Activities in Clearwater Beach

Ambassadour Limousine

Tel 727-442-9050 Call, Website

Ambassador runs a reliable transportation service in the Tampa area. The company has a vehicles large enough to accommodate just about any size family, and car seats are available with an advance request. As with any limo company, be sure to specify exactly what type of car seat you require (infant, convertible or booster) and carefully inspect the seat before use. more

Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise

Address Clearwater Marina, Clearwater Beach, Florida Map, Tel 727-446-2587 Call, Website

If you're desperate to get on a boat cruise, but don't think your kids will be signed up for the adventure, Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise might be a good way to go. Boats sail several times daily including two champagne cruises in the evening. Kids rush through a series of activities, including squirt gun fights, face painting, a search for treasure, and a dance party, leaving them little time to contemplate the high seas, but you might get a chance to enjoy the breeze and a complementary beer, wine or softdrink while your kids listen to a story about pirates. more

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Address 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767 Map, Tel (727) 441-1790 Call, Website

This small marine rescue center is worth a stop. The marine animals here (expect to see dolphins, otters, sting rays and sea turtles) have all been rescued after various injuries rendered them unable to live on their own. Most are released back to the wild once they are well, but a few are either too badly injured or too young to make it on their own and become permanent residents. more

Jolley Trolly of Clearwater Beach

Tel 727-445-1200 Call, Website

The open air Jolley Trolley stops at various spots around Clearwater Beach approximately every 30 minutes. It's a great alternative to a rental car, and young kids will enjoy the ride even if you're not headed anywhere in particular. Ask your hotel or check the website for schedule details. A special weekends-only service goes a bit further afield to Dundein, Palm Harbour and Tarpon Springs. more

Spa at Sandpearl Resort

Address 500 Mandalay Avenue Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 Map, Tel 727-674-4140 Call, Website

Sometimes a spa at a beach resort can feel a little... backwater, but that's not the case at the Sandpearl Resort Spa. Treatments are pricey ($130 for a 50 minute massage), but massage therapists, locker rooms and the spa facility are top notch. Hot tea and ice water are available in a quiet waiting area, and there are tables outside where you can eat a snack or enjoy a cup of coffee from the hotel's coffee bar. If you'd like to use the spa's jacuzzi, bring a swimsuit as that area is co-ed. Spa guests may also enjoy a walk on the public beach, but are not permitted to use the pool area or gym. more

Sunsets at Pier 60

Address 10 Pier 60 Dr. Clearwater, FL 33767 Map, Website

Walking the pier itself might be difficult with young kids in tow - the nonstop lineup of vendors selling inexpensive jewelry, night-lights, and other souvenirs makes for nonstop whining. Still, it's worth making an evening stop at the Pier. There's a fun covered playground with play structures for all ages, nightly entertainment (we watched breakdancers on our visit), and even a bouncy house and inflatable water slide. more