The Best Beaches for The Kids in Tampa Bay

Kids playing at the beach

One of the advantages of living in the Tampa Bay area is that there is no shortage of beaches. We are surrounded by water! So our kids get to grow up in the water and at the many beaches that Tampa Bay has to offer. Not all are created equal for the family, however. No matter what area you live in, use this is a roadmap of the best beaches to visit with your kids this summer.

Beaches Worth The Drive with Kids

I love St. Petersburg but there are lots of issues when deciding where to go with kids. First, it’s a bit of a drive depending on where you’re coming from. Then, there’s the issue of where to park and the cost. Then, are there restrooms, shelters, places to eat? Those who have lived in Tampa long enough know that St. Pete Beach and Clearwater Beach have become commercialized, overrun by tourists, and it’s hard to even find beach access on popular weekends. Try these alternatives, kid-friendly beaches in the Tampa area.

Fort DeSoto Park

This 1,100-acre beach park is located in Pinellas County. Home to a historic fort, as well as 7 miles of beach and coastline, playgrounds, restrooms, a concession stand, and picnic shelters throughout,  make this the perfect place to spend the entire day keeping the kids busy. And it only costs $5 per carload to park. The number of amenities is too long to list (camping, canoe and nature trails…) so make sure you check out their website before embarking.

Honeymoon Island State Park

Pristine Beaches and true tranquility make Honeymoon Island one of my favorite beaches to visit. It’s not crowded like a lot of St. Pete or Clearwater beaches, but there are facilities, a playground and concession stand. Ample parking at just $8 per car for the day.

Two kids at a beach playground

Wait, There’s Beach Access in Tampa?

Yes, it’s true that you don’t have to drive out of town with all your kids being crazy in the car just to access the beach.  If you’re looking for a place for the little ones to cool off, have a picnic, or just burn through some energy, these beaches might be perfect for you.

Cypress Point Park

Right off of Westshore Boulevard in Tampa, and right behind the airport, there is a park that has beach access to the Bay. It’s a beautiful spot, with picnic shelters and a playground. The water is very shallow so it’s perfect for little ones to wander and explore.

Picnic Island Park

Only Tampa natives know about this waterfront park in South Tampa, but it has a playground, dog park, disc golf, and beach access.

Beach Fun For Kids of All Ages

Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach

With the largest playground on the gulf, Pier 60 is a day of fun all in itself. Located on Clearwater Beach and open 24/7, 365 days a year. Nightly sunset festivals with live music close each beach day and make it fun for both adults and their kids.

Madeira Beach

Madeira Beach offers pristine beaches and is located right by John’s Pass Village which has a boardwalk, restaurants, shopping, and an arcade. There are lots of activities to occupy the kids for a full day for activities.

Going to the beach is a must this summer to keep your kids busy and yourself sane. Where do you think are the best beaches for kids in Tampa Bay?

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