Clearwater Beach Activities

Is Clearwater Beach Dog Friendly?

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Is Clearwater Beach Dog Friendly? Dog friendly beaches in the Clearwater Beach area.

The question of whether Clearwater Beach is dog friendly or not is often asked. The official answer is a simple no. “Dogs are not allowed on Clearwater Beach.”

…but when you are on the beach, you’ll often see dogs going for walks. Dogs aren’t allowed and we do not condone breaking the rule, but it seems to be enforced more strictly on the south beach side of Clearwater Beach. When you head to the north beachside, you’ll see more dogs. Not a lot of dogs, but in the mornings you’ll see them out for beach walks on leashes.

While it says that dogs are not allowed on Clearwater Beach when you walk further north into the North Clearwater Beach residential area there are signs at the public beach access points that say leashes are required for dogs in that area. Keep in mind, there’s no public beach parking in those areas so it would take a decent walk on the sidewalk with your dog to even get up to the area.

If you’re on vacation in the Clearwater Beach area and have your dog with you, please stay informed of the local dog rules. You can take your dogs with you in many areas as long as it stays on a leash. There’s also a fenced-in dog park at Sand Key Park and a dog-friendly beach area at Honeymoon Island located in Dunedin, Florida.

Dog-Friendly Beaches Near Clearwater Beach

Honeymoon Island State Park

Picnic Island Beach Dog Park

Gandy Bridge Causeway

Pass A Grille Dog Beach

Clearwater Beach Sunrise

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Clearwater Beach Sunrise

I’m a night owl. I love staying up late. Sunsets are beautiful and don’t mean the end of my day. It’s just a lovely break before a fun night. Clearwater Beach is known for its beautiful sunsets, but did you know there is also a gorgeous Clearwater Beach Sunrise?

I didn’t… until my daughter was born.

She’s just under two years old, and she loves spending time at the beach! It doesn’t matter what time of day it is. She’s ready to run and play when on vacation. She’s up late, happy, and having fun then out like a light that night but back up, excited, and ready to play sometimes as early as 4 AM. I’m tired! …but enjoying every minute of it.

Now that my daughter has me up to enjoy the sunrise, I realized how much I was missing. The early mornings in Clearwater Beach are beautiful. We go for walks in the early mornings. It’s quite. There’s barely a single car driving down the dark but well-lit streets in the early morning. Other than the very occasional car driving by, we’ll see a few early morning runners to say hi to. Clearwater Beach is full of friendly faces, even at 5 AM. Well, not FULL of friendly faces at 5 AM… but there are a few other people awake, and they’re all friendly. Later in the day, the sidewalks become full.

Our early morning walks consist of walking and looking at the colorful glowing lights of the different signs as we walk towards the intercoastal waterway. That’s where we watch the sun start to come up. It’s beautiful to see the warm and color lights begin to appear behind the buildings on Island Way Estates, downtown Clearwater and Dunedin. The backlight buildings often reflect perfectly in the calm waters. It’s beautiful, quiet, and peaceful. Usually, the only thing to be heard is a few birds and the giggles of my daughter as they fly by.

I’m still far from a morning person, but if you are (or if your kids are), take a walk and enjoy the Clearwater Beach sunrise on the intercoastal side of the island. Our two favorite areas are by the boat docks next to the Clearwater Beach Library & Recreation Complex or off the Papaya Street Plaza at the c0rner of Papaya Street and East Shore Drive.

After the sunrises, we head back to the beach. My daughter is similar to all kids and hates sunscreen. So she gets to enjoy that first early part of the day building sandcastles and playing in the Gulf of Mexico sans sunscreen… all before breakfast.

If you’re a morning person, where’s your favorite morning spot?

Clearwater Beach Wedding Planning

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Clearwater Beach Wedding Planning

Clearwater Beach is known for its soft sand and beautiful sunset views. It’s a beautiful place that’s easy to fall in love with and a great place to show your love to your significant other. Clearwater Beach is the perfect location for date nights, romantic weekends away, and weddings! If you’re thinking of planning a Clearwater Beach wedding here are some tips to help you get started!

