Four Fine Dining Restaurants You Can Walk to from the Alden!

Staying at Alden Suites you have already made the wise choice of being comfortable, taken care of and you’ll still have a vacation budget to indulge. We want to make sure you enjoy whichever occasion you’re celebrating with us, and that you eat well! We’d love to share some of our favorite restaurants for your special dinner out and they are all within a mile of Alden Suites! Alden Suites is conveniently located on the beach with lots of choices for shopping, dining out and entertainment, but if you’re looking for something a little more special, we’ve got you covered! If you’re finding it hard to celebrate a special meal that doesn’t feel like you fell into a tourist trap with a menu that’s mostly fried, we suggest these 4 amazing restaurants to indulge and escape from the ordinary.

Snappers Sea Grill

Right across the street from the Alden is a wonderfully romantic restaurant called Snappers. The romantic ambiance and personalized service at Snappers set the scene for a truly special meal. Snappers is famed for their stuffed grouper, dry aged steaks, and blue tuna appetizer, and we’re totally addicted to their hand-cut fried zucchini sticks! Don’t forget to try their house-made desserts, the perfect accompaniment to a delicious celebration!

Fetishes Dining & Wine Bar

Fetishes offers an intimate and cozy setting with tableside service that makes the whole experience like no other. They have a garden out back where guests can see the fresh herbs used to make their meals. With dishes like duck a l’orange, steak Diane (cooked tableside) and their famous crab cakes accompanied by a thoughtfully selected and reasonably priced wine list, we know you’ll enjoy your night out!

Seared 1200 Chophouse

If the way to your love’s heart is steak, Seared 1200 Chophouse holds the key. Set in a refurbished 1940’s home along the intercoastal waterway just across the street from the Alden, 1200 Chophouse elevates steak to an art form, with incredible side dishes and a wine list to match. The flavor combinations and presentation will have you visually stimulated while you savor every bite! The truffle fries with gouda dipping sauce and seared duck breast are not to be missed. .

Sola Bistro and Wine Bar

Sola’s warm, quaint and comfortable atmosphere is cozy and intimate, perfect for a romantic evening out. The creative and passionately prepared dishes and attentive service offer a first-class dining experience. Ranging from unique dishes for the area like rabbit and venison and more traditional meals including pork belly and grouper, the menu offers a wide variety for everyone to enjoy. Romantic setting, amazing wine selection, and live music make for the perfect date night or celebration dinner, but we highly recommend you do NOT skip dessert here! Their famous honeycomb cake is a dish no one should leave St. Pete Beach without trying!

We hope you have a fabulous night out and indulge in a fine dining experience to complete your special stay with us. It’s great to live the no shoes, no shirt, no problem lifestyle, but if you’re looking to snazz it up a bit, all these phenomenal restaurants are all less than a mile away! It’s your vacation, why not enjoy the best of both worlds? Bon Appétit!

Alden Suites Beachfront Resort Celebrates 50 Years Of WOW

Fifty years after Robert and Gennifer Renfrow purchased a small beachfront motel called the Alden, today, the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort celebrates its 50-year anniversary of ownership by the Renfrow family. To commemorate this major milestone the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort has launched a year-long Golden Anniversary campaign that invites guests to celebrate the many things they love about the Alden. Among the celebratory activities launching this month are an inspiring video series; a new social media campaign, #ALDENWOW50; a photo contest, a new mural and lots of special Golden Giveaways. It all leads up to the big Alden Family Reunion set for November 9, where longtime guests will gather from all over the world to celebrate the big anniversary.

Gary Renfrow, President of Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, shares: “So many families return to the Alden year after year to celebrate reunions, weddings, birthdays, and holidays. We’re inviting them all to join us in a big celebration, the ultimate Alden Family Reunion to celebrate 50 years of memories.” Live music, food and drinks, entertainment and special surprises will make for an unforgettable celebration on the beach.

