Family-friendly fun in America’s St Pete and Clearwater
If you’re heading to Florida and want to stay by the coast then consider St Pete and Clearwater.
With 35 miles of award-winning white, sandy beaches, warm blue sea and a fabulous choice of hotels, it’s a great place for a family holiday.
It’s also ideal if you’re mixing your holiday up a bit, perhaps starting with the busy parks of attractions like Universal and Disney World and then heading to the sea for a change of scenery.
Here is our list of top things for families to do in St Pete and Clearwater.
Clearwater Beach is regularly named the best beach in the US in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.
There are lots of activities to keep everyone entertained including swimming, boating, fishing, jet skiing, beach volleyball and biking along the Beach Walk promenade.
St Pete Beach
St Pete Beach has also scooped America’s best beach honour – in 2021.
Little Toot Dolphin Adventure
Enjoy a Little Toot dolphin cruise from Clearwater beach with tours lasting 60 to 90 minutes.
The boats are built to provide maximum viewing areas for passengers with open netting.
Address: 25 Causeway Blvd, Slip 16, Clearwater Beach.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Clearwater Aquarium is famous as it was once home to Winter the Dolphin who was given a prosthetic tail and whose story was turned into a film, Dolphin Tale and its sequel.
It is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick and injured marine animals.
Visitors can see dolphins, sea turtles and otters. There are educational games, moving dinosaur models and a cafe.
Address: 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA.
Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise
This child-friendly cruise on a pirate ship from Clearwater Beach includes entertainment like treasure hunts and water gun fights for the children and free beer and wine for adults.
Salvador Dalí Museum
This art museum on the waterfront in St Petersburg is dedicated to the work of Salvador Dali.
It holds the largest collection of his work in the US.
Address: 1 Dali Blvd, St Petersburg, FL 33701.
St Pete is brought to life by more than 600 murals which adorn its walls.
You can take a guided tour of the colourful street art in the Downtown area.
There’s even an annual mural festival each October called Shine.
Morean Arts Centre
The Morean Arts Centre in St Petersburg displays works by local, national and international artists.
Its roots date back to 1917 when it was the Art Club of St Petersburg.
Address: 720 Central Ave St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
The Great Exploration’s Children’s Museum
This interactive museum is aimed at young children up to the age of around seven and is designed to make learning fun and active.
It is located next to the Sunken Gardens.
Address: 1925 4th St N, St Petersburg, FL 33704.
Next to the children’s museum is this site – four acres of botanical gardens in St Petersburg, which have been around for over a century.
The gardens boast hundreds of plant species, cascading waterfalls and even a flock of flamingos.
Address: 1825 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704.
Watch a baseball game
To experience the excitement of an American baseball game, watch the Tampa Bay Rays at their home – the Tropicana Field stadium in downtown St Petersburg.
A great opportunity for baseball fans, The Rays play Major League Baseball games.
Address: One Tropicana Dr, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Kayak through Fort De Soto Park
A great way to explore this beautiful park is by renting a canoe or kayak.
Newbies and experienced paddlers are welcome at the Topwater Kayak Outpost and you might get to see local wildlife including manatees, egrets and dolphins.
Address: 3500 Pinellas Bayway St. Petersburg, FL 33715
St Pete Pier
Home to a range of restaurants and a state-of-the-art playground, the pier is a huge draw for travellers of all ages.
We dined at Doc Fords Rum Bar and Grille, which is in a fantastic position at the end of the pier overlooking the water.
Fairgrounds St Pete
Fairgrounds St Pete is an art and technology museum.
Made by 60 artists, it is described as an immersive world of playful art and technology exhibits based on original Florida stories.
Address: 800 28th St. South, St. Pete, Florida 33712
Getting to St Pete/Clearwater:
St Pete/Clearwater is easily accessible with British Airways offering daily flights between London and Tampa (30 minutes to Clearwater) and Virgin Atlantic operating daily flights from the capital. Or you can fly to Orlando Airport (90 minutes to Clearwater) from London and Manchester.
Where to stay
For more information visit the area’s official travel website – www.visitstpeteclearwater.com
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*Photo credit: Thanks to VisitStPeteClearwater.com for some of the images used.