Clearwater Beach Wedding Locations

On the Sand

Romantic beach weddings can frequently be seen on Clearwater Beach. If that’s your dream, you can make it happen! …but you’ll need a permit. Get some help planning and hosting your Clearwater Beach wedding with some of these companies.

Clearwater Beach Wedding Venues

Clearwater Beach Wedding Photographers and Videographers

Many of the wedding planners have photographers or can recommend many to talk with. Another way to find some is to use Instagram and search for #clearwaterbeachwedding and see all the beautiful photos and learn about the photographers there. You’ll be able to see some videographers on Instagram but you can also do a Clearwater Beach Wedding search on YouTube to see more Clearwater Beach Videographers’ work there.

Where To Stay

Many of the venues are hotels making it an easy choice for guests to stay very close by and together. If you’re not matched with a hotel, or if you’d like a place for kids, parents, and grandparents to all stay together consider renting a Clearwater Beach condo! B&W Management, Inc. offers beachfront condos with multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, full kitchens, personal laundry available in each unit, private balconies overlooking the beach, and swimming pools!

Things To Do … other than the wedding

Outside of the wonderful wedding, there are tons of fun things to do in Clearwater Beach!

If you’re looking for a relaxed bachelor or bachelorette party, you don’t need to go far! Enjoy some fun at the local bars on the island. From small dive bars like The Shipwreck to live bands and DJs at Shephard’s, there’s something for everyone. Want to have some drinks with just a few close friends? I can guarantee you keep it that way without bumping into another person with Crusin’ Tikis floating tiki bar that cruises around the Clearwater Beach area. Looking for something even more relaxing? There’s great spas and massages available at many of the resorts and businesses on Clearwater Beach.

Need a family-friendly activity? Spend some time fishing, sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding or just laying at the beach! Looking for more than just playing on the beach and water? Play a round of golf at some of the golf courses in the surrounding area. If you’re more of an inside person or just hit an unlucky rainy day, no worries! There’s still plenty to do indoors and even some great museums and art galleries in the Tampa Bay area.

Clearwater Beach Paddleboarding

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Clearwater Beach Paddleboarding Rental

Paddleboarding is a fun, relaxing, and a great way to safely keep your distance from others when vacationing in Florida. Here’s everything you need to know about Clearwater Beach Paddleboarding from where to rent a paddleboard, lessons, tours, and more!

Clearwater Beach Paddleboard Rentals

Clearwater Beach Paddleboard & Rental Co.
439 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-444-0441

BouYah Watersports – Hilton Clearwater
400 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-481-0142

Tampa Bay SUP
Call/Text for location/directions | 813-784-5822
Clearwater Beach Boat Ramp (next to Clearwater Beach Library)
Abu Seba Beach (across the street from Sand Key Park)

Clearwater Beach Scooter & Bike Rentals
619 S. Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-466-9543
(Shephards Beach Resort)

Island Marine Rentals
20045 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, FL 33785 | 727-595-0000

Sail Honeymoon – Kayak, Stand Up Paddleboard and Sailboat Rentals
61 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698 | 727-734-0392

Paddleboarding Lessons & Tours

Paddle Out Adventures – Rental & Tours
Clearwater Municipal Marina
25 Causeway Blvd, Slip #57, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-223-4900

Water Monkey – Rental, Lessons & Tours
727-487-2053 | Rentals brought to you! Lessons & Tours must be scheduled in advance.

“Water Monkey is a fully mobile stand up paddle board company. We proudly serve clients in the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Clearwater area and more. Our Intro lessons are in Gulfport and Nature Tours are Fort Desoto Park. SUP rentals can be delivered to where you are in the Tampa Bay area.”

