The Clearwater area's best kept secret is the Pinewood Cultural Park. Over 180 acres, the park incorporates pleasure with education relating to local history, nature and the environment and the visual arts. Heritage Village, a 21-acre open-air living history museum amid tall pines and palmettos, offers 23 of the county's oldest structures, with two dating back to the Civil War era. The Florida Botanical Gardens features all Florida plants, both native and non-native with wildlife nesting habitat, restored wetlands and natural bridges interacting with the more formal gardens. The Gulf Coast Museum Of Art features a permanent collection of contemporary Florida art in all its manifestations with a special focus on fine contemporary craft media objects from the 12 southeastern states.
The Clearwater area is enriched by and enlightened through our world-class museums such as the Salvador Dali, home of the largest collection of his work outside Spain, the Florida Holocaust Memorial Museum and Educational Center bringing the depth of emotion from that era, and the Museum of Fine Arts with its elegant building showcasing world-renown artists. The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Arts features an extensive expressionist collection by Allen Leepa and Abraham Rattner, including their friends Picasso, Rouault, Hofmann and Ernst. The Florida International Museum will host a very special exhibition this year featuring 250 superlative pieces from the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg spanning over 800 years of Russian history.
Our museums are not just for adults. Children and their parents will find the exhibits within Great Explorations-The Hands On Museum stimulating and intriguing, designed to be touched, moved and explored. The David L. Mason Children’s Art Museum with its playful themes makes fine arts fun through intelligent, interactive experiences including cartoon-making, acting and stop-motion animation. Click here for a complete list of museums.
Outstanding theaters characterize the Clearwater area. Constructed in 1983 by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Ruth Eckerd Hall at the Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts, is well known and respected for its acoustics and state-of-the-art equipment and offers a wide range of performances for every age. Clearwater’s "community" Capitol Theater, located in historic downtown Clearwater, showcases an extremely wide variety of performance types. Click here for a complete list of performing arts and dinner theaters.
Clearwater Outdoor Events and Venues
With our weather, it is natural the arts come outside. For example, Shakespeare in the Park brings the bard to life in a way not experienced indoors. Art shows decorate the waterfront and our parks. Known for our outdoor concerts overlooking the water either at Coachman Park in downtown or on beautiful Clearwater Beach, all types of musical professionals visit during the year, especially on holiday weekends.
When the sun sets, nightlife and entertainment options are as varied as those during the day. The area's nightclub experience is ever expanding, both on the islands and on the mainland, warming up after 10pm. Coachman Park, on the intracoastal, is often the site of big name musical entertainment for all tastes. Nearby Ybor City's entertainment district offers a nightlife as colorful as its Spanish heritage. Cruise Clearwater Harbor to best see Clearwater's evening skyline, a very pretty view. Quality theater in professional surroundings or in atmospheric dinner theaters makes for a treasured memory.
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