10 Best Attractions and Activities in St. Petersburg and Clearwater

Home of many of America’s best beaches, trips to the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area often start on a gorgeous white stretch of sand. There are plenty of activities for families who want to play in the Gulf of Mexico – like visits to Fort De Soto Park spanning seven miles of picturesque beaches, or sky surfing tours in funky motorcycle hang gliding machines that soar through the air and above the sea. 

If you’re a nature enthusiast, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is not only a working marine hospital, it’s also home to the celebrity dolphin from the hit movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2. And the Florida Botanical Gardens offer close encounters with butterflies, tropical plants and even endangered species like the bald eagle. 

Unleash your inner artist at The Dali Museum where you’ll find an impressive collection of the artist’s work housed in a one-of-a-kind structure. Tour incredible glass works of art at the Chihuly Collection, presented by the Morean Arts Center. 

Want to explore the outdoors? There are a number of boat rental companies, water sports, golf courses, sports venues and adventure tours sure to please. And the events calendar features everything from big-name concerts and performances to Saturday art walks and annual food and music festivals.

Clearwater Beach
Pier 60
Photo courtesy of Visit St. Pete Clearwater

Enjoy the free nightly sunset show at Clearwater Beach's Pier 60. A family-friendly tradition, the daily festival runs from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night, weather permitting. Browse the local arts and craft pop-up shops. Street artists perform...  Read More

Tierra Verde
Fort De Soto Park
Photo courtesy of VSPC

Located in the boating community of Tierra Verde, Fort De Soto Park is more than just a beach. It's a drop-dead gorgeous park spanning five islands and more than 1,000 acres on the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Voted "Best Beach for Families" by...  Read More

St. Petersburg
The Dali Museum
Photo courtesy of Michelle da Silva Richmond

Located in the heart of Florida's charming downtown St. Petersburg, The Dali Museum is home to an impressive collection of Salvador Dali art. The building itself is a work of art with it's more than 1,000 triangular-shaped glass panels. It's the...  Read More

Tucked away in the heart of Largo and located about four miles east of Indian Rocks Beach, the Florida Botanical Gardens are a tropical oasis offering pure tranquility. Featuring more than 25 gardens and 150 lushly landscaped acres, it's a...  Read More

John's Pass Village and Boardwalk
Photo courtesy of Visit St. Pete Clearwater

Designed to look like a rustic fishing village, John's Pass Village and Boardwalk is a waterfront entertainment complex featuring restaurants, souvenir shops, boutiques, bars, nightclubs, boat rentals and live music. Stroll along the 1100-foot...  Read More

Sky Surfing Aviation
Photo courtesy of Visit St. Pete Clearwater

Calling all adrenaline junkies! Climb aboard a flying motorcycle and get ready to experience jaw-dropping views as you surf the sky. Manned by an FAA certified flight instructor, you'll learn the basics of what they call trike flying. There are...  Read More

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks
Photo courtesy of Visit St. Pete Clearwater

Explore the fascinating and unique culture at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Exactly like it sounds, the area is home to a hotbed of docked sponge boats. Greek immigrants first settled on the shores of Tarpon Springs and found the area rich...  Read More

Spring Training at Bright House Field
Photo courtesy of Visit St. Pete Clearwater

Each balmy March, join baseball fans and watch your favorite Major League team launch their pre-season practice series and exhibition games at Bright House Field in Clearwater. It's the newest venue on the Grapefruit League circuit. The St....  Read More


Artist Dale Chihuly's incredible glass works of art are displayed in museum installations all over the world, from NYC to Paris. But his permanent collection resides in downtown St. Petersburg at the Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean...  Read More

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Permanent home of Winter, the dolphin that stars in the hit movies "Dolphin Tale" and "Dolphin Tale 2," the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a must-visit attraction on Florida's west coast. The aquarium is home to rescued dolphins, sea turtles,...  Read More


Meet Kara Franker

A purveyor of the coastal life and a self-admitted beach addict, Kara is a travel writer obsessed with all things Florida. A former NFL cheerleader turned lawyer, Kara ditched the courtroom for...  More About Kara

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