SUP Escapes – Rental, Lessons & Tours
140 Island Way, Suite #134, Clearwater, FL 33767 | 727-308-8800

Areas Outside of Clearwater Beach to go Paddleboarding

There are some truly amazing places to go paddleboarding in Florida. If your visiting when the waves are too rough to go paddleboarding, you can head to some other areas of Florida that provide some truly amazing paddleboarding experiences as well.

Clearwater Beach Fishing

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Clearwater Beach Fishing

If you’re headed to Clearwater Beach, Florida for a vacation and looking for more to do outside than just sitting on the beach, don’t worry! There’s plenty to do in the area. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors and enjoy some Clearwater Beach fishing, golfing, kayaking, or paddleboard, and more!

Shore Fishing on Clearwater Beach

You can cast a line right into the Gulf of Mexico off Clearwater Beach if you’d like, but there are a few things to know before you do. The best and safest area for shore fishing on Clearwater Beach is on the north beach side of Clearwater Beach. It’s quieter throughout the day, but especially quiet in the mornings giving you plenty of room to fish safely. For those traveling to Clearwater Beach, keep in mind non-residents who are 16 years or older need to obtain Florida licenses and permits for fishing from shore, kayaks, or private boats in Florida.

Florida Fishing Licenses, Permits, and Fees:

If you don’t have a fishing Florida fishing license, don’t worry there are still other options to fish in the Clearwater Beach area such as fishing from Pier 60 or on chartered fishing boats.

Fishing on Pier 60

You can fish on Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach 7 days a week, from 6 AM to 10 PM. Simply walk down the pier to get to the Pier 60 Bait House and the Pier 60 Fishing Pier area. You can bring your own rod, or rent one directly from the Pier 60 Bait House for $8.00.

Daily Fishing Fees:
    • Adults: $8.00
    • Seniors: $6.75
    • Children 15 and under: $5.25
Weekly Pass:
    • Adults: $30.00
    • Seniors: $25.00
    • Children 15 and under $20.00
Monthly Pass:
    • Adults: $60.00
    • Seniors: $50.00
Yearly Pass:
    • Adults: $250.00
    • Seniors: $200.00

Clearwater Beach Fishing Charters

There are many different Clearwater Beach fishing charters available in the area, most of which can be found at the Clearwater Beach Marina which is located just across the street from Pier 60 at the Clearwater Beach roundabout. There are so many fishing charters in the Clearwater Marina that it is the largest fishing fleet on the west coast of Florida! Below you’ll find a list of some of the Fishing Charters located in the marina and other nearby areas for both inshore and offshore fishing in the Clearwater Beach area!

Clearwater Beach Fishing Charters

Clearwater Beach Fishing Gear

If you’re on vacation in Clearwater Beach and didn’t pack your fishing gear, don’t worry, there are places to rent everything you need nearby! Here are some places to rent fishing equipment in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Golf Courses Near Clearwater Beach, Florida

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Golf Courses Near Clearwater Beach, Florida - Cove Cay Golf Club

If you’re headed on vacation during these times with COVID-19, you are looking for areas with many outdoor activities that follow the social distancing recommendations. Clearwater Beach is a great place to be for that! The Clearwater Beach area offers large beaches with room to sit and play in your own areas, calm ocean waters to swim in, areas of kayaking or paddleboarding, and many golf courses near Clearwater Beach for more outdoor fun!

Closest Golf Courses Near Clearwater Beach by Time


Clearwater Country Club

15 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
525 N Betty Lane, Clearwater, FL 33755
(727) 446-9501

The Landings

18 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
1875 Airport Drive, Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 447-5272

Pinecrest Golf Club

19 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
1200 8th Ave. SW, Largo, FL 33770
(727) 584-6497

Largo Golf Course

23 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
12500 Vonn Road, Largo, FL 33774
(727) 518-3024

East Bay Golf Club

23 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
702 Country Club Drive, Largo, FL 33771
(727) 581-3333

Dunedin Golf Club

25 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
1050 Palm Boulevard, Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 733-2134

Cove Cay Golf Club

27 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
2612 Cove Cay Drive, Clearwater, FL 33760
(727) 535-1406

