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Guide to Clearwater for Families

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Clearwater is a fun family destination. With so many wonderful things to experience and do, no one in the family will be left out. Soak up some sun or take part in one of the many activities on offer — the choices are endless.

Good for
  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Pier 60

Piers & Boardwalks

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Aquariums

Clearwater Beach

Beaches

Clearwater Jolley Trolley

Bus Tours

Tampa Bay Grand Prix

Auto Race Tracks, Game & Entertainment Centers

Sand Key Park

Parks

Encounters With Dolphins

Dolphin & Whale Watching

Spectrum Field

Arenas & Stadiums

Cooters Restaurant & Bar

Restaurants

Westfield Countryside Mall

Shopping Malls

Tim A's City Tips

  • Many of the shops and restaurants are within walking distance of each other.
  • The intensity of the sun is strong in Florida, so make sure you have plenty of sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin, so that you don't get sun burnt.
  • Get an all day pass on the trolley to save driving around town. Plus, this mode of transport is infinitely more fun for the kids!
  • Pier 60
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Tim A Says:

    Pier 60 is the ideal place to fish in Clearwater, but offers numerous other activity options besides this. With access to great food, shopping, entertainment, and of course, white sandy beaches, Pier 60 is a fun base for the whole family.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is a nominal admission fee to walk on the pier.
    • Pier 60 offers daily, weekly, and monthly fishing passes — even a year round pass is available!
    • If you don't have access to a fishing rod, Pier 60 has fishing rods for rent.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 54 things to do in Clearwater
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Late day stroll 02/17/2020
    • Charge for entry? 02/17/2020
    • Pier 60
    Address:
    Memorial Causeway
    Clearwater, FL 33767
    Phone:
    +1 727-312-9849
    Other:
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
    Aquariums
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    Tim A Says:

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a great way for the whole family to get up close and personal with marine life. The staff are great at educating visitors of all ages as to the importance of saving and preserving wildlife.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Special behind the scenes tours are available for an additional fee.
    • There are opportunities to meet and feed the animals, but be sure to book early as time slots are limited.
    • Make sure to visit Winter and Hope from the "Dolphin Tail" movie franchises.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 54 things to do in Clearwater
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good 1/2 day activity 02/15/2020
    • A great place to get close to Florida marine wildlife 02/14/2020
    • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
    Address:
    249 Windward Passage
    Clearwater, FL 33767-2244
    Phone:
    +1 727-441-1790
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Clearwater Beach
    Beaches
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    Tim A Says:

    Clearwater Beach is a breathtaking white sandy beach. Bring a chair, or a blanket, and have a seat on the soft white sand and listen to the waves crash in. If that is not enough for you and the family, take a stroll down the newly renovated sidewalks and take in the sights, sounds, and smells, that only Clearwater can offer.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Jet skis are available for rent.
    • Make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen for the family as the summer in Florida is a little hotter than in other places.
    • If you don't have beach chairs and umbrellas, rentals are available for a nominal fee.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 54 things to do in Clearwater
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great sunny afternoon 02/17/2020
    • softest sand ever 02/17/2020
    • Clearwater Beach
    Address:
    1 Causeway Blvd
    Clearwater, FL 33767
    Other:
  • Clearwater Jolley Trolley
    Bus Tours
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    Tim A Says:

    Hop on the Clearwater Jolley Trolley and let the guides take you around the city. You'll save time and gas money by using this very affordable means of transportation! Pick the trolley up from any point along its route easily, and hop off whenever someone in the family spots something fun to do. The trolley hits most of the popular areas for food and great shopping too.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Purchase a day pass for a special price on their website.
    • If you take a trolley without a pass, be sure to have cash available to purchase a ticket on board.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 107 Tours in Clearwater
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Trolley ride from/to Dunedin/Clearwater. 02/05/2020
    • January 5th-9th visit. 01/14/2020
    • Clearwater Jolley Trolley
    Address:
    410 N Myrtle Ave
    Clearwater, FL 33755-4433
    Phone:
    +1 727-445-1200
    Price range:
    $5 - $5
    Other:
  • Tampa Bay Grand Prix
    Auto Race Tracks, Game & Entertainment Centers
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    Tim A Says:

