There’s No Shortage of Things To Do in St. Pete With Teens
Family beach vacations are not easy to plan, trying to find something for every member to enjoy can be tricky and teens often get the short end of the stick. The good news is St. Pete Beach is certainly one of the most family friendly beaches in the United States with things to do for every age and proclivity, including activities that appeal to the diverse interests of teens. A truly unique mixture of action-packed beach and pool fun, outlets to kick back and relax, access to plenty of area excursions, proximity to a hub of artistic and cultural experiences, plenty of area shopping for any budget, plus a thrill-seeker’s paradise just a short drive away all contribute to make St. Pete Beach one of the best Florida beaches for families with teenagers and TradeWinds Island Resorts the best family resort in Florida.
Low-Key Beach Fun
What’s the first thing to nail down when it comes to planning the best family vacation with teens? The location, of course! The natural beauty of St. Pete Beach’s shoreline can truly be appreciated by people of all ages, but the ample expanse of sand (a football field’s worth between TradeWinds Island Resorts and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico) provide all the space teenagers require to experience an array of beachfront activities!
Grab a volleyball and hit one of many volleyball courts, challenge a friend to a heated game of tetherball, or go long for a quick football scrimmage! Free guided yoga classes are also available throughout the week for health-conscious teens looking for a little meditation to go with their vacation.
If your teen is looking for more adventure out on the crystal clear Gulf of Mexico, there is plenty to keep them preoccupied. Stand-Up Paddleboards are available to rent and are certainly a preferred mode of travel for those looking to explore the shore. The beauty of these paddleboards is they are perfect for beginners as well as athletes. Most weekends there’s usually even a free paddleboard lesson that all guests are welcome to attend and enjoy!
For those that prefer a closer view, kayaks are available to rent from the Tiki Hut near TradeWinds Island Grand as well. Your teens will enjoy gliding along the coastline, enjoying scenic views and a little peace and quiet.
Another fantastic way to go get out there is from the comfort of a floating cabana! You can rent a giant raft that can fit up to four for by far the most relaxing way to catch a tan and a wave.
There’s also no need for a driver’s license to cruise around the Island Grand resort in a foot peddle paddleboat. Teens can explore the entire property and encounter plenty of selfie-worthy moments behind the wheel.
High-Octane Beach Activities
If your best vacation with teens has to be full of chills AND thrills, TradeWinds Island Resorts is home to plenty of exhilarating undertakings! They can go big by catching major air from the comfortable seats beneath our expansive parasail. Nothing gets the adrenaline surging quite like kicking your legs back and forth as they soar higher and higher over the Gulf of Mexico, plus nothing beats a bird’s eye view of the beautiful beach along with the glistening green waters below.
Banana boats are another great way to bring the whole family together for one wild ride. For those not in the know, banana boats are exactly what they sound like, a long yellow raft that allows you to load up your group and get ready to bounce along the surf of St. Pete Beach. Challenge your teen to see who can hold on the longest!
While your teen can’t man the helm, renting a wave runner is another great way to put your foot on the gas when it comes to beach fun. Let them hold on for dear life as you skirt the surface of the gulf for one salt-splashed ride!
Teens on the older spectrum (18+ to be exact) are welcome to take on the newest TradeWinds watersport toy – the JetLev! This futuristic form of transport allows the user to blast off using a water-fueled jet pack. After completing a quick training course, your teenager is sure to look and feel like a super-hero literally flying over the coast in 3D movement powered only by a high speed super charged engine.
Really Just Let Go
For teens who luxuriate in a little bit of pampering, the spa at TradeWinds Island Grand is ready to take on the challenge! The talented staff at BodyWorks Spa is ready to rejuvenate skin with an ultra-hydrating and toning facial designed to remove impurities and relax the recipient. On second thought, manicures and pedicures may be the perfect way to unwind after a long day of lounging poolside with your teen, choose from a wide array of colors to make fingers and toes really stand out for the duration of the stay.
Explore a New Passion
St. Pete Beach is the best place for teens to explore a new passion for all of the wonders of the deep. Fishing, snorkeling, diving, nature cruises and plenty of marine life exhibits all over the St. Pete Clearwater area make it easy to explore wildlife in a variety of ways.
Fishing charters ranging from half day to overnight can be arranged through the Guy Harvey Outfitter Shop at the Guy Harvey Outpost property. You and your teen may choose to troll offshore for a real adventure for the fastest fish in the Gulf, or you can travel inland towards Tampa Bay for the calmer waters full of snook and redfish. Regardless, it’s important to consult with our Master Outfitter and resident angler, Captain Tim, who is sure to point you in the right direction of what you all reely want our of the experience.
If your teen is more interested in simply observing deep sea dwellers, a snorkeling or diving excursion is right up their alley. The ultimate snorkeling experience exists just off the waters surrounding historic Egmont Key State Park, where a Civil War shipwreck has become home to some of the most incredible species of tropical fish.
Another excellent spot for your teen to snorkel for some extremely rare tropical fish happens to exist right inside the RumFish Grill, situated in front of the Guy Harvey Outpost. Deep in this treasure of a restaurant exists a 33,500 gallon aquarium built by the wonderful folks at TANKED on Animal Planet that swimmers 8 years and older can explore from the inside for just $35. The Swim with the Fishes program is led by experts from Marine Exploration Center of St. Petersburg who introduces swimmers to the incredible variety of fish coexisting in the giant tank including a lime green moray eel, a sting ray, angelfish, lookdowns, black drums and more.
If exploring marine life from the surface of the water is more your teen’s thing, there is also a dolphin cruise that sets sail right from the shores in front of TradeWinds Island Grand. This cruise in particular educates participants on how to responsibly view dolphins in the wild, and makes for some pretty unforgettable vacation photos.
Enjoy an Afternoon Full of Culture
Teens who tend to enjoy more artistic pursuits will revel in the many art museums to explore in Downtown St. Petersburg, just a short 10 minute drive away. From murals that line the urban streets of St. Pete to fine art museums, there’s so much to explore just inland of the sunny shores of St. Pete Beach.
The Morean Arts Center is home to a massive Chihuly glass sculpture exhibit that may inspire your teen to sign up for one of the wonderful glassblowing workshops offered on site. With specific classes also offered to kids, teens and families this outing is really a win for everyone.
The Dali Museum is another great spot for teens to explore their creative side; Salvador Dali’s surrealist work will certainly appeal to the teen that likes to look at the world through a different lens. Teen tickets are available at reduced price for just $17 and include admission to all galleries, free audio guide and public tours. The grounds that the museum sits on are just as surreal as the art inside, landing the Dali Museum as number two on Visit St. Pete/Clearwater’s list of most underrated selfie spots.
The edgier teen will enjoy the opportunity to explore downtown St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District. With interesting restaurants lining the streets and murals lining the walls, your family can engage with culinary and visual arts in a whole new way.
Shop Til You Drop
Want to bring something home to remember your best vacation with teens? Fortunately, St. Pete Beach lies in close proximity to many different shopping venues fit for any budget! On the more high-end scale, International Plaza in Tampa is a short 30 minute drive from TradeWinds Island Resorts and is home to around 200 stores and restaurants. For families looking for a great deal, Ellenton Premium Outlets is a quick drive from St. Pete Beach and TradeWinds, located just over the Skyway Bridge.
Aside from the various malls and outlets surrounding Tampa Bay, there are plenty of boutiques and shops full of souvenirs just begging to be taken home! The previously mentioned Grand Central District is home to shops like local-favorite Strands of Sunshine, which sells beautifully crafted accessories from area retailers. Another can’t miss shop-portunity is the Corey Avenue Sunday market. Just a few blocks from TradeWinds Island Resorts, your family can spend an afternoon meandering through local vendors. Everyone is sure to find something that appeals to them, even your teens!
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