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

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

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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.”

Book Your MLB Spring Training 2020 Trip Today!

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MLB Baseball 2020 Spring Training Near Clearwater Beach Florida

It may be the middle of winter, but it’s time to be planning for MLB’s 2020 Spring Training! Plan a trip to head south to Florida for the warm weather and some baseball games. Rent a beachfront condo on Clearwater Beach and combine baseball with some great beach time! Clearwater Beach has been rated the best beach in the united states multiple years in a row there are three MLB Baseball Teams Spring Training facilities within 40 minutes!

2020 Spring Training Games Near Clearwater Beach


Philadelphia Phillies: Clearwater, Florida

601 North Old Coachman Rd, Clearwater, FL 33765
15 minutes from the beachfront condos!

Phillies 2020 Spring Training Home Games at Spectrum Field…

  • February 23, 2020: Phillies vs. Pirates – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 24, 2020: Phillies vs. Orioles – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 28, 2020: Phillies vs. Braves – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 29, 2020: Phillies vs. Blue Jays – 1:07 PM EST
  • March 1, 2020: Phillies vs. Orioles – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 4, 2020: Phillies vs. Pirates – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 5, 2020: Phillies vs. Blue Jays – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 7, 2020: Phillies vs. Red Sox – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 9, 2020: Phillies vs. Yankees – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 10, 2020: Phillies vs. Twins – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 13, 2020: Phillies vs. Tigers – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 15, 2020: Phillies vs. Pirates – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 17, 2020: Phillies vs. Blue Jays – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 18, 2020: Phillies vs. Yankees – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 21, 2020: Phillies vs. Rays – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 23, 2020: Phillies vs. Rays – 1:05 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays: Dunedin, Florida

373 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FL 34698
15 minutes from the beachfront condos!

Blue Jays 2020 Spring Training Home Games at TD Ballpark…

  • February 24, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Braves – 1:07 PM EST
  • February 25, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Yankees – 1:07 PM EST
  • February 26, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Tigers – 1:07 PM EST
  • February 27, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Twins – 1:07 PM EST
  • February 29, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Phillies – 1:07 PM EST
  • March 2, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Pirates – 1:07 PM EST
  • March 6, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Pirates – 1:07 PM EST
  • March 8, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Phillies – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 9, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Rays – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 11, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Orioles – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 12, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Canada Jr. Team – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 14, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Rays – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 15, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Yankees – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 18, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Red Sox – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 20, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Phillies – 6:07 PM EDT
  • March 21, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Tigers – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 23, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Yankees – (TBD)
  • March 24, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Yankees – (TBD)

New York Yankees: Tampa, Florida

1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa, FL 33614
40 minutes from the beachfront condos!

New York Yankees 2020 Spring Training Home Games at Steinbrenner Field…

  • February 22, 2020: Yankees vs. Blue Jays – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 24, 2020: Yankees vs. Pirates – 6:35 PM EST
  • February 26, 2020: Yankees vs. Nationals – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 27, 2020: Yankees vs. Rays – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 29, 2020: Yankees vs. Tigers – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 3, 2020: Yankees vs. Red Sox – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 4, 2020: Yankees vs. Phillies – 6:35 PM EST
  • March 6, 2020: Yankees vs. Orioles – 6:35 PM EST
  • March 8, 2020: Yankees vs. Braves – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 10, 2020: Yankees vs. Blue Jays – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 13, 2020: Yankees vs. Tigers – 6:35 PM EDT
  • March 14, 2020: Yankees vs. Phillies – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 15, 2020: Yankees vs. Twins – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 18, 2020: Yankees vs. Pirates – 6:35 PM EDT
  • March 20, 2020: Yankees vs. Marlins – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 22, 2020: Yankees vs. Tigers – 1:05 PM EDT

Other MLB 2020 Spring Training Teams in Florida


While there are three MLB teams with Spring Training facilities in the Clearwater Beach area, there are several more teams that have Spring Training facilities in Florida that make for great day trips! You can find the other teams below with their location and how far away from Clearwater Beach they are.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Bradenton, Florida

1611 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205
1 hour and 4 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Detroit Tigers: Lakeland, Florida

2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33805
1 hour and 14 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Baltimore Orioles: Sarasota, Florida

2700 12th Street, Sarasota, FL 34237
1 hour and 25 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Atlanta Braves: Orlando, Florida

700 South Victory Way Lake Buena Vista, FL 34747
1 hour and 42 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Tampa Bay Rays: Port Charlotte, Florida

2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
1 hour and 50 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Boston Red Sox: Fort Myers, Florida

