West of Tampa is a glorious peninsula, stretching from Clearwater south to St. Petersburg. Come for beautiful beaches and discover unexpected cultural treasures.
On the Gulf of Mexico side of the peninsula, the sugary white sands and warm waters of Clearwater Beach make it an award winner, popular with families and singles. Visit the beach year-round. Walk out onto Pier 60 to look for dolphins swimming in the wild and photograph a striking sunset. Nearby is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, with dolphins, pelicans, sea turtles, otters, sharks and rays. Find more than 120 man-made and artistically decorated dolphins along the Clearwater Dolphin Trail throughout the Clearwater and St. Petersburg region.
Cross the causeway to Clearwater. Attend the Capitol Theatre’s big-name comedy and music acts in an intimate venue. See community theater or participate in adult summer acting classes at the Francis Wilson Playhouse. Head east to Ruth Eckerd Hall along Tampa Bay. Major acts, including touring Broadway shows, perform in this larger venue. Nearby, watch the home team Clearwater Threshers play baseball or Philadelphia Phillies in spring training at Spectrum Field.
Head south along the peninsula to enjoy other beautiful beaches all along the Gulf Coast. Stop at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. In November, Treasure Island hosts the Sanding Ovations festival, with expert sand sculptors making masterful creations and music, food and beach activities for amateur sandcastle builders.
St. Petersburg offers numerous varied museums, from the Florida Holocaust Museum to the Dalí Museum, with an amazingly large number of the artist’s works, and the Chihuly Collection of exquisite glass.
Just inland is Lake Maggiore with the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. Visit its aviary and look for birds in the wild along its boardwalk.
Complete your Clearwater and St. Petersburg trip at another sandy spot, St. Petersburg Beach. In fact, your vacation could be perfect even if you did nothing but relax on the powdery white sands of the two cities’ famous beaches.
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Browse the surrealistic masterpieces of a world-famous Spanish painter in a remarkable building that perfectly suits the style of the art exhibits.
Bring your kids for a behind-the-scenes look at the Dolphin Tale movies and marvel at the marine creatures who played the parts.
Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and explore Sand Key Park, a favorite green space in Clearwater Beach. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.
Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and explore Pier 60 Park, a favorite green space in Clearwater Beach. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.
Catch an event at Tropicana Field during your trip to St. Petersburg. Attend a baseball game or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.
Admire the vestiges of the fortress, bring your kids to the pirate ship playground and relax on the beaches of this archipelago.
Take in the sights of beautiful Clearwater Harbor while digging into a delicious buffet dinner and sipping refreshing tropical drinks. This Caribbean-themed cruise presents you with an incredible assortment of island-style food and drinks while you dance the night away.
Go beyond a typical aquarium experience and immerse yourself into the world of marine life rescue at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. See Winter, star and inspiration of the Dolphin Tale movies, which were filmed on location.
Tampa Bay CityPASS® tickets include prepaid admission to Tampa Bay’s must-see attractions at significant savings off the price of the same tickets purchased separately. Extra perk: CityPASS travelers skip most main-entrance ticket lines.
Take a cruise aboard the Island Hopper on a shelling adventure. Discover a beautiful ecosystem full of marine life, and a variety of seashells. Set sail in search of the purity of Shell Key, a 1,800-acre (728-ha) nature preserve.
Join us on board our newly remodeled double-decker catamaran for a leisurely cruise out to the Gulf of Mexico (weather permitting) to catch our nightly award-winning sunset.
Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Aspirations Winery, 22041 US Highway 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33765-2363 Wine tasting and then tour and demo of our wine making process. Duration: 1 hour
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