Attracting over one million visitors every year, Clearwater has many reasons to be considered an ideal travel and vacation destination. Apart from the sun and fun at Clearwater beach, there is an impressive list of attractions in the area.
The ambience and setting of Clearwater city and its beach are the principal reasons why the city remains a popular choice with new and returning visitors. Rated among the best beaches in the country, Clearwater beach offers sparkling waters, soft white sand, and diverse activities and settings that for active adults, teens and families. Beyond the beach there is so much to entertain visitors from parks, aquariums, gardens, sports fields, swimming, sailing, fishing, boating, cruise tours, parasailing, golfing, shopping, festivals and special events.
Pier 60 - No visitor to Clearwater should miss a stroll at Pier 60. Pier 60 is one of the finer spots on the Clearwater beach to enjoy the coastal and beach ambience and especially the scenic sunsets.
Clearwater Pier 60
Pier 60 is located where the Causeway and the Gulf Boulevard intersect. Open around the clock on all days, the Pier has a beach concession and a bait shop, and there are nearby shops and restaurants. Sunset watching is a festive ritual spanning well before and after the sunset. The Pier is often accented with performances and entertainment by local artists, musicians, jugglers, magicians, and crafters. An enjoyable atmosphere brings repeat visitors and locals.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Clearwater Marine Aquarium - Located near
Clearwater Beach, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is dedicated to animal
rescue and rehabilitation, research and public education. The
non-profit organization has resident animals and exhibits that include
dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays, otters and more. Read about the amazing story of Winter the Dolphin.
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Lowry Park Zoo attraction
Lowry Park Zoo - Located in Tampa, Lowry Park Zoo
offers a great combination of nature and education. The park
has more that 1,800 animals in natural outdoor exhibits. In
addition to the animal exhibits, there are a number of animal shows
and fun rides. 1101 West Sligh Avenue
Tampa, Florida. (813) 935-8552.
Florida Aquarium - Among the top aquariums in the
country, the Florida Aquarium has over 10,000 aquatic plants and animals. The
facility occupies 200,000 square feet. See
sharks, rays, alligators, octopuses, otters, eels, urchins and many
other fascinating animals. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida
Busch Gardens attraction
in nearby Tampa
- A world class theme park
with thrilling rides, six heart-pounding roller coasters, shows and
wild animal attractions. Its Serengeti Plain is
home to hundreds of exotic, African animals roaming freely across a
65-acre natural habitat. A full day of of entertainment for all
ages. McKinley Drive and Fowler Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33674. 888-800-5447.
Adventure Island - Take a cooling break
in the Florida sun at Adventure Island with 30 acres of water rides,
pools, high-speed slides, water falls and a wave pool. Enjoy
picnic and beach areas. Dining facilities are also available
on premise. 10001
Malcolm McKinley Drive,
Tampa, Florida (near Busch Gardens). 813-987-5660.
Clearwater Marina Activities
The Clearwater Beach Marina offer many day act ivies including party boat and charter fishing, sailing, Dolphin watching, parasailing, speed boat rides, and dinner cruises.
Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise
- For those who have a bit of Pirate in their heart, Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise is just the ticket! Sail aboard this 70 foot pirate ship with other buccaneers and seafaring seadogs. Enjoy soft drinks, beer, wine, or champagne, while searching for the bountiful dolphins and engaging pirate fun and variety of games. This cruise is always a big hit with kids and adults.
Dolphin Watching Cruises
- For a guided tour of the Clearwater harbor and the Gulf of Mexico, Little Toot is a good option with the 40-foot authentic tugboat filled with Dolphin watching adventures, sea breeze and warming sun.
Also, the 125 passenger double deck Clearwater Express is another good way to watch for Dolphins moving about in their natural habitats, sight seeing tours and scenic view of the Gulf beaches. In addition to these two, Kai Lani Catamaran offers a variety of themes like Dolphin watching, sun sail, sunset cruise, Wine-on-the-Water Sunset Cruise, Moonlight Cruise, and star gazing cruise. Kai Lani also offers pre-booked private charters for anniversaries, parties and weddings.
- Rated among some of the best dinner cruise lines, Starlite cruises offer one of the best sea bound entertainments at Clearwater. The activities on the ship includes a unique dining experience at sail with a tantalizing menu besides large picture windows, an incomparable sight seeing experience, and parties and fun onboard.
The cruise starting from Clearwater is called StarLite Majesty. With a capacity of 158 and 120 in two of its decks respectively, StarLite provides one of the best dining experience amidst entertainment, dancing, unique waterfront views, dazzling sunsets and twinkling starlit evenings. Lunch at StarLite comes in a variety of packages with a range of rates and delicacies. Luncheon Sightseeing Cruise offers two-hour trips with a guided tour narrating the history of the area and its contemporary importance. Luncheon Dance Cruise can offer two and a half to three hours of hearing and dancing to favorite live music performances by artists onboard.
Show Queen Dinner Cruise
- A triple decked riverboat of sixty-five feet specially designed for harbor cruises on the Beaches of Clearwater. Decks one and two are comfortably air conditioned, with the third, top deck open for observation providing a scenic view of the beautiful waterfront.
The highlights of the cruise are a full service galley, a full service bar, amazing sound system, decorated and furnished interiors and restrooms on both the decks. Apart from individual sight seeing packages, the cruise also provides diverse themes to host corporate events, parties, group events, weddings, and travel groups. With 65 feet length and a capacity to carry 150 passengers, Show Queen Cruise offers a variety of packages for all requirements.
Parasailing - Awesome parasailing experiences at the Clearwater beach. Visitors can take off from the parasail vessel and climb to heights ranging from 400 to 800 feet! The aerial views are spectacular. Refreshing dips in the turquoise waters of the gulf add to the experience as you sink from the heights and then accelerated soar back into the sky.
Ruth Eckerd Hall - Performing arts center
located in Clearwater. One of the top concert halls in the US,
which comfortably seats 2,180. A variety of performances are
offered throughout the year including music and orchestral concerts
of all genres, Broadway plays, dance and children's shows. 1111
N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, Florida. 727-791-7400 or
Mahaffey Theater - At the Progress Energy Center, the 2030-seat theater is a cultural oasis along the bay front in St. Petersburg with grand ballroom space, spectacular waterfront views, and European box-style seating. The Mahaffey hosts many performances including Broadway, family shows, ballet, jazz, symphonic and popular music.
400 First Street South, St. Petersburg, Florida. 727-892-5767. Mahaffey Theater Schedule
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center - A major
performing arts center of 290,000 square feet located on a picturesque
nine-acre site in Tampa. More than 600 performances and events
are offered each year including concerts, opera, Broadway shows, dance
and more in the five theaters. 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place,
Tampa, Florida. 813-229-7827 or