15+ Things to do in Largo for Families


Looking for things to do in Largo that are fun for the whole family? Below you’ll find 15 cool activities in Largo, Florida.

We are two Pinellas moms who grew up in here and now live here with our families. We make these lists based on research we do for ourselves and share them to help save other families time finding fun in our area. As a kid growing up here, my family didn’t go enjoy all that Largo had to offer, so Largo feels like it’s full of hidden treasurer and my kids love visiting them!

Below you’ll find two sections of activities. The first are things to do with kids in Clearwater that are inside Clearwater city limits. Because nobody likes those “local” list where most of the suggestions are actually farther away.

At the end, we include a separate section of kids things to do near Clearwater but outside city limits. We intentionally limited these activities to only those that we personally think are worth an extra drive and hope this helps people find even more fun.

Let’s explore Clearwater kids activities!

1. Highland Family Aquatic Center

The Highland Recreation community center in Largo is top notch! It has one of the best pools, indoor playground and outdoor playground in the county!

The Aquatic Center is an absolute blast with a splash pad, deep area, shallow area, younger kids water slide and big kid/adult water slides!

There is a fee to go in and normally that only pays for a window of time and not the whole day. I recommend checking the website for the time ranges that day.

Two water slides, one twisty and one straight going into a pool

2. Highland Recreation Center Outdoor Playground

Outside the Highland Recreation Center you’ll find a very cool outdoor playground. You can walk through the community center to get to it or around the outside of the pool. This part of Highland Rec is totally free to visit.

This playground is fondly known to some as Hexagon Park and offers some very unique and entertaining playground structures. They have a separate area for older and younger kids. It is mostly shaded by trees and has two shelters nearby that can be rented.

outdoor playground that looks like futurist metal hexagons in Largo Florida
outdoor playground that looks like futurist metal hexagons at Largo's Highland Recreation Center

3. PlayWorld at Highland Recreation Center

Yes, Highland Rec makes the list three times because it’s just that good and each of its offerings are unique. Inside the rec center, you’ll find a truly amazing indoor playground for children 11 and under. It has a giant 3-story slide and lots of fun climbing. There is a smaller, but decent section made for children 5 and under too.

There is a fee per child for the playground but it is reasonable and gives you all day entrance. During the morning hours, there’s special “itty bitty” time for children under 5 years old only to play. During this time, parents are allowed to go in the big play structure too to help their kids (plus, the fee is cheaper for itty bitty time too!).

toddler climbing up a colorful foam stair ramp at an indoor playground
Colorful indoor playground structure that looks like a train with colorful padded floors

4. Largo Central Park

This is one of the larger playgrounds in the county with a lot for a variety of ages, physical skill, and also love of imaginary play! Here are some pros and cons of this playground:

  • PROS: large and unique playground, no road near by to be concerned about, bathrooms are right there, some tree shade
  • CONS: large size can be make it hard to keep track of multiple kids, size may also be overwhelming to some kids.

There is a large field near the playground that could be used for kites, soccer or other activities.

The Largo playhouse also located in Largo’s Central Park offers a variety of quality shows. Its great for a date night and others are amazing opportunity to introduce your kids to the theater. Check out their website for the upcoming schedule.

Outdoor playground under trees with a green and blue slide at Largo Central Park

5. Largo Central Railroad

Largo Central Railroad is technically in Largo Central Park but we think it deserves to be highlighted on it’s own. One weekend a month the railroad offers free train rides (you can find upcoming dates on their website).

The railroad is run by a non-profit club of miniature train enthusiasts that share the love of trains with the community. The model trains are fully rideable, even by adults, and operate like real trains. It’s super cool.

6. Largo Library

The Largo library was rebuilt in 2005 and is really nicely done. It is located by Largo Central Park so it’s easy to add on a visit when you visit the park.

They have a great and spacious kids area (it makes our list of great children’s library areas in Pinellas). Plus, it has a cafe inside the library so it almost feels like going to browse a bookstore with a coffee.

Entrance to the bookmark cafe inside the largo library

7. Heritage Village

Heritage Village is a fun, education and totally free outing for families to learn about our local history. It’s home to historic buildings that have been relocated here from various parts of Pinellas county, each providing an immersive experience.

Additionally, there are frequently live demonstrations that both you and your kids will find fascinating. It’s also a wonderful spot to simply enjoy a stroll, especially when the weather isn’t too hot.

The paths are very stroller friendly but we left our stroller at the entrances to the buildings. There are also picnic tables throughout the park and multiple bathrooms.

Old historic building with a big front porch at heritage village in Pinellas County
Picture of the map sign of Heritage Village in Largo FL

8. Botanical Gardens

The Florida Botanical Gardens is a free park that spans over 100 acres. It’s a fantastic option for both adults and children looking to enjoy the outdoors on a beautiful day.

A highlight for families with kids is the new Majeed Discovery Garden. My kids could have spent hours here playing in areas, with climbing structures, building areas and water play. They especially loved the area just full of huge sticks to build with and the water pump.

The Botanical Gardens are located directly next to Heritage Village and are great to pair together. (NOTE: they have different hours though so be sure to check both websites)

9. Walsingham Park

Walsingham Park is a Pinellas County park located very close to Heritage Village and the Botanical Gardens. It’s a big park with pretty much every park amenity you could think of: playground, picnic shelters, boat ramps, dog park and trails.

10. George C. McGough Nature Park

McGough Nature Center was so so much cooler than I expected after reading about it. I knew you could feed turtles but never imagined they’d have SO many turtles. It was so cool and definitely worth the trip.

In addition to the turtles, there’s also a free nature center and trails to walk. There’s a small playground with a cool zip line too!

Turtle sitting on a tree root on the edge of a lake shore with an island of turtles in the background at McGough Nature Center in Largo
Kids looking at amphibian tanks and displays of an alligator and turtle at McGough Nature Park in Largo FL

11. Yellow Banks Grove

On your way to McGough Nature Center, stop in at Yellow Banks Grove. It is located just before McGough and is full of old Florida feeling. You can get orange swirl soft serve ice cream, shop Florida tchotchkes and get lots of fresh squeezed orange juice.

TIP: Bring cash if you’re only getting ice cream because they have a minimum purchase for cards.

Hand holding up a cup of orange-vanilla soft serve in front of a building with the sign that says Pure Fresh Juice at Yellow Banks Grove in Largo FL

12. John Bonner Nature Park

John Bonner Park is just north of the McGough Nature Center so you could easily visit both in the same trip. The park is on the water and you’ll find hiking trails, playground and picnic areas.

13. Liberty Lanes

I feel like people forget about bowling but it is such a fun activity and works for the whole family. We like the highlight bowling too because over the summer, Liberty Lanes participates in the ‘kids bowl free all summer’ program — you can sign up on this website.

a child about to throw a bowling ball down the lane

14. DK Farms and Gardens

DK Farms is a petting zoo that does lots of seasonal events and festivals. It’s nice because it is open on weekdays too, unlike some of the other kids farms near Pinellas. It also has activities like mini golf on site.

DK Farms makes our list of farms near Pinellas that you can visit, and also our list of local birthday party venues.

15. Sky Zone

Sky Zone is a huge trampoline park that is a national chain. The Clearwater Sky Zone is actually located in Clearwater. It is a fun activity for kids and adults. They also have special hours for families with little kids 7 and under.

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