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Guide to Clearwater Beach for Families

Things to do on Clearwater Beach Florida

Vacationing on Clearwater Beach for Families

Clearwater Beach is perfectly made for family fun year round! They just celebrated 100 years in 2016 so everything is bigger and better than ever before. Whether you are going for fun in the sun or family memories that will stand the test of time, Clearwater Beach presents and delivers the perfect family fun. The paperwhite sand beaches are gorgeous and the sunset views are unlike anywhere else.Clearwater Beach Pier 60 Playground

Family Friendly Activities on Clearwater Beach

Pier 60

Make sure you take a walk along to beach and check out Pier 60.  Pier 60 has a covered playground for the kids to explore, a nightly sunset festival that is packed with vendors and entertainment, and an outdoor sunset cinema on Friday and Saturday nights.

Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach

Take a Ride on the Jolley Trolley

The Jolley Trolley system is not only an affordable and convenient way to get around Tampa Bay, but it is also tons of fun.  The wooden seats and historic ambiance makes it the perfect way to see all of Clearwater Beach.  Plus you can track your trolley on the ride systems app so you know exactly when to be at your stop.

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Become a Pirate on Captain Memo’s Pirate Ship Cruise

  This is the perfect adventure for all ages!  We first went on Captain Memo’s Pirate Ship during our first trip to Clearwater Beach, and it has been a favorite of ours ever since! They offer pirates stories, treasure hunts, water gun battles, canons and more. There is even complimentary beer and wine for the adults on the adults only 3rd level deck. Cruise times book up quickly and are subject to change due to the weather, so I recommend getting your tickets in advance online. 

Captain Memo Pirate Ship on Clearwater Beach

Try Indoor Surfing

One of my favorite gift shops on the beach is Surf Style, you can get everything you need for a weekend at the beach there.  They offer a convenient store section packed with snacks and ready to eat meals, tons of souvenirs at great prices, adorable clothes and swimsuits, but best of all Surf Style also offers indoor surfing.  Give it a try and see how long you can stay on the board!

Clearwater Beach Aquarium Home of Winter and Hope

Visit Winter and Hope at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium 

One of Clearwater Beach’s most popular attractions is the aquarium where the dolphin movie stars live!  If you are planning on visiting Clearwater Beach make sure to have a family movie night before leaving home and watch Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, so you’ll fully understand how unique this aquarium is.  Make sure you visit their friend Nicolas in the outdoor tank also.  If you are visiting the beach at just the right time, you might even get to see a sea turtle release, so check out their website when planning your visit! 

Sea Life Safari on Clearwater Beach

Take a Sea Life Safari 

While visiting the Clearwater Marine Aquarium you can truly get up close and personal with the sea life out in the wild. The Sea Life Safari requires an additional ticket that can be purchased at the aquariums ticketing center.  It is a 90-minute long boat tour that includes an island stop where you can collect seashells, catch and release of interesting sea creatures, and marine biologist on board to answer all your questions. Families love this and children are amazed!

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Sea Life Safari

Where To Eat in Clearwater

ClearSky on Cleveland

ClearSky on Cleveland is the go-to spot for brunch in Clearwater.  Featuring an over the top bloody mary bar, thick slices of unique flavored french toast, and a hash that is out of this world, ClearSky on Cleveland is the perfect way to start your day when visiting Clearwater.  They also have a full dinner and dessert menu that will keep you coming back!  Looking for something sweet?  The “Fun at the Fair French Toast” will hit the spot!

Clear Sky on Cleveland Restaurant on Clearwater Beach

Desserts at Clear Sky on Cleveland in Clearwater

Cooters Restaurant

This laid back and casual restaurant is one of my favorites in Clearwater.  Cooters is a family friendly and family-owned restaurant that serves up some great food at great prices!  The kid’s meals are served in Cooters’ frisbees that you get to take home!  I recommend trying the Cooters Famous Wings and the Grouper Sandwich, which is known for being the best on the beach!

