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Best Family Things To Do In St Pete Beach with Kids 2024

St Pete Beach is the ultimate family vacation destination with sunshine all year long

Welcome to St Pete Beach where the sand is as white as snow and soft as powder. Where the clear waters of the gulf are as radiantly turquoise as they are invitingly warm. And where the sunsets are just too breathtaking to be real.

Known as the sunset capital of Florida, St Pete Beach has been rated #1 top beach destination by as well as earned a rating of #5 by Travel’s Choice Awards. Parent Magazine even rated St. Pete Beach as #3 of America’s Top 10 Best Beach Towns for Families in 2013.

Our family has visited St Pete Beach with kids annually since 2014. It is one of our favorite beach destinations for a relaxing family trip.

There are so many cool things to do in St. Pete Beach for kids. Each time we visit we get to explore a little something new, whether it’s a kid-friendly pirate ship cruise through John’s Pass or bottomless crab legs at a gulf view restaurant.

kid-friendly pirate ship st pete with kids
Look at those fierce pirates sailing through John’s Pass

In this article, we put together all of our best tips about what to do in St. Pete Beach with kids to help you have the best Florida family vacation possible.

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St Pete Beach With Kids Activities

The entertainment is endless for a family vacation in St. Petersburg Beach. Here are some fun things to do in St Pete Beach with kids!

family activities at Tradewinds Island Grand in St Pete Beach

Kid’s activities at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort

5500 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

At the TradeWinds St. Pete Beach, there are 5 pools for splashing the day and night away. This includes a toddler pool, an adult only pool, a beach front pool, a shady pool, and lap pool. No matter the need, TradeWinds Resort literally has the pool for you. The kids lived at the pool – day swimming, night swimming, swimming after the beach, etc.

In addition to regular family beach vacation fun, there is a 3-story-high water-slide at Tradewinds Island Grand that my kids went on repeatedly. It must be the biggest water slide in St Pete Beach, and it has been a fixture there for all the years we’ve been going there.

There are also plenty of water sports available at TradeWinds St. Pete Beach, such as the water playground in the sea, jet packing, parasailing, water cabanas, rafting and much more. Basically all the activities you need for the perfect family beach vacation.

As a guest of the TradeWinds resort we had unlimited access to the paddle boats. It was fun to paddle around the lagoon that wraps around the resort. Kids love it! Bonus: you can take your beer.

At the Shark Tooth Tavern, adults can have fun singing their hearts out during Karaoke night and kids can enjoy in the wild tales of Red Beard. There are even real shark teeth hidden in the sand outside for the kids to find. How fun is that? At night they have live music and allow the kids in there until closing. It was literally steps from our room one trip and it was such a convenient way to have fun and end the night together as a family on vacation.

As if all that wasn’t enough, there is also a kids club with daily crafts and pirate adventures. On our last trip the kids made slime and did group activities in the Konk club while we drank Coronas outside. That’s called win-win. Want more? Check out more family-friendly resorts in St. Pete Beach.

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family friendly pirate ship adventure st pete beach

Pirate Ship Royal Conquest

140 Boardwalk Pl W, Madeira Beach, FL 33708

John’s Pass has shops, dining and adventures. We chose to board the Pirate ship Royal Conquest for pirate adventure. Your kids get to enjoy a day being honorary pirates while parents get to relax enjoying the view with unlimited beer and wine. That’s another win-win if you’re keeping score! The pirates entertain the children the entire 2-hour cruise through John’s Pass with treasure hunts, water gun fights, dance parties, face painting and story-telling.

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snorkeling with kids in St Pete Beach

Dolphin Cruise & Snorkel Tour

Tierra Verde Marina Resort, 200 Madonna Blvd, Tierra Verde, FL 33715

Give your family the opportunity to see dolphins and manatees playing their nature habitat with these fun cruise tour. Great for families, this is a 2-hour tour that takes you to Boca Ciega Bay to view dolphins, before heading to Shell Key Island for some swimming, snorkeling and beach time. Here, you can spot manatees and rays during the warmer seasons. Snorkel gear and bottled water are provided.