“Here in St. Pete Beach, you can have a huge resort experience if that’s what you come here for or you can have a family run establishment for 50 years, and it feels like home. This is a slice of Old Florida, that is just cool in its own way that doesn’t even need description. And it’s something that’s vanishing. But the Renfrows maintain it, they keep that spirit alive. It’s a great value to us because look, you can build anything. But to preserve something like this and to keep it magical, takes a special energy and a special family and a commitment and a dedication. And for that, we thank you very much,” notes David Downing, President and CEO of Visit St. Pete Clearwater.

Tony Satterfield, Vice President of Operations of the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, adds “At the end of the day, if we drive up and down this beach, we’ve all got great beaches, we’ve got great hotels here. What really makes the difference is the staff. I am fortunate to have an executive team, starting with the owners, that really has a commitment to customer service. If you take a look at our TripAdvisor reviews, you will see time and again individual employees and what they did outside of the norm to make our guests’ stays wonderful. We’re so grateful to our dedicated team of employees.”

The 50th Anniversary celebration begins in January 2019, and continues throughout the year, with a different element each month. Giveaways, charity highlights, contests, and exclusive vacation packages will bring the fun to each and every Alden guest, and to our local St. Pete Beach community. Here are just a few of the ways the Alden will celebrate the big 50th anniversary:

50 Years of WOW– Video Series
For the first time in the brand’s history, Alden Suites Beachfront Resort is launching a dynamic consumer video series, entitled 50 Years of WOW, to honor the official theme of its Golden Anniversary. Each month, vignettes will be released via various digital and social media channels, with every video showcasing our guests’ experiences over the years. The videos will highlight the perspective of different guests as they share the joy, fun, romance, and inspiration of their stays at the Alden.

Golden Giveaways
Throughout 2019, guests will be surprised and delighted by various forms of #ALDENWOW50 celebration. Golden chocolates, golden beach bags, and golden cocktail cups for the Cabana Bar will be gifted to guest as they check in during selected months. Random Acts of Celebration will randomly select lucky guests to receive free water sports, dinners, cruises, and more. All of the latest news about our monthly celebrations will be available on the www.aldenwow.com blog.

#ALDENWOW50 Contest
Between January 15 and February 28, 2019, a contest will be held for the best #ALDENWOW50 photo. The winner will receive a two-night stay at the Alden, a sunset sail on the Compass Rose from Dolphin Landing, dinner at Snappers, and their image on the Alden mural. Past and present guests are invited to join the #ALDENWOW50 contest by sharing photos and memories gathered during any stay at the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort and tagging them with #ALDENWOW50. Select user photos will be shared on the brand’s social media channels, in a display in the Alden Suites reception area, and in a video at the 50th Anniversary celebration. One family will be chosen to be included in our commemorative mural painting, becoming a part of Alden history for all to see. Alden enthusiasts who are not active on social media but who want to engage in the celebration can email photos or video messages to the Alden team at info@aldenwow.com. We look forward to sharing your vacation memories, and hope many of our longtime guests will join us for the grand celebration in November!

St. Pete Beach Things to Do – September 2018 Edition!

September has Started! School is back in session but that doesn’t mean you can’t relax by the beach, and it’s a nice, uncrowded time of year to be here. Train rides, markets, boat races, and a bridal show are just a few of the great St. Pete Beach things to do this September.

Free Ride on the Largo Central Railroad

September 2

All aboard! Take a free train ride around Largo Central Park today! The modeled to scale locomotives pull you and your family along a mile-long loop through great scenery, a spooky tunnel, and a waterfall pond. http://www.lcrailroad.com/

Busch Gardens Bier Fest

Every Weekend ending September 16

Busch Gardens’ newest event, Bier Fest is happening every weekend through September 16! Savor this food and beer celebration featuring more than 100 beers from 60 different breweries around the world.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/bier-fest/

