Clearwater Beach/Tampa Things to Do

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KBonay's picture

Take the 19 to 275 and into Bradenton and catch a Pirates game. 

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Dunedin and Blue Jays are :10 away. Dunedin is a fun and funky little town, lots of restaurants and shops. The Phillies just a little further, and a great ST stadium. 

Go to the beach, it’s one of the best in the country. Watch the sunset. Eat grouper. Get out on the water. CLW Beach has become quite nice. Nearby are both Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands. You can walk to Caladesi from CLW Beach, it’s a few miles up the beach. Get past the houses on North Beach and you’ll have it yourself. 

I live in CLW Beach. If you see a guy truckin down the beach with a big backpack on, it’s prolly me. There’s also some good beach volleyball to be had. But, no good snorkeling or diving to speak of. 

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Buckeye_Condor's picture

Dunedin agreed. Casa Tina's is a good place to eat. Pretty normal mexican joint. Also Strachan's Ice Cream is a great stop. and Cueni Brewery is a cool funky little brewery fitting to the town itself, pretty good beer. 

As far as Clearwater. you gotta hit up Frenchies! get the crab cake fries if you like crab. they're really good. 

Just north of Clearwater off of Causeway Blvd you can rent Kayaks and paddle to honeymoon island and walk around, find shells and catch some sun. 

Connor Brown

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Phillies are in Clearwater, Yankees in Tampa by the airport, and Blue Jays in Dunedin just down the road from the Phillies. Might be able to catch one of their last spring games. Tigers are in Lakeland 30 miles east on I-4. As KB said the Pirates are in Bradenton just across the Skyway Bridge. The Orioles are in Sarasota 40 miles south too. Sarasota's Siesta key beach is my favorite.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are playing tonight IIRC. They have several games coming up.

Must sees include the Tampa Aquarium just a block from where the Lightning play downtown. Channelside downtown and the new Sparkmans Wharf by the cruise terminals is good. The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. Downtown Dunedin, Safety Harbor, and St. Petersburg have vibrant night scenes. I highly recommend Rubys Elixir in St. Pete.

If youre looking for a killer restaurant check out Berns Steakhouse in Hyde Park off S. Howard. Best wine collection in this part of the world and a dessert bar thats awesome.

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Gratefulbuck's picture

All good suggestions. More specific to CLW Beach, the Sand Bar at Opal Sands Resort is a great place for lunch and the sunset. It sits right on the water, it almost feels like you’re at the back of a cruise ship. Fenchy’s Rockaway is a tourist trap for the most part, but, it’s a fun place - maybe the best grouper sandwich around. Lotsa of places up and down the Beach. Very walkable. 

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

Best part of Fenchy's are their low corkage fees.

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Gratefulbuck's picture

There’s a wine shop in Dunedin that is also a bar. You can buy your bottle at retail and drink it there. I get a charcuterie board to go along with. They can also serve it in an outdoor area that opens to the street and has entertainment, and you can smoke cigars. It’s right next to a smokehouse and Irish pub. Perfection. 

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Buckeye_Condor's picture

Frenchy's Outpost is a much better bet! is north of Dunedin like 15 minutes or so. idk traffic around there is hard to predict for me.

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Major H's picture

Had lunch at Sparkman's Wharf today and it was pretty nice. A bit pricey - $8 for a cup of beer from the Biergarten, but teamed with a sourdough grilled cheese sammy with bacon, it was pretty darn good! 

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

Watch out for “Florida Man”

Feed the trolls

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Major H's picture

We're trying to chase his nasty ass back up to Michigan. Friggin' snowshitbird.

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BZIMMER's picture

You could always hit up the Skyline Chili in Clearwater :)

If you like dolphins the little tug boat across the street from the main beach parking lot by the roundabout was fun. The dolphins love the big wake the boat creates and the jump out of the water right next to the boat. It wasn't very expensive either.

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Bucks2K18's picture

I was in Florida for my high school Senior Trip, we went parasailing in Clearwater, and although we didn't go into the building itself, we passed the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (from Dolphin Tale)

I highly recommend at least going parasailing if it fits your budget

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Major H's picture

I'd like to echo the tips from Grateful and IBLEED...and would add Tarpon Springs as a possible place to visit. It is a bit further north, but a nice place to visit. Safety Harbor and Dunedin are both great places to visit.

