Every September spectators turn to the water to witness the Clearwater Super Boat National Championship & Festival. The boats, equipped with F-16 jet canopies and 6,000-horsepower engines, race at speeds of up to 180 mph in the Gulf of Mexico off Clearwater Beach. Races start from Pier 60, so the shoreline and beachfront hotels make great vantage points. This three day event is packed with activity beyond racing. Don't miss the accompanying festivals and Baystar race village in nearby Coachman Park, where you can take photos with the boats and teams, enjoy a block party, seafood festival and listen to live entertainment.