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Winter in Clearwater Beach – Things To Do

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Winter in Clearwater Beach Florida

Clearwater Beach isn’t just a great place for summer vacation. Winter in Clearwater Beach, Florida is beautiful as well! The sun is still warm, and Clearwater Beach is full of fun throughout the entire year.

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Clearwater Beach Winter Activities


Enjoy The Beach

Winter in Clearwater Beach remains warm, with a beautiful beach. Average Clearwater Beach temperatures range between 73° and 66° during the day. At night, it can get a little cooler but still averages between the mid 60°s and upper 50°s. The warm sun makes it a great time to walk on the beach. Winter in Clearwater Beach is a great time to go for hikes on the beach, like walking to Caladesi Island.

If you’re looking to get into the ocean, you may find it a little cool. The Gulf of Mexico water temperature in the Clearwater Beach area drops for the mid 70°s in November to the upper 60°s in December. The water temperature then remains in the 60°s throughout the remained of the winter.

Enjoy The Food

Clearwater Beach has great food that is often celebrated. There are events celebrating the delicious food throughout the year such as Stone Crab Festivals, Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week, and Clearwater Beach Uncorked! The cool weather also highlights a lot of cool weather foods on the local menus that you may normally overlook during summer, such as Drunken Shrimp at The Bait House, Backwater’s Hot-Crab Seafood Dip, S’mores Creme Brulee at North Beach pub and more!

Enjoy the Holiday Activities

You won’t miss out on holiday fun. There are fun events and great places to celebrate the holidays in Clearwater Beach!

Day Trip to Crystal River and Tarpon Springs

Winter in Clearwater Beach is a great time to take a day trip to Crystal River, Florida. As the Gulf of Mexico cools down, manatees surround the warm spring waters in Crystal River. It’s the perfect time of year to kayak around the springs. The beautiful area has crystal clear water that stays over 70 degrees throughout the entire year and is filled with manatees!

You can combine a trip to Crystal River with a short visit to Tarpon Springs, or just take a day trip to Tarpon Springs by itself! It’s a wonderful Greek village filled with delicious Greek food and unique shops surrounding the sponge docks that the city is known for.

Clearwater Beach Indoor Activities

If the weather drops too cool to be outside, or if a small rainy day disrupts your winter vacation, there are a lot of fun indoor activities nearby!

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
    • The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a must-do for the whole family! It’s not your typical aquarium. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a marine life rescue center focused on the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick or injured marine animals. While visiting the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, you’ll get a chance to meet Winter the dolphin, star and inspiration of the hit movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, both filmed in Clearwater Beach.
  • Tampa Bay Escape Room
    • The Tampa Bay Escape Room, located in downtown Clearwater, is a real-life escape room game! Perfect for video game enthusiasts, families and friends, you’ll race the clock to find clues, solve puzzles and crack codes that will allow you to the exit the room! Will you be able to beat the clock? The Tampa Bay Escape Room comes with three different escape rooms: Tragic Magic, Kidnapped and Cabin in the Woods.
  • Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)
    • The Museum of Science & Industry, located in Tampa, is a great place for all day fun! The museum has exhibits on weather, dinosaurs, space, flight, natural disasters, human development life stages, an IMAX Dome Theater, and the Saunders Planetarium. There’s also an outdoor ropes course and zip line!
  • AirHeads Trampoline Area
    • If a cool day has you trapped inside and your kids are full of energy, take them to AirHeads Trampoline Arena! AirHeads Trampoline Arena is a full, indoor, trampoline park making it a great place to escape the cool weather. Just jump around and have fun, play some AirSports like dodgeball or basketball, or have fun playing some arcade games!
  • Vertical Ventures – St. Pete
    • Vertical Ventures, located in St. Pete, is a State-of-the-art indoor climbing area! The 20,000 square foot facility features 40-foot tall routes with 80+ climbing lines. Whether you’re climbing for the first time, or if you’re a seasoned pro, you’ll find a safe but challenging, climbing area that fits your level.

Winter the Dolphin

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Winter the Dolphin - Clearwater Beach, Florida

Winter in Clearwater Beach is more than just a cold weather season. Winter the Dolphin, is a bottlenose dolphin with a story great enough to make her a movie star. Winter is the star of Dolphin Tale and one of the stars in Dolphin Tale 2.