Night Market St Pete

September 20th

Shop under the stars at St. Pete’s largest night market yet! Located in the Warehouse Arts District next to 3 Daughters Brewing, enjoy eats, beats, art and drinks from some of St. Pete’s finest vendors!

https://www.facebook.com/events/474284286340345/

 

Sunken Gardens Bridal Show

September 23rd

Is there a bride in your life? Planning a wedding someday soon? You might want to visit the Sunken Gardens today for the 2018 Bridal Show! We predict free cake 😉

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/bridal-shows-in-st-petersburg-fl-4794086327

The Clearwater Super Boat National Championship

September 28-30th

The 10th annual Super Boat International race is coming to town. Many beach-going spectators enjoy the races from Clearwater Beaches powder white sugar sand, others take advantage of the VIP watch parties from the comfort of sponsor hotels, restaurants, and condos throughout the island.

From race team meet and greets to our super boat parade and one of a kind Clearwater Beach cuisine, this year’s 2018 Festival is guaranteed to be bigger better and faster than ever!

https://www.clearwatersuperboat.com/

St. Pete Beach is the place to be for cool events and sunny days this September. We hope you’ll make plans to join us here at Alden Suites very soon!

 

Ice Cream Smackdown! 8 Hotspots for Enjoying a COOL treat in St. Pete Beach!

Nothing is better than some cool treats on a hot day! And we did all the legwork for you, rounding up our favorite hotspots for COOL treats in St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach!

Beach Snoballs

Beach Snoballs is the best place to get authentic, New Orleans-style snoballs with a beachy, island twist! With over 65 flavors and a variety of toppings, these hand-crafted snoballs are the softest, juiciest gourmet shaved ice on the beach!

http://www.beachsnoballs.com/

Micki’s Ice Cream Shoppe

Micki’s Ice Cream is St. Pete Beach’s best source for all things local and all things ice cream. Try their signature ice cream waffle sandwiches and a variety of unique flavors. As well as serving delicious handcrafted ice cream they are incredibly passionate about the environment and partner with local organizations to maintain the beauty of St. Pete Beach.

https://mickisicecream.com/

Candy Kitchen

Founded in 1937, Candy Kitchen has been making salt water taffy, creamy fudge, and delicious ice cream the old-fashioned way for over 80 years.  They are a family owned and operated business that prides itself on using only the freshest, quality ingredients and time-honored recipes.

https://candykitchen.com/

Larry’s Olde Fashioned Ice Cream & Gelato

Larry’s Olde Fashioned Ice Cream and Gelato has been a staple of St. Pete Beach vacations for decades. Larry’s is a landmark and generational favorite that never goes out of style. They’re famous for homemade waffle cones, super-premium ice cream, authentic Italian gelato, and fresh mini donuts!

http://www.larrysicecream.com/

IceBurg

Iceburg opened in Downtown St. Petersburg in February 2017. They serve delicious ice cream rolled to order with your choice of toppings. This trendy style of sweet treat is light and flavorful and perfect for a hot beach day!

https://www.iceburgrolledicecream.com/

Amish Creamery Co

Amish Creamery Company, Inc. prides itself on creating handmade ice cream with only the most natural ingredients. Stop in say hello and check out their great variety of Amish deli meats and cheeses, jar goods, old-fashioned sodas, fudge, many other Amish-made products — all while you’re enjoying Florida’s finest homemade ice cream!

http://amishcreamery.com/index.html

Paciugo Gelato & Caffe

Paciugo in Downtown St. Petersburg shares the tastes of Italy with the world. You won’t be able to get enough of the silky smooth, irresistibly delicious gelato served in an environment that feels uniquely Italian.

https://paciugo.com/

Twistee Treat

Our President, Gary Renfrow and his wife Mary Ann probably know St. Pete Beach better than anyone else- they’ve been living here and making Alden Suites an amazing vacation destination since the 1970’s! Mary Ann’s favorite spot for soft serve ice cream is Twistee Treat, just a few blocks away from the Alden. The Twistee Treat’s claim to fame is soft serve ice cream & yogurt served in over 70 flavors of ice cream or sugar-free/ fat-free ice cream. They have over 100 ice cream and food menu items that are sure to please your passion. Kids adore the iconic ice cream cone shaped shop- make sure to check it out!