11581 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myres, FL 33913
2 hours and 20 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Minnesota Twins: Fort Myers, Florida

2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte, FL   33948
2 hours and 24 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

New York Mets: Port St. Lucie, Florida

525 NW Peacock Boulevard, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
3 hours and 21 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

St. Louis Cardinals: Jupiter, Florida

4751 Main Street, Jupiter, FL 33458
3 hours and 44 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Miami Marlins: Jupiter, Florida

4751 Main Street, Jupiter, FL 33458
3 hours and 44 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Houston Astros: West Palm Beach, Florida

5444 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
3 hours and 51 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Washington Nationals: West Palm Beach, Florida

5444 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
3 hours and 51 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Tampa Bay Craft Beer

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Tampa Bay Craft Beer

It’s hard to beat having a cold drink with a beautiful view. That’s what vacation is all about! Clearwater Beach provides the stunning vacation views, and there’s plenty of cold drinks in the area, from great wine shops to many Tampa Bay Craft Beer options!

Beach views and cold drinks go hand in hand, but keep in mind drinking on Clearwater Beach is illegal. Stay focused on drinking in places with beach views and not directly on Clearwater Beach. Many Clearwater Beach restaurants provide great beach views and extensive drink menus, but my favorite is sitting on the balcony of a beachfront condo and enjoying a local Tampa Bay craft beer.

Clearwater Craft Breweries

There are almost 100 unique craft breweries to visit in the Tampa Bay area. If you’re staying in Clearwater Beach, you’re only blocks away from Clearwater Social Brewing Company, located at 483 Mandalay Avenue. You can also find two more craft breweries in Clearwater, Florida. Southern Lights Brewing Company and Grindhaus Brew Lab are both located in Clearwater and only 20 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Dunedin Craft Breweries

Dunedin, located just north of Clearwater Beach, is a great day trip location for those vacationing in Clearwater Beach. It’s a short drive to a beautiful town known for delicious food and eight local craft breweries! All eight craft breweries are located within walking distance for each other providing a safe way to try some local beer from each one! Walk between each brewery and travel between Clearwater Beach and Dunedin by using Jolley Trolly, the Clearwater Ferry, or grab a taxi/rideshare or sober driver! Stay safe!

Tampa Bay Craft Beer

In addition to the Clearwater area and a Craft Beer day trip to Dunedin, you can find Craft Breweries all over the Tampa Bay area. Some of the most popular areas outside of Dunedin are St. Petersburg, Ybor City and other areas in Tampa.

You can use The Brewery Bay.com to see a full listing of Tampa Bay Craft Beers and breweries. Use The Brewery Bay website to find Tampa Bay Craft Breweries by location, food options, live music, kid-friendly, and even pet-friendly options!

Worth The Drive – The Dali Museum

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Some of the most popular day trips for Clearwater Beach visitors are to places such as Walt Disney World and Crystal River, but not all day trips involve leaving the Tampa Bay area. You can visit places like Tarpon Springs, Dunedin and Caladesi Island all with a short drink, boat ride or even a long walk. While these areas are best visited on beautiful sunny days, where do you go on a rainy day? You can visit Salvador Dali himself at The Dali Museum!

Salvador Dali - The Dali Museum

The Dali Museum

The Dali Museum is located 45 minutes from the beachfront condos in Clearwater Beach. The Museum sits on the edge of Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida. The building itself is a beautiful structure. The large strict lines of the concrete structure are split by large glass windows known as the Enigma. “This geodesic sculpture constructed of 1,062 separate panes provides a kaleidoscopic view and summons you to explore Dali’s key philosophy: view the world from every possible perspective.” Beyond making the building beautiful, the glass windows provide an amazing view from within of Tampa Bay and the outside gardens that are filled with artwork matching Dali’s artistic vision.

Inside The Dali Museum, you’ll find a gallery filled with stunning art created by Salvador Dali in his surrealist views. You’ll have the chance to observe Dali’s creative objects, prints, photographs, works on paper, paintings and book illustrations.

You’ll also have an extremely unique opportunity to see and hear Dali share his observations on current events and sharing insight on what motivated his work through the Dali Lives exhibition, a truly amazing experience developed through artificial intelligence. Learn more about this amazing opportunity, including getting a selfie taken by Dali himself in the video below.

In addition to Dali Lives, if you choose to visit The Dali Museum on a weekend you’ll have a chance to enjoy Little Surrealist Tour for children ages 4-11 on Saturdays. On Sunday mornings you can experience Yoga at The Dali and Mimosas & Masterpieces: Brunch at The Dali.

