Bringing Young Children to the Beach?

A Great Place for Families with Young Children!

After the beach, here are my top 3 favorite ways to entertain young-uns! ☺  (I’m a grandparent who is just sharing our experiences!)

The Clearwater Aquarium

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Winter Playing Underwater!

Photos courtesy of Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater Convention Visitor Bureau.

This great little rescue and rehabilitation facility is home to the world-famous dolphin, Winter, who has a prosthetic tale. The aquarium offers hands-on activities that range from touching sea critters to a crafts-activity room fro those who need a few minutes of coloring and crafts!

The dolphin education show, offered several times a day, is a hit with adults and children of all ages! (Open daily)  These dolphins really show their amazing capabilities at the show, and you might want to call ahead for the schedule so you do not miss this.  Definitely worth the making time for the dolphin show!

For more information, see their website at: http://www.seewinter.com/visit-us

 

Great Explorations Children’s Museum, St. Petersburg, FL

GreatExplorationsPlayground GreatExplorationsTheaterPerfect for rainy days or after getting enough sun.

This museum re-invented itself a couple of years ago and it has some of the most imaginative and engaging exhibits for young children that you will find! (Open daily)

More information is at: http://www.greatex.org

 Photos courtesy of the Great Explorations Children’s Museum.

Tarpon Springs and the St. Nicholas Boat Line Sponge Diving Demonstration

StNicholasBoatLineBoatPhotos courtesy of the St. Nicholas Boat Line, Tarpon Springs, FL.

Tarpon Springs doesn’t actually look like Florida too much! It looks more like a little Greek fishing community – at least along the waterfront!  It’s largely populated by descendents of immigrants who were recruited to dive for sea sponges almost 100 years ago.

The boat ride is short (30 minutes), inexpensive, and informative. And, the diver who demonstrates sponge harvesting wears a diving costume like you see if books!  The diving outfit is complete with big, weighted shoes and a helmet shaped like a ball. (Open daily, weather permitting)  For More Information: http://stnicholasboatline.com/

 Don’t Miss the Beaches, of Course!

Obviously, our Gulf Beaches are headliners here for families. Out gentle waves, soft white sands and easy access to restaurants, restroon and lodging ensure fun in the sun! Visit our magnificent beaches from Clearwater Beach (North) to St. Pete Beach (South).

 

Article by June Mohns, Island Paradise Cottages of Madeira Beach. ©2015