http://stpetebeachicecream.com/

We hope you’ll try out some of our local ice cream parlors on your next St. Pete Beach vacation, and make sure to show us what sweet treat you savored! Did we miss any of your favorite ice cream shops in St. Pete Beach? Feel free to chime in below in the comments, we’re always looking for great ideas to share with our guests!

 

 

 

Where to go Shopping in St. Pete Beach

One of the great pleasures of a St. Pete Beach vacation (or really any vacation) is SHOPPING! You’ve got to bring something cool back to friends and family back home, and it’s nice to have a little souvenir to remember your trip. We love shopping for home décor, art, and jewelry while on vacation, since those are things we can keep around and use all the time, to remember our travels! We’ve got some insider tips on the very best shopping in St. Pete Beach, so you can hunt for the very best treasures in town.

A Little Room for Art


This adorable little pink shop perches on a corner just a block from the beach in Pass-A-Grille, the historic section of St. Pete Beach. A Little Room for Art is run by a juried cooperative of 25 artists who collaborate to sell their creations. Our guests love having this opportunity to purchase original works of art directly from the artists at moderate prices. We always make a point of stopping in to discover the ever-changing collection of artwork!

http://www.alittleroomforart.gallery/

Bamboozle and Bamboozle etc.

Our friends at TripAdvisor highly recommended Bamboozle, so we had to go check it out. This pair of stores anchors the block in Pass-A-Grille, offering an attractively displayed array of clothing, home goods, art, and souvenirs. Bamboozle is the go-to place for contemporary beachwear. They have the latest natural fabric fashions from popular brands like Fresh Produce Sportswear, Flax, Johnny Was and Luna Luz.

http://www.bamboozlepassagrille.com

Freaky Tiki Surf Shack

Forget those beachwear superstores with racks of overpriced cheap swimwear and mass-produced plastic souvenirs. You can do better! Just walk a couple blocks south to Freaky Tiki Surf Shack. It’s housed in a historic 1920’s home that Freaky Tiki Surf Shack lovingly restored with 100% salvaged materials. And everything there is designed and produced locally, right here in the Tampa Bay area. They only make 48 of each garment, with no repetition, when you wear Freaky Tiki, you’re an original. You’ll find cool surf clothes and fun t-shirts in soft fabrics and modern designs. Don’t miss the $15-and-under rack in the back- so many amazing deals to discover!

https://www.freaky-tiki.com/

Island Time Design


We’ve got another perfect way to take your beach lifestyle home with you- buy a colorful St. Pete-made custom Adirondack chair! Island Time Design custom crafts high-quality outdoor furniture both in their signature bright shades and in sports team colors. Comfy and durable, these chairs will put you in an island state of mind wherever you may live!

https://islandtimedesign.com

We hope you’ll try out some of our local shops on your next St. Pete Beach vacation, and make sure to show us what treasures you discover! Did we miss any of your favorite places to shop in St. Pete Beach? Feel free to chime in below in the comments, we’re always looking for great ideas to share with our guests!

St. Pete Beach Things to do… June 2018 Edition!

Summer is here! We love this time of year, when families gather for reunions, getaways, and vacations here at the Alden. We totally can’t blame you if you just want to hang out at the Cabana Bar with Chris and Dave, but if just in case you’d like to go exploring, we’ve got a month full of festivals, boat races, art and music on deck for our Alden Suites visitors. Here are some of our top picks for June 2018 in St. Pete Beach!

