If you’re looking to get away for a little shopping, eating, sightseeing or exercising, you may find everything you’re seeking in the quaint town of Dunedin.
Dunedin — which is pronounced Done-ee-din — is home to Honeymoon Island, Florida’s No. 1 state park, with its white powder beaches on the Gulf of Mexico.
The town is also conveniently situated for cycling enthusiasts, as The Pinellas Trail, a 37-mile recreational path runs straight through Dunedin’s downtown district.
Other visitors may enjoy a leisurely stroll along Main Street. They can check out quaint shops, linger over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, or indulge in sweets from the candy store or ice cream shop.
Perhaps they would prefer to visit a museum, enjoy fine dining or watch live entertainment — all are options within easy reach in Dunedin.
There’s also plenty to see.
There’s a waterfront marina, a war memorial and public art, among other things.
Be sure to look up, too. If you don’t, you may miss the whimsical characters climbing up the side of a candy shop wall. Or, the giant metal rooster perched on an awning. Or, the decorative star-spangled banner arched over a street that delivers the message: “Defending Freedom,” and then adds in two smaller, attached signs: “Honoring U.S. Military.”
There’s also a mural titled “Dogedin,” that pays homage to man’s best friend, and a kitschy sign offering a warm welcome to Dunedin.
If you’re a fan of those who serve, or have served, in the military, law enforcement or as first responders, you’ll want to plan a visit to the National Armed Services & Law Enforcement Memorial Museum, at 500 Douglas Ave.
Patrons have a chance to see thousands of items on display.
There’s everything from military sabers dating back to the American Civil War, to a sword once owned by the author of “Taps,” to a Japanese war flag and a replica of the death mask of John Dillinger.
There’s a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 attacks; a replica of “Ol’ Sparky” (Florida’s electric chair); and, a jail cell used in the television show, “Miami Vice.”
There’s free parking available at numerous lots around the downtown district.
There are several special events planned throughout the year, too. For more information about Dunedin and upcoming activities, visit Dunedin-Fl.com.
Published September 28, 2016