If you don’t have time to for a day trip to The Dali Museum, you can experience the Dreams of Dali Pop Up in Downtown Clearwater! The Pop Up only lasts until June 20, 2019. The goal is to fully immerse you in Dali’s views through VR.

Worth The Drive – Disney World

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Clearwater Beach to Disney World

Clearwater Beach, Florida is a wonderful place for family-friendly summer vacations. Kids will love playing on the beach, in the warm ocean water, at the pool and even having the chance to meet Winter the dolphin and learning all about the local marine life at the Clearwater Aquarium. While there’s more than enough to do directly on Clearwater Beach, your kids may be asking about another Florida activity – Walt Disney World!

Clearwater Beach to Disney World

Disney World isn’t a quick half day trip, but it can easily be added on as an additional day for your family vacation. You can step out of the sand on Clearwater Beach and be at Disney World in less than two hours! Clearwater Beach to Disney World is only an hour and 40-minute drive!

In no time at all you will be having fun and enjoying classic rides such as Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, It’s a Small World and amazing experiences like Avatar Flight of Passage and Jurassic Park River Adventure! With the parks so full of so many fun rides and attractions, it can be very tough to get to everything your family wants to do. TouringPlans is here to help!

TouringPlans offers trip planning tools to Walt Disney World to “show you the least crowded park to visit every day, customized touring plans for visiting Disney’s best rides, honest restaurant reviews, how to save on Disney tickets, the best hotel rooms to ask for, and so much more.” If you’re only able to get to Disney World for a single day, having a plan before you go will make the day less stressful, and a lot more fun by cutting down on time spent waiting in lines.

Worth The Drive – Dunedin, Florida

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Worth The Drive - Dunedin, Florida

Just north of Clearwater Beach, you’ll find Dunedin, Florida. Located less than 30 minutes from Clearwater Beach, Dunedin is known for its delicious food paired with a relaxed, friendly small town atmosphere.

Take a break from lounging in the sand on Clearwater Beach and take a day trip to Dunedin, Florida. One of the best ways to experience Dunedin is through the Dunedin Food Tour. You’ll get a chance to sample some of the amazing foods and drinks in the area. The food tour is kept small, limited to 12 people. The small tour allows for the opportunity to personally interact with the owners, chefs, and brewers at the local businesses. Along with food and drink tastings, you’ll get a chance to experience the wonderful town and hear about its history as you stroll between the local restaurants and breweries.

After lunch, you can catch the causeway across to Honeymoon Island and even a ferry to Caladesi Island. Dunedin provides great access to these beautiful, white sand beaches. Enjoy spending time on the water? You can Rent a kayak from a small shop located on the causeway. Spend some time paddling across St. Joseph Sound and around the beautiful mangroves of Caladesi Island.

After a lunch tour and an afternoon on the water, enjoy a luxurious dinner at Bon Appétit Restaurant. Bon Appétit Restaurant is a fine dining experience sitting on the water of St. Joseph Sound. The restaurant features beautiful views and a blend of European and American food. Bon Appétit Restaurant has been voted Tampa Bay’s Best Waterfront Restaurant because it offers unique cuisine, waterfront tables with sunset views and parking available for not only cars but also boats.

If you’re in the area around Spring Break, catch a Spring Training baseball game! Dunedin hosts the Toronto Blue Jays for Spring Training each year.

Worth The Drive – Tarpon Springs, Florida

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Tarpon Springs, Florida

Looking for a great day trip to take from Clearwater Beach, Florida? Head to the beautiful Greek village of Tarpon Springs! Tarpon Springs has the highest percentage of Greek Americans of any city in the United States. Enjoy a short trip to Tarpon Springs and experience delicious Greek food, quaint local shops and walks down the sponge docks.

The History of Tarpon Springs, Florida

Tarpon Springs, Florida is a small area surrounding bayous flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. The small area was settled in 1876, and by the 1880s the first sponge business was already founded and the industry quickly began growing. Greek Immigrants began arriving in Tarpon Springs in the 1890s to work in the growing sponge industry.

In 1905 sponge diving was introduced and many of the Greek immigrants became sponge divers. The sponge industry soon became one of the leading maritime industries of Florida, and the most important industry for Tarpon Springs, generating millions of dollars a year.

In 1947 a large bloom of Red Tide algae nearly wiped out the sponge fields of the Gulf of Mexico. The sponge diving industry took a massive hit, and many of the locals forced to switch industries – often switching to the shrimping industry. The Gulf of Mexico sponge fields slowly recovered from the damage caused by the red tide algae and the sponge fishing industry began growing again. In the 1980’s, the Mediterranean sponges were almost completely killed off by a sponge disease, leading to a boom in the Tarpon Springs Sponge Industry.