 

June 1-5

St. Petersburg Opera: Verdi’s La Traviata

Verdi pulled out all the dramatic stops for this romantic tale of Violetta and Alfredo. It’s one of the ten most popular operas of all time for very good reasons. Performed at St. Pete’s Hough Hall, the Palladium’s 850-seat mainstage performance space, which blends nearly-perfect acoustics with history-rich ambiance.

https://www.mypalladium.org/st-petersburg-opera-verdis-la-traviata/

June 2

Tampa Bay Rowdies v. Atlanta United

Come on out and watch Tampa Bay’s own pro soccer team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, taking on Atlanta United at Al Lang Stadium in Downtown St. Pete. Mascot Pete the Pelican will be waiting for you to cheer the team together!

https://www.rowdiessoccer.com/

June 8-10

Opa! Palooza

Celebrate Greek heritage and culture at the Opa! Palooza Greek Festival, being held at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Enjoy food, pastries, music including a ‘Battle of the Bands,’ artists and craftsmen vendors, and more (all Greek-style, of course!).

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opa-palooza-greek-festival-tickets-45772765574

June 16-17

2018 SuperStock USA Championship

Feeling the need for speed? Today in St. Pete Beach we’re hosting the penultimate round of the 2018 SuperStock USA Championship. Join in for the sights, sounds, and sandy beaches of the second annual Grand Prix of the Gulf, as the P1 Powerboats display their horsepower.

https://p1superstock.com/race-info/St.%20Pete%20Beach/2018/86212

June 22-24

St. Pete Pride Festival

This weekend’s St. Pete Pride Festival will again be the largest community event of the season as festival goers come together to make history while enjoying a day of live performances and entertainment, community booths, art and fantastic food in paradise. Check out the fun from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Grand Central District.

https://www.stpetepride.com/en

June 27

Summer and Sift: Callaloo

Tampa native Chef Gary Moran has trained and worked in some of the best restaurants in the Northeast after training in Europe. Former Chef d’ Cuisine at the famed Tavern on the Green in New York City, he moved back to Tampa, commanding his own kitchen as the executive chef for Datz and The Mermaid Tavern.  Moving to his own restaurant, the award-winning chef opened South Tampa’s highly popular Wimauma restaurant where he fused his international culinary skill with traditional Southern fare, a tradition he has embraced with Callaloo. He’s bringing his celebrated cuisine for a magical evening of dining and art at the Museum of Fine Arts.

http://mfastpete.org/event/simmer-and-sift-callaloo/

We hope you’ll take some time to explore the amazing cultural offerings here in the Tampa Bay area- here at the Alden, we never run out of fun things to do!

 

 

 

Splash & Paint for St. Pete Family Fun!

Summer is coming, and that means we get to welcome lots of families to enjoy the sun and surf here at St. Pete Beach. Create your own work of art to remember your Alden Suites family vacation for years to come!

Everything’s included in our “Brush Strokes” paint parties. You’ll receive your own art supplies plus your choice of two free beverages (beer, wine, soda or water).

It’s only $45 per person. Advance reservations are requested, so please call 727.360.7081 to join “Brush Strokes” today!

Tampa Bay Things to Do in May

May is a delightful time to visit us here at Alden Suites! We’ve gathered some of our best ideas family fun in the St. Pete Beach area this month.

May 3rd

Movies in the Park

Preserve the ‘Burg presents Movies in the Park: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”, Thursday, May 3rd. This is a free, outdoor, family friendly event anyone can attend that starts at 7pm. There will be a variety of food and beverage vendors, but you’re welcome to bring a picnic with a chair or blanket.

May 4th

Clearwater Beach Taste Fest 

The 9th Annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM). The festival will be held at Pier 60 Park and features over 30 participating restaurants, wine & craft beer, and live entertainment. In true Taste Fest tradition, they’ll boast exquisite raffle items, a live auction, vendors and more!

May 9th

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Braves

 

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Braves 7:10pm at the Tropicana Stadium. An exciting and family-friendly sporting event with two of the strongest teams of the season facing off right here in Tampa Bay!

