Top 5 Things to Do in St. Petersburg with Kids

The St. Petersburg area is full of things to do for every age and interest, so whether you’re vacationing with your whole extended family or just your sweetheart, there’s plenty to explore! The area is particularly full of incredible destinations for kids, and the adults are sure to love these attractions as well. Best of all, many of the best things to do in St. Petersburg are located right near our St. Pete rentals, so you can get out the door in a hurry.

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Interested in getting up close and personal with marine life? Don’t miss out on Clearwater Marine Aquarium. If you’ve ever seen the popular Dolphin Tale movies, you’ll recognize one of the residents of the marine life rescue center: Winter the dolphin! While you’re at the aquarium, you’ll also get to learn about the organization’s efforts to rescue, rehabilitate, and release local marine life. Besides dolphins, you can learn about the pelicans, sea turtles, otters, sharks, and more animals that the aquarium has helped to rehabilitate.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is located at 249 Windward Passage in Clearwater.

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Busch Gardens Tampa and Adventure Island

To satisfy your adrenaline junkie, visit Busch Gardens Tampa and Adventure Island. Busch Gardens Tampa always offers something new to discover in the 335-acre African-themed park. Experience thrilling roller coasters like the Tigris or the Cheetah Hunt or get wet on the Congo River Rapids. To truly cool off, visit Adventure Island, just across the street. You’ll find more than 30 acres of water rides, dining, and more, so you can spend the whole day away from the beach but still enjoying the water!

Busch Gardens is located at 10165 McKinley Drive, and Adventure Island is located at 10001 McKinley Drive.

Great Explorations Children’s Museum

Looking to encourage your kids to be a bit more creative? Great Explorations Children’s Museum is just the place! This hands-on learning environment has been stimulating curiosity in children for more than 30 years. Your kids will be able to play, learn, and grow in a safe and exciting environment. Let your kids channel their inner architect at the building stations or pretend to be anything from a doctor or nurse to an astronaut or firefighter. Best of all, they’re learning every step of the way!

Great Explorations is located at 1925 4th Street North in St. Petersburg.

Cypress Breeze Farm

If there’s an animal lover in your group, don’t miss out on Cypress Breeze Farm Horseback Riding Adventures. The horseback rides at Cypress Breeze Farm last 60 to 90 minutes and is great for beginners and advanced equestrians alike. Tours are available 7 days a week and will take you through some of the most gorgeous trails in St. Petersburg. The horses employed here are always well cared for and love their jobs, so you can rest assured that the animals are having just as much fun as you are!

Trail rides from Cypress Breeze Farm start at 8690 60th Street in Pinellas Park.

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Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

Let your kids learn about the ocean while experiencing a fun adventure aboard Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise. Your two-hour journey will take you through the scenic views of Clearwater and let the family search for majestic dolphins in the water. Kids will love the onboard treasure hunt, face painting, stories, water gun games, and dancing. If you’re in Florida for a special occasion, you can even book your child’s birthday party aboard one of the ships!

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise is located at 25 Causeway Boulevard in Clearwater Beach.

Each of these incredible attractions is located just minutes from our St. Pete beach rentals. Be sure to visit one or all of these attractions while you’re in town! Browse our full listing of Clearwater Beach rentals today to start planning your getaway.