What can I do with my kids?

What fun activities can I do with my kids while in Treasure Island and Gulfport?

5 Fun-Filled Ways to Keep The Kids Entertained around St Petersburg

Every day at the beach seems like a completely new day.  That’s a good thing – what’s better than kicking off each morning with a fresh ocean breeze?

But other times it requires creative plan-making.  Sometimes Monday brings sunshine and high temps while Tuesday’s forecast is doom and gloom.

Although you and your crew may never tire of heading out to the beach, sometimes, life intervenes.  It rains (gasp! Is that even allowed??) or you don’t wear enough sunblock and your crispy burns leave you seeking shade.

Or, you just want to experience some of the other wonderful activities the area has to offer.  If you have young ones with you, we have some suggestions to round out your trip.

Dolphin Cruses

Don’t miss a chance to teach your little ones about the wonder of nature. Witness the playful and inquisitive nature world’s smartest sea life on a boat tour.

And splish-splashing schools of dolphins aren’t the only sight you’ll see, either.  The waters are rich with mangroves, pelicans, great blue herons (GBH to those in the know), osprey, white ibis and sometimes even the lovable manatee!

Embark on one of several daily trips with Dolphin Quest Tours, cruise out of the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort with Adventure Cruises, or set sail with Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center, located in the Dolphin Village Shopping Center in St Pete Beach. This local outfit also offers day trips to Shell and Egmont Keys as well as sunset sails. They also provide free sailing trips to those in the community facing serious health challenges through the nonprofit Soothe Our Souls.

Dolphin Quest Tours

140 Boardwalk Place West
Madeira Beach
727-392-7090

Adventure Cruises

5500 Gulf Blvd
St Pete Beach
727-423-4247

Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center

4737 Gulf Boulevard
St Pete Beach
727-360-7411

The Pirate’s Ship at Johns Pass

Great restaurants, unique shopping, and a fun-filled boardwalk—you don’t really need any other reason to visit Johns Pass Village and Boardwalk.

But here’s an added bonus: among all that classic beach fun, discover a swashbuckling pirate ship. Take one of three daily cruises aboard this little gem and entertain your kids (and perhaps yourself?) with pirate stories, water gun battles, treasure hunts, and more.

After a day at sea, get your crew sweet treats at Sugar Daddy’s or John’s Pass Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor. (Just be sure you’ve left the ice cream smugglers on the ship—they’ll snatch your favorite scoop right off your cone!)

The Pirate’s Ship at Johns Pass

140 Boardwalk Place West
Madeira Beach
727-423-7824

Miniature Golf

Bring your favorite game down to size for your little ones and get them hooked early! 

Check out Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf, voted best mini-golf for 5 years in a row.

Smugglers Golf

15395 Gulf Blvd
Madeira Beach
727-398-7008

Arcade, Amusement Parks & Adventures

Bad weather doesn’t have to mean rain on your parade. With amusement centers and action-packed indoor attractions in every direction, you can wait out the wet weather by racking up prizes from the claw machine, teaming up to beat an escape room, or even experiencing the sensation of skydiving. Furthermore, these are activities everyone in the family can enjoy!

iFLY Tampa

Home to a 14-foot recirculating wind tunnel
10654 Palm River Road
Tampa
813-773-4359

Great Escape Room

300 E Madsion Street #301
Tampa
813-586-0914

Vertical Ventures

Indoor rock climbing gym with 40-foot walls
116 18th Street S
St Pete
727-304-6290

Treasure Island Fun Center

Largest arcade in Pinellas County in business since 1967
7770 Seminole Boulevard
Seminole
727-391-9105

Tampa Bay Escape Room

625 Cleveland Street
Clearwater
727-240-1797

Museums & Aquariums

Take your little ones to the museum for an afternoon so fun they won’t even realize it’s educational, too.  From kid-friendly creative play to star-studded planetariums to penguin meet-and-greets, there’s something to satisfy the curiosity of every kid.

Great Exploration Children’s Museum

1925 4th Street N
St Pete
727-821-8992

Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

4801 E Fowler Avenue
​Tampa
​813-987-6000

Florida Aquarium

701 Channelside Drive
Tampa
813-273-4000

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