Welcome to Apollo Beach!
Apollo Beach is a thriving waterfront community with year round fishing, boating and other water activities.
In the 1930s, Paul Dickman conceived the idea of a waterfront community. He felt the location was ideally located equidistant between Tampa and Bradenton along U.S. Route 41.The Dickmans secured the services of an engineering firm in Miami, “Radar Engineering”, to design a subdivision including roads, canals, schools, recreation areas, and community services.In the early 1950s, Dickman negotiated the sale of the land to three men from New York: Turner, Dean and Clark. They named the land “Tampa Beach”, believing the association with Tampa would attract interested persons more readily than a name which did not properly locate the area geographically.
Construction began on the Flamingo Canal near U.S. 41, and proceeded toward Fairway Boulevard. It was their intention to extend the canal to Tampa Bay so as to achieve access to open water. The task became too large for the amount of capital they had invested and for the abilities of the persons involved and in 1956 they notified Dickman they could not go through with the project. In 1957, Francis Corr, a retired businessman from Michigan, purchased the land. Corr renamed the area La Vida Beach. Legend has it that in 1958 Corr’s wife Dorothy suggested a new name, Apollo Beach, for the area’s greatest benefit — sunshine. Locals say the name was also inspired by the U.S. space program that was then developing in Florida. Mr. Corr started construction of 50 homes in the area between U.S. 41 and Golf & Sea Boulevard.
Apollo Beach is also known for the power plant located off of Big Bend Road, during the winter months the manatees love to congregate at the power plant to stay warm during the cold weather. There is a manatee viewing area at the plant for you to enjoy watching the manatees.
Apollo Beach has a small beach town feel within minutes of the city. There are many things to do in Apollo Beach for all ages. There is an estimated 55 miles of canals lead to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico via underpass of the Sunshine Skyway bridge so bring your boat, kayak or snorkel gear!
|Four Stacks Brewing||5469 N U.S. Hwy 41, Apollo Beach, FL 33572||Brewery|
|Lattitudes Apollo Lounge||131 Harbor Village Lane, Apollo Beach, FL 33572|
|Boat Ramp||1485 Apollo Beach Blvd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572|
|Apollo Beach Skate Park||664 Golf and Sea Blvd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572||Skate Park|
|Apollo Beach Nature Preserve||6760 Surfside Boulevard, Apollo Beach, FL, United States||Nature Preserve|
|Circles Waterfront Restaurant||1212 Apollo Beach Blvd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572||Waterfront dining|
|SouthShore Uncorked||1432 Apollo Beach Blvd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572||Make your own wine!|
|Manatee Viewing Area||6990 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572||Manatee Viewing Area|