Around the latter part of the 1800′s, a group from Cedar Key, among them L. W. Hamlin, explored the area and found a few settlers along the beach. The Hendricks family, according to a 1925 newspaper account, landed in the Indian Rocks Beach area in 1833 and homesteaded there. A settlement, Anona, has existed in the vicinity (on the mainland) since the mid-1800′s. With the opening of a road from the waterway to the vicinity of Largo, the Indian Rocks area became a favorite spot for picnickers. Residents worshiped at the old Anona Church and children attended the Anona School.
Among the early landmarks were the Indian RocksSundry Store, the Indian Rocks Beach Hotel and a railroad spur crossing the bay. After a number of years of declining use, the rail spur was removed. The first Indian Rocks Bridge was built in 1916, and its location, in the “Narrows,” is indicated by a historical marker. The community grew and developed during its early days, but after World War II that growth started to accelerate rapidly. Today, Indian Rocks Beach is a thriving community that has maintained most of its original character, and supports a lively mixture of recreational activities. From the Indian Rocks BeachNature Preserve, to their parks, to their sandy shores, you’ll find a smile on every face, and a warm Florida welcome with everyone you meet.
Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, in Pinellas County, is 4 miles SW of Largo, Florida and 24 miles W of Tampa, Florida. The city is conveniently located inside the Tampa–Saint Petersburg–Clearwater metropolitan area. There are an estimated 5,072 people in Indian Rocks Beach.
Indian Rocks Beach History
During the latter part of the 1800s, a group of explorers from Cedar Key became the first Europeans to visit the area. The name of Indian Rocks Beach was adopted because early settlers were used to seeing the Indians going on their way to a healing rock that was surrounded by a spring.
The City of Indian Rocks Beach welcomes you and invites you to visit our “Little Piece of Heaven”. Our sensitivity to the environment, safe beaches, wonderful restaurants, and quaint hotels continues to make Indian Rock Beach a favorite for seasonal guests.
Our city is less than three miles along the Gulf of Mexico and, like its neighboring barrier islands, waterfront property faces either the Gulf or the Intracoastal Waterway. At some points along this narrow piece of land you can view both bodies of water.
A quiet town of approximately 4,000, Indian Rocks Beach was initially developed in the 1920’s as a weekend getaway destination for wealthy inland residents. Its 2.7 miles of beachfront are popular with all ages and between its array of motels and condominiums there are more than 20 beach accesses.
Despite its sleepy appearance, Indian Rocks Beach is home to some of the best known restaurants along the Gulf Coast, and holds an Arts and Crafts Festival every November and April. The city’s tourist population, especially in the winter months, is one of its greatest assets.
Our easily accessible beaches and intracoastal waterways provide an array of enjoyable activities for residents and visitors alike. Whether you swim, fish boat or just sunbathe there are an endless number of amenities available for your pleasure.
Indian Rocks Beach and nearby Attractions
- Florida Gulf Coast Art Center
- Manatee Village Historical Park
- Egmont Key State Park
- Clearwater Marine Aquarium
- John’s Pass Park
Things To Do In Indian Rocks Beach
Local museums include the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, the Pinellas County African American History Museum, the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum and the Kids Firehouse Museum. Outdoor recreational activities can be enjoyed at state and national parks like the Florida Botanical Gardens, the Moccasin Lake Nature Park and the Egmont Key State Park.
Park Locations in Indian Rocks Beach
The City of Indian Rocks Beach has long been considered a facilities-rich community as evidenced by miles of pristine beach, numerous parks and a great many recreational facilities such as tennis courts, basketball courts, a ball field, leash-free pet park, and the City of Indian Rocks Beach‘ most recent addition, a state of the art skateboard park. Many recreational programs and services are also sponsored by the City of Indian Rocks Beach such as the Beauty & the Beach Festival, Oktoberfest and many holiday events.
Indian Rocks Beach Public Parks
- 10th Avenue Park 10th Avenue (1st Street & Bay Pine Boulevard) Indian Rocks Beach 12th Avenue Park 12th Avenue on Gulf Boulevard Indian Rocks Beach Brown Park Bay Boulevard & 2nd Street Indian Rocks BeachChief Chic-A-Si Park 4th Avenue & 2nd Street Indian Rocks Beach
- 3rd Avenue & 1st Street; Miami Avenue & 2nd Street Indian Rocks Beach Kolb Park 1507 Bay Palm Boulevard Indian Rocks BeachLeash-Free Dog Park
Looking for a place to hold a special occasion like a birthday party, wedding, reunion or picnic?
