Known for its beautiful white sandy beaches, the beach provides tons of exciting family fun. The beach brings in visitors all year long and is the perfect place to enjoy stand-up paddleboarding, jet skiing, parasailing, and more due to its calm coastal waters.
For the best cruise experience in the Intracoastal waterways, hop on the Calypso Queen for a variety of fun cruise options. The 65-foot ship includes 3 decks to explore with 2 of the decks featuring enclosed dining areas and air conditioning. The top-level is an open-air deck that is perfect for views of the beautiful surrounding area and photo opportunities. The Calypso Queen's cruise options include an evening buffet cruise featuring live entertainment and a daytime buffet cruise with Captain's narration to provide tons of information during your experience.
Opened since 1972, the Marine Aquarium has dedicated itself in rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing sick and injured marine animals for public education, research, and conservation purposes. The most popular animal at the aquarium is the bottlenose dolphin, Winter, who is most known from the Dolphin Tale movies about her true story of losing her tail. Other animals at the aquarium to see include pelicans, sea turtles, otters, sharks, stingrays, and so much more.
Stretching out over the Gulf of Mexico, Pier 60 is a lovely place to adventure out over the coastal waters to sightsee or enjoy some fishing. The pier includes multiple fishing and souvenir shops. Grab a gift to remember your time here or get some bait to throw a line out off the pier for a great leisurely activity during your Florida getaway. Every evening, the Pier also has a festival to enjoy that includes live entertainment as well as arts and craft vendors to explore (weather permitting).
This virtual reality and arcade simulator is the perfect experience for a variety of fun and interactive adventures. Choose from the Oculus VR headset, Virtuix Omni complete with a 360-degree reality treadmill to put you right into the action of different scenarios, or enjoy one of the simulators including a Boeing 737 flight simulator, Fighter Jet Simulator, Space Simulator, and a Formula 1 Racing Simulator. With so many different experiences, you can find the perfect one for you to have a great time. The simulators put you right into the action whether you want to learn to fly, race, or fight off a horde of zombies.
This small city park offers beach access and shady areas and pathways to enjoy a stroll through the park. Have a picnic with the family, play outdoor games, or just enjoy the natural beauty of the area during your time at Mandalay Park.
The Marina provides a variety of boating activities including sightseeing cruises, fishing charters, dolphin tours, dinner cruises, and more. Not only will you enjoy these fun boating adventures, but you can also explore gift shops, restaurants, and a bait house for all your fishing needs before heading out to catch some of the local fish.
Located right along the waterfront in Downtown, this beautiful green space includes the perfect spot for live entertainment, festivals, events, and so much more for the city. The park also includes paved walkways for great exercise while enjoying the gorgeous views of the surrounding scenery.
Moccasin Lake Nature Park
This 51-acre nature park is dedicated to the preservation of the beautiful natural areas of the city. The Nature Park features multiple trails, pavilions, butterfly gardens, and picnic tables to enjoy with beautiful scenery from the oak trees and Moccasin Lake. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife including turtles, raccoons, and multiple species of birds.
Shopping, Dining, and more
The downtown area is the perfect place to find all the best shopping stores and boutiques as well as some quality grub. From the Cleveland Street District, Mandalay Avenue, and Gulfview Boulevard, you can find everything you need in these beautiful areas of the city.