Explore outdoor shopping and dining at Johns Pass

According to legend, Johns Pass was created by a devastating hurricane on September 27, 1848. A pirate named John Levique is credited with making the first passage through this newly created pass. And so, he was rewarded with making it his namesake, Johns Pass. 


This turn of the century, charming fishing village is located in Pinellas County and is the county’s premier tourist attraction. Amazingly it is home to well over one hundred merchants, including a wide variety of restaurants, dolphin watching and shelling tours, a local fishing fleet, boat and jet ski rentals, and parasailing. 


This outdoor shopping and dining complex at Johns Pass has more than 100 stores and restaurants, including Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, The Friendly Fisherman, and Sculley. Many of these restaurants have rustic tin roofs and feature spectacular water views to add to the ambience.


Johns Pass Village and Boardwalk maintains the high-energy vibe in the evening with its numerous bars. In addition, a waterfront, tiki-like sports bar called the Hut Bar and Grill serves up favorites with a hot, tropical vibe. For live music, you’ll definitely want to head over to the Bamboo Bar with its amazing tiki-style patio on Village Boulevard or enjoy a cool, frosty cocktail from the waterfront dock on the Boardwalk.


And when deciding to drive to Johns Pass Village, don’t worry about where to park. In order to accommodate this bustling village, there is plenty of parking from metered on-street parking as well as a multi-level parking garage. 


Nearby attractions to check out include: 


Johns Pass Marina

From the Johns Pass Marina visitors can make reservations and go deep-sea fishing, take an amazing dolphin-watching cruise, partake in a shell-finding tour or rent a watersport vehicle of their choice. 


Madeira Beach

If the beach is your desired destination, you won’t have to go far. Madeira Beach’s 2.5-mile beach attracts lovers of sun and sea! A local favorite that draws big crowds is the annual Johns Pass Seafood Festival held during the last weekend in October.   Visitors to the festival can taste fresh grouper and other varieties of seafood, all while enjoying local arts, crafts, and entertainment!


Alligator Attraction and Wildlife Learning Center

The Alligator Attraction and Wildlife Learning Center is home to over 180 animals, including alligators, lizards, snakes, skunks, pigs, rabbits, sloths, fish, and more. These wonderful animals come from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, wildlife and reptile rescues, and individual owners who can no longer care for their pets. The Alligator Attraction strives to provide education about nature and ways to coexist with the diversity of wildlife throughout the world.


Adventure Islands

It’s perfect for Adventure Islands when it’s just too hot for the beach or any other amusement park! This water-themed park is over 30 acres of wet fun. Of the many attractions, visitors will be thrilled to ride the ten water slides, take a dip in five pools, including the 17,000 square foot wave pool!  


Florida Botanical Gardens

Looking for a rest from the beach and other water activities? Why not try something a little different. Come and immerse yourself in the five major gardens of the Florida Botanical Gardens. Beautiful plants and flowers provide a backdrop for the best photo spots ever! As a bonus, visit during the Christmas season and see the park decked out in Christmas light with live entertainment and even visits from Santa!  


No matter how Johns Pass got its start, one thing is for sure. It’s a great place to experience all the benefits of ocean living, sea life, fine living, and the gorgeous tropical Florida Gulf Coast!