Consider one of Indian Rocks Beach 7 parks, the beach or maybe even the City Auditorium.
To reserve one of the City parks, you will need a Pavilion Reservation Application. Should your event include 50 or more people, whether at a City park or the public beach, you will also need a Temporary Use Permit.
Anyone wishing to use the beach for their wedding ceremony need NOT complete a Temporary Use Permit UNLESS the guests number 50 or more. (City Code Sec. 110.701 – 110.707)
For a business meeting or social gathering, the Indian Rocks Beach City Hall Auditorium (187 maximum capacity) may be reserved by contacting the City Clerk’s office at 727.517.0204 for rates and availability.
Anyone wishing to serve alcoholic beverages at their function must appear before the City Commision for prior approval.
You can download and complete the Pavilion Reservation Application and/or the Temporary Use Permit (if applicable) and either bring it in to City Hall or mail it, along with your check payable to the City of Indian Rocks Beach, at 1507 Bay Palm Boulevard, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785; Attention: Special Occasion Reservation.
Upon approval, a copy of the application(s) will be returned to you confirming your special occasion. For any further information, please call 727.595.2517
The following City of Indian Rocks Beach parks may be reserved:
Bay Boulevard & 2nd Street Indian Rocks Beach
For population 25 years and over in Indian Rocks Beach:
- High school or higher: 94.6%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher: 38.6%
- Graduate or professional degree: 12.8%
- Unemployed: 2.1%
- Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.6 minutes
Indian Rocks Beach Transportation
Indian Rocks Beach Higher Education
Local colleges and universities include Hillsborough Community College, the University of Tampa, Pasco Hernando Community College, the University of South Florida, Manatee Community College and Saint Leo University.
For population 15 years and over in Indian Rocks Beach city:
- Never married: 16.9%
- Now married: 55.1%
- Separated: 1.2%
- Widowed: 6.9%
- Divorced: 19.9%
Hospitals/medical centers near Indian Rocks Beach:
- LARGO MEDICAL CENTER (Acute Care Hospitals, Proprietary, provides emergency services, about 4 miles away; LARGO, FL
- MORTON PLANT HOSPITAL (Acute Care Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit – Private, provides emergency services, about 5 miles away; CLEARWATER, FL
- BAY PINES VA MEDICAL CENTER (Acute Care – Veterans Administration, Government Federal, about 7 miles away; BAY PINES, FL
Amtrak stations near Indian Rocks Beach:
- 10 miles: CLEARWATER (20967 U.S. 19) – Bus Station
- 11 miles: PINELLAS PARK (PARK BLVD. AT U.S. 19) – Bus Station Services: ticket office, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, full-service food facilities, free short-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
- 18 miles: TARPON SPRINGS (2337 U.S. 19) – Bus Station
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Indian Rocks Beach:
- St Petersburg College (about 9 miles; Clearwater, FL; Full-time enrollment: 9,555
- Eckerd College (about 16 miles; Saint Petersburg, FL; FT enrollment: 2,132
- University of South Florida-St. Petersburg Campus (about 17 miles; St. Petersburg, FL; FT enrollment: 2,227
- The University of Tampa (about 24 miles; Tampa, FL; FT enrollment: 5,429
- Hillsborough Community College (about 25 miles; Tampa, FL; FT enrollment: 11,277
- University of South Florida-Main Campus (about 29 miles; Tampa, FL; FT enrollment: 27,329
- Pasco-Hernando Community College (about 30 miles; New Port Richey, FL;
Fire-safe hotels and motels in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida:
- Great Heron Inn, 68 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785 Phone: (727) 595-2589, Fax: (727) 517-2705
- Sea Star Motel, 1805 N Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 34635
- Whispering Waters Motel, 604 N Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 34635
- Sandy Shore Motel & Apartments, 816 N Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 34635
- Sea Resort Motel, 102 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 34635
- Fifty Gulfside Condominium, 50 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
- Paradise Palms Motel, 19340 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785 Phone: (800) 430-6835
- Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Harbourside, 401 Second St, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785, Phone: (727) 595-9484, Fax: (727) 596-4825
Strongest AM radio stations in Indian Rocks Beach:
- WMGG 820 AM; 50 kW; LARGO, FL; Owner: MEGA COMMUNICATIONS OF ST. PETERSBURG LICENSEE
- WWBA 1040 AM; 4 kW; PINELLAS PARK, FL; Owner: GENESIS COMMUNICATIONS OF TAMPA BAY, INC.
