Family Fun Opportunities in Clearwater, Florida!
Clearwater is located in Pinellas County, along Florida’s western coast. Often overshadowed by its popular neighbors,Tampa and St. Petersburg, visitors tend skip this charming city. However,Clearwater is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to Florida tourism. Situated between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, the charms of Clear water should not be overlooked.
Is your family planning a vacation to Clearwater? If so, you are in for a treat! While you’re there, make sure you check out these top five family fun destinations!
Head out to Pier 60 Park on Clearwater Beach any evening for a free family event. Weather permitting, winter festivities will start about 4pm and continue until about 8pm. Expect to find local artisans, crafters, street performers, and musical entertainment.
Come out on Friday or Saturday for a free film screening. Check the website for additional information including an upcoming film schedule. The recreational area of the beach has several public playgrounds, volleyball courts, tennis courts and more. Plus, the bait and tackle shop at the pier will provide everything you need for a bit of fishing. Stop by and cast your line at the famed fishing spot.
Encounters with Dolphins
Sign up for a sightseeing tour with trained guides who can point out Florida’s abundant wildlife. See dolphins and other sea creatures in their natural habitat. This hour and a half excursion on a 40-foot boat will delight everyone in your group.
As part of the tour, you’ll stop at a deserted island to collect shells or take a dip in the crystal clear water. While you’re docked, you might want to use the snorkel gear on board – it’s free!
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is the home of Winter, the star of the blockbuster movie Dolphin Tale. Come visit the aquarium and you’ll see turtles, sharks, otters, sting rays, local fish, coral reefs, mangroves, and of course – dolphins!
Each Saturday, the Aquarium leads a 2-hour guided kayak tour. The group leaves at 10am and will visit the finger islands, identifying wildlife and coastal ecosystems. Don’t worry about bringing your own gear; CMA will provide everything you need. Check the website for more information.
Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise
Pirates and sea adventures dominate the lives of many youngsters. Why not embrace those fantasies on a real pirate ship?!
Come away with Captain Memo to the less traveled road of briny buccaneers and seafaring seadogs. Guests will soon be caught up in the excitement of treasure hunts, face painting, water gun games, pirate stories and dancing. Go to the Captain’s website for more information and an online coupon!
Congo River Adventure Golf
Want to take the excitement away from the sand and surf? Try a round of mini golf. A visit to Congo River Adventure Golf will be an experience you’ll not soon forget! Play challenging miniature golf as you explore giant waterfalls, rocky summits, mysterious caves, and tropical rainforests. Click here for more information including hours of operation, driving directions, and more.
Enjoy your time in Clearwater. The charming city is sure to please everyone in your family!
Guest author Jarrod Wright is a long-time Clearwater resident. As owner of his own marketing and design firm, Jarrod spends a lot of time at the office. However, he also makes a point to get out and spend time with the family. When Jarrod isn’t playing mini golf or inspecting Winter’s tale fin, he is dealing with internet marketing and graphic design projects. Find him at Subtle Network Design & Marketing, 1001 S. Myrtle Ave. Suite 1, Clearwater FL 33756. 727-446-5851 http://www.subtlenetwork.com. Contact him on Twitter if you want to talk about design, SEO or pirate cruises!