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Shadow's picture

Hit the Clear Sky Bar for breakfast and the Bloody Mary bar. As said above the grouper sandwich at Frenchys is the best

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Gratefulbuck's picture

This is my goto spot for quiche. They have a great all around breakfast. Pretty sure the Bloody Mary bar is only on Sunday, maybe Saturday, too. It’s actually the same owner as Frenchy’s, too. Good spot. 

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bucknut1994's picture

I thought you liked Hardee's for breakfast?

#94Ways

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FormerBuck's picture

2 words for you...Mons Venus. You’ll thank me later

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b-dub4545's picture

Johns pass and boardwalk area are really nice to visit. Agree with Tarpon Springs. Exellent restaurant s and shopping area. Take the dolphin watch tour at Tarpon Springs where you will see dolphin and they also stop on a small island to collect seashells.

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Greektown, USA. Fantastic food, including desserts. And, lots of sponges. 

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Buckeye_Condor's picture

Not greek but its in Tarpon is Rusty Bellies! plus if you eat there free parking.

Connor Brown

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Major H's picture

Rusty Bellies is good and less crowded that the Greek restaurants. Has a nice outdoor area to eat also.

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hnyg8modonwelfare's picture

Really good Asian fusion: https://eathawkers.com/st-petersburg-fl/  Not in Clearwater but about 8 miles away.  Fantastic food -very unique.  Well worth the drive and it's on a strip with a few pubs and within walking distance to the Devil Rays dome. (Not exactly priority on the bucket list, but there's stuff there.)

Stayed at the Opal Sands in Clearwater last summer.  Theres the aquarium where they filmed Dolphin Tales. kind of meh, but some people are into that.  Way overpriced though imo.

The boat tours are pretty cool in the bay there.  A lot of hollywood celebs own houses.  A view of the mansions and hotels -one with a glass pool on top of a 20 story highrise and overlooks the view..you can see the guests swimming.  Not much to do but beach, shop, eat, drink..but that's all good.

Thank you Urban Meyer and Gene Smith

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TPsTeaCan's picture

I always thought the crystal meth in Clearwater has exceptional quality

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

I recommend checking whether there's an Orchid Spa nearby.

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Buck95's picture

My sister-in-law lives in Clearwater.  When we go down to see her, we NEVER miss Lenny's for breakfast or brunch at least once or twice on the trip. Lenny's is right off of US 19 between Drew and Gulf to Bay, kind of on the back side of the Phillies complex.  There's also a place called Pete and Shorty's on Gulf to Bay (between where the Causeway ends and US 19) that has pretty darn good sliders - what White Castle would be if it was actually good.

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RubixTube's picture

The Valspar is at Innisbrook if you're into watching other ppl golf.  If not, they (Innisbrook) have 3 other courses to play.

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Major H's picture

Did a 5K walk/run last Sunday at the Copperhead course in support of a local veteran's organization. The course looks pretty sweet for this weekend's activities.

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BZIMMER's picture

We stayed at Innisbrook last week when we were down there for a family event. They were setting up everything for the tournament.

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BuckShotGinn's picture

Clearwater is home of the original Hooters restaurant.   Also Scientology HQ - for quality people watching - check out the cadets(or whatever they're called) in their uniforms. 

A few miles up north - Tarpon Springs has the sponge docks and museum - interesting stuff . And lots of deep sea fishing charters (nice size grouper in the gulf)  for a 3 hour or so diversion.

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buckguyfan1's picture

Brocato's for their Deviled Crab.

Simplify...

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USNbuckeyeBG's picture

Love that whole area, hoping to move back soon!

enjoy urself, you won’t be disappointed 

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RK84's picture

Hooters.

I'll leave the rest to Grateful.

It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

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CraigKressel's picture

Downtown St. Petersburg on a Friday or Saturday night is pretty fun if you like to go out drinking. 

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buckguyfan1's picture

El Puerto in Ybor if you enjoy excellent Peruvian grilled meats and seafood at a reasonable price.  Sangrias are pretty awesome here as well.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

M5gatronbuckeye, if you and whomever is with you are into it, the Tampa Bay Renaissance Fair is in town until March 31. Its behind MOSI (Tampa's version of COSI in Columbus) on Fowler Ave across the street from the University of S. Florida. It's open Saturday and Sunday.

