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Clearwater Dolphin Exploration Tour

1. Clearwater Dolphin Exploration Tour

Lasting for approximately 2 hours, the tour will take you from Clearwater Bay out of Clearwater Pass and on the beautiful emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. During your journey you will search of the Sun Coast’s favorite: the Bottlenose dolphin. In addition to guaranteed dolphin sightings, your Captain will highlight some fascinating facts about the natural wonders of the Gulf Coast and point out popular celebrity mansions along the way. The tour offers something for everyone, from Tommy the Turtle Explorer Time for the kids and drink packages available for purchase. Sit back and relax as you spot these beautiful creatures diving over the horizon and perhaps getting closer to the ship for a closer peek. Get up close and personal with these majestic animals, and witness memories that will last a lifetime.

Tampa Bay CityPASS®: Save Over 52% at 5 Top Attractions

2. Tampa Bay CityPASS®: Save Over 52% at 5 Top Attractions

Make use of the Tampa Bay CityPASS® on your trip to Tampa. The pass includes prepaid admission to Tampa Bay’s must-see attractions, including Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay. Save 52% or more off the price of the same tickets purchased separately. CityPASS® tickets offer convenient instant delivery and are valid for 9 consecutive days, allowing ample time to experience each attraction. Save 54% or more on prepaid admission to 5 attractions: • Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay – Single-day admission to Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay including all shows, exhibits, and rides • The Florida Aquarium – General admission • ZooTampa at Lowry Park – Single-day admission, including unlimited rides, entry to all wildlife shows, animal mingles, and chats with the Animal Care team Plus your choice of admission to 2 of the following attractions: • Clearwater Marine Aquarium – General admission • The Tropics Boat Tours Dolphin or Sunset Cruise - Admission to Dolphin Exploration Tour, Happy Hour Dolphin Exploration Tour, or Sunset Celebration Cruise • Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) – Admission to permanent exhibits, including Dinovations Lab, Connectus, and Idea Zone • Glazer Children's Museum - General admission Reservations may be required at some attractions. Visit my.citypass.com for up-to-date attraction information including reservations, entry instructions, hours of operation and helpful tips to plan your visit.

Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

3. Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

Visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium to learn about all of the rescued and resident animals. Catch some of the daily presentations and make sure to watch the daily programs in the theatre. Boat tours, animal care experiences and behind-the-scenes tours will add at least another hour to your day.  Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an indoor/outdoor facility with air-conditioned areas inside and open air outside. Enjoy the views of Clearwater Bay from the harbor view deck and stranding deck. Discover a variety of animals including dolphins, pelicans, sea turtles, otters, sharks, and other animals.  The majority of residents cannot be released due to a variety of reasons, so you can visit them in their permanent habitats and learn their stories. See a number of animals currently undergoing rehabilitation in the working animal hospital. The presentations and talks throughout the day aim to educate you in a fun way about the work going on to take care of the marine life and the environment. 

Clearwater Sunset Celebration Cruise

4. Clearwater Sunset Celebration Cruise

This sunset celebration cruise is a 1 hour and 45–minute tour from Clearwater Bay through Clearwater Pass. Sail the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico as you view the magnificent Florida sunset. And, if you’re very lucky, you may witness the legendary green flash (a beautiful flash of green is said to sometimes appear over the waters just as the sun is setting). Your Captain will point out some interesting facts about the natural wonders of the Gulf Coast, as well as popular sights along the way. Guests can purchase a wristband with drink packages available for purchase, and a special champagne toast at sunset. Now you can sip cocktails as you watch the sun set over Florida’s deep blue waters. Take part in this luxury cruise through Clearwater Pass, and take the stress out of your busy routine as you lay back in the lap of luxury.

