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Things to See and Do Around Saint Petersburg, Florida

Updated on June 2, 2020
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Chad is an avid traveler who loves to share his tips and experiences to help others get the most out of their travels.

If you're visiting the Saint Petersburg, Florida area, there's no shortage of things to do. Whether you're looking for something physical and outdoors or mentally stimulating in the air conditioning there's something around Saint Pete to interest you.

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 things to do, in the water or out. Para-sailing, dolphin watching, snorkeling, swimming, sailing, and skim boarding are some of the 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.

Saint Pete Beach, Florida
Saint Pete Beach, Florida

Take the Kids to the Great Explorations Children's Museum

Great Explorations is a museum with lots of hands-on exhibits for the little ones. The exhibits include Fit4AllKidsVille, which teaches children about healthy living, and My First Market, where kids can get familiar with grocery stores and checkout counters. One of the kid favorites is the Veterinary Office, complete with toy medical equipment and real x-rays.

Great Explorations Children's Museum
Great Explorations Children's Museum

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. The official website says "this 100 year-old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region".

Waterfalls in Sunken Gardens, Saint Petersburg
Waterfalls in Sunken Gardens, Saint Petersburg

Swim at 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.

Fort Desoto Park offers numerous amenities including restrooms, campgrounds, food stands, a dog park, and playgrounds.

Fort Desoto Park, Florida
Fort Desoto Park, Florida

The Salvador Dali Museum

The Salvador Dali museum in Saint Petersburg has the largest collection of Salvador Dali's surrealist art anywhere. Over 2,400 of his works are housed in the museum that Architectural Digest called one of the ten most interesting museums in the world. Tours teach about the Spaniard, known for his subconscious imagery, and his art.

The Salvador Dali Museum in Florida
The Salvador Dali Museum in Florida | Source

Check out The Pier

The area known as "The Pier" encompasses 26 acres. The actual Pier is a five story building overlooking Tampa Bay which houses restaurants, bars, an aquarium, places to shop, and more. The area also includes a marketplace full of kiosks and tents where vendors sell unique items, the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center, parks, swimming areas, concert venues, and more.

The Pier, Saint Petersburg, FL
The Pier, Saint Petersburg, FL

The Florida Holocaust Museum

The Holocaust museum has one permanent exhibit called History, Heritage and Hope. The exhibit teaches about the history of the Holocaust through photos, videos, and other artifacts. Many smaller exhibits change from time to time.

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".

Florida Holocaust Museum
Florida Holocaust Museum
Boat near the Pier in St. Pete, FL
Boat near the Pier in St. Pete, FL

Have you visited any of these destinations in Saint Petersburg, Florida? Did I miss any must-see attractions?


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