51 Things to do in and around Clearwater Beach, Florida
Copyright 1998 Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce
Get All the Information You Need -
newly opened Visitor Information Center located in the lobby of the City
Marina Building is open 7 days a week with a friendly, knowledgeable staff
to help you enjoy your stay. Maps, brouchures and information kiosk
Walk along the beach
- If you stroll, saunter, power walk or run, Clearwater Beach has a three
mile stretch of award winning, white, sandy beaches on which to do it.
The three mile beach is lined with a tropical atmosphere of palm trees,
luxury hotels, smaller motels, and condominiums. All beaches are
public and can be accessed from almost anywhere. Walking at dusk
is much cooler than in the day, and you will have the chance to experience
our famous sunsets. Clearwater Beach is a beautiful sight at night
as well. Look up, and most nights you will see a cloudless sky filled
with twinkling stars. Look out across the calm waters, and you may
be greeted by a dolphine or two. Walking is rated amoung the top
exercises in the world. Of course whether you enjoy it or not depends
largely upon your surroundings, and we think the picturesque beaches of
Clearwater Beach will inspire many enjoyalbe walks.
Hook the Big One!
- There have been many a fish story told from the docks of Clearwater Marina.
A license is not needed to fish our waters. Charter your own half
or full day fishing excursions aboard the Fanta-Sea into the Gulf of Mexico
where you can expect to catch a thrilling variety of game fish.
Attend Worship Services
- The Chapel-By-The-Sea Community Church's worship service is at 10:45
A.M. on Sundays at 54 Bay Esplanade on Clearwater Beach. Van pick-up
service is available. You can also attend worship at a church of
the denomination of your choice nearby.
Check Out the Malls
- The Clearwater aria offers many wonderful malls to meet even the most
discriminating tastes. Choose from Clearwater Mall on S.R. 60, Countryside
Mall on U.S. Highway 19, Largo mall on Seminole Blvd. and Bay Area Outlet
Mall on Roosevelt Blvd. All malls are conveniently located within
minutes of the beach.
Ride the World's Largest Speedboat
- This brand new 73' twin turbo charged V12 powered vessel provides exciting
fun and cruises for all ages, and is U.S. Coast Guard approved. You
can enjoy 2 rides in one in this unique speedboat. Enjoy a cruise
of Clearwater Harbor and Pass. Clearwater Beach and Sand Key Park.
Then... THRILL to a refreshing, exhilarating ride in the open waters of
the Gulf of Mexico.
Enjoy a Dinner Cruise
- The Show Queen is a sixty-five
foot triple decked river boat specifically designed for harbor cruises.
The first and second decks are fully enclosed with air conditioning.
The trid deck is a large open air deck which provides beautiful views of
the scenic waterfront. The vessel features a full service bar, full
service galley, state of the art sound system, restrooms on both decks
and tastefully decorated interior. View spectacular sunsets over
the Gulf of Mexico, enjoy lively entertainment, cocktails, dancing and
dining on their 2 and 3 hour cruises. Choose a delicious entree,
carefully prepared by their on-board chef. Lunch & Sunday Brunch
cruises offer relaxation in the sun on the observation deck. Try
one of the famous frozen drinks or one of their daily drink specials.
The Show Queen is wheelchair accessible.
- Both Jet Ski and Boat/Ski Rentals are avaiable up and down the beach
and at the City Marina in the Harbor.
Meet Sunset Sam
- See rescued dolphins, sea, turtles and otters at the Clearwater Marine
Aquarium, where questions are answered and sea life abounds! Meet
Sunset Sam, the resident dolphin. Learn about the biology and behaviour
of dolphin, otters and sea turtles
Spend "Saturday" in the City"
- An old-fashioned farmers market is downtown in Station Square Park Featuring
produce, flowers, baked goods, arts & crafts, and entertainment.Every
Saturday, October- May.
Read the Latest Bestseller.
