Free Things To Do in Clearwater Beach
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Clearwater Beach's shoreline boasts white sand, turquoise water and proximity to downtown's hotels, restaurants and attractions, making it one of the area's most popular beaches to visit. It's backed by the pedestrian-friendly Beach Walk and offers both sand volleyball courts and excellent conditions for a variety of water sports, including snorkeling, Jet Skiing and parasailing.
One of the main attractions at this beach is Pier 60, which draws visitors in with the promise of spectacular sunset views and keeps them coming back with its entertaining events and amenities. Located off of Causeway Boulevard about a mile west of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, this pier overlooks the Gulf of Mexico, making it a picture-perfect stop.
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If you're looking for a more urban experience while visiting the beach, head to the Cleveland Street District in downtown Clearwater. This alfresco shopping and dining street sits just east of Clearwater Beach and attracts many visitors every day. The palm tree-framed street is lined with tables and benches to relax on. Plus, Cleveland Street plays host to a wealth of outdoor events, including a popular farmers market, and features a quaint theater that's been a fixture in the district since 1921.
Previous visitors said foodies will love the district's array of restaurants, which serve everything from tacos to fresh seafood to gelato. There are also numerous wine bars and pubs that come highly recommended by reviewers. Some visitor favorites include American-inspired Roxy's Coastal Bistro, globally influenced Clear Sky on Cleveland and health-focused Kara Lynn's Kitchen.
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If you want to venture outside of the main Clearwater Beach area, take Gulf Boulevard south to Sand Key Park. This 95-acre beach park is composed of a white sand beach, as well as a park with plenty of places to set up a picnic and look for wildlife. One popular spot in the park is a salt marsh with benches that visitors can use for relaxing and bird-watching. Bird species you may spot here include herons, roseate spoonbill and great horned owls.
Overall, previous visitors loved spending the day at Sand Key Park, citing its playground and nearby dog park as highlights. Others said that the beach's manageable waves make them ideal for surfers of varying levels. Most agreed that the park's best attribute is its lack of crowds.
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While you may not think about taking a trip to a lake during your beach vacation, Moccasin Lake Nature Park is worth a visit. Situated 8 miles east of Clearwater Beach, this outdoor oasis almost seems otherworldly. The park is composed of 51 acres that house multiple ponds and creeks in addition to the main lake, nature trails, a boardwalk and an interpretive center.
You'll find different wildlife here than you may see near the beach. A stroll around the park may bring you face to face with turtles and an array of birds. The park is even home to injured birds of prey, including bald eagles and hawks, that you can see during a visit to the on-site sanctuary. Several previous visitors highly recommended visiting this facility, as well as the park's butterfly garden and playground. Many also suggested trekking the various trails to soak up the park's beautiful scenery.
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