Clearwater Announces Summer Openings

Clearwater, Florida announces multiple new openings this summer. The grand opening of the first Ron Jon Surf Shop in the Tampa area initiated a wave of change and is located below the new Hooters. To complement the city’s shopping and dining options, renowned Clearwater Marine Aquarium unveiled the Hurricane Experience simulation as well as the arrival of Rufus the Pelican of hit movie Dolphin Tale.

The first ever branch of the Ron Jon Surf Shop in the Tampa vicinity opened on May 24, 2012 and is the company’s 10th location. Founded in 1959, the Ron Jon Surf Shop chain includes stores along the East Coast and the famous flagship store in Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Clearwater’s very own Ron Jon Surf Shop encompasses a spacious 3,100 square feet stocked with beach, surf, and skatewear for the whole family. Near Pier 60 at 377 Mandalay Ave, the shop is conveniently located just steps away from the scenic beach.

On June 4, 2012 Hooters celebrated the opening of its newest location in Clearwater, Florida, home to the world’s first ever Hooters. The new Hooters maintains the brand’s signature “delightfully tacky, yet unrefined” charm but features indoor/outdoor HD TVs and a rooftop bar, The Lookout, with spectacular views of the beach and sunsets.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium unveiled the newest addition to the “Dolphin Tale Adventure” exhibit on June 11, 2012: the “Hurricane Experience”. Ashley Judd’s home from Dolphin Tale has been recreated and visitors walking through will experience a hurricane category one simulation of high winds, rain, and thunder. Both entertaining and highly educational, visitors will not only explore the set of a major motion picture, but will also encounter a hurricane

A second exciting development at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium was the June 15, 2012 arrival of lovable new resident, Rufus the Pelican of Dolphin Tale fame. These multiple new openings this summer help the city’s strong standing as a prime tourist destination with entertainment for all. For more about the Clearwater Marine Aquarium visit

About Clearwater
Clearwater is an ideal destination for travelers of all ages and interests, occupying prime real estate along Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast. As a top, year round location for both leisure and business, Clearwater boasts an endless supply of sun, warm weather, great dining, and shopping, along with extensive outdoor activities both on land and at sea. Clearwater Beach is consistently ranked among America’s most beautiful and the city is also home to a wide variety of sporting and music events, including Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training and the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday.