How to plan the easiest ever multi-gen family holiday in Florida (2024)

Last updated 9th February 2024

St. Pete/Clearwater makes planning a multi-gen family holiday in Florida a lot easier all round. You’ll find larger than average places to stay on all its incredible beaches. And as for that elusive ‘something for everyone‘ factor, it’s here, and then some!

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Day out at Tampa Bay Discovery Center

Come for Gulf Coast beaches and 361 days of sunshine

It’s beach weather almost every day of the year in St. Pete/Clearwater, so it’s handy that so many award-winning Gulf Coast beaches are at home on its 35 mile long coast. If you want more than sand and sun, this is also the place for world class museums, quaint Old Florida towns, historic state parks, islands, cities and outdoor adventures by the acre.

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St. Pete Saturday Market, St. Pete/Clearwater

Adding Orlando into the mix is easy to do

When we said it had ‘something for everyone’ we were not over-promising. Orlando is only a 90-minute drive away from St. Pete/Clearwater, so you can even add in theme parks for a twin-centre multi-gen holiday in Florida.

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St. Pete Beach, St. Pete Clearwater

Find places to stay for larger than average families in St. Pete/Clearwater

There’s no shortage of wonderful family hotels and resorts in St. Pete/Clearwater. But a multi-gen holiday works best with a little more personal space, and that’s just as easy to find here. Take a look at our pick of all-suites hotels, beach apartments, villas and extra large holiday rentals, all on the loveliest beaches, of course.

Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar, St. Pete Beach

Close to the iconic Pink Palace on St. Pete Beach, Beach House Suites by The CeSar is a collection of 71 suites which are ideal for larger families.

Guests get to enjoy all the 5-star luxury of The Don CeSar hotel, only they have their own space, the opportunity to self-cater, and extras like an outdoor heated pool, fireside lounge and pool bar.

Plus, all Queen Suites are ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible.

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Coconut Inn, Passe-a-Grille

Coconut Inn Pass-a-Grille Beach, Pass-a-Grille

Pretty beachfront apartments at the Coconut Inn sleep up to six people. They also include well-equipped kitchens – perfect excuse to shop at the great farmer’s markets in St. Pete/Clearwater.

Pass-a-Grille is the peaceful little beach town just west of St. Petersburg, known for glorious sunsets, miles of soft sands and a quaint downtown, so it’s only perfect for a multi-gen holiday in Florida.

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Pick St. Pete Beach Suites for a multi-gen holiday in Florida

St. Pete Beach Suites, St. Pete Beach

Between its complimentary guest bikes, beachfront setting, swimming pools and thoughtful touches like beach towels and poolside BBQs, St. Pete Beach Suites hardly needs to say it’s family-friendly.

However, what makes it particularly appealing for multi-gen family holidays in Florida is the variety of accommodation.

As well as one-bedroom and studio suites, a three-bedroom beach house is also available, and a range of different floor plans mean you can choose the layout that works best for everyone.

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Pasa Tiempo waterfront villa, St. Pete Beach

Pasa Tiempo, St. Pete Beach

Just minutes from award-winning St. Pete Beach, Pasa Tiempo is every bit the laid-back family resort you imagine on Florida’s sunny Gulf Coast.

But not all resorts feature a private waterfront villa with two bedrooms, or give you a choice of suites which can be easily interconnected to create the right size space for larger families.

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Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

Waking up to unbroken views of the Gulf Coast is a promise Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach makes very easily.

Apart from sitting practically on the sand, this sleek beach hotel offers a range of spacious family rooms featuring bunk beds designed to impress kids. There’s even a Winter & Friends dolphin-themed family room, which is cute and conscientious: Wyndham Grand donates part of the proceeds from every stay here to Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

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Clearwater Beach, St. Pete/Clearwater

Clearwater Beach Rentals, Clearwater Beach

When nothing will do but a holiday home on Clearwater Beach, then you’re in the right place.

Clearwater Beach Rentals specialise in the sweetest spot in St. Pete/Clearwater, so almost all their apartments come with ocean views and easy access to the sands.

Your own kitchen as well as separate living and sleeping space make a multi-generational holiday in Florida a lot easier all round. And naturally, you get a lot more space here than in a hotel or resort: Clearwater Beach Rentals’ properties sleep between three and 10 guests.

