Things to do in Florida, United States: The Best Piers & Boardwalks

May 6, 2022 Malia Yoakum

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1. Melbourne Beach Pier

Melbourne Beach, FL 32951 +1 321-724-5860
Excellent
78%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 41 reviews

Melbourne Beach Pier

Reviewed By 16tinac - Melbourne Beach, United States

We are so lucky to live in a place that has a public pier which offers outstanding sunset views on the Indian River lagoon. Thank you Melbourne Beach for maintaining this priceless treasure!

2. Mallory Square

400 Wall St, Key West, FL 33040-6633 http://www.sunsetcelebration.org/
Excellent
54%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14,573 reviews

Mallory Square

Welcome to Mallory Square where the fun starts and the sun sets. Everything Key West is famous for comes together in this one special place set on historic waterfront. Mallory Square is home to shops, restaurants, and many of the islands most popular attractions. Come for the day and stay into the night. There's always something happening in Mallory Square.

Reviewed By EJAALOUK

Key West butterfly and nature conservatory and Mallory Square sunset celebration as well as Duval Street bars and restaurants and all the beautiful beaches in Key West are a must see.

3. John's Pass Village & Boardwalk

12901 Village Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL 33708-2656 +1 727-238-3671 [email protected] http://www.johnspassvillage.net
Excellent
52%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3,696 reviews

John's Pass Village & Boardwalk

The "Pass", as locals refer to it, was created by a hurricane on September 27, 1848. A pirate, John Levique, made the first passage through the newly created pass. Hence the name, Johns Pass. Located on the waterfront at Johns Pass, this quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village is Pinellas County's #1 tourist attraction. Over one hundred merchants inhabit the Village with unique retail shopping, a variety of restaurants, the local fishing fleet, dolphin watching and shelling tours, boat rentals, parasailing and jet skiing.

Reviewed By G589MLjenniferb

Wonderful for families, couples, singles... from fishing at Hubbard's, to dolphin watches, pirate cruises, shopping, dining, or drinking... there is something for everyone! Beautiful scenery, good food, nice shops, cuban coffee, check it out!

4. South Pointe Park

1 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139-7323 305-673-7006 http://web.miamibeachfl.gov/parksandrecreation/scroll.aspx?id=57993
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2,745 reviews

South Pointe Park

Reviewed By juneg984 - Northampton, United States

We had a blast riding our bikes down to the point Great people watching, sunsets and an opportunity to watch cruise ships leaving port No need for a tour - just enjoy

5. Naples Pier

Naples, FL +1 239-213-3062 http://www.naplespier.com/
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7,328 reviews

Naples Pier

Reviewed By saintnick76 - Southampton, United Kingdom

This is one of our favourite places to watch the sunset whilst watching dolphin & pelican, it can get busy on evenings of a good sunset so getting there early ensures a good spot at the pier end. We cannot get enough of this place and can't wait to go back next year

6. Pier 60

7 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767-2003 +1 727-462-6466 https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/profile/pier-60-clearwater-beach/1570
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4,671 reviews

Pier 60

Reviewed By 490irinag - Illinois, United States

Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach is a 'Center Point' of tourists activities in the area. That is, besides Clearwater Beach itself. The pier sort of divides the beach into two parts - the southern and the northern, and the Pier is right in between. Fishermen find it just the right spot to fish, pelicans love it too, and in the evenings the pier is also a perfect place to watch some beautiful sunsets over the Gulf. Pier 60 and the spacious playgrounds around , now named Pier 6o Park, are actually very attractive any time of the day - there's a snack bar there, a souvenir shop, playgrounds for kids , and for those who want to explore the area more there's also the Visitor Information Center, where one can get all kind of useful info about this area, including some regular events on Pier 60. There are a lot of shops, cafes and restaurants nearby. Long Live Pier 60! ...

7. Village of Baytowne Wharf

9100 Baytowne Wharf Blvd, FL 32550-1815 +1 800-622-1038 http://www.baytownewharf.com
Excellent
55%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1,871 reviews

Village of Baytowne Wharf

Reviewed By carterbrooke - Fort Worth, United States

Turned our kids loose and felt safe letting them roam at night. Lots of shops and even an arcade and a famous wooden play park. Adventure rides like zip line and euro bingo jump tastefully added into existing fisher style village A lagoon meanders thru the village. Adults can frequent restaurants that turn “only over 21” at 10 pm

8. Key West Historic Seaport

201 William St, Key West, FL 33040-6679 +1 305-293-8309 [email protected] http://www.keywesthistoricseaport.com
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 700 reviews

Key West Historic Seaport

The Key West Historic Seaport has something to offer for people of all ages. What has been a global maritime trade base for the last 200 years is now also home to a 20 acre facility that hosts many of Key West's finest destinations. At the Key West Historic Seaport, you will find restaurants offering some of the freshest seafood on the island, one of a kind bars, unique boutiques and art galleries, engaging museums highlighting Key West's history, fantastic hotels and the departure point for the islands, charter fishing, boating and water sports excursions. Key West Historic Seaport - Your Gateway to Everything to do in Key West!

Reviewed By jmkn_12 - Naples, United States

Wonderful to walk around and feel the breeze in these challenging times. So many boats, yachts and canoes. Lovely to enjoy clouds and scenery and watch the world go by.

9. Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier

41 Fort Pickens Rd, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561-2078
Excellent
63%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 544 reviews

Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier

Reviewed By Stclair1958 - Collinsville, United States

Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier is a great place for fishing and sightseeing, perfect location, awesome view, you will see lots of sea life, we saw dolphins, sea turtles, barracuda, and sharks, don’t miss it

10. Merry Pier

801 Pass a Grille Way, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-4259 +1 727-360-1400 [email protected] http://www.merrypier.com
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 227 reviews

Merry Pier

Historic fishing pier with bait and tackle shop, fishing charters, island excursion charters and fresh seafood for sale. Bike and rod rentals.

Reviewed By terrygU3750EA

If you are looking for a place to fish, when visiting St. Pete Beach- Florida try Merry's Pier. I enjoyed fishing off the pier ( which is free if you have a license). If you don't, you can pay a $3 dollar fee and you can fish. A small bait and tackle shop is located on the premises. While visiting, in October 2019 we caught; Trigger Fish, Mangrove Snapper, Spanish Mackeral, Catfish, Grunts, Spots, and Pin Fish. Watch out for the birds though. They are quite the beggars and will try to still your bait ( sometimes your catch), if you are not careful

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