There are many great family activities in West-Central Florida

Family Activities In West-Central Florida

If you’re wondering if West-Central Florida is a good place to bring the family, it is!  Whether you’re just coming with a significant other or with a large group, there are lots of activities for everyone in the family to enjoy! 

Here, we’ll touch on a few of the best family activities to do in each city and you can also click on each city for more activities and a deeper dive in each location.   


Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is a great spot to take the family.  If you’re looking for high-rise resorts or theme park rides, Anna Maria Island probably won’t be your cup of tea! 

But the island is filled with water adventures, waterfront restaurants, and soft-sand beaches, making this an amazing slice of paradise. 

My favorite parts of Anna Maria Island are getting on the water, whether it’s a kayaking trip around the mangroves, or taking a dolphin tour around Longboat Key. 

Here are three adventures on the north end of the island, but as you’ll see on the Anna Maria Island family activities page, there are unique adventures in all three cities of the island. 


Lazy surf at empty Bean Point Beach in Anna Maria Island

Bean Point

boardwalk going to the beach in Anna Maria Island

Bayfront Park

entrance to Rod and Reel Pier in Anna Maria Island

Rod & Reel Pier

Clearwater Beach

From fun activities for kids such as Memo’s Pirate Cruise and the Clearwater Aquarium, Clearwater Beach is an awesome choice for family activities in West-Central Florida. 

There’s also Pier 60 and the main public beach at the heart of Clearwater Beach.  Catch the sunset at the pier and visit many of the parks in the area, from Sand Key Park to Caladesi Island to Honeymoon Island State Park. 


Sunset in Pier 60 Clearwater Beach Florida

Pier 60

Clearwater Aquarium in Clearwater Beach Florida

Clearwater Aquarium

Captain Memo's private cruise in Clearwater Beach

Captain Memos Pirate Cruise


If you’re looking to get up close with dolphins and other wildlife, head out on a kayaking adventure along mangroves, or see some awesome attractions, Sarasota is the perfect place for activities with the family!

Head over to Siesta Key and relax at Siesta Beach or Turtle Beach, or grab some food around Siesta Village.  You can also go shopping at St Armand’s or catch the sunset at Lido Beach. 


feeding dolphins in Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
jugglers facing the crowd and audience in a circus

Circus Sarasota

beautiful garden in Ringling Museum of Art

Ringling Museum of Art

St Pete 

Whether it’s watersports, shopping, or waterfront restaurants at John’s Pass, or just spending a day in Pass-A-Grille, St Pete Beach is a great choice for adventures with the family. 

Be sure to visit downtown St Petersburg for museums, art galleries, and of course the 3,000-foot-long St Pete Pier, which is filled with kids’ activities, restaurants, and bars. 


Sunset in Pier 60 Clearwater Beach Florida

John’s Pass

beach pathway and lush wild grass in Pass-a-grille Beach in St Pete Fl


Captain Memo's private cruise in Clearwater Beach

St. Pete Pier


Tampa, Florida is a nice place for families with attractions such as Busch Gardens, Zoo Tampa, and The Florida Aquarium!

Visitors also love to spend time at Tampa Riverwalk or Ben T. Davis Beach, and there are activities such as museums and zip line adventures that the family will love. 


Closeup shot of a Malyan Tiger at Zoo Tampa

Tampa Zoo

Kumba Roller Coaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida

Busch Gardens

young woman facing a large fish tank aquarium

Florida Aquarium