Best Wings on Clearwater Beach

Frenchy’s

Frenchy’s is a local seafood heaven and the perfect spot for when you want to take a break from the beach and grab some lunch.  They have a great menu with a little something for everyone. There are 5 Frenchy’s 5 in and around Clearwater Beach, but the Rockaway Grill location is my favorite.  The beach views are amazing and the food is delicious.  If you are undecided about what to order, give the She Crab soup a try, you won’t be disappointed.

Sunset on Clearwater Beach

Where to Stay on Clearwater Beach

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

The Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach on Clearwater Beach is the perfect place to call home while staying on the beach.  This family-friendly hotel has spacious rooms, each offering a breathtaking view.  

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Guest Room

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Views

The large pool area offers a fun and relaxing place to spend your afternoon, enjoying a snack or cocktail while the kids practice their underwater handstands.  Then head over to the beach which is only steps away to watch the sunset!

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Sunset

Another reason to love the Wyndham Grand is their “Reconnect, A Family Experience” program.  They have collaborated with Yondr, to create a phone free space featuring unique locking phone cases.  This frees guests from the nonstop temptation of checking our phones so that we can truly enjoy our vacation and family time. As a mom who is constantly balancing working on my phone and family, this program is a great way to help me power down and enjoy all the fun family moments.  

To participate in the Reconnect program, just visit one of the new special VIP areas and ask a team member for a phone case.  When you are ready to access your phone again, you simply visit the nearest unlocking station and the Yondr case unlocks with a simple tap.

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Pool

Beyond the pool, the Wyndham Grand also offers restaurants, room service, a gift shop, lobby bar, and a full spa.

Pallavi Luxury Spa on the 3rd floor of the Wyndham Grand is the perfect place for mom’s to take some true relaxation time to herself.  With a full menu, offering everything from pedicures to salt therapy there is truly something to help everyone feel rejuvenated.  The Pallavi Spa also offers the popular HydraFacial which will leave your skin with an instant glow. 

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort

If you love the beach life as much as my family then Clearwater Beach is a must visit. Enjoy…

5 Reasons Your Family will Love the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Family Friendly Hotel

 

 Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

My family and I recently stayed at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort for the Share Your Influence blogging retreat and I instantly fell in love with this hotel.  The staff was incredibly friendly and the hotel was immaculately clean at all times.

Living in Tampa Bay, I have stayed at a lot of the hotels that sit along this beautiful beach and I can honestly say that the Wyndham Grand is hands-down my favorite family-friendly resort.   

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Views

5 Reasons Your Family will Love the Wyndham Grand on Clearwater Beach

Guest Rooms with a View

  This family-friendly hotel has spacious rooms that are impeccably clean and decorated in a modern beach style.  Each room offers a breathtaking view of either the Gulf Coast or the Intercoastal waters.     The beds are super comfy so you can recharge after a full day in the Florida sun and best of all, some rooms offer “Winter the Dolphin” themed bunk beds!  How fun is that?  Every child visiting Clearwater wants to meet Winter, so the Wyndham offers the perfect immersive experience.

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Guest Room

Family Friendly Pool Area

The large pool area offers a fun and relaxing place to spend your afternoon, with music and fun poolside activities that everyone with enjoy.  Grab a snack or cocktail from the pool bar while the kids play games or cool off with a splash. 

You can also enjoy the gorgeous sunsets that Clearwater Beach is famous for right from the pool, or throw on your flip-flops and take a stroll along the beach.

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Pool

The Best Location on Clearwater Beach

The Wyndham Grand has the perfect location for families visiting Clearwater Beach with small children.  Everything is located just steps away!  The beach is across the street, Pier 60 is located to the right on the beach with tons of activities for the entire family, and the boat tours and activities are docked directly across from the front entrance. Plus, for any attractions that are not within a 3-minute walk, you can jump on the Jolley Trolley which stops right out front of the hotel and explore all of Tampa Bay without anybody complaining of tired feet.  