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kid-friendly activities at RumFish Resort in St Pete Beach

Kid’s Activities at RumFish Beach Resort

6000 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

RumFish Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach has a ton of fun activities the kids will enjoy, as well as the parents. On the beach is fun zip line, that my kids loved. It is complimentary if you are staying at any TradeWinds sister resort too.

The Wave is a cool surfing simulator that super fun to compete with your friends and family to see who can stay on the longest. Beware, the longer you are on, the harder it gets! It is the beach version of a mechanical bull in a western bar.

The main pool is pretty basic, but at night it has changing color lights, which my kids enjoyed. Plus, it is beachfront with gorgeous views of the sunset. Parents can enjoy a nice beverage at the SandBar while the kids splash away.

By the evening gather outside for firepits and complimentary smores. Nothing like gooey marshmallows and a St. Pete Beach sunset.

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Family-friendly Jungle Prada Site in St. Pete Beach Florida

St. Petersburg Jungle Prada Site History Tour

1700 Park St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710, USA

Travel back in time, 900 years to visit the St. Petersburg Jungle Prada Site. As a history buff, this is probably one of the coolest things to do in St. Petersburg with kids. This 75-minute guided tour takes you through the best-preserved Native American sites in Tampa Bay. Explore the property as well as learn about the Spanish Conquistadors that landed here in 1528.

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Family-friendly John's Pass Madeira Beach Florida

John’s Pass

Madeira Beach

John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk is a popular tourist destination located in Madeira Beach, Florida. It is situated on the Gulf of Mexico, offering plenty of beaches for families to enjoy. These beaches have soft, white sand and warm, clear water, making them perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and building sandcastles.

John’s Pass is a great place for fishing, with its long pier and plenty of charter boats available for hire. Families can catch a variety of fish, including grouper, snapper, and tarpon. It also offers a variety of water sports activities, including parasailing, jet skiing, and paddleboarding. These activities are great for families who love to be active and adventurous.

There are over 100 shops, boutiques, and restaurants, making it a great place for families to shop and dine. There are plenty of souvenirs to buy, including t-shirts, hats, and shells.

John’s Pass has plenty of entertainment options for families, including live music, street performers, and festivals. Families can enjoy the lively atmosphere and participate in various events throughout the year.

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Treasure Island family activities

Treasure Island

Treasure Island St. Petersburgh Fl

Treasure Island is a beautiful stretch of white sandy beaches, perfect for a Florida family vacation. Besides fun activities, like swimming, sunbathing, building sand castles, water sports, and kayaking to mangroves, Treasure Island is lined with fun family beach resorts, restaurants and shops. It is a little slice of paradise and a great why to spend the day in St. Pete Beach with kids.

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That’s a Wrap!

St Pete Beach with kids was an awesome experience. My kids woke up the first morning home and burst into tears because they wanted to be back in Florida. Waking up and running onto the sand, knowing that a day full of adventure lies ahead. St Pete Beach is the perfect destination for a beautiful family beach vacation. See you next year St Pete!

Want to plan the perfect family Florida vacation? Explore more things to do, places to eat, and fantastic family resorts on our Florida family travel page.

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I am a busy mama with 3 delicious babies and a serious itch for travel and writing (when I am not bartending, that is)! After graduating from Cal State San Marcos with a B.A. in Communications, I decided to start a family and pursue a career in freelance writing. I created HotMamaTravel as an outlet to do what I love while sharing useful travel tips and inspiration with others. Our mission is to show parents how to master travel with kids, while keeping your Saturday-night selves. We call it "Family travel...with a twist".


  1. This sounds like an incredible family trip. Thanks for the hotel review. That’s always the key for a family vacation.

    • It was really fun and Tradewinds was great for families. Even the valet was awesome! My son got carsick on the way to the hotel and the valet guys were so sweet to help me and keep my little man happy while I cleaned up the mess.