From Orlando: Day Trip to Clearwater Beach with Options

5. From Orlando: Day Trip to Clearwater Beach with Options

Sit back, relax, and let your driver fight the highway traffic from Central Florida to the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy convenient and complimentary pickup and drop-off from many hotels in Orlando to take the worry out of your day. Find out why Clearwater Beach is one of America’s beaches. Choose between the following tour options offering something for all the family: • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Marine Aquarium Admission: Meet Winter, the dolphin from the blockbuster movie “Dolphin Tale,” at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Watch dolphins frolic from the underwater viewing platforms, and learn more about their incredible skills and natural habitats. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Pirate Cruise: Set sail aboard Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise for an afternoon of adventure in the Gulf of Mexico. Get lost in the antics of treasure hunts, face painting, water gun games, stories, and dancing. During the cruise, enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Dolphin Encounter Boat: Venture from Orlando to Clearwater Beach then board the Dolphin Encounter boat for a ride into the Gulf of Mexico. See dolphins in their natural habitat, and watch them play as you enjoy the sun and sea. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Deep-Sea Fishing: Explore the beach in the morning then have the opportunity to catch and keep a variety of fish in deep-sea conditions. Receive all the necessary fishing equipment, including a fishing license. This excursion goes 10 miles (16 kilometers) into the gulf, which takes 45 minutes each way. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Lunch: This transportation-only trip will whisk you away from the theme parks of Orlando to the powder-white sands of Clearwater Beach. Enjoy a day to do as you please with an included lunch gift voucher for use at a beachside restaurant. Kayak in crystal clear water, or walk the promenade of the resort’s fishing pier. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip and Sea Screamer Boat Ride: Journey out to Clearwater Beach for a thrilling ride on the Sea Screamer – the largest speedboat on the U.S. East Coast. Witness wild dolphins jumping through the wakes created by the large boat. • Clearwater Beach Day Trip with Express Bus Transportation: Choose this express transportation option to avoid all the pickup stops and go directly to the beach. Once there, lounge on the white sand, jump through the turquoise waters, explore the pier, get some fresh-caught fish for lunch, and more.

From Orlando: Day Trip to Clearwater with Sea Screamer Ride

6. From Orlando: Day Trip to Clearwater with Sea Screamer Ride

Enjoy a full day of fun as we take you to Florida’s Gulf Coast for an exhilarating ride aboard the Sea Screamer and the chance to see dolphins at play. Dolphins regularly follow the Sea Screamer and can be seen jumping in the waves and playing in the wake the boat creates as it speeds through the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll want to hold onto your hat on board the Sea Screamer! The 72-foot long speedboat is the fastest in the world, featuring dual twin-turbocharged engines that will take you on a 1-hour ride you’re not likely to forget. Although we’ll travel at speeds up to 35 miles per hour, you’ll find the experience both comfortable and safe. The safety and comfort of our guests are our top priority. The Sea Screamer is Coast Guard-licensed and equipped with all the necessary safety features. Once you’re on board you’ll find comfortable bucket seats, restrooms and refreshments available. In addition to the excitement of the Sea Screamer ride, you’ll have plenty of time to relax on a white sand beach and to swim or play in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. We also provide a picnic lunch for your enjoyment. At the end of our day’s excursion, we will return to the Orlando area and drop you off at the location you chose.

St Pete: Sunset Cruise , Semi-Private

7. St Pete: Sunset Cruise , Semi-Private

We depart from the beautiful Tierra Verde Marina Resort in St Pete. As we take a calm leisurely cruise through the residential canals of St Pete Beach, you get to admire the homes and the mansions on the scenic shoreline. We also stroll through the preserves and sanctuaries, where you get to see dolphins, manatees (in season), and a variety of wild shorebirds. The captain provides a fascinating narration on the history of the area, as well as the local wildlife. Our beautiful waters here in St Pete make this the perfect sunset cruise. We are very close to St Pete, Clearwater and Tampa. Like our other tours, our sunset cruises are strictly small group, semi-private excursions, with a maximum of 6 passengers per vessel. And with your captain as your host, you will get a more personal and memorable experience on our sunset cruises compared to the larger commercial boats. Food and drink are welcome onboard, so bring your favorite cocktail and store them in our coolers. Our boats offer plenty of room to spread out in comfort. We also provide blankets during the cooler months for your comfort.  The 2 hour tour ends back at the Tierra Verde Marina, and you can then take a short walk over to the Island Grille Restaurant, or the Marriott rooftop lounge, Vista At The Top.

Clear Kayak Guided Tour Through Shell Key Nature Preserve

8. Clear Kayak Guided Tour Through Shell Key Nature Preserve

Launch your clear kayaks directly into the 1,800-acre Shell Key nature preserve. You will paddle 4 miles on this 2-1/2 to 3 hour tour, through the hidden mangrove tunnels and narrow estuary channels. Stop on Shell Key Island, where everyone gets to step out, stretch their legs, and collect unique shells. Many of the shells have living creatures inside, like hermit crabs and snails. Then climb back aboard and begin paddling back to your launch point. The tour guide provides a fascinating and engaging narration of the local wildlife and ecosystem. You will have the opportunity of seeing dolphins, manatees (in season), rays, crab, and fish. The wild shorebirds include pelicans, herons, egrets, cormorant, roseate spoonbills, and sometimes flamingos.

