Family Friendly Fun in St. Petersburg
We don’t think it’s going out on too flimsy a limb to say that the St. Pete/Clearwater/Tampa Bay region offers one of the richest arrays of family attractions in the country, and at Sirata Beach Resort it’s all yours for the taking! So rich is the variety that it’s impossible to do it full justice in one blogpost, but we thought we’d pick out some definite highlights: useful inspiration, hopefully, for planning an upcoming family vacation here at the luxurious beachfront wonderland of Sirata!
Sirata’s Brand-New Sprouts Splash Zone
Our very own resort, of course, comes decked out with family-friendly amenities, and we couldn’t be more excited about our latest addition in that department: the Sprouts Splash Zone! This new kid-focused waterpark facility is part of our resort’s major transformation, set to wrap up later this year. Among the special features of the Sprouts Splash Zone will be one of the murals local artist Derek Donnelly is creating especially for our new-and-improved vacationland.
From the animal exhibits and amusement rides of Busch Gardens to the floral luxuriance of the Sunken Garden, and from the aquatic wonders of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to our very own recreational offerings, we invite you and the whole crew to explore the St. Petersburg’s exceptional spread of family-friendly attractions with Sirata as your home base!
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
From genuine cetacean celebrities—Winter and Hope, rescued bottlenose dolphins who starred in Dolphin Tale and its sequel—to nurse sharks, morays, great white pelicans, seahorses, stingrays, mantas, and more, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium serves as an unforgettable introduction to the underwater marvels of our Gulf Coast and beyond.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Roller coasters? Check. Waterslides? For sure. Lions, tigers, meercats, elephants, Nile crocodiles, and Komodo dragons? Check for all of the above (and more). A slew of live shows, from ice-skating and dancing to animal stars? You bet. In short, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has just about everything you need to keep the kids happily occupied all day—or all week!
Take a walk on the wild side and visit the most popular zoo in the Southeast; Zoo Tampa! With over 1 million visitors annually, the park has 56 acres of wildlife exhibits, interactive activities, educational programs and over 1,300 animals!
Verdant botanical beauty awaits you and the family at Sunken Gardens, a “living museum” better than a century old that boasts an amazing variety of tropical trees, shrubs, and flowers as well as waterfalls and other lovely landscaping features. Oh, and did we mention the resident flock of flamingos?
Great Explorations Children’s Museum
Great Explorations has entranced kids and parents alike for more than three decades. This excellent children’s museum, which also boasts an accredited preschool, includes a variety of educational hands-on activities that allow youngsters to explore the world around them, exercise plenty of creativity, and generally have a blast.