Mainlands Golf Course

30 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
9445 Mainlands Boulevard W, Pinellas Park, FL 33782
(727) 577-4847

Bardmoor Golf & Tennis Club

32 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
8001 Cumberland Road, Seminole, FL 33777
(727) 392-1234

Seminole Lake Country Club

33 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
6100 Augusta Boulevard, Seminole, FL 33777
(727) 391-6255

Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club

34 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
3030 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, FL 33761
(727) 726-4673

Landsbrook Golf Club

37 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
4606 Village Center Drive, Palm Harbor, FL 34685
(727) 784-7333

Tarpon Springs Golf Course

38 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
1310 S. Pinellas Avenue, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
(727) 934-5191

Rocky Point Golf Course

38 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
4151 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa, FL 33634
(813) 673-4316

Mangrove Bay Golf Course

43 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
875 62nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
(727) 893-7800

Cypress Links Golf Course

43 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
875 62nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
(727) 551-3333

Westchase Golf Club

43 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
11602 Westchase Golf Drive, Tampa, FL 33626
(813) 854-2331

Twin Brooks Golf Course

45 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
3800 22nd Avenue S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711
(727) 893-7445

Rogers Park Golf Course

52 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
7910 N 30th Street, Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 356-1670

Babe Zaharias Golf Course

52 minutes from the Clearwater Beach Condos!
11412 Forest Hills Drive, Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 631-4374

Pebble Creek Golf Club

1 hour from the Clearwater Beach Condos.
10550 Regents Park Drive, Tampa, FL 33647
(813) 973-3870

Clearwater Beach Easter 2020

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Clearwater Beach Easter 2020

Many of these events may be canceled or postponed due to the Novel Coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak. Please contact the event hosts for more information.

Clearwater Beach Easter Events

Clearwater Beach Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt in Coachman Park: April 12, 2020

Clearwater Beach Easter Brunch

Brunch at Island Way Grill: April 12, 2020

Brunch at Caretta’s on the Gulf: April 12, 2020

Easter Breakfast Buffet at SHOR Restaurant: April 12, 2020

Easter Day Buffet at Shephard’s Beach Resort: April 12, 2020

Easter Events Near Clearwater Beach

Easter Egg Hunt Near Clearwater

Easter Egg Hunt at Coffee Pot Park (St. Petersburg): April 12, 2020

Underwater Egg Hunt & Sidewalk Chalk Contest (St. Pete): April 11, 2020

Easter Egg Dye and Hunts at Innsbrook Golf Resort (Palm Harbor): April 11 – 12, 2020

Easter Brunch Near Clearwater Beach

Easter Sunday Brunch at Safety Harbor Resort & Spa (Safety Harbor): April 12, 2020

Easter Brunch at Innsbrook Golf Resort (Palm Harbor): April 12, 2020

Easter Sunday Z-Brunch at Castile Restaurant (St. Pete Beach): April 12, 2020

Easter Brunch at Cassis (St. Pete): April 12, 2020

Easter Brunch at Parkshore Grill (St. Pete): April 12, 2020

Clearwater Beach Live Music

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Clearwater Beach Live Music

If you’re visiting America’s Best Beach and looking for some live music, you won’t have to go far. Here’s a list of places to go for Clearwater Beach Live Music. If you’re looking for more than a fun small bar with live music, check out our Events posts to see if there are any larger concerts in the Clearwater area during your visit!

Where to Find Live Music on Clearwater Beach


The Shipwreck

647 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-446-3581

A great local bar on North Clearwater Beach open from 2 PM to 3 AM every day!

Beach Fire Beach Bar & Grille

608 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-408-5200

“Open-air bar & grill featuring a diverse menu of BBQ meats, seafood & pub grub like nachos & wings.” Featuring live music every night!

Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar

10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-446-2642

“Laid-back beachfront hangout dishes seafood & drinks amid picnic tables, a deck & gulf views.” An excellent place for dinner with gorgeous sunset views. If the wait is too long, order some food to go and take it back to the beachfront condo for a sunset view from your private balcony.

Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill

7 Rockaway Street, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-446-4844

“Open-air beachfront joint with locally caught grilled fish, live music daily, pool tables & 2 bars.”

The Brown Boxer

483 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-441-6000

Live music every night, full arcade, indoor and outdoor areas, dog-friendly, tons of flatscreen TVs, pool table, dart boards, and even opened a bowling area in December 2019!

Learn more and the Brown Boxer on North Clearwater Beach and see the live band schedule here!

Surfside Taphouse

395 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-201-3530

“Chill venue with burgers, seafood & sandwiches plus ample draft beer & cocktails in casual environs.” Featuring live music almost every night, check the event schedule here.

Clearwater Wine Bar & Bistro

482 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-446-8805

“Wine-focused bistro & store with eclectic fare in a basic wood & granite space with outdoor seats.”

Clear Sky Cafe

490 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-442-3684

“Located near the beach, this no-frills cafe offers a seafood-focused menu & live music.” Clear Sky Cafe is well known for breakfast and their bloody mary bar!

Frenchy’s Saltwater Cafe

419 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-461-6295

“Island-themed fixture providing grouper sandwiches & other casual seafood in an open-air setting.”

Badfins Food + Brew

215 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-474-5591

“Easygoing standby with patio seating offering brews on tap, tacos, classic pub fare & live music.”

Coco Coronado

317 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-953-3084

“Breezy outdoor tiki bar serving bar grub, frozen drinks & beers, with live music & games.”

Crabby’s Beachwalk Bar & Grill

333 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-608-2065

“Casual, beach-themed seafood, steak & sandwich spot with daily happy hour & monthly drink specials.” Check here for live music schedule!

Frenchy’s South Beach Cafe

351 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-441-9991

“Grouper sandwiches are the specialty at the colorful seafood shack with a breezy beachside locale.” Check Frenchy’s South Beach Cafe events on Google for their live music schedule!

Tropix Beach Bar

655 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-451-1134

“Relaxing hotel beachfront bar offering cocktails, beers, beach-friendly snacks & live music.”

Shephard’s Beach Resort

619 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-442-5107

Shephard’s Beach Resort has several areas that may have live music, including a Tiki Beach Bar & Grill. If there isn’t live music, there’s often a DJ in the Wave Nightclub at Shephard’s.

The Salty Grab North Beach

462 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-330-1750

A great place to grab a drink and some food, keep an eye on the game and enjoy people watching on Mandalay. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights!

Evy’s Terrace Bar & Bistro

635 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-451-1111

“Evy’s Terrace Bar & Bistro is onsite and features a full service bar and light fare menu. Located on our 6th floor open terrace, Evy’s Terrace Bar & Bistro comes with spectacular views overlooking Clearwater Pass and the Gulf of Mexico, complete with the most memorable sunsets. Excellent location for casual gatherings with friends & family and business associates. Perfect setting for sharing a romantic sunset while enjoying a glass of wine. With live entertainment and unforgettable views, the Terrace Bar is sure to make your visit complete.”

The Brown Boxer South Beach

741 Bayway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-286-8906

Check out the events, live music, and food specials for the Brown Boxer South Beach here.

20 Fun Outdoor Activities in the Tampa Bay Area

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20 Fun Outdoor Activities in the Tampa Bay Area

The Tampa Bay area is filled with fun outdoor activities for every age and interest!

1. Pier 60

Clearwater Beach, Florida is the #1 Best Beach in America and Pier 60 is the heart of America’s Best Beach. Pier 60 is full of family-friendly activities. There are large playground areas for the kids, fishing off the end of the pier, beautiful beach views, sugar-white soft sand, calm ocean waves, lifeguards nearby, large beach slides, and much more! Every day there is a Clearwater Beach Sunset Festival with local crafters selling their items, street performers, and often times live music. Pier 60 also is the location of many of the Clearwater Beach events including the Sugar Sand Festival. Stick around after sunset for free outdoor movies under the stars!