From Orlando: Day Trip to Clearwater with Deep Sea Fishing

9. From Orlando: Day Trip to Clearwater with Deep Sea Fishing

Every one loves a theme park, but sometimes it is the thrill of the ocean that calls. On this full day excursion you will travel to the powder-white sands of Clearwater Beach and get plenty of time to fish in the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Your day begins from a convenient pick-up point in Orlando. You will be whisked away to enjoy a relaxing lunch (if option selected) in Clearwater Beach, before your 4-hour fishing adventure begins. In the company of an experienced guide, the tour sails off the coast of West Central Florida, known for its productive reef and abundant marine life. You will be provided with all the necessary fishing equipment, including a fishing licence. Expect to catch a variety of fish, and keep anything that follows the designated length and weight regulations. You will sail approximately 10 miles out in to the Gulf of Mexico and, depending on the season, your deep-sea fishing excursion may reward you with grouper and snapper. Remember to bring your camera so you can snap souvenir snapshots of your hard work. The tour then cruises back to the dock, where you will get the chance to clean the fish before the return journey to Orlando at a convenient drop-off point. Clearwater Beach is among America’s most beautiful beach locations and was named one of the best by Dr. Beach in 2008. On this exciting voyage out to the ocean you will soon see why.

From Orlando: Clearwater Beach Day with Transfers and Lunch

10. From Orlando: Clearwater Beach Day with Transfers and Lunch

Spend a day playing and lounging at Clearwater Beach with your loved ones on a day trip by air-conditioned bus. Choose how to spend your time at the beach and benefit from an included lunch (if option selected) at one of its seaside restaurants. Sit back and relax in the knowledge that your ride to and from the beach is organized. Head to one of Florida's most famous ocean locations: Clearwater Beach. Thousands of visitors have flocked to its shores every year since the 1950s, and it continues to offer the state’s premier seaside experience. There is an endless expanse of wide, open beachfront to suit every bucket and spade. Sit back and relax in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus as you are whisked away from Orlando to the coast and set down in prime beach territory. Enjoy the gently lapping waves, the many bars and restaurants, the iconic Pier, and the beautiful Beach Walk - a near one-mile stretch of winding promenade that links many of the local attractions. Enjoy the beach in your own free time and swim in the sea's warm waters. While it is rarely chilly, even in winter, the soft sand invites you to kick back and dig your toes in. Select the lunch option and dine at a classic beachside restaurant, so you don't miss the view while you refuel with a tasty meal that highlights the local seafood and other tempting dishes. Wander this wonderfully eye-catching stretch of beachfront, including the busy Marina (which offers plenty of sea-going delights, including fishing tours and wave-runner rentals), Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and an enticing array of shops and souvenir stores. Head back to Orlando at the end of the day, with the soft smell of the sea accompanying you.

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based on 2 reviews

We had a great time at the beach, great transportation, driver and guide. However i would make sure you book directly with grey lines Orlando instead of using a third party like this, we picked the express option with a food card/play card yet didn’t receive that. I also saw the amount grey lines Orlando was paid and it was 100+ cheaper than what i paid here. I spoke to the guide about it because i was expecting my food card like everybody else and she said they got one because they booked that option directly through them but i was supposed to get mine from get your guide yet didn’t, i even saw her registration papers and it was not marked as me having picked that option. Overall it was a great trip if only i knew i could hook with the company directly.

It wasn’t the activity for me and I had to get off of it. Our tour guide Abraham was very professional and helpful in getting me off as quickly as possible and resuming the tour with my son and the others. Abraham was apologetic which he didn’t have to be. Abraham was amazing! My son enjoyed himself immensely. Thank you so much!

Fantastic! Lovely and dedicated staff. I got a VIP experience of the aquarium and it was an indescribable experience. Have followed the aquarium for many years and I could not have dreamed of a better place to visit.

It was very fun, I spent the whole day there with the looking around and then the 90 min sealife safari

It was a very nice trip. The providers drive very friendly and tried hard.