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Clearwater Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Clearwater Family-friendly activities

Clearwater Dolphin Exploration Tour

1. Clearwater Dolphin Exploration Tour

Lasting for approximately 2 hours, the tour will take you from Clearwater Bay out of Clearwater Pass and on the beautiful emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. During your journey you will search of the Sun Coast’s favorite: the Bottlenose dolphin. In addition to guaranteed dolphin sightings, your Captain will highlight some fascinating facts about the natural wonders of the Gulf Coast and point out popular celebrity mansions along the way. The tour offers something for everyone, from Tommy the Turtle Explorer Time for the kids and drink packages available for purchase. Sit back and relax as you spot these beautiful creatures diving over the horizon and perhaps getting closer to the ship for a closer peek. Get up close and personal with these majestic animals, and witness memories that will last a lifetime.

Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

2. Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

Visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium to learn about all of the rescued and resident animals. Catch some of the daily presentations and make sure to watch the daily programs in the theatre. Boat tours, animal care experiences and behind-the-scenes tours will add at least another hour to your day.  Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an indoor/outdoor facility with air-conditioned areas inside and open air outside. Enjoy the views of Clearwater Bay from the harbor view deck and stranding deck. Discover a variety of animals including dolphins, pelicans, sea turtles, otters, sharks, and other animals.  The majority of residents cannot be released due to a variety of reasons, so you can visit them in their permanent habitats and learn their stories. See a number of animals currently undergoing rehabilitation in the working animal hospital. The presentations and talks throughout the day aim to educate you in a fun way about the work going on to take care of the marine life and the environment. 

From Orlando: Day Trip to Clearwater Beach with Options

3. From Orlando: Day Trip to Clearwater Beach with Options

Sit back, relax, and let your driver fight the highway traffic from Central Florida to the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy convenient and complimentary pickup and drop-off from many hotels in Orlando to take the worry out of your day. Find out why Clearwater Beach is one of America’s beaches. Choose between the following tour options offering something for all the family: • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Marine Aquarium Admission: Meet Winter, the dolphin from the blockbuster movie “Dolphin Tale,” at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Watch dolphins frolic from the underwater viewing platforms, and learn more about their incredible skills and natural habitats. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Pirate Cruise: Set sail aboard Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise for an afternoon of adventure in the Gulf of Mexico. Get lost in the antics of treasure hunts, face painting, water gun games, stories, and dancing. During the cruise, enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Dolphin Encounter Boat: Venture from Orlando to Clearwater Beach then board the Dolphin Encounter boat for a ride into the Gulf of Mexico. See dolphins in their natural habitat, and watch them play as you enjoy the sun and sea. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Deep-Sea Fishing: Explore the beach in the morning then have the opportunity to catch and keep a variety of fish in deep-sea conditions. Receive all the necessary fishing equipment, including a fishing license. This excursion goes 10 miles (16 kilometers) into the gulf, which takes 45 minutes each way. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Lunch: This transportation-only trip will whisk you away from the theme parks of Orlando to the powder-white sands of Clearwater Beach. Enjoy a day to do as you please with an included lunch gift voucher for use at a beachside restaurant. Kayak in crystal clear water, or walk the promenade of the resort’s fishing pier. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip and Sea Screamer Boat Ride: Journey out to Clearwater Beach for a thrilling ride on the Sea Screamer – the largest speedboat on the U.S. East Coast. Witness wild dolphins jumping through the wakes created by the large boat. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Express Bus Transportation: Choose this express transportation option to avoid all the pickup stops and go directly to the beach. Once there, lounge on the white sand, jump through the turquoise waters, explore the pier, get some fresh-caught fish for lunch, and more.

From Orlando: Clearwater Beach Pirate Cruise with Lunch

4. From Orlando: Clearwater Beach Pirate Cruise with Lunch

Start the day with pickup from Orlando in a luxury vehicle, then head towards Clearwater Beach. Hop onboard the Pirate’s Ransom and greet your friendly crew. Learn how Florida was a well-known pirate hangout in the 17th and 18th centuries, and hear stories of Captain Kidd and the infamous Blackbeard. Set sail onto the glistening waters of the Gulf of Mexico and lookout for dolphins swimming in their natural habitat. As you cruise, enjoy 2 hours of family fun including a treasure hunt, face painting, water guns, story-telling, and dancing. During the day, enjoy free time to sunbathe on the white sands of Clearwater Beach or go for a swim. A tasty lunch at a local beachside restaurant is included. At the end of a truly epic adventure, relax on the return journey to Orlando.

From Orlando: Clearwater Beach with Lunch Day Trip

5. From Orlando: Clearwater Beach with Lunch Day Trip

Escape the crowds and queues with this trip to Clearwater, where you can have fun in the sun. Journey to the white sands and warm waters of Florida's West Coast. Enjoy an amazing lunch while feeling the cool breeze and taking in the beautiful scenery around you. Let the sugary sands fall between your toes as you take a stroll down this gorgeous beach. Upgrade your tour to include a number of optional activities: Dolphin Encounter Boat Tour: Embark on a 2-hour boat cruise from Clearwater Bay into the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Sit back and relax while your captain highlights some fascinating facts about the Gulf Coast, celebrity Mansions, and the dolphins playing.  Sea Screamer Ride: Climb aboard the Sea Screamer, the world's largest speedboat! Experience the dual twin-turbocharged diesel engines, as the 72' long Sea Screamer gives you a thrill ride you'll never forget.  Pirate Cruise: Sail away with Captain Memo’s Original Pirate Cruise to a world complete with briny buccaneers and seafaring seadogs. Let the tropical island tunes guide your journey through the calm waters of the picturesque Gulf of Mexico. Deep Sea Fishing: Florida has featured in its fair share of fishing folklore over the years and tall tales abound. The sport fishing is indeed excellent so here’s your chance to head out and do battle.  Aquarium: Go beyond a typical aquarium experience and immerse yourself in the world of marine life rescue at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This unique, nonprofit rescue facility is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of marine animals.

From Orlando: Clearwater Beach 2-Hour Dolphin Tour & Lunch

6. From Orlando: Clearwater Beach 2-Hour Dolphin Tour & Lunch

Look for dolphins in their natural habitat on a boat trip from Clearwater Bay to the emerald waters of Clearwater Pass. Sail the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in search of the resident bottlenose dolphins. Learn fascinating facts about the natural wonders of the Gulf Coast from your captain. See some of the celebrity mansions that line the coastline along the way. Benefit from activities and facilities to suit all ages, from the Tommy the Turtle Explorer Time for the kids to a premium bar for the adults. Sit back and relax and listen to music from the state-of-the-art sound system. Soak up the sun and top up your tan out at sea. Get round-trip transportation from your accommodation to compete your amazing experience.

From Orlando: Clearwater Beach and Marine Aquarium Admission

7. From Orlando: Clearwater Beach and Marine Aquarium Admission

Interact with dolphins and other marine mammals at Clearwater Marine Aquarium on a full-day tour to Clearwater Beach from Orlando. Relax on the beach, and marvel at the marine life from the underwater viewing windows and roofless dolphin pools. Pick-up transfers are available from meeting point locations in Orlando, Kissimmee, Disney, and Lake Buena Vista. Drive west to Clearwater and meet the animals in Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Famous from the movie “Dolphin Tale,”this is the location that rescued Winter the dolphin after her tail was caught in a crab trap line. Brought to Clear Marine Aquarium to be rehabilitated, she lost her tail but not her spirit. She was fitted for a prosthetic tail, and became a movie star in a film based on her life! Although Winter has now passed away, you are able to see the aquarium she inspired, and all the good work they have created and assistance they have provided others due to her life. Other attractions at Clearwater to keep you busy during the day are a hands-on stingray beach, and many other one-of-a-kind animal homes and exhibits that are truly different. A great day out for all the family, the combination of beach and marine life will leave lasting memories.

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What people are saying about Clearwater

The pirate cruise was excellent. Both the children and the adults alike had a blast! Crew members were very interactive, and accommodating. For the price, you can’t beat; transportation to and from Clearwater, a free meal at Crabby’s dockside (in which I would recommend that you eat there, even if the meal wasn’t free), free soda, beer, and wine. Brad the driver from Florida real guides was fantastic, attentive, and very accommodating. Brad explained everything, helped everyone check in, made rest stops, and represented Florida real guides professionally. As with anything you do in life, if you want to have fun, you will have fun…..so please participate…….arrgh!

We had a great time. We were picked up at the first stop (Royal Pacific) so unfortunately that meant an extra hour on the bus both ways. Other than that, the bus was comfortable and the driver and guide did a great job of getting us there. Ate at Crabby’s and it was amazing. Also did the dolphin sightseeing. Really enjoyed that but would probably skip it the next time as it did take two hours of our beach time. I was thinking it was only one. Already looking at dates to go back again. Thanks!

It was really nice, we got a lot of information and the additional drink packages are at a reasonable price and there is a big variety of drinks.

Always entertaining and inspiring! Staff does a great job helping to keep you informed and oriented.

Super well organized, guide Luis and driver very attentive. Everything was well explained.