Family Hotels in Clearwater

by Pamela Wright
Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach

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It seems like nearly every hotel in Clearwater calls itself "family friendly." Most have swimming pools and are close to the beach and other top attractions, like the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Busch Gardens. But there are a few properties that really throw out the welcome mat for families, offering planned kids activities and supervised camps.

Sandpearl Resort

Kids can join guided nature walks, go on scavenger hunts, make crafts and play games at Camp Ridley, a half-day program offered morning and afternoon each day at this resort. The 253-room resort is located on a 700-foot stretch of beach and also hosts Kids Night Out on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, with pizza and an outdoor movie shown on the beach. There are nightly bonfires and a slew of other activities, like guided sailing and kayaking trips and eco-tours. Modern rooms have peach and yellow island colors, dark wood furnishings, marble bathrooms and water views, either of the Gulf of Mexico or Mandalay Bay. The resort also has a full-service spa, fitness center and lagoon-style pool.

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach

You might have a tough time pulling your kids away from Camp Hyatt, where they can go on treasure hunts, learn about local animals, listen to stories and take guided walks and excursions. Activities are centered around the beach and often focus on learning about local flora and fauna. The camp is offered to guests ages 3 to 12, and held daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday and Saturday evenings. All the rooms at the hotel, with West Indies island decor, are suites, with full kitchens and private balconies. The beachfront property also has a spa, two swimming pools and a fitness center.

Hilton Clearwater Beach

The 10-acre Hilton Clearwater, set on Clearwater Beach, offers a daily camp for kids ages 4 through 12. Kids participate in a variety of outdoor activities, take boat excursions, make crafts and go on escorted field trips to nearby parks and museums. Older kids might enjoy parasailing and wave running, both offered at the resort. Bright white hotel rooms with tan accents have flat-screen TVs and mini-refrigerators; some have Gulf of Mexico views. The resort also has two swimming pools and a fitness center.

Clearwater Beach Marriott

The brightly colored Lisa's Klubhouse at this resort is full of books, toys and arts and crafts, and is a supervised place for kids to hang out. Daily planned activities and outdoor excursions for children also are offered at the hotel. Located on the beach at Sand Key, this AAA three-diamond property features all suites. The neutral-colored suites have separate living areas, mini-refrigerators, microwaves, and balconies overlooking the water. The hotel has a separate kids pool, fitness center and day spa.

About the Author

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University

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