- The Clearwater Beach Branch Library has it all, even newspapers from
Back home. It’s adjacent to the Memorial Civic Center building. 462-6890
Gamble on the Gulf - Coastal
Gaming Poker offers FREE 6 hour cruises for Poker players aboard the Crown
Empress, sailing twice Daily from the Clearwater Bay Marina on the mainland.
Other features include free buffet, jackpots, live Entertainment and exciting
full casino action. For poker Reservations.
Learn to Sail - The Clearwater
Sailing Center, located on Sand Key, if perfect for those looking to sail
and learn the ropes.
Find a Bargain - Two huge flea
markets, Wagon Wheel Flea Market and Oldsmar Flea Market are filled with
new, used and collectible everything and are only a half-hour away by car.
Travel the Pinellas Trail -
Enjoy a day of biking, skating, running or walking on our beautiful Pinellas
Trail. This unique experience allows you to travel the length of Pinellas
via anyway but a vehicle.
Trip the Light Fantastic - Every
Thursday evening, dance to the music of the big bands, you can even take
a lesson or two. Memorial Civic Center at the entrance to the beach. 462-6122
Take a Tour - Take a one or
multi-day excursion with Tampa Bay Tours to Busch Gardens, Kennedy Space
Center, and all Orlando attractions. Private tours, special group rates
and tour guides are all available upon request. 584-0001.
Plan a Meeting - Trade Show,
Convention or Banquet. With 65,000 sq. feet the easily accessible Haborview
Center provides flexibility, experience and quality of service for
events 40-1400 guests, and not to mention one of the most beautiful views
in the City. 462-6778.
Stay Fit! - The Olympus Gym
is located high atop a beach hotel and offers aerobics, personal trainers,
hi-tech equipment and a breathtaking view of the Gulf and Bay. 443-2255.
A Tug Boat Adventure - Most
of us grew up enjoying riding on the real tug. Coast Guard Certified for
35 passengers, the Little Toot provides safe fun for adults and children.
Their captain is an Expert at finding where the dolphins are and providing
lots of close-up opportunities.
Experience the Gulf the Pirate Way!
- Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise
has something for everyone, young or old. Cruise away into the fantasy
world of swashbucklers and pirates aboard the Pirate’s Ransom. The frequent
sightings of Playful dolphins just adds to the excitement of a Pirate Cruise.
Get your face painted, hear the story of the legend of Captain Memo, The
Pirate and do the masquerade all in a two hour cruise. 446-2587
Attend a Concert! - Under the
stars in Coachman Park overlooking Clearwater Harbor on Friday evenings,
Spike it! - You can attend the
professional beach volleyball tournaments or get into your own pick up
game right on the beach
Enjoy Kid’s Week - Kid’s Week
is a unique event exclusive to Clearwater Beach. Each year, one week is
dedicated to the Children (and their parents) visiting Clearwater Beach.
Different activities are held each day for kid’s to enjoy, sand castle
building contests, fishing contests, funky fashion show, tour the gul on
a sight. Seeing cruise, tour the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, take A Jolley
Trolley ride and visit different shops around the Beach for special gifts
and discounts. This year, Kid’s Week will be held June 22-26.
Cheer for your Team! - You can
attend Spring Training or regularly scheduled games for the Philadelphia
Philly’s, the Toronto Blue Jay’s, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay
Devil Rays, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Tampa Bay Mutiny, and the Tampa
Bay Terror all within a short distance of the beach.
Travel in Style - Red Rose Limousine
Service, your personal chauffeur whether its just out to dinner, attending
and event or attraction or first class transportation to or from the airports.
Be a Sport,Place a Bet - Para-mutual
wagering and the excitement of being there in person at the Greyhounds,
Horses, and Jai Alai is available throughout the Tampa Bay area.
Pump Iron - Or meditate, play
bridge, basketball, tennis or even take a line dance class at the Clearwater
Beach Recreation Center. 462-6138.
