Top 10 kid friendly adventures in St Pete Beach, Treasure Island, and Clearwater Beach, FL area
As a young family, our search for the perfect area to buy a beach condo was extensive (you can ask our realtor). Our chosen location of Land's End in Treasure Island was determined by proximity and ease of beach access (steps away and VERY safe) and ALSO entertainment options located close by. Although we would love to just camp out on the beach all day, every day, that isn't a reality with a preschooler and toddler in tow. We've been so pleased to discover a multitude of nearby activities that keep our kids engaged and excited for our next trip.
The area has many hidden gems beyond day visits to the beach and dinner out.
The list is every growing and evolving but here is our current
Top 10 List of Kid Friendly Adventures near Treasure Island, FL:
1. Clearwater Marine Aquarium - Not your typical aquarium! This marine life rescue center is home to Winter the Dolphin, star of the popular Dolphin Tale movies. We appreciated that this facility wasn't expansive and overwhelming and it really does have the feel of an animal rescue facility. A bit of a drive from Treasure Island, this is the farthest commute on our list but quite scenic if you take Gulf Blvd.
2. Paradise Grille, Pass-a-Grille Beach - A lively snack bar and picnic table area right on the beach of Pass-a-Grille. When toting kids around town you MUST know where and when your next meal is coming from. We love that the kids can play in the sand and we can get quick snack bar food when hunger strikes!
3. Chuck E Cheese's, St. Petersburg, FL - Okay this one might seem a little lame but trust us when we say this is one of THE BEST Chuck E Cheese's we've ever been to. It's very clean, HUGE, lots of games for the littler ones and the staff is so nice. Plus, weather backup plans in Florida are a must! A quick 20 min drive from the beach.
4. Tampa Bay Rays Game - Longer attention span needed for this one...but what kid doesn't love snacking through a live sporting event? Recent renovations included an overhaul of the food, beverage and retail experience. And did we mention that Tropicana Field is not only covered but air conditioned?
5. Smuggler's Cove Adventure Golf - There are a few locations along Gulf Blvd, so take your pick! Insider tip: when researching entertainment options near St. Pete/Treasure Island don't be scared off by addresses listed in Madeira, Redington, North Redington, Indian Rocks and Indian Shores...all of these areas are located a short drive down Gulf Blvd.
6. Lights in Largo Central Park - If you are visiting between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the lights in Largo's Central Park are a must see! This casual, family friendly park is a great way to get in the holiday spirit. It is a super casual, go at your own pace. Some weekends feature special events so check the Largo website for details!
7. St. John's Pass - Truth be told, it took us a while to give St. John's Pass a chance but we really like this touristy collection of restaurants, shops and entertainment. It's great for those nights where you can't really decide where to eat dinner before you leave the house. Also, our kids love the arcade!
8. Great Explorations - Located in a great little area of St. Pete, this children's museum offers opportunities to learn through imaginative play and fun interactive exhibits! We really can't say enough about this place. We loved the open floor plan so our kids were never out of view no matter which area they were exploring.
9. Dining Out with kids - Never easy, we got you. A few of our favorite family approved spots.
Sloppy Joes - GREAT panoramic view of the ocean from the dining room. The patio outside is located along the Treasure Island boardwalk that extends down to the public beach parking for easy access. Great chance for some toes in the sand time after lunch or dinner.
Rum Runners, Sirata Beach Resort - Casual dining under the tiki huts, toes (and kids) in the sand has always been a hit for our family.
Harry's, Sirata Beach Resort - Newly refurbished, this updated area features chair swings and a little ones splash pad. Disclaimer: The parking situation at Sirata is always different. Be prepared to possibly park at their lot across the street. AKA - bring your stroller.
The Conch Republic - A lively, family friendly restaurant with an expansive menu. This is a perfect last night at the beach celebration meal!
Mango's - A hotel lobby restaurant at the Doubletree in North Redington Beach, we love the breakfast buffet here. The staff is super nice, the parking is easy (under the hotel in a garage) and you can take a nice stroll on the beach afterward.
Rumfish - A massive fish tank built by the team from Animal Planet's hit show TANKED serves as the centerpiece for this underwater themed restaurant. The dining feels a little fancier but luckily the kids can keep busy watching the fish! This restaurant is located in the RumFish Beach Resort (a Tradewinds property).
10. Tradewinds Resort Day Pass - if your vacation rental does NOT offer resort style amenities such as ours does (think beach access, pool...) you can purchase a day pass to Tradewinds for a reasonable cost. Some benefits include a covered beach cabana for the day (cover is a must), unlimited access to the beach slide, all pools as well as mini golf and paddleboats.
We hope you enjoy our tips and advice!
If you are looking for a vacation rental while visiting the area, consider our property at the highly sought after Lands End complex at the southern most tip of Treasure Island (surrounded by water on 3 sides). We take great pride in maintaining our unit and have it hosted by a hotel quality management company. Visit our rental here.