10 Things to Do in March in St. Pete-Clearwater

Your guide to fun things to do in Pinellas County in March

Looking for something fun to do in March around the Clearwater-St. Pete area? This guide is for you!

March is a great time to take advantage of many activities before it gets too hot to be outside. Many of the ideas we list below are outdoors so you can enjoy those last few days before every day is super hot.

You’ll also find fun March activities, like those celebrating strawberry season, Spring Training and Spring break!

We are two local moms who write about the kids-friendly fun to be had in Pinellas County. We hope our lists give you ideas for new things to check out with your families!

Let’s check out the list!

1. Go to the Strawberry Festival

a bowl of strawberry shortcake with a huge amount of whipped cream

The annual Plant City Strawberry Festival usually takes place at the beginning of March. From the pig races to the strawberry shortcake, it has always been a family favorite of ours.

TIP: You can get discounted $10 tickets if you buy in advance at Publix (tickets are $15 at the gate for adults)

2. U-pick Strawberries

While you’re in the strawberry spirit, you can also pick your own strawberries in March. Many strawberry farms open for u-pick seasons in March, at the end of the commercial strawberry season.

Check out our list of U-pick strawberry farms near Pinellas to find a place to pick. Remember to bring sunscreen since strawberry fields aren’t shaded!

3. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Crowd in the park at the dunedin st. patrick's day festival in Florida

Head to Dunedin for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival. They shut down Main Street Dunedin for live music, beers and St. Patty’s day festivities.

In south county, there is a two-day long St. Patrick’s day celebration called Paddy Fest St. Pete. It started last year and is a free family-friendly event with music, performances, food trucks and a kid-zone.

If you’re looking for things to do at home with kids, you can also check out our list of easy St. Patty’s things to do with toddlers.

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4. Visit ZooTampa’s New Sting Ray Exhibit

toddler leaning over a stingy ray touch tank as sting rays swim by

The sting ray tank at ZooTampa is finally reopening, with it’s soft opening happening the end of February/early March.

We happened to be at the zoo on the first day of the soft opening. Even after 30+ minutes petting sting rays, I could still barely drag my kids away from the tank.

We had the best luck petting rays when we were nearby someone feeding them. Note that the water level is hard to reach for little toddlers arms.

And don’t forget to check out our full guide to ZooTampa before you go!

5. Start a Garden

a caterpillar on small orange and yellow flowers

March is a good time to plant seeds outside in the Clearwater area. Check out the Almanac’s guide to when to start plants in our area to give you an idea.

It is also a great time for butterfly gardens. Malena and her kids are currently enjoying their butterfly garden with caterpillars turning into chyrsalis. You can find a primer to butterfly gardens from UF here.

6. Hunt Easter Eggs

toddler in white bunny costume with easter eggs on the ground (face obscured)

With an earlier Easter this year, Easter egg hunts will be happening throughout the month of March. Don’t worry, we rounded up all the Easter egg hunts and Easter bunny photos in our area so you don’t have to go searching for them.

7. Catch a Spring Training Game

the entrance to the TD ballpark in Dunedin

Spring training takes place in Clearwater and Dunedin throughout the month of March. The Phillies train at the BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater and the Toronto Blue Jays train at the Dunedin TD Ballpark.

8. Explore the Florida Botanical Gardens

the sign for the majeed discovery garden at the florida botanical garden

The Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo are over 100-acres of gardens that you can visit for free. They recently opened a children’s garden that full of interactive spaces for kids. The children’s garden isn’t shaded so we recommend checking it out in March before it gets too hot.

We went recently and my kids had an absolute blast. There was a water pump for water play, building blocks, climbing structures and a cool area full of big sticks that is a kid’s dream.

9. Take a Spring Break Day Trip

Take advantage of Spring Break in the middle of March by taking a trip or day trip. Not sure where to head? Check out our list of great kid-friendly museums throughout Florida.

10. Go to AirFest

MacDill’s AirFest is back this year and takes place at the end of March. I spent my childhood volunteering at AirFest with my dad so I can’t wait to go back this year with my own kids.

AirFest is two days full of air performances, parked planes and fighter jets that kids can explore, and lots of family-friendly activities. Best of all, it’s totally free!

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Need more ideas of things to do in March? Check out our list of free things to do in Clearwater-St. Pete.

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