Day trip snap-shot: Your day begins as a “mate” on a working commercial crab boat on beautiful Tampa Bay. This is a hands-on old Florida adventure that ends with a seafood lunch that you’ll talk about for decades. Around 2PM it‘s off to Shell Point Cottage to take in an onslaught of FL chachkies like no other. Then you‘re off to the SunSet Grill for a drink and dinner as you watch the sun free fall into the warm Gulf waters.
1st Stop- Gus’s Crabby Adventures
About: A once-in-a-life time Eco-experience with live blue crabs and stone crabs, all the living creatures of the bay including it’s manatees, dolphins and a wide variety of birds. Gus instructs “Mates” or “you” on how crab traps are pulled and baited. “Mates” learn to grade, clean, and steam blue crabs and stone crabs. Captain Gus will also let you pull the traps if you so desire. Gus has commercially caught blue crabs and shed soft shell blue crabs for 31 years.
Address: Gus’s Crabby Adventures LLC, 3031 Manatee Ave Ruskin, FL 33570
Time: Arrive at 8 AM – 9 AM, ends at 12 PM-1PM
Activity: You will be baiting and pulling commercial blue crab traps and learning about FL ecosystem from crabbing legend Capt. Gus Muench. Great activity for kids ages 4 to 84.
Cost: About $150 per person, includes drinks and a crab feast for lunch.
Local Tip: Buy and wear a white rubber boots, commercial fisherman wear them to keep their feet dry and cool. You can buy a pair at most home improvement stores or bait and tackle shops will have them. Wear them on the trip and make sure to have Gus sign them at the end.
2nd Stop- Shell Point Cottage
About: Great little place to buy, wonder and marvel the endless array of FL chachkies
Address: 102 W Shell Point Rd Ruskin, FL
Arrive: 1-2 PM
Activity: Walk, shop and take art classes
Local Tip: Ask about their art classes and make your own nautical creation
3rd Stop- Sun Set Grill
About: Great seafood restaurant with an epic view of the Tampa Bay
Address: 602 Bahia Del Sol Dr Ruskin, FL 33570
Arrive: 4-5 PM
Activity: Eat, Drink and watch sunset
Local Tip: Arrive early to get a table near the water.