Over the years, I have taken several vacations to Florida. I have enjoyed the gorgeous beaches of Daytona, spent an entire month’s salary in three days at Disney World in Orlando, but the best summer vacation that I have taken to Florida was hands-down to St. Petersburg / Clearwater. St. Petersburg and Clearwater are two distinct cities in Florida, but most vacationers group them together due to their proximity and attractions. St. Pete beach and Clearwater beach sit on the gulf of Mexico, which I found even more breath-taking than the beaches on the Atlantic Ocean coast.
If you are planning a family vacation to Florida, consider the St. Petersburg, Clearwater area. You won’t regret it. Here are just a few things you, and your family, can enjoy while vacationing at St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida:
Salvador Dali Museum
One Dali, Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL
If you’re a fan of art, or the work of Salvador Dali, I highly recommend making a stop at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. The museum offers 100 oil paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, video, and objects by Salvador Dali. In addition to the art exhibition, there are activities available for the whole family, film festivals, and gift shops where you can buy Salvador Dali souvenirs. I visited the Salvador Dali Museum and I loved it. I highly recommend it to any art fan, or aspiring artist.
Florida Holocaust Museum
55 5th Street, St. Petersburg, FL
The Florida Holocaust Museum offers a haunting peek into an historical period that was so horrifying that few people will ever know what experiences took placing during WWII. The museum has three floors, which hold both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Visitors can see firsthand some of the photographs, testimonies, and actual artifacts from the Holocaust. Even though some of the exhibitions are disturbing, they are family appropriate and I encourage everyone to visit this museum, so that you can have a tiny glimpse at some of the atrocities that have taken place in this world. You’ll leave not only with a humble solemnity, but with a sense of inspiration that you get from the victims of the Holocaust, and their enduring faith and bravery.
1825 4th Street, St. Petersburg, FL
The Sunken Gardens is a must-see St. Petersburg attraction. Sunken Gardens is a 100 year old garden full of tropical plants. You’ll enjoy the relaxing environment, and take a tour of over 50,000 tropical plants from around the world, and beautiful waterfalls. Sunken Gardens also offers exercise classes, like yoga and pilates, which you can take among the lush tropical environment, or you can plan your wedding here, as well. I recommend a tour of Sunken Gardens if you’re in St. Petersburg. It’s a nice relaxing environment that give you a break from the hot days on the beach.
1 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater FL
When I was in Clearwater, my friends and I went to Pier 60 and it was great fun! Pier 60 is a pier on Clearwater Beach, that extends out into the Gulf, and offers so many activities like an old-fashioned boardwalk, an amusement park, shops and great food. If you’re looking for an authentic beachy activity on your vacation, then a visit to Clearwater’s Pier 60 should be on your vacation checklist.
Check out a live feed of Pier 60 and Clearwater Beach.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL
While in Clearwater, be sure to stop by and see the famous Winter, the dolphin, at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This aquarium is a must-stop spot for families because the kids will just love all of the marine animal exhibits. They can see, and sometimes touch, turtles, dolphins, otters, stingray, and sharks, just to name a few. This is definitely a family-friendly attraction.
Hopefully, I’ve given you and your family, good enough reasons to vacation at St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida, and some things to enjoy while you’re there. Also, I have to recommend one more activity if you’re in Clearwater, and if you have children. Take a ride on Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise. The tickets are inexpensive, and the crew will entertain and play games with the kids on the lower deck (which you can still keep sight of), while the adults enjoy a sunset on the Gulf waters, and alcoholic drinks, on the top deck of the pirate ship. This pirate cruise was the most fun I had on the vacation. It was that much fun! Have a happy vacation!
Fl Holocaust Museum