Meet Winter, the bottlenose dolphin who lost her tail to a crab trap and later starred in the blockbuster Dolphin Tail. She's just one of the animals at The Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a rescue centre where you can get up close and personal with loggerhead turtles, river otters, sting rays and all sorts of other underwater creatures.
If it's family fun you're after, there's no better place than Pier 60. The covered playground will keep the kids amused by day, plus there's shopping, eating and fishing to enjoy. But it's in the evening that the Pier really comes alive, with magicians, balloon artists, fire breathers and a long string of stalls run nightly by local artisans.
Soak Up The Sunset
Clearwater is renowned for its astonishing sunsets, when the pink fireball of the sun sinks into the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf. Take a picnic over to Sand Key Park for peace and solitude; join the party at Pier 60; down a cocktail in one of the beachside bars; or take a cruise to enjoy the spectacle from the water.
Enjoy The Parks
With State parks all around, there's plenty of places you can escape back to nature and enjoy a bit more seclusion on the beach. Sand Key Park is easily reached; but if you fancy exploring slightly further afield, head for Caladesi Island or Honeymoon Island for nature trails, mangrove swamps, snorkelling, bird-watching and more.
Catch A Ball Game
Home to the Clearwater Threshers, family-friendly Bright House Field is a great place to get a taste of America's national sport - baseball. Plus there's an added bonus in March/April, when the Phillies come to town and use Bright House as their base to play a series of pre-season warm-up matches.