Fly into Clearwater for a Day
For a beach destination that’s not too far from Ridge Landing, look no further than Clearwater. Just 72 statute miles away from Ridge Landing Airpark, the Clearwater Airpark is one of the best you can fly into. In 2014, the Clearwater Airpark received the Florida General Aviation Airport of the Year award from the Florida Department of Transportation, an honor no doubt!
Marine & Aviation Director for the City of Clearwater, William Morris, said, “To be selected as the top airport out of 111 general aviation airports in Florida is truly the culmination of creating an outstanding team…”
Clearwater Airpark has worked with neighbors as well as city departments to create the fantastic facility it is today. With neighbors’ consent, the airpark was able to top or remove trees. Other recent improvements include an automated weather observation station and a runway measuring 4,100 feet long, 75 feet wide, and a 30-foot-wide taxiway. It’s also worth mentioning Clearwater Airpark (KCLW) is open seven days a week, with a takeoff and landing window spanning from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Top 7 Things To Do in Clearwater
So, you know that you’ll be flying into one of the best airparks around, but did you know you’ll also be visiting one of the top beaches in the U.S.? According to USA Today, Clearwater was rated as the Best Beach Town in Florida in 2013, and it consistently tops “best beach” lists by Dr. Beach and revered media outlets like the Travel Channel.
Going to beach is a must-do when you fly in from Ridge Landing – the white sandy beaches and the fishing pier offer enough relaxation for you to enjoy for hours on end. And when you get hungry, stop into iconic Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, right on the strip, for some beachside bites and live music.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Gain a little insight on aquatic life and check out the dolphins, two of which are the stars of Dolphin Tales 1 & 2, alongside Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, and Harry Connick Jr. Visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium website for ticket information and directions.
Bright House Networks Field
Home of the Phillies (Spring Training) and the Clearwater Threshers, Bright House Networks Field is a great place to catch a ballgame if you’re in the mood for some sports action. There is a classically Floridian Tiki Pavilion in one section of seating where you can enjoy a beer and some eats. Check out the schedule to coordinate your trip if you’re looking to attend a game.
Kayaking or Paddle Boarding
There’s no better way to enjoy the water than to be gliding on top of it at your own pace, taking in all that nature has to offer. Rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board from Tampa Bay SUP to get active.
Pierce Street Market
If you simply would like to stroll around and not particularly have anything too extreme on the agenda, you might enjoy hanging out at Pierce Street Market. Situated waterfront, you can visit for a no-fuss experience, viewing local artisans’ goods and enjoying a laidback atmosphere.
Ruth Eckerd Hall
At Ruth Eckerd Hall, you can catch a variety of comedy acts and concerts. Whether you’re looking for a laugh or to dance the night away to some music, you’ll find entertainment here. Check the Tickets & Events section so you can plan your trip accordingly.
If you brought your spouse on your trip to Clearwater, consider catching Florida’s west coast sunset from the comfort of Kai Lani Catamarans. You can choose either a “booze cruise” to make new friends or a romantic one to enjoy some one-on-one time.
Finish your adventure in Clearwater with none other than some fresh seafood. With local fare a big hit, you’ll find some delicious options at Clear Sky Café.