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Multi-gen holiday in Florida perfect Airbnb Clearwater Beach

Airbnb holiday homes, Clearwater Beach

If you’re looking for authentic beachy charm and enough space for all your family, Airbnb has plenty of properties which fit that description in Clearwater Beach.

There are cute bungalows with pretty porches, picket fences and the sea on your doorstep; luxurious apartments dripping in design detail or large villas with private pools, gardens and an in-built sense of seclusion.

You’ll even find a good selection of quaint holiday homes where a real Old Florida feel has been retained, but balanced with new kitchens and bathrooms, lots of natural light and everyday essentials like aircon and WIFI.

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Airbnb apartments, St. Pete Beach

Holiday homes from Airbnb, St. Pete Beach

Bright and spacious family apartments with shared pools, landscaped grounds and beach access work well for multi-gen holidays, and Airbnb offers you a great selection of those in St. Pete Beach.

Sensational views come as standard, of course. And if you want to take advantage of those, look for properties with private balconies or terraces.

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Hop on a Jolley Trolley, St. Pete/Clearwater

Things to do and see for everyone in St. Pete/Clearwater

Keeping everyone happy on a multi-gen family holiday is about the smartest stunt you’ll ever pull off. To help you out St. Pete/Clearwater really does have ‘something for everyone’. You don’t even need to go as far as Orlando for theme parks, take a look.

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The stunning Dali Museum, St. Pete/Clearwater

Dali Museum: if only all museums were this good

The Dali Museum in downtown St. Pete works on so many levels for families.

For a start it contains the largest collection of the artist’s work outside Spain, so its vast and deeply satisfying to explore.

Next up, is the cleverly designed museum building which is set in beautifully landscaped gardens and incorporates a 75ft tall geodesic dome window looking out over Tampa Bay.

Then, as the permanent collection is so large, it’s shown in rotation, so there’s always something new to see no matter how many times you visit.

Just add in temporary exhibits, children’s events, and the extremely cool Gala Café, as well as a great central location and you can see why we’re recommending this as one of our top all-rounders for multi-gen holidays in Florida.

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St. Pete Pier, St. Pete/Clearwater

St. Pete Pier: all-round amazing family days out

Another excellent all-rounder and the hub of St. Pete Pier District, St. Pete Pier features a mix of family attractions, places to eat, great views and shopping. You’ll even find Spa Beach here too, as well as children’s playgrounds and even picnic areas.

Make a day of it and you can take a family tour of Tampa Bay Discovery Center, hang out at the splash pad with younger kids, browse the Marketplace for interesting local art, then finish up with dinner. St. Pete Pier is open from sunrise until 11pm and it’s home to some of the area’s most popular restaurants including the always good fun, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille.

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Family tour with Bay E-Bikes

E-bike tours: go with a guide or go it alone

Take a tour with Bay E-Bikes and get to know St. Pete/Clearwater with expert local guides. E-bikes make the cycling part easy for even less fit family members and tours take you anywhere from city streets to barrier islands.

The Sights & Murals Tour of Downtown St. Pete is fascinating for all ages, kids will love touring Fort de Soto county park by bike, although super-chill grandparents might enjoy the ZENride with yoga in the mix.

Delivery and pickup of bikes is included in your choice of tour and you also have the option to self-guide, if that suits you better.

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Vitale brothers’ Under the Sea mural, downtown St. Pete

Walking Mural Tours: Saturday morning must-do

Set aside a Saturday morning and book one the Walking Mural Tours in downtown St. Petersburg.

Hear the inside story of more than 30 murals in the Central Arts District, and get to know the area at the same time. Tours last for an hour and 30 minutes and are probably best for over-eights, although all ages are welcome – under fives tour free.

Don’t forget to bring water with you and hats for kids, and tours don’t operate in August.

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Learn to play shuffleboard on holiday in Florida

St. Pete Shuffleboard Club: take home a new skill

If you’ve never played Shuffleboard, that’s fine, St. Pete Shuffleboard Club invites everyone, even beginners, to its Friday night sessions in Mirror Lake Park.