2. Caladesi Island / Honeymoon Island

Not far from Clearwater Beach you can find a totally different beach experience. You can find a much smaller beach with tree lines even touching into the ocean. This beautiful area provides almost private beach areas during the week. This area is known as Caladesi Island. There are two ways to access Caladesi Island. You can drive to Honeymoon Island in the Dunedin area and take a ferry to Caladesi Island, or you can walk to Caladesi Island from Clearwater Beach. It’s a long walk, but the directions are easy… just keep walking North on Clearwater Beach!

In my opinion, the best time to visit Caladesi Island is during the week. Look up days when the Ferry isn’t running and you’ll have the whole place to yourself!

3. Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens is a “must see Florida attraction” centrally located between Tampa and Orlando among rolling hills of citrus! Our nearly 50 acres of Olmsted gardens, 2.5 acre children’s garden Hammock Hollow, 20-room Pinewood Estate Mediterranean-style mansion and the 205-foot art deco and neo-Gothic Singing Tower carillon is a place that has fascinated millions of Florida visitors.”

4. Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park is located just outside of Tampa, Florida and is a beautiful escape from the busy city. The park offers over 7 miles of hiking trails, a class II river rapids for kayaking and canoeing, and more!

5. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Theme Park is fun for the whole family! It provides some amazing rides and zoo experience at the same time with many animals throughout the park. Travel across the world all in the same park!

6. Fort De Soto

“Whether you are sitting on the beach or kayaking near the still water’s edge at Fort De Soto, you find yourself absorbed in the abundance of natural beauty for as far as the eye can see. The complexity of the ecology is not immediately apparent, but the park offers the greatest diversity of systems just about anywhere. Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wild life and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto.”

7. Zootampa

“Five-time winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (2010-2015), ZooTampa at Lowry Park is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern US, with over 1 million visitors annually. The Zoo originated in the 1930’s as a municipal department with a small number of Florida native species. It grew gradually throughout the next four decades, but struggled to meet the developing professional standards of modern zoos. In 1982, community leaders created the Lowry Park Zoo Association to take over management of the Zoo for the City of Tampa with the goal of creating a world-class zoo through a public-private partnership. The Association then became the Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa, Inc., as it remains today. Working with a national zoo designer, the Society was able to create a modern, 24-acre facility that opened to the public in 1988 and shortly after earned Accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). ZooTampa has now grown to what now encompasses 56 acres of naturalistic animal exhibits in a lush, tropical garden setting. The Zoo offers popular educational programming, fun recreational amenities, up-close animal encounters and engaging seasonal events for which it has won accolades as one of the country’s most family-friendly zoos.”

8. Sunken Gardens

Sunken Gardens is a botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city. As St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum, this 100-year-old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region.

Unwind as you stroll through meandering paths, lush with exotic plants from around the world. Explore cascading waterfalls, beautiful demonstration gardens, more than 50,000 tropical plants, and flowers.”

9. Tampa Riverwalk

Walk around the waterfront in downtown Tampa and experience beautiful views, delicious restaurants and more on the Tampa Riverwalk.

10. Dinosaur World

“Conveniently located between Orlando and Tampa in Plant City, Florida. Dinosaur World Florida is Central Florida’s only attraction dedicated to the giants of years past. Encounter a wide variety of dinosaurs in a unique, natural lush garden setting.”

Featuring dinosaur-themed playgrounds, beautiful outdoor areas and more!

11. Ybor City

“There is so much more to explore in Ybor! It’s not just Tampa’s playground, it’s historically different with a thriving influx of growing corporations and small businesses, eclectic retail stores, diverse restaurants and a growing number of new residential units for people calling Ybor City home.

Conveniently located just northeast of downtown, Ybor City is the only neighborhood on Florida’s west coast to be designated a National Historic Landmark District. Founded by Vicente Martinez-Ybor, the district has enjoyed a rich and diverse culture for more than a century.”