Do What Comes Naturally! - Caladisi
island is a state park accessible only by ferry or private boat, and is
home to the 3rd finest beach in the United States. Hike trails
through 3 miles of natural Florida wilderness, complete with local flora
and fauna that lead to the beach. Pack a picnic, bring a book and a bag
for sea shells.
For Swingers of all Ages - The
beautiful new Pier 60 Park complete with concession stand and pavilion
for staged events has swings, sliding boards, and other playground amenities
in a natural setting at the entrance to the beach.
Catch a Snook - Or a cobia or
a sea trout, at Pier 60 Fishing Pier. One of Clearwater’s favorite fishing
spots, the pier is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day (except Christmas
Day). The Pier offers a full service bait house with gear rental and sales,
live bait, Snacks and beverages. No fishing license is required. 462-6466.
Tee Off - Over 26 private and
public courses to challenge even the most experienced amateur. Well known
tournaments are held at Hilton Innisbrook Resort, Saddlebrook and the Cheval
Polo Golf Club each year.
Sail the 50- foot Catamaran
- Kai Lani, Clearwater’s
Fastest Sailing Charter Boat is located in the Clearwater Marina (just
look for the yellow mast). Kai Lani sails during the day and also sails
at sunset. It is capable of speeds of over 20 knots under sail, which should
excite even the most experienced of sailors. During the day, Kai Lani is
perfect for sunning lounging, while the evening is great for couples seeking
the ultimate romantic sunset. Passengers on Kai Lani usually turn the day
or evening into a great party. Also available for private charters. Reservations
are recommended. 446-6778
Visit A Great Village - Tarpon
Springs, 20 minutes north, is an authentic Greek Sponge diving and fishing
village, featuring Greek foods, shops, museum and sponge diving exhibitions.
Pamper Yourself! - The famous
Safety Harbor Spa has been the destination of some of the worlds most famous
people. Experience massage, facials, Spa’s and cutting edge fitness in
the waterfront resort. This is perfect day spent after touring Florida
and soaking up all of Florida’s sunshine. Will rejuvenate you and get you
ready to go home. A perfect ending or beginning to any Florida vacation.
Ride the Jolley Trolley - Fun
to ride, transportation for sightseeing and shopping. Stops every 20-30
minutes at routes along the Beach and to island Estates, Sand Key, and
Downtown. The cost of each trip is .50 per person. The Trolley station
is located in the Memorial Civic Center at the entrance of the beach.
Remember - To never let it happen
again. The Tampa Bay Holocaust Memorial Museum and Educational Center newly
opened in St. Petersburg has a profound effect on all who visit there.
Celebrate the Sunset - Sunsets
at Pier 60, a nightly event featuring artists, craftsmen, musicians, jugglers,
tightrope walkers and much more attracts local and visitors from 2 hours
before to 2 hours after sunset. 449-1036.
Shop ‘till you Drop - Unique
gifts, mens clothing, women’s boutiques, leather goods, used Levi’s swim
wear, gold and diamonds, post cards, souvenirs and original works of art.
Browse the shows up and down the beach. Sand Key, Island Estates.
Hit a Hole in One - At Captain
Bligh’s mini-golf overlooking the gulf. The whole family will enjoy this
tropical pirate themed course with a video arcade and refreshments.
MOSI!! - Come in and see all
you can be at the Museum of Science & Industry. MOSI offers more than
450 "minds-on" interactive activities, making science a real life adventure.
Enjoy bioworks & butterfly garden, an engineered ecosystem that emulates
natural wetlands and provides a natural habitat for butterflies. Cruise
the Galaxy at the Saunders Planetarium, daily shows and weekend "star parties"(weather
permitting). Conduct your own mission in a 21st century classroom
with space station and mission control simulators at the GTE Challenger
Learning Center, part of an international network of centers established
by the families of the Challenger crew.
