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MCARE 2016 Hotel & Travel Information

WARNING – If you are contacted by any company by email or phone asking you to make a hotel reservation through them, please do not respond.  These companies may falsely represent that they are affiliated with the hotel, ACerS or the meeting.  These companies are not reputable.  Do not provide any personal information to them.  To make a hotel reservation, please call the hotel reservation phone number below or go online.


Contact Greg Phelps at gphelps@ceramics.org (614-794-5831) if you have any questions. 


Hotel Reservations

Hilton Clearwater BeachHilton Clearwater Beach

400 Mandalay Avenue

Clearwater, Florida 33767, USA


Online Reservation Assistance (toll free) +1-800-774-1500


Reservations must be received on or before March 25, 2016


Group rate – $179 plus tax and optional daily resort fee* (group code MCARE)


US Government Rate$106 plus tax and optional resort fee*  (group code MCAREG)


* Optional Daily Resort Charge of $20 can be added to the room rate and includes: Internet; Bicycle Usage; 2 Drinks per stay; 2 Bottles of Water per night; Kids 5 and Under Breakfast; Offsite Fitness Ctr;  Childrens Activities; Ambassador Pool Svc; 15% off Gift Shop; 10% off Watersports; Fax, and Local calls.


Visa Information

If you are a non U.S. resident planning to attend this meeting, please note that the process of obtaining a visa to enter the United States may take several months. If you require an invitation letter in order to obtain a visa, please send an email with name of the meeting you plan to attend, your full name, mailing address, telephone number, date of birth, place of birth, passport number, passport issue date and passport expiration date to invitationletters@ceramics.org to obtain an official invitation from The American Ceramic Society.



Tampa International Airport (TPA) 

SuperShuttle $28.00 USD

Taxi $65.00 USD*



Jolley Trolley   – $2.25 single ridge or $4.50 for unlimited ride pass

From the beautiful oak interiors to the gleaming brass trim, taking the Jolley Trolley along Clearwater Beach or enjoying our Coastal Route to surrounding towns; is truly a unique ride. Operating on the beach 7 days a week, the Jolley Trolley also serves Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Safety Harbor and The Countryside Mall; on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  To further extend our services, all Jolley Trolley pass holders are able to ride the entire Pinellas County bus system with our interchangeable passes.


The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) 

PSTA  is the public transit provider in Pinellas County, Florida, providing more than 14.9 million passenger trips in FY2015. 210 buses serve 4,929 bus stops on 40 routes in Pinellas County including two express routes that travel to Tampa. 


Area Information

St. Petersburg Clearwater Convention and Visitors Bureau

St. Petersburg / Clearwater offers so much to do! Visit sugary beaches with crystal-clear water, a glittering nightlife, and world-class restaurants!


ACerS Concierge: Have questions about the meeting location? Contact Greg Phelps for assistance.


Greg’s Top 10 – Clearwater Beach Florida, USA – 2016

1) Sunsets at Pier 60  

Only steps from the Hilton Clearwater Beach, Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival on Clearwater Beach operates 365 days a year from two hours before until two hours after sunset, weather permitting. The nightly sunset celebration features artisans, crafters, street performers, and our world famous Pier 60 sunsets.


2) Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival 

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival, April 15-24, 2016, is a ten-day beach wide celebration that pays tribute to Tampa Bay’s two most valuable assets, our sugar sands and sunsets! The Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival consist http://www.pinellascounty.org/trailgd/ s of a variety of activities for all ages including a children’s play area, street performers, artisans and crafters, live entertainment, fireworks, sand sculpting classes, speed sand demonstrations, master sand sculpting competition, and the main attraction, The Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit. A 21,000 square-foot tent will be filled with sand-sculpted art crafted by world-class sculptors using Clearwater’s internationally famous sugar sand. This year, a thousand tons of Clearwater sand will be featuring a musical journey through the decades while celebrating America’s greatest hits and legends!


3) Clearwater Marine Aquarium 

​A unique attraction where one can view, touch and experience the biology and behavior of bottlenose dolphins, loggerhead sea turtles, Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles, river otters, sting rays, fish, coral reefs, mangroves and more. Visit Winter, the bottlenose dolphin who was rescued in December 2005 after having her tail caught in a crab trap, causing her to lose her tail. The aquarium fitted her with a prosthetic tail which brought worldwide attention to the facility. Winter starred in the 2011 Dolphin Tale, a film based on her life events, which was filmed partially on location at the aquarium.


4) The Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail 

Bicycle rentals are widely available in Clearwater Beach and the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail is a great way to see the surrounding area.    The Trail is a linear park and recreation trail currently extending from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs and is a multi-use trail everyone can enjoy. The Trail, created along an abandoned railroad corridor, provides a unique, protected greenspace for walking, jogging, skating and biking. Pinellas County Parks & Conservation Resources is responsible for the Trails maintenance and operating costs.


5) The Dali Museum

The Dali Museum in nearby St. Petersburg houses the largest collection of Dali’s work outside of Europe.  Located in a stunning building on the scenic downtown St. Pete waterfront, this iconic museum is the perfect jumping-off point to explore the rest of the city.


6) Dinner Cruises and Fishing Charters 

With a location on the Gulf of Mexico, it’s no surprise that Clearwater is a mecca for boating and fishing enthusiasts. Whether it’s adrenaline-filled speed boat rides, serene dolphin and marine life watching, family fun cruising, or deep sea fishing, there is truly something on the water for everyone to enjoy.


7) Whimzeyland, aka the Bowling Ball House  

Florida artists Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda have spent the last 20 or more years turning their home and neighboring properties into flamboyant works of art. Originally known simply as the “Bowling Ball House” for the (now over 500) painted bowling balls littering the yard in various formations. Pyramids, stacks, and walls of bowling balls adorn the grounds, surrounded by a schizophrenic landscape of color created by the other works of recycled art all around. Gardens made of colored bottles, rainbow mosaic pathways, and bright ceramic sculptures abound creating an almost otherworldly atmosphere.  Free to wander the grounds in the daytime, 1206 3rd St., Safety Harbor, FL. 


8) Sunken Gardens  

 Sunken Gardens is a botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city. As St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum, this 100 year old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region. Unwind as you stroll through meandering paths, lush with exotic plants from around the world. Explore cascading waterfalls, beautiful demonstration gardens, more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers.


9) Tarpon Springs Florida, home of the historic Sponge Docks 

The Sponge Industry helped build a Greek Community that is now famous not only for the world’s finest sponges, but for some of the finest Greek Restaurants, Markets, and Bakeries in the Country. Its charming downtown center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors to the Historic District can stroll along brick streets while browsing in art galleries, antiques stores, and specialty shops housed in buildings dating from the late 1800s.


10) Caladesi Island State Park   

If you’d like to see what Florida’s beaches looked like before hotels, restaurants and shops were built along the shores, plan a visit to Caladesi Island State Park.  As one of the few completely natural islands along Florida´s Gulf Coast, Caladesi´s white sand beaches were rated America’s Best Beach in 2008. Beach lovers can enjoy swimming, sunbathing and beachcombing. Saltwater anglers can cast a line from their boats or surf fish. Nature enthusiasts can spot wildlife while hiking the three mile nature trail through the island’s interior or paddling a three mile kayak trail through the mangroves and bay.  Located one mile west of Dunedin off the Gulf Coast, Caladesi Island is accessible by boat or ferry. 



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