Sightseeing Museums & Galleries pier family friendly tours museums US > Tampa Bay (area) > St. Pete Beach

10 Best Things To Do In & Around St. Pete Beach, Florida - Updated 2020

things to do in st. pete beach florida
Tabassum
Tabassum
Updated

St. Pete Beach (formerly known as St. Petersburg Beach), Florida, United States is the most southern link in a chain of barrier islands that make up the Tampa Bay Sun Coast in sunny Florida and was voted the #5 Best Beach in the World. In 1994, the local community voted to officially change the name from St. Peterson Beach to St. Pete Beach so not to confuse it with the city of St. Petersburg, which is located to the east. St. Pete Beach, Florida, is not only a great place to live but also a popular winter residence for people living in other parts of the United States, Canada and Europe. People love the serenity and peaceful beaches. There are a few things to do in St. Pete Beach, but there are also exciting places to visit nearby.

1. Gulf Beaches Historical Museum

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

This museum is located where the first church was situated in the National Historic District of Pass-a-Grille. Here you will see such things as post cards, photos showing the growth development of the beach communities, memorabilia of two island schools, church artifacts and other things that help tell all about the history of the island.

Gulf Beaches Historical Museum

Address: 115 10th Avenue, St. Pete Beach, FL

Website: Gulf Beaches Historical Museum

See our full list of recommended Hotels in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US

2. The Dali Museum

St. Pete Dali Museum03
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ebyabe used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Another museum worth visiting in St. Pete Beach. Please note that the address says Saint Petersburg, but the museum is located in downtown St. Pete Beach. Here you will find many fascinating works of renowned Spanish artist Salvador Dalí. Year round there are special exhibits as well as children’s activities, films, music, and lectures. Stroll through the building and then go outside and check out the interactive gardens and the waterside Avant Garden. Before leaving, be sure to try the authentic Spanish cuisine at Cafe Gala.

The Dali Museum

Address: One Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Website: The Dali Museum

See our full list of recommended Hotels in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US

3. Merry Pier

Pass-A-Grille - Merry Pier - Dad
Source: Photo by Flickr user Jared used under CC BY 2.0

This is a fishing store and fresh fish market that is a landmark and historical place. At this place you will find live shrimp, frozen bait, cold drinks, tackle, ice, sandwiches, and a friendly staff to boot. Also available here are fishing charters and the Shell Key Shuttle, which offers boat rides and daily excursions to the Shell Key Preserve.

Merry Pier

Address: 801 Pass A Grille Way, St. Pete Beach, FL

Website: Merry Pier

See our full list of recommended Hotels in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US

4. Pass-a-Grille Island

St Pete Beach FL Pass-a-Grille HD church msm plaque02
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ebyabe used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Pass-a-Grille, which is also known as the Old Town of Pass-a-Grille, is a beach that is located at the southern end of St. Pete Beach. There are restaurants here where you can eat while enjoying breathtaking views of the ocean. The locals and tourists alike love it here since it is quiet and peaceful.

Pass-a-Grille Island

Address: 1000 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach, FL

Website: Pass-a-Grille Island

See our full list of recommended Hotels in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US

5. Polynesian Putter

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

This is an amusement and theme park in St. Pete Island. Here you can enjoy the day with family playing miniature golf at an old style 18-hole miniature golf course. You cannot miss this place since there is a popular giant snake statue which, unfortunately, at one time had been damaged.

Polynesian Putter

Address: 4999 Gulf Blvd, 33706 St. Pete Beach, FL

See our full list of recommended Hotels in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US

6. Shell Key Shuttle

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

As mentioned above, this is an eco-tour with low impact on popular Shall Key Island from Merry Pier in Pass-a-Grille Island. As for Shell Key Island, it is a small barrier island just south of Pass-a-Grille and St. Petersburg Beach. You can get there by boat and it is about a 10 minute ride aboard a Corinthian, 49 passenger, Coast Guard inspected vessel. One last thing to note is that sunset cruises are also available, but only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Shell Key Shuttle

Address: 801 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach, FL

Website: Shell Key Shuttle

See our full list of recommended Hotels in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US

7. Swim with the Fishes

Aquarium
Source: Pixabay

Photo is only for illustrative purposes

This is a fun program where you will be swimming in an aquarium located in RumFish Grill. There is artificial sea water in the tank as well as lots of fish and a large variety of species. You will stay on the surface of the water throughout the experience and snorkel vests are required because they stop participants from going below the surface. Touching or feeding the species is not permitted. Included in the program is the 10-minute immersion experience, an educational session on animals and conservation, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the operation. The “Swim with the Fishes” program is only offered from Tuesday - Sunday at 10:30am and 2:30pm Eastern time.