Go Back in Time - The Eishenhauer
Corp. showed that it was possible to step back in time more than fifty
years and share a nostalgic and romantic part of the past with everyone.
"The Bird of Paradise" is unique unto itself offering romantic sightseeing
flights around Tampa Bay and the Gulf coast in a beautifully restored World
War II Twin-engine legend then a fabulous dinner at the St. Pete/Clearwater
94th Aero Squadron Restaurant to cap off a memorable and exciting
voyage into the past. 1-888-BEECH-18.(1-888-233-2418).
Go on a Safari! - Busch Gardens
Theme Park, an African Adventure filled with natural animal habitats, hair-raising
roller coasters and water rides is just across the bay.
Become an Art Critic - World
famous, the Salvador Dali Museum, located in St. Petersburg, ranks as one
of the top attractions in Florida receiving the highest rating by the Michelin
Green Guide- the only such attraction on the west coast to be so honored.
Daily tours of the museum’s fascinating collection will educate, yet entertain
you, about one of the 20th century‘s greatest artist Salvador
Dali. Bewildering double images and incredible paintings will surprise;
sculptures, holograms and art glass will amaze; and early impressionist-style
paintings and melting clicks will delight you. You are assured of finding
Ruth Eckerd Hall - Richard B.
Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts. Since opening in 1983, more
than 3 million people have attended performances at Ruth Eckerd Hall. This
beautiful unique facility was designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation,
and is easily accessible form anywhere in the Bay Area.
Add a Little Culture - The Museum
of Fine Arts hosts a wealth of treasures in a mediterranean villa setting.
The elegant Palladian-style building combines the styles of a classic-
art museum and a mediterranean villa at home in Florida’s tropical climate.
The collection has more than 4,000 objects extending from antiquity to
the present day. Lectures, tours, classes, films, and performing arts events
enhance visitor’s understanding of the permanent collection, special exhibitions,
and art and culture in general.
Fire Your Imagination! - The
Best Museum you ever Laid Hands On. Imagine a museum where you don’t just
look at the exhibits. You touch them. Move them. Explore them. And in some
cases, actually become Part of them. This is Great Explorations. And if
it doesn’t sound like any place you’ve been before, it’s for a good reason.
It’s not. Great Explorations is a place for people of all ages to stretch
their mental muscles. Test their wits. And fire their imaginations. Are
you ready for excitement? Are you ready for fun? Are you ready to be challenged
and rewarded? Refreshed and recharged? Then you’re ready for a trip through
Great Explorations, The Hands on Museum.
Decorate Your Tree - One of
America’s Largest and Most Beautiful Christmas Stores. Everyday is Christmas
at Robert’s Christmas Wonderland. Enter their magical forest with over
100 trees, animated scenes, pine scent and Christmas music. Remember Christmas
past and tingle with the excitement of Christmas yet to come. Robert’s
is a Christmas Fantasyland for all ages to enjoy. Open 7 days a week all
Anyone Can Fly - Parasail
City offers 3 different heights to choose from. They have the state
of the art system that allows you to safely take off and land gently on
the boat. Professionally trained crew provides excellent service and are
USCG licensed captains. Get a "Birds Eye View" of the beautiful beaches.
Experience the exhilarating ride of a ofshore racing hull while awaiting
your chance to fly. Free Shuttle. 449-0566.
Enjoy Bird Watching - The Suncoast
Seabird Sanctuary is a refuge for as many as 500 injured, recuperating,
and permanently crippled land and sea birds-brown pelicans, cormorants,
white herons and various birds of prey. This sanctuary has become known
worldwide for its dedication to the preservation of wildlife.
Be an Olympic "Wannabe" - Train
to be an Olympian, or just stay in shape. The Long Center offers Clearwater
residents and its visitors a 50 meter Olympic size pool, a training pool,
3 in-door basketball courts, locker rooms, fitness room which includes
cardio and weight training machines, a playground and meeting rooms. 726-2181