May 11th

Friday Night Clay at Morean Center for Clay

Friday Night Clay at Morean Center for Clay, May. 11, 2018. Bring a towel, a favorite beverage, your date, and some friends and prepare to get dirty during 2 hours of wheel throwing and hand sculpting clay. Bisque and glaze your favorite piece to take home at the end of the evening! Located at 420 22nd St S, St. Pete, FL 33701

May 12th

St. Pete Beach Beer Festival

 

St. Pete Beach Beer Festival has over 50 beers to sample, from National and Local craft breweries, with live music and food vendors all set alongside the water. Admission ranges from $30 – $55 and includes a commemorative Craft Beer Festival tasting cup, complimentary valet parking, water, and music.

May 13th

Mother’s Day Yacht StarShip Cruise in Clearwater

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a leisurely 2.5 hr daytime yacht cruise along Florida’s beautiful inland waters. The cruise includes entertainment and a 3-course sit-down luncheon. Boarding at 12:00 pm; Departing at 12:30 pm from 25 Causeway Blvd. Slip #152, Clearwater Beach.

May 19th

Night in the Islands – Tarpon Springs

Night in the Islands – Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks presents music, dancing and some of the finest Greek food outside of Athens 6-11pm. Reserve a table and don’t miss the free dancing lessons 6-7pm.

May 22nd

AAC Baseball Championship

The 2018 American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship presented by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater will take place May 22 – 27th The winner receives the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division Baseball Championship each season. Be sure to catch family friendly sports tournament at the Spectrum field.

May 28th

The 97X BBQ Music & Arts Festival

 

The 97X BBQ Music & Arts Festival is biggest show of the summer featuring Dirty Heads, Awolnation, Judah & The Lion, AJR and more!  Saturday, May 26th in beautiful Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg there will be live music acts, contests and food and beverage vendors.

As you can see, there’s no shortage of fun to be had here in St. Pete Beach this month. We hope you’ll come and join us soon!

 

What’s Coming Up in St. Pete Beach: Hot Tickets for April 2018

April is such a perfect time to visit St. Pete Beach- with nice mild weather and lots of fun things to do! Here at the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, we love to help our guests find their favorite ways to get out there and enjoy the Tampa Bay area. Here are some of our top picks coming up in April:

April 1

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox

Tampa Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4 in their first game of the season! Get tickets for their hoped-for revenge in St. Petersburg for the epic showdown.

April 6-8

Tampa Bay Blues Festival

The Tampa Bay Blues Festival is 3 glorious days of blues music events in the beautiful tropical setting of Vinoy Park. See amazing performances by Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Beth Hart, Delbert McClinton & many more! Don’t forget about the After Shows, with FREE Admission, hosted by two of St. Petersburg’s best live music clubs: The Ale and the Witch & Ringside Café 10:30 p.m. – 2 am

April 7-9

Brocante Market

Brocante is a monthly, vendor-run, Vintage Market with a fresh and fun change of pace from you ordinary antique shopping. With 15,000 feet of hand selected vintage items and an exciting experience of finding that perfect item to compliment your home.

April 13-22

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

1000 tons of Clearwater Beach’s famous sugar sand, brought to life through amazing sand sculptures! 21,000 square feet walk-through display featuring live entertainment, street performers, sand sculpting classes, master sand sculpting competition, and more!

April 13-15

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Tampa plays the Phillies in a 3 day series. See the historical revenge of the Rays Rematch the Phillies from the World Series in 2008!

April 16-18

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers

Continuing the home stand at Tropicana Field, the Rays play the Rangers.

April 20-22

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins

Furthering their home stand in St. Petersburg, the Tampa Rays play the Minnesota Twins!

April 21 – 22

The 43rd Annual Mainsail Art Festival

Enjoy the 43rd Annual Mainsail Art Festival, voted one of the best fine art and design shows in the nation! Spend the day enjoying over 250 fine art and craft exhibitors, live music entertainment, Kids Create art activities, and Culinary Arts food court with FREE admission!

