Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bass Pro World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada

We've been to many Bass Pro stores across the country because the stores are huge and a destination in themselves, but our absolute favorite is the World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada.  As the name suggest, this store is home to the original Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant, and because it is in the Florida Keys, it also has a full service gulf side marina.

The Islamorada World Wide Sportsman is a big two story building, and if you are just driving by it would be easy to miss the restaurant and marina because they are barely visible from the Overseas Highway.  Inside you will find the Pilar, sister ship to Hemingway's boat, the Zane Grey Lounge with an incredible view of the marina, an everglades themed aquarium and a gallery with an authentic old storefront from Europe.

World Wide Sportsman has lots of fishing and outdoor gear, so this is a great place to find what you need for enjoying the great weather of the Florida Keys.  We recommend going during the day so you can really enjoy the entire store an marian.  We've stopped many times in the evening on our way home, and it is much better to go during the day.  From the gallery you can see the Overseas Highway, and from the Lounge you can get a great view of the marina.

The open-air restaurant is big with lots of seating on the marina.  If you want to eat at the Fish Company, you might go there first when you stop.  That way, if you have a long wait for a table, there is lots to do in the store and around the marina.  You can easily spend a couple hours at World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada, and we know you'll be glad you stopped.

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