13 Fun & Exciting Things To Do In Clearwater With Kids

Things To Do In Clearwater With Kids

If you are looking for the perfect family trip where no one spends the day saying, “I’m bored,” then Clearwater, FL, is the place for you.

Clearwater Beach offers three miles of sand and sea with a beachside promenade for walking. You’ll find plenty of boutique shops and souvenir stores. There are excellent food choices from casual to fine dining restaurants. Water sports include fishing, jet skiing, swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, and more. If you want to avoid renting a car, the Clearwater Jolley Trolley can get you around.

For the best family vacation destination, check out these top 13 fun things to do in Clearwater with kids.

 

1) Watch Beautiful Dolphins Swimming Freely

Clearwater Beach is home to scores of bottlenose dolphins who live and play in the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico year-round. Take a dolphin cruise from Clearwater Beach Marina to watch these amazing dolphins in their natural habitat.

The experienced team with Tropics Boat Tours offers daily Dolphin Exploration Tours onboard a fantastic boat that has an enclosed area in the shade, a sun deck, and a premium bar.

The local guides onboard are happy to share their extensive knowledge about dolphins and other animals at home in Clearwater Beach. As the captain takes you to the best areas for dolphin sightings, your guide will point out famous celebrity homes you can see from the water.

Activities In Clearwater, Dolphins Watching

 

2) Captain Bligh’s Landing

Travel back to when swashbuckling pirates still sailed the Gulf of Mexico in search of treasure. Explore hidden caves and peek behind waterfalls in an effort to sink your golf ball into the cup. This is no ordinary golf course. This is a pirate course and one of the best things to do in Clearwater, FL with kids.

Captain Bligh’s Landing is an 18-hole mini-golf venue at the southern end of Clearwater Beach. Golfers navigate through holes in a large pirate ship, waterfalls, and several caves. There is also an arcade with the usual video games and carnival-style prizes in exchange for game tickets. Captain Bligh’s is open daily from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Captain Bligh’s Miniature Golf

 

3) Moccasin Lake Nature Park

Moccasin Lake Nature Park offers things to do with kids in Clearwater, where they can learn more about nature and the ecosystems of South Florida. The 51-acre park is a nature preserve with protected wildlife and mature oak trees.

Visitors can walk along the nature trails and boardwalks in search of gopher turtles, raccoons, and many different birds. Several injured birds of prey have been brought here for rehabilitation and now call the Moccasin Lake Nature Park their home.

Nature Preserve

 

4) Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

World-class sand artists come to Clearwater Beach for two weeks in April to compete for prizes at the Sugar Sand Festival at Pier 60. Visitors can walk through the 21,000-square-foot Pier 60 structure to watch the sand artists as they create their impressive sculptures.

The festival offers free live music, fireworks, and sand sculpting classes. There are food vendors, bounce houses, and a Ferris wheel. On the first Saturday, there is a cornhole tournament where players compete for cash prizes for first, second, and third place. On Saturdays at 9:30 pm, there is a free fireworks show. Skip the line by purchasing tickets online.

Sugar Sand Festival

 

5) Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

Cruise around Clearwater Bay and into the Gulf of Mexico on a pirate ship built for tourism in 1993. Captain Memo’s offers three sailings daily for two hours on a three-story ship that offers activities for all ages.

Activities for kids include:

  • Pirate stories

  • Games

  • Treasure hunts

  • Water gun battles

  • Face painting

Family fun for everyone:

  • Dance party

  • Great view of Clearwater Beach

  • Sunshine

  • Possible dolphin sighting

Pirate Cruise

 

6) Clearwater Marine Aquarium

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium aims to rescue injured animals, rehabilitate and release them when possible. In some cases, after an injured animal is nursed back to health, they cannot go back out into the wild, and they become a permanent resident of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Resident animals at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium include:

  • Sea turtles

  • Pelicans

  • Sharks

  • Stingrays

  • Otters

  • Dolphins

The aquarium’s daily schedule includes animal feeding and informational presentations about turtles, dolphins, sharks, stingrays, and dinosaurs. There are also a series of interactive dinosaur exhibits and wildlife boat rides.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

 

7) Memorial Causeway Green Trail

Your active and adventurous family can explore the Clearwater Beach area more by hiking the Memorial Causeway Green Trail. The trail is an easy hike on a paved pedestrian and bike path that’s 2.6 miles roundtrip.

One end of the trail starts where the Pinellas Trail ends at Turner Street and East Avenue in Clearwater. The other trail end is at Gulfview Boulevard in Clearwater Beach. The view is spectacular, with most of the trail running close to the water.

You’ll find several wide areas with overlooks where you can stop for a rest break and take pictures. There are also plenty of benches and trash bins along the way.

Memorial Causeway Green Trail

 

8) Coachman Park

Coachman Park has recently undergone an extensive upgrade with 19 acres of park space, offering plenty of outdoor fun for families.

A 9,000-seat covered outdoor performing arts concert venue offers live music and shows. An elevated bluff walkway has fantastic views of Clearwater Beach and the Clearwater Marina and connects the park to downtown Clearwater.

The pedestrian path offers views of the Intracoastal Waterway, and kids will enjoy a pirate-themed playground area with a splash pad. Bring a picnic lunch and relax while the kids run off some energy!

Coachman Park

 

9) Watch The Gorgeous Sunsets

The sunsets at Clearwater Beach are some of the best in Florida. During certain times of the year, sunset watchers have even seen the legendary green flash as the sun dips below the horizon.

