Best Things to Do in Clearwater Beach

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Planning a trip to Clearwater Beach? The fun goes far beyond a day at the beach! While sand and surf take center stage, there’s so much more to explore in and around Clearwater. Check out this guide of can’t-miss things to do that’ll amplify your next vacation to the #1 Beach in the U.S.! 

Once you’ve perused this list of fabulous things to do in Clearwater Beach, check out fun ways to explore its neighbor, St. Pete.

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Soak Up the Sunshine on the #1 Beach in the U.S.

No trip to Clearwater Beach is complete without getting some R&R in on the #1 Beach in the U.S.! Powder-soft, sugar-white sand, warm Gulf waters and fiery sunsets are only a few reasons millions of travelers named Clearwater Beach their favorite beach in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards in 2016, 2018, and AGAIN in 2019. During your visit, be sure to carve out at least half a day to soak in that warm Florida sunshine on our award-winning beaches. 

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Get Inspired at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Not only is Clearwater Marine Aquarium home to local starlettes, Winter and Hope, of the popular Dolphin Tale movies, but it also takes you into the world of marine life rescue. Dive right in and learn about their ongoing work of rescue, rehabilitation and release. Enhance your trip with a guided tour, a boat ride and don't miss their daily educational presentations! 

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Catch a Fiery Sunset at the Pier 60 Sunset Celebration

The perfect way to end the day? Catch a gorgeous sunset on the beach! Better yet, head to Pier 60 for its nightly sunset celebration. On any given night, you’ll see a variety of acts including fire breathers, escape artists, stilt walkers and much more! Plus local crafters line the pier, where you can shop for the perfect memento to remember your trip. All this while soaking in the last rays of the day. 

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Sink Your Teeth into a Grouper Sandwich at Frenchy’s

Here on the Florida Gulf Coast, we’re known for our gulf grouper - and few do it better than Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill. With their own fleet delivering the fresh catch every day, they have the tastiest fish to create their famous mouthwatering grouper sandwich. Grab a seat on the beach and sink your teeth into this flaky, delicious dish. We promise you won’t regret it. 

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Dolphin Tour

Hop aboard a dolphin cruise and get up-close and personal with some of the friendliest locals around! Set sail on a relaxing cruise on the Gulf and be on the lookout for wild dolphins leaping and diving in the boat’s wake. Get your camera ready because this can’t-miss experience is one you’ll want to remember forever. 

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Sip a Cocktail with Your Toes in the Sand

Take your happy hour to the next level with your toes in the sand and postcard-perfect views of the beach. Cocktail hot-spots line Clearwater Beach, but if you're looking for laid-back and casual with live music, you'll want to park it at Palm Pavilion. Drinks even come with a complimentary sunset every night!

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Hop Aboard the Jolley Trolley for a Day in Dunedin

Hop on the Jolley Trolley to cruise to Clearwater's charming neighbor, Dunedin! There's so much to explore in this coastal town including seven breweries, eclectic shops and delectable dining spots. On the ride over, you'll enjoy views from the vintage-style trolley, driven by a "Concierge on Wheels" who will point out local attractions and share fun facts. This experience is all about the journey AND the destination!

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Sunday Brunch at Island Way Grill

The best way to fuel up for the day? BRUNCH! And Island Way Grill is known to serve up the best Sunday brunch in town. You’ll want to come hungry because their all-you-can-eat buffet knows no limits on delicious dishes – from sushi to eggs, their options are endless. Pair this with a mimosa and you’ll be ready to take on the day! Pro tip: call ahead to make reservations because this place fills up fast!

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