We have spent quite a lot of time over the past few years along the gulf coast of Florida.  Tampa happens to be one of our favorite cities to visit, however Clearwater is a close second.  One of our FAVORITE places to eat crab is in there.  They also have an amazing aquarium.  Check out my favorite places in Clearwater, Florida!

Clearwater, Florida is a pretty amazing place.

Clearwater, Florida is FULL of things to do (especially with kids).  You could probably just go and spend a week on the beach.  My family likes to try our new places and keep busy while we are on vacation.  If you are looking for a good place to eat or a fun place to go keep reading!  Sadly, I don’t have a recommendation for a place to stay.  Our experience at the Hampton Inn Clearwater wasn’t the best!

Our favorite place to grab a bite to eat in Clearwater, Florida is…  COOTERS!

Cooters in Clearwater

Yeah…  this place is nothing like that other restaurant that rhymes with Cooters, so don’t worry if that’s not your thing.  Cooters is a delicious sports bar on Clearwater Beach that has a menu for the seafood or land-loving foodie.  If you are a vegetarian you probably want to skip…  I didn’t see any veggie options other than a regular side salad.

They do offer free parking (but don’t park there to go to the beach please).  The parking lot is very small, so even though it’s free, you might not find a spot.  We’ve always been lucky enough to get a spot in the front though!

But WHY do we choose Cooters over all the other restaurants in Clearwater?  That’s because on Mondays and Tuesdays they have THE BEST all-you-can-eat snow crab legs!  If I get my husband an all-you-can-eat crab meal at the start of our vacation, he will be happy for the rest of it.  I just remind him of his feast on snow crab legs and he’s back to his happy place!

Husband's are happy at Cooters

My son loves the crab too, but he really looks forward to the kid’s ice cream sundae!  He’s not usually a dessert person, but I think it has become his tradition!

Our favorite place to visit is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium!

We absolutely LOVE aquariums.  If we aren’t going to a theme park, we are probably headed to an aquarium.  The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to Winter the dolphin from the movie Dolphin Tale!  That’s right!  You can visit with Winter, Hope, and Nicholas the dolphins.

Clearwater Aquarium

The aquarium has a lot more to offer than famous dolphins though.  There are many rescued and rehabilitated sea animals here and many “behind the scenes” opportunities available as well.  If you are looking for more adventure maybe you would be interested in their boat or kayak tour!

If you are staying in Clearwater and looking for an awesome Theme Park you DEFINITELY should check out Busch Gardens in Tampa!

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Clearwater is a nice little place to visit.  Their beaches are beautiful and clean (that white sand is so soft on your toes)!  We do find the beach to be one of the hardest to navigate with the parking situation.  However, every place has its negatives right? 

If you liked this post you should check out my blog post on my other favorite place St. Augustine, Florida!  

So I want to know…  have you been to Clearwater before?  Where are your favorite places to stay, eat, and play?