If you’re looking to book a beach getaway for your next family trip, Clearwater is the perfect spot. Ideal for both parents and kids, it has animal adventures, clear waters and fun dining options. Here are five reasons Clearwater should be your next family beach vacation destination.
1/5 It Has Award-Winning Family Beaches
One look at the ocean here and it’s easy to see why it’s called Clearwater. The white-sand beaches and, yes, transparent waters make the beaches here some of the best in the country. The gentle waves are ideal for families with younger kids, who can enjoy splashing at water’s edge. But you don’t just have to take our word for it. Clearwater’s beaches have consistently been voted among the best beaches in the country by everyone from USA Today to TripAdvisor.
2/5 You Can Meet the Real Dolphins from Dolphin Tale
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium should be on every family bucket list. Kids can meet the real dolphins behind the movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2. Hotels in the area, such as the Wyndham Clearwater Beach Resort, even offer special rooms with Dolphin Tale-themed rooms for kids. Plus, children can see and learn about the other sea animals being rehabilitated at the facility.
3/5 Kids Will Love Playing on the Pier
Pier 60 will make you feel like you’re walking straight out into the Gulf. Come here at dusk to take in one of the area’s famous sunsets. There’s also plenty of family-friendly activities throughout the year. During the summer, bring your blanket and cozy up to a movie for the Sunset Cinema’s Summer Series. In the spring, you can catch the Sugar Sand Festival. A bonus: The snack bar features French fries, ice cream and other kid favorites.
4/5 You Can Be a Pirate for a Day
Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise is a day at sea the whole family can enjoy. It includes music, games and friendly pirates aboard the ship. Swashbucklers of all ages can soak in the coastal views while enjoying the complimentary lemonade, soft drinks, (and for the parents) beer and wine.
5/5 St Petersburg Is Just Around the Corner
For even more kid-friendly fun, head to nearby St. Petersburg where you’ll be greeted by vibrant street murals, drool-worthy restaurants, indie coffee shops and quirky boutiques. For a bit of culture, check out the Dali Museum and the Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center.