  2. How have I never heard of Yapta?! Definitely using it to plan our ned trip, great tip Hot Mama! Thank you 🙂 Ps, your kids are adorable!

    • Aww, thank you! I know I love Yapta. I just discovered Google Flights a couple days ago and now I’m obsessed! I’ll be talking it in today’s post.

  3. Great review! Thanks for sharing. Looking to go to Tradewinds in the fall. What were the dates of your travel? Thanks!

      • heather farina Reply

        I am just wanting to get a perspective on taking a trip during early June and hotel accomodations, best family spots, saving money, etc etc

        • Hi Heather,
          Check out St. Pete Beach, Pass a grill and treasure island. They are all great for families. I took the kids on a really fun pirate adventure at John’s Pass. The Tradewinds is extremely kid-oriented, but it can be pricey. Rates may drop in June, so double check. I like to use the site for hotels and google flights and for flights. Let me know if you have any more questions. Have a fun trip!!

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  14. St. Pete Beach, sure looks like a great place to head to with the family in tow. The resort also is so spacious and a great place to relax and unwind.

  15. The scallops and shrimp at the Snappers Seafood Grill look incredible. I agree, some things are just worth it!

  16. Always love your super comprehensive posts, Hot Mama! You make research for family destinations so much easier for me! Them food looks soooo good!

  17. OMG, this is so much my kind of place: gorgeous beach, great food and that relaxing vibe all around. Thank you for sharing!

  18. Alexandra Howard Reply

    Im planning on visiting SPB in July with a 7yo and 3mo. We looked into staying across the street at the sunrise resort, which would give us access to tradewinds. However, Im a bit worried about finding respite from the heat for the baby/nap time should we decide to spend our days at tradewinds. Tradewinds is far out of our budget (the exchange from the CAD dollar is awful). Thoughts?

    • Hi Alexandra! So we have always gone to SPB in May and always stayed at Tradewinds (both because that is the location of a science conference my husband attends, and we like to tag along). I imagine July is substantially hotter and more humid so you are smart to be concerned about the heat with a 3mo. In fact, just this past May 2018 I took my 3mo to SPB and it was something we had to contend with (we all had a totally safe and great time there, btw). My advice is to take frequent breaks to go indoors and escape the heat with the 3mo. Luckily Tradewinds has a few spots you can casually escape to, for example, by grabbing lunch at Beef O’ Bradys or the flying Bridge, or grabbing a drink at the Awakenings center bar in the lobby. Sharktooth tavern is next to the kid’s pool and is a place we like to escape the heat as well (and grab a cold beer!). I would call ahead and find out if they will allow you to purchase a wristband to use the facilities (waterslide, paddleboat, etc) if the kids are interested in that, but I imagine it would be similar to their resort fee of $45, but to be honest I am not sure what they do now because it seems policies have changed. I’d give them a call about that.

  19. Thanks for all the info. We are headed there in a few days and staying at Guy Harvey! How many of the restaurants were you able to walk versus drive to? Did you do much driving? We are deciding whether we need a rental car for the whole trip or not. Thanks!

    • Hi Emily! You guys will have a blast there. Honestly, our first trip we rented a car and that allowed us to drive a few mins down to Pass a Grille to check it out, and about 15 mins north to St John’s Pass, which is a funky marina-side area where we took a 1 hour tour on a pirate ship for the kids. But the last 3 times we’ve gone, we actually did NOT rent a car because honestly we had no desire to leave the Tradewinds properties. Between Tradewinds and Guy Harvey there are probably a dozen different places to eat, and there are several others within walking distance. You can totally get away with not renting a car and spending the whole trip at Guy Harvey and Tradewinds, and you won’t regret doing so (and saving some money on the rental). Hope that helps!

  20. We visited Johns Pass when we stayed at Madeira Beach last year! What a wonderful vacation and such a beautiful area! Can’t wait to go back and spend more time on the St Pete side!

    • We have never made it up to Madeira Beach, maybe next time~ We highly recommend staying at Tradewinds, though, if you decide to stay in St Pete. LOVE that place!

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