The Story of Winter the Dolphin

Winter was found, entangled in a crab trap line, near Cape Canaveral, Florida. She was only two months old. Unable to swim and trapped so tightly, the line had cut off circulation to her tail. Winter was disentangled and transported across Florida to Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Most dolphins do not survive being trapped in crab trap lines. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium helped Winter through extensive treatments, but her tail could not be saved. It had to be removed.

Winter the dolphin never stopped fighting for her survival. Even without a normal tail, she would fully recover and adapt to a new swim pattern featuring a prosthetic tail.

The full story of Winter the Dolphin can be read in the book, Winter’s Tail or in the movie filmed in Clearwater Beach, Dolphin Tale. (Learn about all the movies filmed in Clearwater Beach, Florida area.)

Visit Winter the Dolphin

You can visit Winter in Clearwater Beach, Florida any time of year. Winter the Dolphin still lives at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Winter’s story has inspired millions of people from all over the world. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a marine life rescue center focused on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick or injured marine animals.

While at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, you’ll get a chance to see Winter the dolphin, Hope – the dolphin star of Dolphin Tale 2, and the other animals that are going through treatment and recovery including dolphins, pelicans, sea turtles, otters, sharks, stingrays, and even more! While you’re there you’ll learn more about the animals there, and you’ll learn more about marine life and conservation of marine life.

Purchase Tickets to see Winter the dolphin at Clearwater Marine Aquarium today!

Great Cool Weather Food on Clearwater Beach

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Great Cool Weather Food on Clearwater Beach

The temperatures are starting to drop in Clearwater Beach, Florida. It’s still warm enough for the beach during the day, but it can start to get a little chilly in the evening. The cooler Clearwater Beach weather isn’t a bad thing though. It is providing great weather for a walk to Caladesi Island, preparing us for Thanksgiving and creating a great atmosphere for enjoying some great Clearwater Beach food that is often overlooked during the hot summer days.

Must Have Cool Weather Food

Bait House Tackle and Tavern – Drunken Shrimp – “Tender shrimp sauteed in a creamy bourbon creole reduction and served with toasted ciabatta bread.”

Bait House Tackle and Tavern – Bait House Clam Chowder – “New England style clam chowder made fresh daily.”

Frenchy’s Original Cafe – Frenchy’s Garlic Crab Fries – “Beer battered fries tossed in garlic butter and parsley, topped with garlic aioli, Old Bay and snow crab.”

Frenchy’s Original Cafe – Original Grouper Sandwich – “Frenchy’s original – fresh filet fried in our seasoned batter.”

Frenchy’s Original Cafe – Buffalo Grouper Sandwich -“Lightly fried and dripped in hot or mildly hot buffalo sauce.”

Frenchy’s Original Cafe – Buffalo Shrimp – “Lightly fried and tossed in our own sauce. Hot or mildly hot, or firecrackers.”

Backwaters Waterfront, Grill & Tavern on Sandkey – Hot Crab-Seafood Dip – “Served with crostinis for dipping.”

Backwaters Waterfront, Grill & Tavern on Sandkey – Seafood Lobster Bisque

Beach Fire Beach Bar & Grille – Maryland Crab Soup – “Tomato based broth with lots o’veggies and blue crab.”

North Beach Pub – Wisconsin Beer Cheese – “Served with pretzel bread sticks.”

North Beach Pub – S’mores Creme Brulee – “Graham cracker, chocolate custard, and toasted marshmallow.”

Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar – Florida Shrimp and Crab Chowder – “Rich and creamy, house-made chowder with shrimp, crab, red and green peppers, onions, and a hint of sherry. Served with salty crackers.”

Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill – Cajun Conch Chowder – “Not your cousin from New England’s “chow-dah” but a tomato based, Manhattan style creation served hot and spicy!”

Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill – She Crab Soup – “Our famous secret recipe, housemade daily! Lightly seasoned and creamy.”

Cooters Restaurant and Bar – Hot Crabby Shrimp Dip – “House Speciality! Crab & Shrimp Baked in a creamy spiced cheese sauce. Served with garlic toast rounds.”

Cooters Restaurant and Bar – Seafood Gumbo – “Delectable bites of shrimp, scallops, sausage and fish in a spicy Creole sauce.”

Marina Cantina – Chicken Tortilla Soup – “Rich chicken broth over pulled chicken, crispy tortillas, avocado, pico, green chilies and queso fresco.”