Also, if you have a pet with you tomorrow (Saturday) is the Tampa Humane Society's "Bark in the Park" 1-mile dog walk. I personally like going to it. They have a band and food trucks and raffles. And dogs. Lots and lots of dogs.

"You're the patron saint of the totally effed" - Hot Tub Time Machine

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Major H's picture

Went past Bark in the Park this morning and it was pretty busy. Music, food and dogs...lots of dogs. Some were having a blast frolicking in the walk-through fountain as it sprayed water all over them.

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Gratefulbuck's picture

There is also Sand Key State Park, just over the bridge from the beach going south. The sand isn’t as nice, but, it’s a good place if you want to get away from the crowds. They also have a nice dog park. If you go here, or Caladesi or Honeymoon, keep your eyes open for rattlesnakes, if you venture off the beach on to the trails. It’s ok, just be aware. 

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Yeah watch for those rattlesnakes. They are freaking everywhere out there.

"You're the patron saint of the totally effed" - Hot Tub Time Machine

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Major H's picture

It has been a while since I've seen a rattlesnake at Honeymoon Island, but you can bet your butt I have my head on a swivel when I walk there! 

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hthe620110's picture

I will be in Clearwater starting Sunday, and yes, it will be my first time.  Is there any scuba diving there?  Do you need to be certified to scuba dive or can you go without certification? 

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Major H's picture

Funny you mention diving. It was all over the local news today that someone was diving near Tarpon Springs and saw a stingray "as big as a car" and a grouper estimated at 450 lbs. That's a lot of sammies! Showed video of the stingray, but not the grouper.

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Gratefulbuck's picture

If you’re diving anywhere with a dive company, they will require you to be certified. The diving around here isn’t much to speak of as there isn’t any coral. There are sometimes resorts that will take you on a “resort dive” after giving you a quick lesson in the pool, but, not in these parts. It isn’t a big thing here. 

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brandonbauer87's picture

A little late to the party, but I spent a week in Clearwater Beach a couple years ago. One of my favorite places was a little nasty dive bar named The Shipwreck. There’s a cheesy pirate out front and the place is dark, tiny, and dirty. It’s the only place on the whole trip where I didn’t feel like a tourist. Seemed like it was mostly locals hanging out watching Match Madness. Definitely not kid friendly if that matters. 

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Gratefulbuck's picture

That’s a cool little hole in the wall place. They have good live music sometimes, as well. 

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stantmann's picture

I lived in Clearwater Beach for 6 years on Bayway, those were the greatest days of my life. It's more commercialized now, so not quite the same. Here are some ideas: Walk north away from Clearwater Beach, and go all the way to Caladesi Island, spend a day there. Go to Honeymon Island, walk west at low tide and find sand dollars, once you find the first one and know what to look for, it'll be easier to spot them. You can also boat over to Caladesi from Honeymoon if you don't have the energy to walk to 3 miles from Clearwater Beach. The Lowry Park Zoo is really underrated go there. Rent a canoe and be amazed at the gators on the hillsborough river. Have some drinks at Shephards Tiki Bar, Sunday afternoons are the best. Howard Park Beach is really cool, so is Sunset Beach just north in Tarpon Springs. Go to the Sponge Docks and have some greek food, and feed some baby sharks at the aquarium. Carvels Ice Cream in Palm Harbor. Rent a bike and ride the pinellas trail. There are lots of parks along the way which you would never see otherwise. -Or go over route 60 causeway, or just bike the beach in general and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Drive up to the Sunshine Bridge and do some fishing off the docks, or go to Wards Seafood (on Bellair, just around the corner from the beach) and choose your seafood and grill outside at your hotel, or at one of the many parks in the area. I could go on and on, but this should keep you busy for awhile

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Major H's picture

Honeymoon Island at low tide is great for shelling. Go as far out on the north beach as possible. From the last parking lot it is 2.5 miles until you run out of land (sand). The further out you go, the less people will have been there ahead of you to clean up all the shells. saw a guy on his return from shelling (while I was still heading out) and he had at least 20 sand dollars! He said to go just a little further and head out onto a sand bar and there were plenty. Yeah, right, I think he bagged them all!

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smith288's picture

We're in Longboat Key and will be house hunting in Lakewood Ranch area this week.

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