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Family Traveling On Treasure Island

By Sophia Cornish

I was preparing an agenda of Treasure Island activities that would keep us busy on our vacation, but I couldn’t help smiling at my son when he asked if they celebrated “talk like a pirate day” on Treasure Island waving his toy sword at me. I was really sorry to break his bubble by saying that Treasure Island’s name had little to do with pirates. But seeing my 9 year old son’s crestfallen face I waved my very own sword to stay on the safer side. The rental house I was booking would be just fine for our week at Treasure Island, FL.

We’d first taken one of our first Treasure Island vacations a few years ago when my husband Adam and I had decided to go on a second honeymoon. We’d always enjoyed small beach towns and this one sounded ideal for us. The friendly small town atmosphere, combined with the variety of activities created a vacation spot that we found ourselves returning to again and again.

Although there are at least a half dozen resorts in Treasure Island, we’ve discovered that we prefer one of the quaint beach houses that we rent for the week’s stay. This way we can stay within our budget by spending less on our accommodations and also cook many of our own meals. We also enjoy walking around the area and feeling more like the “locals”.

There was lots of activities to keep us entertained throughout our Treasure Island vacations, we could explore the island on foot or Jet Ski, spend the day swimming or just laying on the beach. One of the activities that my husband and sun really enjoyed was deep sea fishing. They would head out early in the morning and come back late in the evening totally wiped out but thrilled at their day in the ocean.

While the boys were out fishing, I spent the day in St Petersburg which is a short drive away. The sunken gardens are the main highlight of the area which is filled with lush tropical growth and great places to walk through. They even offer classes on horticulture which are pretty informative.

Another activity that we all enjoy when we’re on our Treasure Island vacations is golf. Now I do have to admit that none of us are very good golfers – and we probably horrify the other more serious golfers nearby with our antics, however we’re on our family vacation and we’re out for a good time, not to impress other people. There are 7 golf courses in Treasure Island so we can take our pick of which one we prefer.

Another place that we really enjoyed visiting was the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a wild bird hospital that is the largest in the country. Over thirty types of birds are brought in for treatment each day and the sanctuary does a great job taking care of them. You can walk about and look at the different species and even learn a bit about them from the volunteers that work there. It is free to visit but it is definitely a worthwhile cause to donate some money to.

So although we had to disappoint Josh by letting him know that Treasure Island was actually named because developers buried “fake” treasure in an effort to attract buyers to their land about 1915, we still all enjoy our Treasure Island vacations anyway.

Emmett Freeland actually knows what he is talking about. You can see more here: Treasure Island Activities

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