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Things to See and Do Around Saint Petersburg, Florida
1. Visit Saint Pete Beach. It's located on an island near Saint Petersburg, Florida and was ranked as the number one beach destination in the U.S. by TripAdvisor. There's no shortage of fun to have in the water or out. Para-sailing, dolphin watching, snorkling, swimming, sailing, and skim boarding are all activities you can enjoy at Saint Pete Beach. After a day in the ocean you can catch a movie while enjoying a glass of wine or go shopping at an outdoor art market.
2. Take the kids to the Great Explorations Children's Museum. Great Explorations is a museum with lots of hands-on exhibits for kids. The exhibits include Fit4AllKidsVille, that teaches about healthy living; My First Market, where kids can get familiar with grocery stores and checkout counters; and a Veterinary Office, complete with toy medical equipment and real x-rays.
3. Walk through the Sunken Gardens. Right beside Great Explorations, the Sunken Gardens have tropical plants and flowers from all over the world. Stroll along a path past waterfalls, ponds, parrots, and flamingos.
4. Fort Desoto Park. Encompassing 1,136 acres, Fort Desoto Park is the largest park in Pinellas County. It has three miles of white sandy beaches and seven miles of waterfront. The five islands that make up the park have an abundance of plant, sea, and wild life.
5. The Salvador Dali Museum. The museum in Saint Petersburg has the largest collection of Salvador Dali's surrealist art in the world. Tours explain the man and his art.
6. Check out The Pier. The five story Pier, overlooking Tampa Bay, houses restaurants, bars, an aquarium, places to shop, and more.
7. The Florida Holocaust Museum. The museum has one permanent exhibit; History, Heritage and Hope; and many smaller ones. The official website says, "The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching the members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life...".