- WFLA 970 AM; 25 kW; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
- WHNZ 1250 AM; 25 kW; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
- WTIS 1110 AM; daytime; 10 kW; TAMPA, FL; Owner: WTIS-AM, INC.
- WGUL 860 AM; 5 kW; DUNEDIN, FL; Owner: WGUL-FM, INC.
- WQYK 1010 AM; 50 kW; SEFFNER, FL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF TAMPA
- WDAE 620 AM; 5 kW; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.
- WTAN 1340 AM; 1 kW; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: WAGENVOORD ADVERTISTING GROUP, INC.
- WLVU (1470 AM; 5 kW; DUNEDIN, FL; Owner: GENESIS COMMUNICATIONS OF TAMPA BAY, INC.
- WXYB 1520 AM; daytime; 1 kW; INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, FL; Owner: ASA BROADCASTING, INC
- WWMI 1380 AM; 5 kW; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: ABC, INC.
- WTMP 1150 AM; 10 kW; EGYPT LAKE, FL; Owner: TAMPA BROADCASTING, LTD.
Strongest FM radio stations in Indian Rocks Beach:
- WYUU 92.5 FM; SAFETY HARBOR, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
- WXTB 97.9 FM; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
- WBBY 107.3 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC.
- WRBQ-FM 104.7 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
- WSSR 95.7 FM; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.
- WDUV (105.5 FM; NEW PORT RICHEY, FL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.
- WSUN-FM (97.1 FM; HOLIDAY, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC
- WPOI (101.5 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.
- WWRM (94.9 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC.
- WLLD (98.7 FM; HOLMES BEACH, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
- WFLZ-FM (93.3 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
- WMTX (100.7 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
- WQYK-FM (99.5 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF FLORIDA)
- WTBT (103.5 FM; BRADENTON, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
- WHPT (102.5 FM; SARASOTA, FL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.
- WUSF (89.7 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF S. FLORIDA
- WSJT (94.1 FM; LAKELAND, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
- WBVM (90.5 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE/ST. PETERSBURG
- WFTI-FM 91.7 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.
- WYFE 88.9 FM; TARPON SPRINGS, FL; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.
TV broadcast stations around Indian Rocks Beach:
- W33CC (Channel 33; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.)
- WMOR-LP (Channel 63; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: WMOR-TV COMPANY
- WTSP (Channel 10; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: PACIFIC AND SOUTHERN COMPANY, INC.
- W36CO (Channel 36; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
- W61AI (Channel 61; ROCK HARBOR, FL; Owner: MAKO COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
- WEDU (Channel 3; TAMPA, FL; Owner: FLORIDA WEST COAST PUBLIC BROADCASTING, INC.
- WARP-CA (Channel 20; TAMPA–ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: SUNSHINE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.
- WXAX-LP (Channel 26; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORP
- WTOG (Channel 44; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC.)
- WFLA-TV (Channel 8; TAMPA, FL; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
- WFTS-TV (Channel 28; TAMPA, FL; Owner: TAMPA BAY TELEVISION, INC.
- WXPX (Channel 66; BRADENTON, FL; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATION LICENSE COMPANY, LLC
- WUSF-TV (Channel 16; TAMPA, FL; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
- WTTA (Channel 38; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: BAY TELEVISION, INC.
- WFTT (Channel 50; TAMPA, FL; Owner: TELEFUTURA TAMPA LLC
- W48AY (Channel 48; OLDSMAR, FL; Owner: AMKA BROADCAST NETWORK, INC.
- WTVT (Channel 13; TAMPA, FL; Owner: TVT LICENSE, INC.
- WCLF (Channel 22; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: CHRISTIAN TELEVISION CORPORATION, INC.
- WTAM-LP (Channel 6; TAMPA, FL; Owner: U.S. INTERACTIVE, L.L.C.)
- WPDS-LP (Channel 14; LARGO, ETC., FL; Owner: PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOLS
- WRMD-LP (Channel 57; TAMPA, FL; Owner: ZGS TELEVISION OF TAMPA, INC.
- WSPF-CA (Channel 35; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG
- WSVT-LP (Channel 18; BRADENTON, FL; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.
- WVEA-LP (Channel 61;TAMPA, FL; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
- WWSB (Channel 40; SARASOTA, FL; Owner: SOUTHERN BROADCAST CORPORATION OF SARASOTA