Take a sunset cruise for a truly magical experience for the whole family to enjoy. The experienced crew with  The Tropics Boat Tours takes their guests on a Tropics Sunset Celebration Cruise from Clearwater Bay through Clearwater Pass to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

The cruise is available for all ages, and guests aged 21 and above will get a complimentary sunset champagne toast. The crew will point out popular sites along the way and share stories about the Clearwater area.

Clearwater Tampa Bay Sunset Cruise

 

10) Family-Friendly Activities Near Clearwater

  • Great Explorations Children’s Museum is in St. Petersburg, 20 miles south of Clearwater. The Children’s Museum allows kids to play, explore and create. Tables piled high with building materials, including a wall of legos, allow children to create their masterpieces. The Live on Air exhibit will enable kids to see themselves on television. At the museum’s center is Longo’s Cove, with platforms and netting where kids can climb and explore.

  • Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay is a unique theme park with thrilling roller coasters, log rides, river rapids, kiddie rides, and animal attractions. Next to the park is Islands of Adventure, a water park with water slides, pools, and kid-friendly attractions. The parks are about 30 miles northeast of Clearwater in Tampa Bay.

  • Tampa Bay Grand Prix is an exciting indoor go-kart center with two locations. One in Tampa Bay and the other serving the Clearwater and St. Petersburg area. Racers can choose from the Grand Prix track with a challenging mix of twists, turns, and straightaways, or a speed track.

Busch Gardens In Tampa Bay

 

11) Pier 60

Spend a day at the Pier enjoying the beach, shopping, and playing at the playground. There’s a giant inflatable waterslide with separate lanes, so you can compete to see who is the fastest. You don’t need a car to get there; the Clearwater Jolley Trolley stops here.

The Sunsets at Pier 60 celebration starts two hours before sunset every night. You can watch street performers, firebreathers, musicians, and dancers. Shop for souvenirs from the vendors selling their handmade artisan crafts.

Pier 60

 

12) Sand Key Park – One Of Clearwater’s Secret Beaches

After spending a day with the crowds at the hugely popular Clearwater Beach, you might be ready for a quiet alternative. That’s where Sand Key Park shines.

Sand Key Park is 95 acres of sandy beach and grass park. Sand Key has plenty of parking and lots of room to spread out. There are two picnic shelters with barbecue grills, restrooms, outdoor showers, a boardwalk, a nature trail, and a playground. Beach umbrellas, kayaks, bicycles, and beach cabanas are available for rent.

Sand Key Park

 

13) Clearwater Fishing

Fishing is a popular sport in Clearwater, and you can fish from shore or a fishing pier. You might catch snook, spotted sea trout, or redfish. One of the most popular Clearwater fishing spots is the 1,080-foot Pier 60 fishing pier.

The bait shop rents fishing poles and reels, and the staff is happy to suggest which bait to use and where to set up your pole. You’ll even find anglers enjoying night fishing, with the lights from the pier illuminating the water. An all-day fishing pass is just $10.00.

Pier 60 Fishing

 

Clearwater Is A Great Place For A Family-Friendly Adventure

As you can see, Clearwater Beach is the perfect destination for a family vacation. Sunshine, sandy beaches, wildlife, fishing, and live entertainment offer something for even the most difficult member of the family to enjoy.

The Tropics Boat Tours wants to be your choice for boat excursions in Clearwater. Go online or give us a call today to reserve your dolphin tour and a sunset cruise.

Duration
1 hour 45 minutes
Group Size
Up to 126

Dolphin Exploration Tours

Our Dolphin Exploration Tours will take you from Clearwater Bay out Clearwater Pass on the beautiful emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico (weather permitting) in search of the Sun Coast’s favorite….the Bottlenose Dolphin.

In addition to offering Guaranteed Dolphin Sightings*, your Captain will highlight some fascinating facts about the natural wonders our Gulf Coast offers as well as point out celebrity mansions along the way.

The tour offers something for everyone, including educational information on our area and our wildlife, and optional drink upgrades including unlimited beer and soft drinks for the adults!

Just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

Duration
2 hours 15 minutes
Group Size
Up to 126

Independence Day Fireworks & Sunset Cruise

This event includes a sunset experience then go towards the Imagine Clearwater Grand Opening celebration for a fireworks experience. Returning approx. 9:45pm. $5.00 drink special. No drink packages will be available.

Duration
1 hour 45 minutes
Group Size
Up to 126

Sunset Celebration Cruises

The Tropics Sunset Celebration Cruise will take you from Clearwater Bay through Clearwater Pass to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico (weather permitting).

Sail the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico as you view a breathtaking Florida sunset and — if you’re lucky you may witness the legendary green flash.

Your crew will point out some interesting facts about the natural wonders of the Gulf Coast as well as popular sights along the way. We are pleased to include a Complimentary Sunset Champagne Toast for all guests 21 and up."

Duration
Group Size
no limit

Tampa Bay CityPASS®

Family fun starts with Tampa Bay CityPASS®! Save 53% on Tampa Bay's top 5 attractions. CityPASS® includes a Dolphin Exploration Tour or Sunset Celebration Cruise with The Tropics Boat Tours. You’ll also have admission to Bush Gardens® Tampa Bay, The Florida Aquarium, Zoo Tampa, and a 4th attraction of your choice. Choose which attraction as you go. Visit the attractions at your own pace, in any order, over 9 days.

Adult CityPASS®: $139
Child CityPASS® (ages 3-9): $124
CityPASS prices are tax inclusive

One easy purchase saves time & money. First, buy CityPASS® online, then click here to choose your cruise and make your reservation.