Located in Pinellas County Florida, Indian Rocks Beach is a city that covers an area of one and a half square miles, and has a population of approximately five thousand residents. It is not precisely known how the city got its name, but there are a few legends. The most widely accepted legend is that Indian Rocks Beach got its name when a Native American witch doctor healed his chief with the waters from a natural sulfur spring that was situated in Kolb Park. At the end of the nineteenth century, L.W. Hamlin explorered the area. As her explored it, he found a group of settlers that had made site along the beach. Word got out about the beauty of the area and soon visitors were coming to it from all over the country. Eventually, several structures were built which included a store, hotel and a railroad crossing that bridged the bay. After World War II, the area began to flourish and growth rapidly accelerated. Today, the city is a city that attracts visitors due to its mix of recreational activities. These include nature preserves, beaches and other amenities.
A popular attraction in the city of Indian Rocks Beach is Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary. This sanctuary was founded in the 1970s by acclaimed zoologist Ralph Heath. As of this day, it is the largest not for profit bird hospital, not only in the state of Florida but also the United States. At any given time, it is staffed by hundreds of volunteers, as well as a handful of professionals. The hospital is run a lot like a human hospital would be run and has an ER, surgery center and rehabilitation areas. It is considered to be one of the finest bird rehabilitation centers in North America. In 2009, over ten thousand birds from one hundred and sixty species were admited to the hospital. The hospital also has a permanent collection of birds which range from wild birds to song birds. Over the past decade, Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary has established itself as a prime tourist attraction. Over one hundred thousand visitors tour the facilities each and every year. It is also a popular stop for tourists who are visiting other cities in the Tampa Bay area such as St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
Just a short distance from Indian Rocks Beach is Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. This concert hall is the preferred venue for the Florida Orchestra, as well as other performance arts. It contains over twenty-one hundred seats and was named Ruth Eckerd. This auditorium was founded in 1977 and sits on thirty-eight acres of land. It cost over fourteen million dollars to build and was opened to the public in the early 1980s. Over three hundred thousand people attend this concert venue every year whom come to the concert hall to see everything from plays to classical music concerts. There are also many festivals around the area every year. These include the Hispanic Heritage Festival, Imagine International Film Festival, Clearwater Jazz Festival and the Fun and Sun Festival. Other attractions in the city of Indian Rocks Beach include Thriller Power Boat, Cove Cay Country Club, Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club, Bright House Networks Field, Sand Key Park, Beach Walk, Sunken Gardens, Salvador Dali Museum, State Theater, Saturday Morning Market, Florida International Museum, Florida Holocaust Museum, Museum of Fine Arts and the Weedon Island Preserve. Indian Rocks Beach also has a number of restaurants and hotels. The most popular of these include Guppy’s On the Beach, Keegan’s Seafood Grille, The Pub Waterfront Restaurant, Gallace Italian Restaurant, Gallace Itlalian Restaurant, PJ’s Oyster Bar, JD’s Restaurant & Lounge, Sand Dollar Rental Condo, Belleair Beach Resort Motel and Sea Star Motel.