Clearwater Area Activities
The Clearwater Municipal Marina offer many day activies including party boat and charter fishing, sailing, Dolphin watching, parasailing, speed boat rides, and dinner cruises.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium – Located near Clearwater Beach, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is dedicated to animal rescue and rehabilitation, research and public education. The non-profit organization has resident animals and exhibits that include dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays, otters and more. 249 Windward Passage Clearwater, Florida. Telephone: (727) 441-1790.
Clearwater Community Sailing Center – Enjoy sailing at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center. The CCSC has a fleet of over 40 boats available for public and member use. (Daily, Annual or Seasonal membership is required to use the boats.) Sailing courses and coaching is availble for adults, children and poeple with disabilities. Sailability Community Sail dates, held the 1st Saturday of each month introduces sailing to adult beginners and people with disabilities.
Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise - For those who have a bit of Pirate in their heart, Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise is just the ticket! Sail aboard this 70 foot pirate ship with other buccaneers and seafaring seadogs. Enjoy soft drinks, beer, wine, or champagne, while searching for the bountiful dolphins and engaging pirate fun and variety of games. This cruise is always a big hit with kids and adults.
Little Toot – For a guided tour of the Clearwater harbor and the Gulf of Mexico, Little Toot is a good option with the 40-foot authentic tugboat filled with Dolphin watching adventures, sea breeze and warming sun.
Clearwater Express, the 125 passenger double deck boat is another good way to watch for Dolphins moving about in their natural habitats, sight seeing tours and scenic view of the Gulf beaches.
Kai Lani - The Kai Lani Catamaran offers a variety of themes like Dolphin watching, sun sail, sunset cruise, Wine-on-the-Water Sunset Cruise, Moonlight Cruise, and star gazing cruise. Kai Lani also offers pre-booked private charters for anniversaries, parties and weddings.
Starlite Cruises – Rated among some of the best dinner cruise lines, Starlite cruises offer one of the best sea bound entertainments at Clearwater. The activities on the ship includes a unique dining experience at sail with a tantalizing menu besides large picture windows, an incomparable sight seeing experience, and parties and fun onboard.
StarLite Majesty - With a capacity of 158 and 120 in two of its decks respectively, StarLite provides one of the best dining experience amidst entertainment, dancing, unique waterfront views, dazzling sunsets and twinkling starlit evenings. Lunch at StarLite comes in a variety of packages with a range of rates and delicacies. Luncheon Sightseeing Cruise offers two-hour trips with a guided tour narrating the history of the area and its contemporary importance. Luncheon Dance Cruise can offer two and a half to three hours of hearing and dancing to favorite live music performances by artists onboard.
Show Queen Dinner Cruise - A triple decked riverboat of sixty-five feet specially designed for harbor cruises on the Beaches of Clearwater. Decks one and two are comfortably air conditioned, with the third, top deck open for observation providing a scenic view of the beautiful waterfront.
Parasail City – Parasailing City offers one of the unique and awesome parasailing experiences at the Clearwater beach. Visitors can take off from the parasail vessel and climb to heights ranging from 400 to 800 feet! The aerial views are spectacular. Refreshing dips in the turquoise waters of the gulf add to the experience as you sink from the heights and then accelerated soar back into the sky.
Honeymoon Island – Located at the extreme west end of State Road 586, Honeymoon Island is the site of several nature trails and bird observation areas. Visitors can swim, fish, and snorkel in the warm waters of the Gulf or picnic while they enjoy the beautiful scenery. Shelling is particularly good here, as the Gulf currents deposit an incredible variety of seashells on the shore. Showers are available and the park´s concession has a gift shop and snack bar.
Caladisi Island – One of the few completely natural islands along Florida´s Gulf Coast, Caladesi Island has been rated as the nation´s #1 best beach. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing. Saltwater anglers can fish from their boats or throw a line out into the surf. Watch wildlife while hiking the three mile nature trail through the island´s interior or paddle a three mile kayak trail through the mangroves and bay. Picnic tables and shelters are located near the beach. The park has a marina with electric and water hookups for boaters, a snack bar and a gift shop. For ferry information call (727) 734-5263. Accessible by boat or, from Pier 60, it’s a little more than an hour’s walk.
Pinellas Trail – Stretching from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg, the Pinellas Trail links some of Pinellas County’s most picturesque parks, scenic coastal areas and residential neighborhoods. The 34-mile long Pinellas Trail offers a safe place to enjoy bicycle riding, strolling or jogging.
Busch Gardens – A world class theme park with thrilling rides, six heart-pounding roller coasters, shows and wild animal attractions. Its Serengeti Plain is home to hundreds of exotic, African animals roaming freely across a 65-acre natural habitat. A full day of of entertainment for all ages. McKinley Drive and Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33674. 888-800-5447.
Adventure Island – Take a cooling break in the Florida sun at Adventure Island with 30 acres of water rides, pools, high-speed slides, water falls and a wave pool. Enjoy picnic and beach areas. Dining facilities are also available on premise. 10001 Malcolm McKinley Drive, Tampa, Florida (near Busch Gardens). 813-987-5660.
Tampa Area Attractions
Lowry Park Zoo – Located in Tampa, Lowry Park Zoo offers a great combination of nature and education. The park has more that 1,800 animals in natural outdoor exhibits. In addition to the animal exhibits, there are a number of animal shows and fun rides. 1101 West Sligh Avenue Tampa, Florida. (813) 935-8552.
Florida Aquarium – Among the top aquariums in the country, the Florida Aquarium has over 10,000 aquatic plants and animals. The facility occupies 200,000 square feet. See sharks, rays, alligators, octopuses, otters, eels, urchins and many other fascinating animals. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602. (813) 273-4000.