The Gulf Coast of Florida offers spectacular beaches along with warm turquoise waters, sunshine and so much more all in a setting that’s perfect for an amazing family vacation. The Clearwater and St. Petersburg Beach areas combine all the perfect elements for a good time: food, fun, nature, history and of course lots of that Florida sunshine. It’s a place that caters to families of all sizes so to get the most of your visit here are some of the best family activities to check out while you’re in the area:
10. Tarpon Springs
Located just a short drive north of Clearwater lies the city of Tarpon Springs, home of the historic Sponge Docks and the highest percentage of Greek Americans of any city in the U.S. Tarpon Springs claim to fame was once being the natural sea sponge capital of the world, the jobs in the sponge industry lead to the large population of Greek Americans that settled here in the early 1900’s. Today the town is still home to a small active sponge industry and is still a great place to pick up a natural sea sponge of your own and also the best spot for authentic Greek cuisine on the Gulf. Tarpon Springs also has some great beaches nearby like Sunset Beach and Howard Park making it a great family day trip from the Clearwater and St. Petersburg areas.