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50. Dunedin Marina The city-owned marina is just west of downtown and includes a park with a playground and gazebo, boats (of course) — some offer fun charter tours — a Coast Guard auxiliary, and outdoor dining options. 51 Main St., 727-298-3030, dunedingov.com.
51. Dunedin Trailhead Along with water and restrooms, the Dunedin Trailhead also provides Pinellas Trail cyclists with easy access to downtown Dunedin’s many restaurants and shops. Get on your bikes and ride!
Hammock Park At 90 acres, The Hammock is Dunedin’s largest park — Old Florida beauty at its best. It’s listed in the Guide to the Great Florida Birding Trail, and can be enjoyed via nature trails, picnic shelters, an observation platform and a playground. 1900 San Mateo Drive, dunedingov.com.
Highlander Park Highlander’s 70 acres make it Dunedin’s second largest park, inside which you'll find the Dunedin Fine Art and Nature centers, a pool, picnic shelters, tennis courts, and Little League fields. Special events like the Dunedin Art Harvest take place there annually. Three playgrounds amuse the kiddies. 903 Michigan Blvd., dunedingov.com.
52. Pioneer Park Located at Douglas Avenue and Main Street near Dunedin City Hall, Pioneer is home to concerts and events throughout the year — farmers’ markets, Mardi Gras, Casa Tina’s Dios de los Muertos fest and the Dunedin Green Market. 420 Main St., dunedingov.com.
Weaver Park Tall palm trees and a waterfront view make the newest park in Dunedin a worthwhile detour off the Pinellas Trail. The fishing pier is now open in addition to much of the park grounds. Bayshore Boulevard and Lee Street, dunedingov.com.
STAY & PLAY
53. Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn An ideal base for a Dunedin weekend, located directly across from the Marina and next to the popular Bon Appetit restaurant. The rooms have a beach-house feel unusual for a chain, many with slanting beamed roofs and private balconies. Summer rates (mid-April to mid-September) range from $99.99-$180 for standard rooms. 150 Marina Plaza, 727-733-4121, bestwestern.com.
Clearwater Jolley Trolley Don’t let the name fool you, the Clearwater Jolley Trolley rolls from Clearwater Beach through Dunedin and all the way up to Tarpon Springs. A great alternative to driving if you’re planning on drinking during your beach outing (and who isn’t, really?). There’s even a smartphone app that the tech-obsessed can use to track the trolley’s progress. $4.50 for a daily pass. clearwaterjolleytrolley.com.
54. Meranova Guest Inn The slogan kind of says it all: “We overlook nothing but Main Street.” Meranova offers bed & breakfast accommodations in the heart of downtown Dunedin. Not thrilled with all the socializing B&Bs are known for? No worries, as this B&B offers individual suites with private entrances, bathrooms, and gourmet breakfast served in your suite (or by the pool, or in the orchid garden — hey, they’re flexible). The Inn also has two suites with full kitchens for extended stay guests, though with so many great restaurants nearby it’d be a shame to stay in and cook. 458 Virginia Lane, 727-733-9248, meranova.com.
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