April 26-28

Sunscreen Film Festival

Screenings of extraordinary films, educational workshops, panels with Hollywood actors, and great parties await you at the Sunscreen Film Festival 2018! Voted one of the “Coolest Film Fests” by MovieMaker magazine you’ll enjoy a star quality and memorable experience during your vacation.

If you’re coming to the Alden this month, there’s plenty to see and do. We don’t blame you if you never want to leave the comfort of your Alden Beach Cabana, but if you do, let us know how you like our April picks!

 

 

Day-Tripping: Family Attractions Less Than an Hour Away From St. Pete Beach

Getting your family to want to go on vacation is easy, but everyone agreeing on where to go is a whole other story! Don’t worry, Alden Suites Beach Resort is central to some of the most exciting attractions Florida has to offer, less than an hour away! We want you and your family to have as many memorable adventures as possible while spending your vacation with us. You can even book thru our Grab n’ Go Store, located right next to the lobby. We have WOW DEALS, specials and packages just waiting for you!

Busch Gardens

Take your family on the ultimate adventure to Busch Gardens, located less than an hour away from Alden Suites. Busch Gardens is one of the largest zoo’s in North America, with more than 12,000 animals and has over 15 thrill rides. You and your family can experience up close animal encounters, world class roller coasters and award winning live entertainment.  Between rides and shows you can view animal habitats, bird gardens and even be a zookeeper-for-a-day making your trip fun and educational!

Adventure Island

Right across from Busch Gardens is Adventure Island, keeping all the thrill and helping you cool down! 40 acres of tropical, high-speed, water drenched fun in a tranquil Key West setting! Attractions the whole family can enjoy from the children’s water playground, to the amazing giant wave pool, to the epic Colossal Curl water slide! You can spend a relaxing day floating down the Rambling Bayou or get your adrenaline rush from over 10 different slides! Adventure Island even offers All-Day Dining deals to make it even easier to please everyone in your group and keep the fun going all day!

The Dali Museum

Looking for an innovative and educational way to have fun with your kids on vacation? The Dali Museum offers crafting, stories and even treasure hunts to keep your little ones entertained while learning. The kids will also enjoy the Avant-Garden tour where they can learn how Dali was inspired by nature while exploring new themes each week! The tour is followed by art activities held in their classroom so you can enjoy all 96 oil paintings, drawings, fine prints, photographs and videos by the famed artist. Remember to wear comfortable clothing while you enjoy 20,000 square feet of state-of-the-art gallery spaces and remember, the kids might get a little messy creating their own masterpieces!

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

Family fun awaits you at Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise! Set sail on a 2-hour journey along the intercoastal waterway and Gulf of Mexico while enjoying stories, games, dancing, treasure hunts and dolphin sightings with friendly pirates on their ship. Your pirate adventure includes complimentary lemonade, soft drinks beer and wine. The upper deck is reserved for 18 and up so you can let your kids enjoy a swashbuckling adventure while getting a well-deserved “mom/dad” break!

Lowry Park Zoo

Lowry Park Zoo is recognized by the State of Florida as the center for Florida wildlife and biodiversity. Their emphasis on rescue, rehabilitation and conservation to care for the animals will give everyone in your family a personalized experience to connect with wildlife in an educational and exciting way. Less than an hour away from Alden Suites, Lowry Park Zoo is one of the most beautiful and tropical zoos in the world and is home to over 1300 animals. Spend the day feeding giraffes, interacting with rhinoceros up-close, observing manatees year-round, splashing around in the Wallaroo water play area, and learning about several endangered species Lowry Park Zoo cares for.

So tell us, did we miss anything? So many families return to the Alden for vacations year after year, some have been coming here for 25 years running! So we bet you’ve found some treasures for family fun. Let us know your favorite Alden family day trips in the comments!

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