Things to Do in Clearwater Beach Florida

Things to Do in Clearwater Beach Florida
Clearwater Beach, Fla., may be a popular destination for beach-goers and boating enthusiasts, but it's also an attractive destination for adventure travelers looking for some fun activities to enjoy in the great outdoors. Hiking trails, campgrounds and an abundance of waterfront activities can be added to any adventure-seeker's itinerary when visiting Clearwater. Whether you're a beginning trail explorer or want to fly over the coastline, you can find a number of interesting things to do and experience on at this popular coastal destination.

Go Paddling with Osprey Bay

Osprey Bay, one of several kayaking and fishing companies in Clearwater, offers kayaking trips, kayak rentals, classes and paddle fishing charters for the adventurous watersport enthusiast. You can rent a paddle boat and kayak to explore the waters around Clearwater beach on your own or register for a class for instruction and a brief guided tour of the area. As of 2009, rates for a two-hour paddling rental cost $25 to $40, depending on the type of boat. Boats can be rented for two hours, four hours, eight hours, 24 hours or two days at a time.

Osprey Bay
160 N. Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
ospreybay.com/ClearwaterStore.html
(727) 524-9670

Explore the Nature Trails at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

The Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is a 245-acre park that boasts more than three miles of nature trails and boardwalks. You can explore the five unique ecosystems as you take a self-guided tour of the grounds or reserve a guided tour to learn about the Great Florida Birding Trail, see dozens of different species of butterflies in their natural habitat and catch a glimpse of wildlife and plants native to the area. As of 2009, admission was $3 for adults and $1.50 for children between the ages of 3 and 16. Children under the age of 3 are admitted free of charge.

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
1101 Country Club Way South
Saint Petersburg, FL 33705
stpete.org/boyd
(727) 893-7335

Ride the Kai Lani Catamaran

The Kai Lani Catamaran is the fastest sailing charter boat in Clearwater and offers daily tours year-round. You can head out for an afternoon of dolphin watching, go on the sunset cruise, or go on a star-gazing sailing adventure with a group of up to 49 people. The boat is U.S. Coast Guard-certified, and boasts more than 1,500 square feet of above-deck space, a snack station and two bathrooms. As of 2009, rates for special sailing events were $45 for adults and $20 for children 12 years of age or younger. Children under 5 years of age are permitted to sail for free.

Kai Lani Catamaran
Clearwater Beach Marina Slip #49
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
(727) 446-6778
kailanicat.com

Go Parasailing with Parasail City

Go on a parasailing adventure with Parasail City to explore the shores of Clearwater Beach. The company offers four different adventure experiences reaching heights of 400, 600 or 800 feet and offers flights from 11 a.m. until dusk each day. All flights are supervised by a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain who is a member of the Professional Association of Parasail Operators. As of 2009, rates were $59 per person for the 400-foot ride, $69 for the 600-foot ride and $79 for the 800-foot ride.

Parasail City
(booth located at the Clearwater Municipal Marina)
25 Causeway Boulevard, Slip 2
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
(727) 449-0566
parasailcity.com

Take the Thriller Powerboat Tour

If you want to see the beachfront and shoreline from a fresh perspective, take the interactive speedboat tour known as the Thriller Powerboat Tour around Clearwater Beach. This high-speed tour leaves from slip #7 at the Clearwater Beach Municipal Marina and is the fastest tour in the area. You'll get to see Bird Island, Sand Key bridge, Shepards Beach Resort and several other highlights of Clearwater all in one day. As of 2009, the boat departs at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. each day and, according to VoMiami.com, costs $30 per adult and $21 per child. Exclusive charter rate tours start at $995 per hour.

Thriller Powerboat Tour
25 Causeway Boulevard
Clearwater, FL 33767
(727) 443-RACE
realthriller.com

Article Written By Sabah Karimi

Sabah Karimi is a professional Web and print copywriter. She specializes in several niches including travel, fashion, beauty, health, fitness, lifestyle and small business. Karimi has an educational background in business administration and marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

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