Swim with the Fishes

Address: 6000 Gulf Blvd, RumFish Grill at Guy Harvey Outpost, St, Pete, FL

Website: Swim with the Fishes

See our full list of recommended Hotels in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US

8. St. Pete Beach

St. Pete's Beach, FL
Source: Photo by Flickr user Brian Solis used under CC BY 2.0

Did you know that the white, sandy shore of St. Pete Beach is the longest undeveloped public beach in the county? Enjoy various water sports, from parasailing and stand-up paddle boarding to windsurfing and kiteboarding at this beach, for which people flock to the town of St. Pete Beach. It is especially great for kids and families since the water is shallow. There are lots of restaurants nearby as well as lots of resort hotels to choose from. Have a relaxing day on this lovely beach and see for yourself why people love it as much as they do.

St. Pete Beach

Address: 6110 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL

Website: St. Pete Beach

See our full list of recommended Hotels in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US

9. See the stunning limestone and learn about the Floridan Aquifer

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

When in Florida, make it a point to explore its authentic and rare nature reserves, conservation areas, and botanical gardens. Take a day trip to the Floridian Aquifer and see the porous limestone that the Florida peninsula takes pride in. This freshwater limestone is exposed and collects freshwater with a rock that holds salt water underneath. This fascinating nature reserve sprouted out 600 freshwater springs that many travelers and locals alike come to enjoy and spend time in. Take a deep dive in one of these cool natural springs, like Ginnie Springs and learn more about the interesting history and structure of the Floridan Aquifer.

The Floridan Aquifer

Address: Florida, United States

Website: The Florida Aquifer

Opening hours: 24 hours, Sundays to Mondays

See our full list of recommended Hotels in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US

10. Have a Floridian Chili Burger at the Boulevard Burgers and Tap House

'Gormet cheeseburger' - Bradleys Original Tea Hut at High Beach, Essex, England 3
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Acabashi used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Photo is only for illustrative purposes

After a long day of traveling and exploring Florida, take a break and grab some amazing St. Pete’s Beach burgers at Boulevard Burgers and Tap House. This go-to burger joint has been a staple in St. Pete’s Beach which many people go back to time ad again for their scrumptious and juicy burgers. Some of the best sellers to try to include the Chili Burger for 11.95 USD, and the Mac & Cheese Burger for the same price. Enjoy hot summer days and have a bite of this impeccable burger right in the vicinity of St. Pete’s Beach. Enjoy happy hour every day with drinks like 3 Daughters Beach Blonde for 6 USD and Big Storm Wavemaker Amber Ale for 6.5 USD. Check this superb burger joint off your foodie bucket list right before leaving Florida’s finest, St. Pete’s Beach.

Boulevard Burgers and Tap House

Address: 5905 Gulf Blvd | St. Pete Beach, Florida

Website: Boulevard Burgers and Tap House

Opening hours: 11:00 am to 10:00pm,Sundays to Thursdays; 11:00 am to 12:00 am; Fridays and Saturdays

Price: 9.95 USD to 12:95 USD

See our full list of recommended Hotels in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay (area), US

Beautiful St. Pete Beach, Florida

St Pete Beach FL Don Ce Sar07
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ebyabe used under CC BY-SA 3.0

St. Pete Beach is a coastal city in the sunny state of Florida that is famous for its reputation as a lively tourist town. In addition to the pristine and scenic beach, there are lots of places to visit and explore in and around the area. Enjoy!

Frequently asked questions about the best things to do in and around St. Pete Beach, Florida

1. What are the top attractions to visit in St Pete Beach?

If you’re planning your itinerary to St. Pete Beach, a few of the top attractions you shouldn’t miss must include Pass-a-Grille, Merry Pier, and of course, St. Pete Beach.

2. What are the best outdoor activities in St Pete Beach?

Given its location near the sea, most of its top outdoor things to do are water activities, like boating excursions, fishing, and swimming.

3. What are the most popular things to do in St Pete Beach with kids?

One of the best things you can do for your kids during your trip here is to bring them to St. Pete Beach, where they can run freely, swim in the shallow waters, and build sandcastles.

Disclosure: Trip101 selects the listings in our articles independently. Some of the listings in this article contain affiliate links.

Get Trip101 in your inbox

Unsubscribe in one click. See our privacy policy for more information on how we use your data

12928
Still Need Travel Insurance?

You can buy and claim online, even after you've left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

*5% off when you book with our promo code: TRIP101

*For our Canadian and US travellers, unfortunately due to financial services laws, we cannot provide a discount. This promotional code cannot be used with any other discount offer, including World Nomads Members’ discount for travel insurance policy holders.

Tabassum Rahmani is a technical writer, who was born and raised in the USA to Indian parents. She loves to write and has been doing so for over a decade now. She enjoys travelling, especially with...Read more

Have a question? Ask fellow travellers and travel experts here.
 Want to contribute as a Local Expert?
Explore St. Pete Beach
Good things are meant to be shared!