Spotlight on Seminole

seminolelightGood morning Tampa Bay Mommies! I’m here to tell you a little about my neck of the woods in Pinellas County. I live in Seminole, a small town not too far from the Gulf Beaches. It spans a whopping 5.6 square miles (and 0.54  miles of that is water). While there are a lot of things to do and places to go in Seminole, I’m going to share a few awesome places in our neighboring towns.

Things to Do

Holland G Magnum Recreation Center 9100 113th St N  This is not just any rec center. This is the hub of all the city’s activities. Every year the rec center hosts the “Tri If You Dare” Kids Triathlon, WinterFest complete with Santa and a snow hill, Field of Screams which is the annual Halloween party/trick or treat event, Flicks and Fins (movies in the pool) as well as countless sports opportunities, fitness classes, and activities for people ranging from preschool age to residents in their golden years. It is also the home of the Seminole Pow Wow, an annual festival celebrating the city’s heritage. There’s also a great playground as well as a nature walk.

Seminole Communty Library at St Petersburg College Seminole Campus 9200 113th St N Seminole shares their library with the Seminole Campus of St Pete College. While being a smaller library, the children’s area is fantastic! The children’s section of the library is decorated like a tree house and is filled with books and DVDs for children of all ages. There’s even a tree house puppet show theater! The Children’s Calendar is filled with different classes for kids. Whether it be story time for infant/toddlers or the Elementary School Lock In, there’s bound to be fun for any child. My children love going to story time and to the library! We’ve even found Legos at the Library that I know my son will love!

The Highland Rec 400 Highland Ave, Largo Take a quick jump to the city of Largo (which is minutes from Seminole) to find an amazing place to take your kids! It is part of the Largo Recreation Department and was just recently renovated. It now boasts a 3 story indoor playplace (perfect for extremely hot Florida summers), the tallest municipal water slide in Pinellas County, as well a licensed preschool that will open in September. My in-laws started taking my kids to play at the playplace this summer. Both of my kids rave about how awesome it is. I haven’t been there myself but I plan to very soon!

Johns Pass Village 12901 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach If you’re looking for dining, shopping, entertainment, and water, then Johns Pass is the place for you! Nestled on Johns Pass, this village is sure to satisfy any craving you might have. There’s so many restaurants, both chain and local, to choose from. There’s Bubba Gumps, Hooters, The Friendly Fisherman, and Scully’s/The Hut. You can also choose from many more smaller venues. There’s plenty of shops to check out as well. If you’re looking for Florida styled gifts or a really unique item, you’re sure to find it at Johns Pass Village. There’s also jet ski rentals, dolphin excursions, parasailing, and a pirate ship that leaves out of Johns Pass. Secrets of the Sea, Marine Exploration Center and Aquarium will be opening in November. The aquariums that were at the St Petersburg Pier are being relocated to this new marine center. I’m really excited about this since it will be the closest aquarium to our house. 

Beaches

I’m so lucky to live about 10 minutes from amazing beaches. Whether you go to Sand Key Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira Beach, or Reddington Beach, there’s no doubt you’ll be experiencing beautiful beaches. 

Places to Eat

Rizzotto’s Italian Villa 7155 Seminole Blvd I can’t say enough about this place. Family owned and operated, this restaurant may have the best Italian food I’ve had in a long time. Large portions and reasonable prices make this a perfect place to have dinner (and lunch the next day!)  The owners just relocated to this smaller venue but the food did not change at all with the move. The calzones are literally the length of my arm. The salads are huge. And my husband gives the lasagna two thumbs up. The owner is awesome too and always comes to talk to us when we go. I will warn you that the place is small so tables fill up quick but that should not deter you at all! Definitely check this place out! You’re in for an amazing meal!

Keegan’s Seafood Grille 1519 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach Hands down, the best seafood on the planet! Keegan’s is a small, hole in the wall beach restaurant that will not disappoint. It’s right across the street from Indian Rocks Beach. Grab a patio table and you can enjoy the sights of the Gulf. They have a great menu and daily specials. The kids meals are served on frisbees that the kids get to take home with them. There’s fish tanks that entertain my kids while we wait for the food. I highly recommend the conch fritters (they’re the best I’ve ever had). Who am I kidding?  I recommend anything!  We’ve never been disappointed.  Keegan’s was also featured on the Food Network’s program “Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives.” The autographed picture from Guy Fieri (the host) is hanging on the walls. My advice…get there early to get a table. It’s a popular place and gets pretty busy around dinner time.

I hope you will check out some of the places I love!  And when you do, make sure to let me know so I can join you!

Have you been to Seminole or any of the cities I’ve mentioned?  Do you have a favorite place in Seminole? Let me know!

 

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One Response to Spotlight on Seminole

  1. Alison Hubbard June 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    Jessica, How have we never met??? I am also from Seminole, born and raised and we are raising our daughter here as well. I am USF die hard BULL & Disney fanatic too! We will have to meet and have a play date sometime! We’ve never eaten at Rizzotto’s, but will be trying it soon Thanks to your recommendation!