New trolley service provides nonstop service between Clearwater Beach and John’s Pass Village

a red and yellow trolley next to a busy waterfront shopping strip
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The Alligator & Wildlife Discovery Center, in conjunction with Jolley Trolley, has just announce the addition of a new direct route that will offer daily round trip service from Clearwater Beach to John’s Pass Village. 

The areas are roughly 14 miles apart and take about 30-40 minutes to travel between depending on beach traffic. This is a huge evolution for visitors who want to more conveniently explore the best that the Tampa Bay region has to offer while in town. It’s also great for residents who would prefer to park once, and enjoy the entire sprawl of the beaches.

Direct rides to John’s Pass Village

The new route, conceived by Sonny Flynn, managing partner of the Alligator & Wildlife Discovery Center is something she feels is long overdue. “John’s Pass has been a popular day trip for visitors to Clearwater Beach for years. We’re glad we can now offer them a stress-free option for visiting without dealing with the headaches of figuring out transportation, finding parking, or getting lost”. 

The service’s inaugural trip will take place on Friday, June 4 at 10am and will allow guests to discover the many sights of John’s Pass stress-free on the John’s Pass Jolley Trolley.

During the approximately 30-40 minute trip, passengers will enjoy breathtaking views of the Barrier Islands as they ride along 14 miles of the Gulf coast and travel through the various cities and townships that make up this world-renowned destination. 

Once there, guests will be able to enjoy this old style fishing village which offers a scenic view of John’s Pass Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico, and all within steps to the beautiful white sands of Madeira Beach. John’s Pass Village was voted the Number #1 shopping destination on the Central Gulf Coast, offering over 100 individually owned shops, 14 restaurants, a winery, a craft brewery, and even a chance to Kiss a Gator at the Alligator & Wildlife Discovery Center. Spend the day on the beach, walk the plank at Mad Beach Craft Brewing, and more.

Explore dozens of restaurants and experiences on the waterfront

A bit of history on John’s Pass Village:

The “Pass”, as locals refer to it, was created by a hurricane on September 27, 1848. A pirate, John Levique, made the first passage through the newly created pass. Hence the name, Johns Pass. Located on the waterfront at Johns Pass, this quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village is Pinellas County’s #1 tourist attraction. Over one hundred merchants inhabit the Village with unique retail shopping, a variety of restaurants, the local fishing fleet, dolphin watching and shelling tours, boat rentals, parasailing and jet skiing.

Restaurants at the Pass include Bubba Gumps, DeLosa’s Pizzeria, Bamboo Beach Bar & Grill, Yogurt City, The Boardwalk Grill, and Wild Seafood Market.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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