Rookies can learn the ropes from Club experts, it’s an easy way to meet the locals who love this game, and it couldn’t be more inclusive – if you can hold a cue, you can Shuffleboard.

Plus, St. Pete Shuffleboard Club is 100 years old in 2024, and that’s as good a reason as any to go say ‘hi’ on a Friday night.

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Kumba, Busch Gardens, Tampa © Chris Joy

Busch Gardens Tampa: rollercoaster thrills

Busch Gardens Tampa features sensational theme park rides, from the tallest freestanding drop tower in the US to Florida’s first triple-launch rollercoaster.

It’s also home to Adventure Island. And when you want thrills of another sort, recently redesigned Pantopia is there for shopping, live shows and restaurants.

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Visit John’s Pass Village in St. Pete/Clearwater

John’s Pass Village: shopping heaven and cute too

John’s Pass Village might look like an authentic Old Florida fishing village – which it is – but dig a little deeper and you’ll quickly find all the reasons why it’s also one of the top places to visit in St. Pete/Clearwater.

Over 100 stores here make for shopping heaven whether you want to buy souvenirs or local art. It’s the launching point for dolphin cruises and shelling tours, and the place to hire boats, go parasailing or even jet skiing. Family friendly restaurants are another local talent and naturally, there’s a sensational stretch of Gulf Coast beach here too.

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Last of the roadside attractions, St. Pete/Clearwater

Sunken Gardens: great roadside attraction

Roadside attractions were once the signature of a holiday in Florida, but today they’re few and far between. That’s just one of the reasons why the Sunken Gardens in downtown St. Pete are worth a visit.

Not only are they one of the last remaining Florida roadside attractions, they’re a century old and home to some of the oldest plants in St. Pete/Clearwater.

Stop by to admire the lush greenery, wander the winding paths and wonder at the sheer number and variety of plant species.

Kids might be less taken with the landscaping than parents or grandparents, but they’ll fall head over hills for the flock of flamingos and many rehomed tropical birds including macaws and co*ckatoos.

How to plan a holiday in St. Pete/Clearwater

How to get there

Direct UK flights to Tampa International Airport, from 10 hours, year round

Tampa International Airport is a 30-minute drive from St. Pete/Clearwater

St. Pete/Clearwater is a 90-minute drive southwest of Orlando

Now go to Visit St. Pete/Clearwater and really plan your holiday

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St. Pete/Clearwater: A Perfect Destination for Multi-Gen Family Holidays

St. Pete/Clearwater is a fantastic location for multi-generational family holidays in Florida. It offers a wide range of attractions and activities that cater to everyone's interests and preferences. From beautiful Gulf Coast beaches to world-class museums, historic state parks, and outdoor adventures, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Gulf Coast Beaches and Sunshine

St. Pete/Clearwater boasts award-winning Gulf Coast beaches that stretch along its 35-mile-long coast. With 361 days of sunshine each year, it's beach weather almost every day. Whether you're looking for relaxation or outdoor activities, the pristine sandy beaches provide the perfect setting for a memorable family vacation [[1]].

Proximity to Orlando

One of the advantages of St. Pete/Clearwater is its close proximity to Orlando, which is only a 90-minute drive away. This makes it easy to add theme parks and other attractions in Orlando to your multi-gen holiday itinerary. You can enjoy the best of both worlds by combining the beach experience with the excitement of Orlando's theme parks [[2]].

Accommodations for Larger Families

St. Pete/Clearwater offers a variety of accommodations suitable for larger families. While there are many wonderful family hotels and resorts in the area, a multi-gen holiday often works best with a little more personal space. You can find all-suites hotels, beach apartments, villas, and extra-large holiday rentals that provide ample room for everyone. These accommodations are located on the loveliest beaches, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay [[3]].

Recommended Accommodations in St. Pete/Clearwater

  1. Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar, St. Pete Beach: This collection of 71 suites is ideal for larger families. Guests can enjoy all the 5-star luxury of The Don CeSar hotel while having their own space, the opportunity to self-cater, and access to amenities like an outdoor heated pool, fireside lounge, and pool bar [[4]].

  2. Coconut Inn, Passe-a-Grille: These pretty beachfront apartments sleep up to six people and include well-equipped kitchens. Located in the peaceful beach town of Pass-a-Grille, it offers glorious sunsets, miles of soft sands, and a quaint downtown, making it perfect for a multi-gen holiday [[5]].

