10 top reasons for a family holiday in St. Pete/Clearwater

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St. Pete Pier, St. Pete/Clearwater, Florida

7. Hang out at St. Pete Pier

St. Pete Pier stretches for 26 acres along the Tampa Bay waterfront. Recently named one of the best urban designs in the world by the Urban Land Institute, it’s also packed with family activities. There are green spaces for kids to play as well as a splash pad and beaches. Older children will love the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center which teaches them all about the area’s eco-system. From laid back cafés and fine dining options to a rooftop tiki bar overlooking the St. Pete skyline, family restaurants on all levels of pier keep you fuelled up for fun. Plus, there’s shopping too. And if your Florida holiday isn’t complete without some fishing, you can even get up to that on St. Pete Pier.


Frenchie’s Rockaway Grill, St. Pete/Clearwater, Florida

8. Florida holidays for food lovers

If discovering independent restaurants and eating fresh, local food is one your great holiday thrills, St. Pete/Clearwater is your type of place. Of course, the finest Gulf seafood features high on the menu here, but don’t miss the local BBQ. Kids will love the variety of sweet treats, starting with divine gelato. And styles of eating are almost as varied as the food itself. Waterfront restaurants make the most of all that sunshine, but you’ll also find pretty pavement cafés and smart French bistro. Casual cantina are perfect for families, although there’s no shortage of posh spots when you feel like something fancy.


Clearwater Beach, Florida holidays St. Pete/Clearwater

9. Local area attractions to thrill your kids

Outdoorsy and arty St. Pete/Clearwater is also surrounded by brilliantly playful  family attractions. Busch Gardens Tampa gives Orlando a run for its money on the theme park front. Kids will love meeting the rescued marine animals at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and the Alligator & Wildlife Discovery Center at John’s Pass Village on Madeira Beach is another must-do. And young buccaneers in training need to sail the high seas for a couple of hours on Captain Memo’s Pirate Ship, launching daily from Clearwater Beach.


The Don Cesar, St. Pete Beach, St. Pete/Clearwater

10. Family friendly hotels and resorts

Family-friendly Florida holidays are what St. Pete/Clearwater does best, so you won’t be surprised to learn that many incredible hotels and resorts are designed just for families. Visit St. Pete/Clearwater makes it very easy to find exactly the right place to stay whether you want a relaxing island resort or a grand Florida icon like The Don Cesar on St. Pete Beach.

Now you know our top 10, go to Visit St. Pete/Clearwater for a million and one more reasons to book a family holiday in this irresistible part of Florida.