Scallop season starts next month! So do yourself a favor and go enjoy this Florida activity that’s fun for the whole family. All you need is a boat, know someone with a boat, (or rent one) a mask & snorkel, flippers and a mesh bag to put your scallops in. Some of the places you can scallop are only a short drive away from the Tampa Bay area. Florida Fish and Wildlife has a map showing all locations where you can go and the dates showing when scallop season starts and ends. My families favorite place to go scalloping is Homosassa. In Homosassa there’s plenty of great restaurants to choose from, you can hang out in the fresh water spring, and no other place has Monkey Island.

Here’s my Top 5 restaurants to check out in Homosassa:


  • Crumps Landing

    Crumps is our favorite all around place on Homosassa river. They have great food, amazing atmosphere, and a killer view. There’s a beach area for corn hole and huge playground area for the kids. Our fav’s are the gator bites and grouper sandwich.

    Crumps At Homosassa

  • The Freezer

    The Freezer is in the cut and gives you more of a bar feel than a restaurant, but the food is outstanding. If the check this place out, bring cash and order the shrimp. It’s an absolute must!


  • Marguerita Grill

    The atmosphere at Marguerita Grill is like no other. The menu is huge, we love the nachos, grilled octopus, and burgers.

  • Florida Cracker Kitchen

    You get a little bit of everything here. You can get a delicious breakfast on your way out to scallop or stop by for lunch after you’re done. The kids can grab some ice cream while you grab something to drink at the Monkey Bar. All while taking in a beautiful view of the river

  • MacRae’s

    Listen to live music as the boats cruise down the river, while eating great food and some cold beers

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