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Sunset

Pallavi Luxury Spa

Most of us realize that vacations aren’t always relaxing for us moms when we have our little ones in tow, so make sure you take some “mommy time” and head to the Pallavi Luxury Spa!  Located on the 3rd floor of the Wyndham Grand, it is the perfect place for mom’s to take some time to truly relax.  With a full menu, offering everything from pedicures to salt therapy there is something to help everyone feel pampered.  The Pallavi Spa also offers the popular HydraFacial which will leave your skin with an instant glow! 

Luxury Spa on Clearwater Beach Wyndham Grand

Reconnected Family Experience

Through November 12th the Wyndham Grand is offering optional phone-free zones so that you can unplug for the sake of vacation!  In collaboration with Yondr, the Wyndham Grand is encouraging quality time over screen time with the “Reconnect, A Family Experience” program. 

The phone free spaces will feature unique locking phone cases that will free guests from the temptation of checking our phones so that we can truly enjoy our vacation and family time.  I love this idea!  Like most parents, I am constantly viewing family memories through my phone trying to grab a great picture instead of living in the moment, and this program is a great way to give my phone a break.

To participate in the Reconnect program, just visit one of the new special VIP areas and ask a team member for a phone case.  When you are ready to access your phone again, you simply visit the nearest unlocking station and the Yondr case unlocks with a simple tap.

Not sure if you can part with your phone for long?  Well, the Wyndham is offering all sorts of special perks, amenities, and prizes for participants!   There is even a chance to win 75,000 Wyndham Rewards Points.  This sure does sounds like the perfect spot to go screen free for a while.

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort

These are just a handful of the reasons we love the Wyndham Grand on Clearwater Beach.  Are you planning a trip to Clearwater soon?  If so, make sure to give this family-friendly resort a try and get ready for the most relaxing beach vacation yet!  

Top LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Tips – A Halloween Party Built for Kids

Thank you to LEGOLAND Florida for hosting us at Brick or Treat this year.  All opinions are 100% my own and I hope these LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Tips help make your trip AWESOME!

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LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Tips

Are you ready for the sweetest Halloween Party around?  Make sure you check out the Brick or Treat event at LEGOLAND Florida this fall!  This was our first time experiencing Brick or Treat and it was packed full of the best characters, delicious treats, and spooktacular entertainment!  This is a Halloween Party that shouldn’t be missed so check out my top LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat tips and enjoy making some bricktastic memories!  

Brick or Treat Tips LEGOLAND Florida

Brick or Treat Tips for LEGOLAND Florida

Take Pictures with the Special Characters at Brick or Treat

Aidan’s favorite part of visiting LEGOLAND is meeting all the characters he loves, and he was grinning ear to ear at all the different characters he got to high-five at the Brick or Treat Halloween Party. 

Every meet and greet that we went to had very short lines, there was no rushing, and I loved how each child really got to have a great one on one experience.  However, each character only comes out for 30 minutes during each time slot so if you are attending on a busy night make sure you get in line early.

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The Halloween Characters included:
LEGO Witch
LEGO Mad Scientist
LEGO Lord Vampyre

LEGO Spider Lady
LEGO Mummy
The New Monster Rock Experience featuring LEGO Frankenstein

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Try One of the Yummy Halloween Themed Treats

Eat dinner early so you have plenty of room for all the pumpkin flavored yummyness!  I am absolutely obsessed with Granny Apple Fries and can’t imagine a trip to LEGOLAND Florida without them, So when I heard Granny Apple Fries got a pumpkin twist for Fall, it was my first stop on the way into the park!  Biggest Tip Ever: Try the Pumpkin Spice Granny Apple Fries!

Some other treats to try are:
Dirt Cups (Market Coffee Shop, Pepper and Roni’s Pizza Shop)
Spooky Trail Mix (Castle Burger, Fried Chicken Co. & Panini Grill, Market Restaurant)
Halloween Rice Krispy Treats (Market Restaurant)
Pumpkin Spice Flavor Burst (Kingdom Cones)

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Bust Out Your Moves at the Monster Bash!

One of LEGOLAND Florida’s most popular rides is The Great LEGO Race Virtual Reality Coaster.  The line for this ride can easily be over 45 minutes on a slow day, so take advantage of the Monster Bash that is located right outside the ride area.  All the great music will definitely make the wait time pass faster.
The Monster Bash is from 5pm – 7:30pm

Trick or treating at LEGOLAND Florida

Collect Lots of Sweets on the Brick or Treat Trail

This trick or treating trail is filled with scarecrows, ghosts, and sweets galore! Kids 12 and under will be provided a treat bag to collect their candy haul in, and I love how the kids received lots of different options including candy, granola bars, and even a juice box!
The Trail is open from 3:00-7:00 and is weather permitting, so I recommend doing the trail as early as possible in case a Florida rainstorm comes through.

Brick Or Treat Tips LEGOLAND Trick or Treating

Search for Candy at the LEGO Candy Scavenger Hunt

Grab a scavenger hunt form and start your search for all the candy corns that are hidden throughout MINILAND.  We love taking our time and strolling through MINILAND, so this was perfect for my family!  Once you find all them all, head back to Studio Store to turn in your form and receive your special souvenir.

LEGOLAND Brick or Treet Scavenger HuntRide the Rides and Cool of at the Water Park

Make sure you take some time to enjoy the rides LEGOLAND Florida has to offer!  This was our first time riding Ninjago and it was awesome, the kids wanted to ride it a dozen times.

It is also may be fall but it is still HOT in Florida.  It was 90 degrees last weekend when we attended Brick or Treat, so if your spending the day at the park remember to pack a swimsuit so you can head to the waterpark and cool off in the lazy river. (Remember the waterpark closes at 5 pm)

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Rock Out with the Jammin’ Jack-O-Lanterns

Dance to the spooky tunes as the LEGO Jack-O-Lantern Trio comes alive to put on a great 7-minute musical performance!  This show starts at 7 pm and continues every 15 minutes until the park closes.  I recommend checking these fun pumpkins out before the fireworks because it gets very crowded as everyone is leaving after the fireworks spectacular is over.

Jammin Jack-O-Lanterns Show LEGOLAND

Get Hands-On with the Exclusive LEGO Brick Builds

At LEGOLAND building with LEGO Bricks is a must and during Brick or Treat there is 3 fun LEGO Builds for your family to participate in.
Bigsy Bricksey LEGO Spider Build (Fun Town)
LEGO Cobra Super Brick Build (Land of Adventure)
LEGO Mosaic (Land of Adventure)

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End Your Night with A Fireworks Spectacular

Make your way over to Pirate’s Cove around 7 pm to grab a pair of 3D glasses (That’s right fireworks in 3D, cool huh?!?) and find a great seat.  The show starts at 8 pm and lasts approximately 7 minutes.  This was our first time seeing fireworks at LEGOLAND Florida and I left in aw!  The storyline was great, the fireworks were fantastic, and when the 3D glasses that transformed the fireworks into lego bricks were worn this show was incredible!

LEGOLAND Florida 3D Fireworks

Brick or Treat is only here for a limited time on select dates, so grab your tickets and have a fun and spooky October night at LEGOLAND Florida!

2018 LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Dates:
October 13 & 14
October 20 & 21
October 27 & 28
Hours: 10 am – 8 pm

Also, open on Halloween Night with Limited Activites (October 31 from 10 am – 7 pm)

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Tips for attending

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Tips

Tips for Visiting Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

Let me start off to say if you are a Harry Potter fan you might have “visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter” as an item you have to check off your bucket list one day! If you are planning a trip soon or considering one, you might really benefit from these awesome Harry Potter tips for the Wizarding World. Every person that has spent time at the Wizarding World walks away feeling fulfilled and trying to figure out when they can go back. Enjoy these tips to make the most of your time.

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TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach

Tradewinds Island Grand Resort on St. Pete Beach

Last week we were invited to spend the day at the beautiful TradeWinds Island Grand Resort on St. Pete Beach.  We were excited to wind down summer break with a relaxing family beach day at this fun-filled resort!  From the sandy beach and pools to the food and activities the TradeWinds Resorts can offer everyone in your family a great beach vacation.

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