back every half hour.

10.4 miles (to the Caladesi Honeymoon Island Ferry)


Clearwater Beach near Vista Inn & Suites Near Lake Tarpon and Palm Harbor for Things to Do in Palm Harbor

Clearwater Beach

Laid-back Clearwater Beach is known for its namesake stretch of soft, white sand. Clearwater Beach draws visitors year-round for jet-skiing, parasailing and stand-up paddleboarding in its calm waters. In addition, cyclists and rollerbladers glide along a winding beachfront promenade lined with casual seafood restaurants and cafes. At sunset, Pier 60 hosts a nightly festival with street performers and craft vendors.

18 miles 


Places to Eat Near Vista Inn on Lake Tarpon in Palm Harbor

Whether you’re looking for a casual restaurant or something fancier, there are a lot of dining options right outside your door.


Giovanni’s Fresh Italian Kitchen

Giovanni’s is a family restaurant in Palm Harbor that uses the best ingredients and provides a great atmosphere.

Attached to hotel

Tarpon Turtle Grill & Marina

Seafood-focused American fare in a modern mission-style space with a booth-equipped waterside deck.

3 miles

Tarpon Tavern

Old-world pub providing burgers and other American eats, plus craft beers, in a 1920s-era building.

3.2 miles

Dimitri’s on the Water

Greek dockside stop with indoor and outdoor dining spaces for seafood, salads, spreads and sunset views.

4 miles

Hellas Bakery & Restaurant

Hellas Bakery & Restaurant, located in Tarpon Springs, is a distributor of fine Greek pastries and specialty desserts.

4 miles

Mr. Souvlaki

Long-standing eatery serving homestyle Greek dishes plus beer and wine in basic, low-key quarters.

4 miles

Mykonos

Upbeat Greek spot specializing in grilled seafood and meat plates, plus other traditional, homey fare.

4 miles

Parthenon Restaurant & Bakery

Greek and Mediterranean food, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

4 miles

Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill

Laid-back, family-owned eatery featuring local seafood, a tiki bar on the water and live music.

4.2 miles