  3. St. Pete Beach Suites, St. Pete Beach: With complimentary guest bikes, a beachfront setting, swimming pools, and thoughtful touches like beach towels and poolside BBQs, St. Pete Beach Suites is a family-friendly option. It offers a variety of accommodations, including one-bedroom and studio suites, as well as a three-bedroom beach house [[6]].

  4. Pasa Tiempo, St. Pete Beach: Just minutes from award-winning St. Pete Beach, Pasa Tiempo is a laid-back family resort. It features a private waterfront villa with two bedrooms and a range of suites that can be interconnected to create the right size space for larger families [[7]].

  5. Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach: This sleek beach hotel offers spacious family rooms with bunk beds designed to impress kids. It also donates part of the proceeds from every stay to Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Guests can enjoy unbroken views of the Gulf Coast and easy access to the beach [[8]].

  6. Clearwater Beach Rentals, Clearwater Beach: If you prefer a holiday home on Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Beach Rentals is the place to look. Their apartments come with ocean views and easy access to the sands. These properties offer more space than hotels or resorts, accommodating between three and 10 guests [[9]].

  7. Airbnb Holiday Homes, Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach: Airbnb offers a wide selection of properties in Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach. From cute bungalows and luxurious apartments to large villas with private pools, there are options to suit every family's needs. Many properties have beachfront locations and provide ample space for a multi-gen holiday [[10]] [[11]].

Things to Do and See in St. Pete/Clearwater

St. Pete/Clearwater offers a plethora of activities and attractions for all ages. Here are some highlights:

  • The Dali Museum: Explore the largest collection of Salvador Dali's work outside of Spain. The museum is housed in a beautifully designed building with stunning views of Tampa Bay. With rotating exhibits, children's events, and a great central location, it's a must-visit for multi-gen holidays [[12]].

  • St. Pete Pier: This hub of the St. Pete Pier District features family attractions, places to eat, great views, and shopping. You can take a family tour of the Tampa Bay Discovery Center, enjoy the splash pad with younger kids, browse the Marketplace for local art, and dine at popular restaurants [[13]].

  • E-Bike Tours: Explore St. Pete/Clearwater with expert local guides on electric bikes. These tours take you to various locations, from city streets to barrier islands, and cater to different fitness levels. It's a fun and convenient way to discover the area [[14]].

  • Walking Mural Tours: Book a tour in downtown St. Petersburg and learn about more than 30 murals in the Central Arts District. These tours provide insights into the local art scene and the area's history. They are suitable for all ages and offer a unique way to explore the city [[15]].

  • St. Pete Shuffleboard Club: Join the Friday night sessions at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club in Mirror Lake Park. Beginners are welcome, and it's a great opportunity to learn shuffleboard and interact with locals. The club has a rich history and celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2024 [[16]].

  • Busch Gardens Tampa: Experience thrilling rides and attractions at Busch Gardens Tampa. From roller coasters to live shows and restaurants, there's something for everyone. The park also features Adventure Island, a water park for additional fun [[17]].

  • John's Pass Village: Visit this authentic Old Florida fishing village with over 100 stores offering shopping delights. You can also embark on dolphin cruises, shelling tours, or rent boats for water activities. The village is known for its family-friendly restaurants and a beautiful stretch of Gulf Coast beach [[18]].

  • Sunken Gardens: Explore one of the last remaining Florida roadside attractions at the Sunken Gardens in downtown St. Pete. This century-old botanical garden is home to lush greenery, winding paths, and a variety of plant species. Kids will enjoy seeing flamingos and tropical birds [[19]].

Planning Your Holiday in St. Pete/Clearwater

To plan your holiday in St. Pete/Clearwater, you can find direct UK flights to Tampa International Airport, which is a 30-minute drive from the area. St. Pete/Clearwater is also easily accessible from Orlando, just a 90-minute drive away. For more information and assistance in planning your trip, you can visit the official website of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater [[20]].

I hope this information helps you plan a wonderful multi-generational family holiday in St. Pete/Clearwater, Florida! If you have any more questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask.

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