We here at Alden Suites pride ourselves on being a family-friendly resort. We want to make sure guests of all ages are having a great time soaking up the sand, surf, and sun of St. Pete Beach. However, we know that it’s sometimes hard to find things everyone in the family wants to do. This is often especially difficult when traveling with toddlers. Therefore, we thought we’d put together a list of some of the best things to do during your vacation that’ll entertain and engage both you and your little ones.
If you want to spend some time in the water with your toddler(s) but don’t necessarily want to get them in the ocean just yet, we recommend checking out the St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center. This year-round heated/chilled facility consists of a six-lane Junior Olympic swimming pool and an attached children’s play area with several water features that spray, drop and squirt water. There’s also a mushroom-shaped waterfall and colorful dumping cones. Older kids can also enjoy two large tubular slides. This is a great place to sunbathe or even escape the hot sun under a shady umbrella.
Just outside of the Aquatic Center you’ll find Colonel Michael J. Horan Park. This park has a playground that’s perfect for kids of all ages and has great waterfront views (and breezes)! They even host free concerts and events like Trunk or Treat & Movie in the Park in October and Christmas in the Park with their very own Mistletoe Market in December. The entire Community Center complex is a short three-minute drive away from Alden Suites.
We love our neighbors over at RumFish Grill and toddlers are entranced by their incredible Swim With The Fishes experience. Their 33,500-gallon aquarium was built by Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (the rockstars from Animal Planet’s hit series TANKED) and features fish that are indigenous to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico like snook, grouper, tarpon, southern stingrays, and even a green moray eel. Swimmers ages 8 years old and up have the exclusive privilege of snorkeling in the tank in a program led by experts from the Marine Exploration Center. Parents with toddlers, however, can watch the snorkeling from the restaurant for free!
If you’d rather not leave the comfort of our resort, we have plenty of amenities and activities for your entire family to enjoy. Play a game of cornhole, hop aboard a kayak, strap into a parasail wing, relax on a sunset cruise, splash around in one of our two sparkling outdoor pools, or even build a sandcastle on our beautiful white sand beach. We’re here to ensure that every member of your family is having a vacation they’ll remember forever.