Visit Clearwater/St. Petersburg for the beaches and sun and get more
The Pinellas County beaches has been voted one of the top 10 finest beaches.The beach is long enough for any walker or jogger with 20 miles of mostly unbroken white sand. The beach is clean, wide and pristine and best of all uncrowded. The water is crystal clear. Ideal for swimming, snorkeling or Scuba diving. Or stay above the water and rent a sailboat, wind surfer, wave runner or maybe if you like to be way above the water, then parasailing is your thing.
Pinellas County maintains three major parks along the Gulf Coast. These three parks offer a list of amenities that include picnicking facilities, fishing opportunities and other items of interest.
Here are some family activities
Take a walk along three miles of boardwalk and paved trails at WeedonIsland, a pristine and natural resource once home to Seminole Indians. The park features a 50-foot-high lookout site overTampa Bay waters showcasing a panoramic view of downtown St. Petersburg, Tropicana Field, and Tampa. An ideal park for biking, 'blading, canoeing or birdwatching. www.weedonislandpreserve.org
Feel the rumble when the "World's Fastest Spring Break Party," a.k.a., the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, roars through downtown St. Petersburg each spring. Feed the need for speed as world-class IndyCar Series drivers take control in a demanding 14-turn, 1.8 mile race course, guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat. www.gpstpete.com
St. Petersburg's home team, the Tampa Bay Rays, play through the regular season at Tropicana Field, www.raysbaseball.com
The Pinellas Trail is a 47-mile fitness trail built on abandoned railways. One of the longest linear parks in the United States, it runs from Tarpon Springs to the north to its terminus in south St. Petersburg, recently extended to the downtown waterfront. The Trail provides a unique, protected greenspace for walking, jogging, skating, and biking. .
Tampa Bay Segs offers one and a half hour tours of the waterfront aboard a personalized Segway vehicle. The tour leaves from the Museum of History near The Pier several times daily and Downtown Tampa's Channelside Mall.
Every Evening - Sunset at Pier 60 (10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater) runs 2 hours before and after sunset featuring artisans, crafters, and live street performers
First Friday in Downtown St Petersburg is a monthly block party on Central Ave
with live music and libations. See what downtown has to offer. This is the First
Friday of the Month (February 1, March 1, etc).
Last Friday of every month from 5:30 - 10:00 pm. Come party downtown at Blast Friday. Entertainment to be announced - beer, wine, food www.blastfridayclearwater.com
Clearwater has always been an incredible location for dolphin watching.Mmore than fifty new dolphins are creating quite a buzz in Clearwater. Clearwater's Dolphins is a unique artistic initiative featuring a growing pod of more than fifty 6-foot tall fiberglass dolphins, each individually designed by a local artist and sponsored by an area business.
Every Wednesday the colorful tents and booths of the Downtown Clearwater Farmer's Market are filled with farm fresh produce, delicious cheeses, fresh baked goods, glorious cut flowers, plants and much, much more.
Swim with manatee tours are conducted daily, year round. in Crystal River (about 1 hour north of the beaches). The manatee tours are perfect for the beginner, or the experienced snorkeler. Of course, if you prefer not to enter the water, you are welcome to stay on board the boat to view the manatees from above and even capture those once in a lifetime, one of a kind, manatee pictures.
Upcoming Special Events:
Dunedin Highland Games...April 7. Highland game days take place in many cities but there's nothing like those held in Dunedin, a town founded by two Scotsmen in the 1800s with tons of Scottish pride still today. With pipe bands, traditional dancing and athletics, you'll feel like you've landed in Scotland for the day. Enjoy food, music, and shop for a traditional kilt to take home as a souvenir
Tampa Bay Blues Festiva April 6, Offering further proof that singing the blues doesn't have to be a bummer, the annual Tampa Bay Blues Fest features three days of blues on the Bay. The event is held each April along the picturesque downtown St. Petersburg waterfront in Vinoy Park. In addition to the powerful vocals and high-energy riffs of the biggest acts in blues, you can also sample tasty local treats such as seafood, barbecue, Cuban cuisine and more. Festival vendors also peddle arts and crafts, and premium beer and wine.
Mainsail Arts Festival April 22. You won't be surprised to learn that St. Petersburg/Clearwater - with all of its artsy, waterfront allure - hosts one of the nation's most magnetic art festivals. Mainsail Arts Festival, held annually over two days in April, routinely draws 100,000 attendees to downtown St. Pete's Vinoy Park, where 200-plus visual artists and craftspeople display their work against sparkling Tampa Bay. Better yet: Admission to the festival is free.
Gulfport Grand Prix, April 28 The first annual Gulfport Grand Prix features Formula Powerboat Racing and a boat show. Hosted in Gulfport, the downtown area will be transformed into a mecca of activity along Shore Boulevard for three days of racing and fun! Formula Race Boats with an open public pit area will make the Gulfport Recreation Center home for the weekend, and the antique boat show and the pleasure boat display will line the street. Also, enjoy food, drinks, music and more and this family friendly event. Admission is free!
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