St. Pete/Clearwater is one of those rare places that has both outstanding, and slightly quirky, attractions.
First, the outstanding: visit only-in-St. Pete art attractions such as The Dalí Museum and Chihuly Collection. Family-friendly places to visit include the tranquil Sunken Gardens, Florida Botanical Gardens, the popular Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and Great Explorations Children’s Museum. Plus, you aren’t far away from Busch Gardens or the Disney Parks—check out these and other awesome nearby attractions that are within driving distance. Working on a budget? Here are some suggestions for affordable family-friendly things to do—including quality time on our award-winning beaches, which are stunning attractions all on their own.
Get historical with a visit to pre-Columbian Indian shell mounds, called middens, which you’ll find throughout the area. Ten thousand years of local history are on display at the Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History. A moving afternoon awaits at the Florida Holocaust Museum.
And now, the unusual: Strap on a jet pack and try your hand at JetLev in the Gulf of Mexico, exclusively at TradeWinds Island Resort. How about ziplining 60-feet above a natural preserve, spotting wildlife along the way at Empower Adventures Tampa Bay? Party like a pirate on a pirate cruise out of Clearwater or John’s Pass. And at Pier 60 in Clearwater, come say hello to our quirky street performers at sunset every single evening.
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