Things to do in Tarpon Springs, Florida

I absolutely love visiting Tarpon Springs. It’s very difficult for me to not to take a quick drive up to Tarpon Springs when on vacation in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The atmosphere of the small Greek city is fantastic, especially when walking down the Historic Sponge Docks.

The entire area has delicious Greek restaurants on every block. My personal favorite is Hellas Restaurant and Bakery. Hellas sits right in the historic sponge dock area. Sitting right near the sponge docks and filled with local history and Greek influence, the atmosphere of the restaurant is incredible. And more importantly, the food is incredibly delicious! My favorite things on the menu are Hella’s Original Greek Salad, Saganaki (Opa!), Hellas Gyro and their Mediterranean Stuffed Shrimp. For dessert, I usually grab some baklava to go because I’ve already eaten way too much!

After an amazing (and very large) meal, I love walking for a walk along the historic sponge docks. There are so many really fun and unique shops in that area selling. If you have time, be sure to check out: GETAGURU homemade soap, The Sponge Exchange, Tarpon Sponge Company, and Lori’s Soaps & Sponges!

Tarpon Springs isn’t just local shops and delicious Greek food, it also has great activities for the whole family! You can go for a Sponge Diving Tour! Learn the history of Tarpon Springs and even watch a sponge diver put on traditional inflatable sponge diving suit and provide a hands-on display of the different types of sponges. There’s also a fantastic Aquarium in Tarpon Springs!

Visit Tarpon Springs, Florida

The great location and fun activities make Tarpon Springs a fantastic place for a short day trip or even just a quick trip for a delicious lunch or dinner. On the way to and from Tarpon Springs, you’ll drive past the entrance of Honeymoon Island State Park – a beautiful sunset location.  You’ll also be able to catch a ferry from Honeymoon Island to Caladesi Island if you’re not up for the walk to Caladesi Island State Park from Clearwater Beach.

You can also connect a day of Kayaking at Crystal River, Florida with a delicious Greek dinner in Tarpon Springs for an incredible day trip from Clearwater Beach that’s totally worth the drive!

Worth The Drive – Crystal River, Florida

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Crystal River, Florida Kayaking

While there are many things to do when visiting Clearwater Beach, there are also other parts of Florida worth experiencing. Many of these places are just a relatively short distance from Clearwater Beach and can make a great day trip! Crystal River, Florida definitely makes the list of places to go if you’re looking for a fun day trip location.

Kayaking in Crystal River, Florida

Crystal River, Florida is located on the Gulf Coast just an hour and forty-five minutes north of Clearwater Beach. (Click here for directions.) Crystal River, Florida has become known as the “Home of the Manatee”. Manatees flock to Crystal River, Florida each fall and spend the winter enjoying the warm water in the area. As the water temperature of the Gulf of Mexico drops, the Three Sisters Springs of Crystal River, Florida keeps the water in the area much warmer. The Three Sisters Springs maintain a water temperature of 72 degrees throughout the entire year! The springs also keep the water crystal clear, hence the name – Crystal River.

The clear and warm waters of Three Sisters Springs not only attracts manatees but also makes the Crystal River area an amazing location for kayaking!

The ideal time to go to kayaking at Crystal River is during late September, through the winter, and into March. This is when the water of the Gulf of Mexico is much cooler, and the warm waters of Three Sisters Springs attract manatees to the area. Three Sisters Springs is part of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and the King’s Bay Manatee Refuge. During the cooler months of the year, this area becomes home to the largest population of manatees in the world! While the coolers months are when you’re most likely to see manatees, the Crystal River area is a beautiful area for kayaking no matter what time of year it is.

You can bring your own kayaks, or you can rent kayaks in the Crystal River area. When I went kayaking in Crystal River, Florida, I rented from Hunter Springs Kayaks. Hunter Springs Kayaks offers guided tours, kayak rentals, paddle board rentals and kayak/paddle board hybrids for those who are new to standup paddle boarding. Hunter Springs Kayaks is located just a few blocks from the water. This provides plenty of free parking and a very short walk to the water. Don’t worry about carrying your kayak or paddleboard. All rented equipment is transported down to the water for you!

While I haven’t been kayaking in Crystal River, Florida during the Manatee Season (Late September through early April), I still had a great time kayaking through the beautiful area. I was able to see a few manatees and dolphins as I kayaked around the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. The entire area truly is beautiful!

After kayaking in Crystal River, Florida, I drove a slower way back to Clearwater Beach. I stayed off the major highway and drove south on 19, giving me the opportunity to stop at one of my favorite places for dinner, Hellas Restaurant, in Tarpon Springs.