    Tampa Bay Grand Prix is where your family can really find out who the best driver is! With two different indoor tracks to race on, you will surely put the peddle to the metal as you speed up to 50mph on courses laid out to perfection. In short, you have everything you need to achieve your ultimate goal of finishing the first place victor!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are restrictions for kids under 48 inches in height. However, special go-karts are offered to suit various sizes and capabilities.
    • Walk-ins are welcome.
    • Racers under the age of 18 must have a waiver form signed by a parent.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 11 Sights & Landmarks in Clearwater
    • Nice place 10/04/2019
    • So much fun! 09/06/2019
    • Tampa Bay Grand Prix
    Address:
    12350 Automobile Blvd
    Clearwater, FL 33762-4425
    Phone:
    +1 727-527-8464
    Price range:
    $16 - $16
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Fri
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Sand Key Park
    Parks
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    Tim A Says:

    Sand Key Beach is a family friendly beach that offers a more private setting, and is great for picnics and family fun. Collect shells and do some snorkeling right off the beachfront in clear, beautiful water.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Chairs and umbrellas are available to rent for the day.
    • Parking is available at a nominal fee.
    • Bath houses for showering are available.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 54 things to do in Clearwater
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Morning Walk 02/17/2020
    • Found it too late 02/16/2020
    • Sand Key Park
    Address:
    1060 Gulf Blvd
    Clearwater, FL 33767-2701
    Phone:
    +1 727-588-4852
    Other:
  • Encounters With Dolphins
    Dolphin & Whale Watching
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    Tim A Says:

    Climb aboard with Encounters With Dolphins and be prepared to do just that — see some amazing dolphins! Spotting dolphins is just the beginning of the adventure however, as you will also have the opportunity to snorkel and look for shells on a secluded island. Plus, the staff point out some of the resident celebrity homes in the area as you sail around the beautiful gulf.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check their website ahead of time for cancellations due to poor weather.
    • Bring an underwater camera to capture some of the sea life.
    • Small bags with snacks are allowed, but don't bring coolers aboard as space is limited.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 93 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Clearwater
    • Great tour and at an awesome price 12/24/2019
    • Started slow - ended wonderfully 12/08/2019
    • Encounters With Dolphins
    Phone:
    +1 727-466-0375
    Price range:
    $195 - $195
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Spectrum Field
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    Tim A Says:

    A visit to Bright House Networks Field is a day of fun for the whole family; catch a baseball game and enjoy delicious food from the concession area. There is even a kids' zone featuring a playground for the little ones to burn off some excess energy!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Individual game tickets can be purchased in advance on their website.
    • There is a nominal fee for parking.
    • For families wanting to have a picnic, there are designated areas to do so. See the website for restrictions.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 54 things to do in Clearwater
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to watch a baseball game 02/14/2020
    • Bucket List Visit! 11/10/2019
    • Spectrum Field
    Address:
    601 N Old Coachman Rd
    Clearwater, FL 33765-2321
    Phone:
    +1 727-467-4457
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Cooters Restaurant & Bar
    Restaurants (American, Seafood, Dining bars)
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    Tim A Says:

    Cooters Restaurant & Bar has a family friendly atmosphere, and if you and the family are into sports, then look no further for your new home in Clearwater! With great tasting food and friendly wait staff, Cooters is sure to please all.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Happy hour specials are available.
    • There is a pet-friendly patio.
    • Cooters Restaurant & Bar offers free WiFi.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 550 restaurants in Clearwater
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great wings and soup 02/15/2020
    • Great bar! 02/11/2020
    • Cooters Restaurant & Bar
    Address:
    423 Poinsettia Ave
    Clearwater, FL 33767-2025
    Phone:
    +1 727-462-2668
    Price range:
    $9 - $49
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Westfield Countryside Mall
    Shopping Malls
    Tim A Says:

    With over 140 shopping options, Westfield Countryside Mall is the place to go if you have forgotten any family essentials for your trip. You can stop in at the food court to refuel when you are ready for a break, and there is even an ice rink and movie theater onsite — plenty to keep everyone entertained.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Westfield Countryside Mall website offers special discounts at certain stores.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 54 things to do in Clearwater
    • Ok mall (at best) 01/03/2020
    • It's ok 12/18/2019
    • Westfield Countryside Mall
    Address:
    27001 US Highway 19 N
    Ste 1039
    Clearwater, FL 33761-3402
    Phone:
    +1 727-796-1079
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
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