When you are ready for something other than a slow, relaxing day on the shore… Sometimes it’s fun to mix things up a bit and do something completely different that even surprises your own kids. There are endless options to choose from when it comes to beaches and family fun in the Tampa Bay area, but if you’re looking for an EPIC beach for kids with plenty of family-friendly activities that will appeal to everyone—from the 4-year-old in the family to grandma — you need to check out Tradewinds Waterfront Beach Resort in St. Pete, Florida!
Here are just a few of the reasons why you should make Tradewinds your go-to spot for beach fun this summer!
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What makes this a kid-friendly beach
Tradewinds is probably one of our favorite beaches to take our kids to (when we want an active beach day!) because it is so convenient and easy to get to, and is basically one giant beach playground!
A 40-acre beachfront playground where you can soar over the sand via zip line. Kick back in a floating cabana. Master a stand-up paddleboard. Party with a pirate. Play on an inflateable offshore water park or enjoy the three-story slide. Feast on the freshest Florida seafood under a 33,500-gallon aquarium (burgers and mac + cheese are top-notch). Kids will never be bored with KONK (Kids Only No Kidding) camps, crafts and family activities. Or relax by one of nine pools, indulge in a massage or escape to a beachside hammock.
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Must-do activities while at Tradewinds Beach for kids
Included WITH YOUR STAY at TradeWinds Island Resorts, each family member gets a wristband to enjoy the exciting amenities!! Most are included, while a few things, like SUP, kayaks, and the inflatable water park are extra (and I’d even recommend a reservation).
For some must-dos, my kids couldn’t get enough of the GIANT slide on this beach for kids, which is included, as well as the inflatable surfing experience (also included with a stay).
Food for the Whole Family
RUMFISH GRILL – RumFish Grill features cutting edge seafood, attractively served in the quiet under-the-sea atmosphere dominated by the massive fish tank.
PALM COURT ITALIAN GRILL – Regularly ranking as one of the top restaurants in St. Pete Beach, every meal here promises to be an intimate dining experience filled with Mediterranean magic.
BERMUDAS – Take in spectacular ocean views each morning while savoring traditional breakfast plates.
BEACHSIDE CANTINA – Delicious Mexican flavors, margaritas, and more! Located at Island Grand Beach Resort, an eatery offering authentic Mexican favorites and delicious drinks, all with a side of gorgeous gulf views.
GULFSIDE GRILL – Gulfside Grill is one of St. Pete’s favorite restaurants — and for good reason! This beachside bistro features a grill-centered menu, laid-back atmosphere, and lots of alfresco seating by the pool for enjoying that famous Florida sunshine.
FLYING BRIDGE – Order up at the classic cracker-cottage outpost — perched over the Island Grand Waterway — grab a seat on the deck, and prepare to savor perfectly prepared plates showcasing fresh, local ingredients.
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Where to stay at Tradewinds
TradeWinds Island Resorts – which includes the Island Grand and RumFish Beach Resort – has added 141 guestrooms to its portfolio, along with a new zip line on their family-friendly beach for kids, and a new Mexican restaurant at the Island Grand.
The 141 rooms were part of the property formerly known as the Alden Suites, which was recently acquired by TradeWinds and incorporated into the RumFish Beach Resort. The expansion brings a total of 899 guest rooms at TradeWinds Island Resorts… from Gulfview rooms to villas, pet-friendly suites, and more, there is a place for the whole family!
Tips on spending a night or weekend away with the fam
When planning a vacation with children, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. Planning ahead of time is key when it comes to vacations, especially when traveling with young children who are typically more energetic and unpredictable (and impatient). So before you jet off on your next adventure with your little ones, make sure you have some essentials at hand
- Think about the trip you and your family want (adventurous, relaxing, mountains, beach for kids, etc.)
- Make a plan of action, but be flexible.
- Set a budget. Finances can be a big stressor, set a budget, save for it, and stick to it.
- Be strategic with booking your hotel and activities in advance (or book last-minute – sometimes you can get good last-minute deals but it is a gamble.)
- Research the area for free things to do or local events that might be going on.
- Pack smart – be strategic by packing outfits together it will help your kids get ready independently.
- Unplug for the weekend – take a digital detox, disconnect from work and reconnect with those you love.