We've been going to Clearwater Beach for many years and we go to Pier 60 just about every night. The biggest attraction of course is watching the sunset. Just as the sun starts to hit the horizon, everyone pretty much stops what they're doing, breaks out their cameras, and just watches the sun disappear into the Gulf. But there's more to see and do. During our week there, we saw street performers doing things with fire, gymnastics, bull whips and dancers. There are vendors selling all kinds of things - jewelry, wall art, shell art, henna tattoes, face painters, decorative items, etc. We always like to watch 2 artists - one is a glass artisan. He has his torch going and melts and works the glass into custom ordered pieces and some stock items are for sale. Another fascinating artist uses cans of spray paint to create some of the coolest pictures we've seen. Lots of tropical paintings, some cosmic, and he will custom paint something for you. Great fun to watch as uses simple tools and shapes to create these works of art. There are trampolines with bungee cords and kids were doing flips and such. Not sure what this costs, but the kids were lined up waiting to do it. There's one guy who has 2 trained parrots and for a fee, you can take pictures with the parrots as he has them do funny things. There's a pirate dressed up (looks just like Johnny Dep) who talks like a pirate should talk and poses with kids for pictures. He lets them play with his sword - safely. I think he just collects tips.Some vendors and street performers are there every night, some change. There's no cost to walk around and browse, and the performers have their tip buckets out for those who wish to tip them.The concession stand has all kinds of snacks and ice cream for sale. Bathrooms are public, free and clean, as long as you don't mind sandy floors. The Pier has vendors out about 1/2 way, then you hit the 'fishing hut'. If you want to go all the way out to the end of the pier, you have to pay - maybe 50 cents. You'll see many fishermen with their carts rolling out to the end for a night of fishing. Maybe worth doing once, as we have done, but once is enough. There is a good size playground at the pier for the kids. It's a good way to see the sunset, maybe have a few laughs, watch some talented (and some not so talented) people, people watch and just mellow out. Enjoy.
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