12. Ballast Point Park and Pier

“Name for the spot where arriving ships would off-load their ballast to enter the harbor, Ballast Point Park and Pier is located in a quiet neighborhood of South Tampa. It features a wonderful splash park for the kids, a large playground area, shade trees and picnic tables. One of the most impressive features of the park is the view of the downtown skyline and Davis Islands. There is a long pier that juts out into the Bay and a conveniently located bait house if you wish to try your hand at fishing. Alternatively, you can grab a bite at the Taste of Boston restaurant. The food is good and you can sit outside and enjoy the views. There is also a boat dock and ramp.”

13. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

Head to Tarpon Springs, Florida for an amazing Greek experience! This Greek village is just north of Clearwater and is known for its historic sponge docks and it’s delicious and authentic Greek food!

Hellas Greek Restaurant and Bakery

GREAT GREEK FOOD 🇬🇷 Hellas Restaurant serves up authentic Greek food and desserts in Tarpon Springs! Details >> http://bit.ly/36FzylF via Zack Perry

Posted by Taste and See Tampa Bay on Thursday, January 30, 2020

14. Adventure Island

Adventure Island is a great water park in the Tampa Bay area featuring water slides, lazy rivers, pools and more!

15. Whiskey Joe’s Beachbar & Grill

“When you think of Whiskey Joe’s, think of a warm tropical breeze, white sands, family fun, cold drinks, delicious grub and killer sunsets. Whiskey Joe’s invites you to grab a couple of our famous tacos in the dining room, soak up some sunshine and sweet waterfront views on our patio or relax under a palapa on our large private beach.

Stop by for a coconut full of Hurricane Juice and put your feet in the sand at our World Famous Barefoot Bar. Cozy up to one of our fire pits after a great day in the Florida sun. However you decide to enjoy Whiskey Joe’s, you’ll feel like you’re miles away.

Whiskey Joe’s features delicious, localized dishes and a great bar scene, including 14 types of mojitos, 30 types of margaritas, and over 52 beers on tap at our Tampa location.”

16. Epperson Lagoon

“Over 7 acres in size and with crystal clear blue waters, there are endless ways for the whole family to enjoy the day at the Lagoon.

The Lagoon Day Pass gives you access to the nation’s first Crystal Lagoon®. Included with your visit is access to a tropical beach paradise, swimming in crystal clear water, family lawn games, beach toys, beach volleyball, access to swim-up bar, live entertainment & big screen TV viewing on select days. Food and beverages are available for purchase.”

17. Drive-in Movies

Go back intime and enjoy a drive-in movie at 5 different drive-in movie theaters in the Tampa Bay area!

18. Weeki Wachee Springs

Weeki Wachee is an enchanted spring where you can see live mermaids, take a trip on a river boat cruise, learn about Florida wildlife, and swim in the pristine waters at Buccaneer Bay. You can also embark on a paddling adventure down the pristine waterway of the Weeki Wachee River.”

19. Urban Kai

Learn to Paddleboard and experience guided tours with Urban Kai! Choose from guided tours the mangroves in St. Petersburg or through the waterways of downtown Tampa!

20. Tampa Bay Water Bike Company

“Come experience the City of Tampa the way it was meant to be seen: from the water!  Tampa Bay Water Bike Company offers one of the most exciting ways to explore Downtown Tampa and its waterways, all for as little as $30.”

Clearwater Beach Spring Break 2020

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Clearwater Beach Spring Break 2020

I can’t be the only one looking forward to the temperature warming up, spending more time outside, and dreaming of time spent under the warm sun with my feet in the sand. Spring break will be here before we know it! Combine the beautiful weather with America’s Best Beach, and you’ll be set for a wonderful family spring break trip! The Clearwater Beach Spring Break stretches from March into April. It’s a beautiful time of year to visit Clearwater Beach, Florida. There are very few days of rain. The sun is warm throughout the day, with average highs reaching into the mid-70s and only drops into the 60s at night.

