The Gulf Coast of Florida offers spectacular white powder-sand beaches along with beautiful tranquil turquoise waters and the sunshine, the perfect setting for an enjoyable vacation. As a year round top vacation spot, Clearwater offers a seemingly endless supply of sun, and that is one of the perfect elements for a good time. With great food, a beautiful beach, you will find that Clearwater caters to families of all sizes. Below are my five favorite activities to do while you are visiting Clearwater, Florida.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Home to the Dolphin Tale film’s two biggest stars, dolphins Winter and Hope. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a marine life rescue, and rehabilitation center is a nonprofit hospital, dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of marine animals. Their goal is to rescue, rehab and release. Clearwater Marine Aquarium has a variety of exhibits and two facilities that provide educational fun for the whole family. You will also see dolphins, turtles, pelicans, otters, sharks rays and more. Your admission to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium also gets you into the famous Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure in Downtown Clearwater. This new facility gives children and their families the chance to go behind-the-scenes of the heart-warming movies and view real movie props, exhibits.
Dolphin Watching Tours
The Gulf of Mexico is home to many species of marine mammals; most notable are the large populations of dolphins that call these waters home. There are many tour operators that offer boat cruises varying in length from 1 hour up to half day cruises with the chance to spot these playful creatures in their natural habitat. The warm waters off the coast of Clearwater provide a fantastic place for dolphin watching.
Parasailing and Jetskiing
You can’t say you’ve experienced Florida if you haven’t been out on a boat or jet ski. Whether you want to tool around on your own or follow a guide, spend time on the water seeing things in your way and at your pace. Jet skis make your ocean experience up close and personal! Para-sail high into the clear blue sky and enjoy the spectacular views from 600, 800 or maybe even 1,000 ft. Some of the parasails can fly 2-3 people side by side. These are just two of the most popular attraction in Clearwater. You will find many tour operators around Clearwater.
One of the most incredible places to watch a sunset. Seven nights a week, Pier 60 comes to life with a free family-friendly event featuring, artisans, craft stalls, performers and live music. Pier 60 is a perfect place for sunset views. Pier 60 also offers access to fishing activities, fine dining, shopping, entertainment and outstanding white sandy beaches. There are two covered playground areas at Pier 60 in Clearwater, and they both feature age-appropriate equipment. Something for everyone to enjoy!
Relax On The Beach
Who doesn’t love to sit on a beach and relax? Beautiful sugar white sand and tranquil, crystal clear Gulf waters create a gorgeous and captivating environment for any visitor. Clearwater Beach’s well-deserved reputation as one of America’s best beaches has lured countless families to it’s pristine beaches. Pull up a blanket or beach chair, have cold drink and just relax the day away.
Whether sunbathing on white sandy beaches, diving into a game of beach volleyball, renting fishing boats, taking a dolphin-watching cruise, parasailing, or heading to a mainland museum or aquarium, there’s something to satisfy everyone in Clearwater.
There are various companies offering tailor-made packages so you actually can make your beach holiday your own, eShores are worth checking out though as they feature a few different itineraries.