Things to Do with Toddlers in St. Pete Beach

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!

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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.

September 2019 in St. Pete Beach: Things to Do

School has begun here in St. Pete Beach but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Here at Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, there are many ways to enjoy fall: mark your calendars now for Taste of the Beaches, Bier Fest, Art Festivals and the start of Howl O Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay!

Busch Gardens Bier Fest

Aug. 17 – Sept. 8

Now through September 8th experience Busch Gardens Bier Fest! Explore craft beers from around the world at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, including over 40 new brews! This festival blends the local Tampa Bay craft scene with time-honored traditions to create a unique food and beer celebration. Enjoy live entertainment and contemporary fare that pays homage to a traditional Oktoberfest with a modern spin. Event access is included with park admission. #SundayFunday

That ART Festival

September 7

That ART Festival is an all ages, family and pet-friendly event that will paint Jannus Live vibrant this September 7, from 12 – 6 p.m. This free event is open to the public and will have a DJ supplying the tunes in the courtyard, ticket raffles, a live interactive piece for the artists and patrons to collab on, as well as a children’s creative corner with a free face painter. And of course, a ton of art!

St. Pete Beach’s Taste of the Beaches

September 28

September 28 experience St. Pete Beach’s Taste of the Beaches! Taste of the Beaches celebrates great music with local bands and amazing food from area restaurants & vendors. The event is a fundraiser for the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce as well as supporting a member non-profit, Habitat for Humanity.

Rapp Brewing Oktoberfest

Sep 21 – Oct 20

Dust off your dirndls and lederhosen, grab your Rapp steins and join the fun at Tampa Bay’s first German brewery! Rapp Brewing kicks off their annual Oktoberfest event in September. Every Saturday from September 21st through October 20th , you’ll find German lagers on tap, stein specials, growler specials, limited edition Oktoberfest wristbands, t-shirts, costume contests, unique stein contest, literholden, and more!

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens

September 20 to November 2

September 20th is the start of Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens! Now through Nov 2nd be spooked by unexpected terrors around every corner! Experience 300 acres of terrifying horrors and merciless roaming hoards. The park will be open from 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. on select nights through the end of October.

We hope you enjoy the festivities this month at the Alden! If you have any suggestions of more great events leave a comment below!