Clearwater Beach is more than just sugar soft white sand and calm ocean waters. The beach is known for being clean, safe, and very family-friendly. The beach is kept clean; there are bathrooms nearby, places to wash the sand off before leaving the beach for the day and the Clearwater Beach Lifeguards keep the beach safe in the sand and water.

Clearwater Breach Spring Break: Where to Stay

Clearwater Beach is a great family vacation location. If you’re planning a family vacation trip, consider staying in a Clearwater Beach Beachfront Condo. Our beachfront condos are a perfect place to stay with the whole family!

We have two bedroom – two bathroom condos, three bedroom – two bathroom condos and a four-bedroom – three and a half bathroom condo. All condos come with private beachfront balconies, full kitchens, access to heated pools, reserved parking spaces, laundry (washer and dryer) inside each condo, and more! We can even provide Pack n Plays and other helpful items if you’re traveling with a baby. (If you’re getting ready to travel with a baby, here are some tips for traveling with a baby to make it as easy as possible!)

The condos are located on the North Beach side of Clearwater Beach. It’s quieter, less crowded, and still only a short distance from delicious restaurants, Pier 60, the Clearwater Marina, and other attractions.

If you’re looking for a smaller location to stay when visiting Clearwater Beach, there are also some fantastic Hotels on Clearwater Beach. There are many different types of hotels to fit everyone’s needs.

Clearwater Beach Spring Break: Things To Do

The best thing to do when on a Clearwater Beach Spring Break vacation is to enjoy the warm weather truly! Relax on the beach, take long walks, swim in the ocean, or a heated pool. Relax and enjoy the warm sun! If you’re looking for more to do than just sitting and playing on the beach, no worries, the Clearwater Beach area is full of fun activities!

Get out on the water and go fishing, sailing, dolphin sighting, and more! Take a walk around the Clearwater Beach Marina and find out all the full water activities that are available for you to do. Get even closer to the dolphins and visit Winter and more friends at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium!

If you’re a baseball fan, check out some of the 2020 MLB Spring Training Games nearby! Within a short distance, you can watch the Philadelphia Phillies (Clearwater), the Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin), and New York Yankees (Tampa)!

You can enjoy beautiful sunsets from the beach, your private beachfront balcony, or down at Pier 60’s daily sunset festival! Hang around Pier 60 after sunset and watch a free movie under the stars!

Events during Clearwater Beach Spring Break 2020

Spring Break Lacrosse Camps in Clearwater: February 28 – April 3, 2020

WiLD Splash in downtown Clearwater: March 7, 2020

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival: April 10 – April 26, 2020

Spring Break Events Near Clearwater Beach:

Skyway 10k: March 1, 2020 (From Manatee County to Pinellas County)

The Spring Games Madeira Beach: February 14 – March 15, 2020

Sunset Beach Concert Series in Tarpon Springs: March 5, 2020 and April 2, 2020

St. Pete Beach Drive, Dine & Wine Tour: Every Tuesday!

ROK Cup Florida Winter Tour – St. Petersburg: March 5 – March 8, 2020

Florida Water Festival in Pinellas Park: March 7, 2020

Race for the Cupcake 5k, St. Pete Beach: March 7, 2020

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: March 13 – March 15, 2020

3D Lacrosse Spring Break St. Petersburg: March 15 – March 28, 2020

Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor: March 16 – March 22, 2020

Reggae Rise Up in St. Petersburg: March 20 – March 22, 2020

Gulfport Grand Prix: March 27 – March 29, 2020

Los Vinos de Dali – St. Petersburg: March 29, 2020

Tampa Bay Blues Festival – St. Petersburg: April 3 – April 5, 2020

Dunedin Scottish Highland Games: April 4, 2020

St. Pete Wing & Craft Beer Fest: April 17, 2020

Beer & Burger Throw Down: April 18, 2020

Mainsail Art Festival – St. Petersburg: April 18 – April 19, 2020

Florida Hard Seltzer Fest in St. Petersburg: April 25, 2020

Spring King of the Beach Fishing Tournament: April 30 – Mary 2, 2020