10 Best Things To Do Under The Sun In St. Petersburg, Florida

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Be found at the “Sunshine City”, St. Petersburg, for its 786 continual days of sunshine! It is located on Florida’s gulf coast and part of the Tampa Bay area. Go for golfing, boating, fishing at the waterfront parks or sunbathing at American’s best beaches, St. Petersburg has more fun to offer under the sun.

You will not run out of artistic inspiration when you visit its arts and clay museums and shops. Downtown St. Petersburg is yet another vibrant district for shopping, munching, dining and entertainment. Take some days off to get the most of the activities under the sun at St. Petersburg, Florida - here are the ten best things you can do there.

1. 1. Art appreciation at Dali Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts

St. Petersburg is home to the Dali Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, where you will be introduced to the world of arts. As you stop by these museums, you will begin to appreciate the unparalleled works of renowned Spanish artist Salvador Dali, the African art, European paintings and American photography. You need not be an artist or artistic to be able to appreciate these outstanding and beautiful arts pieces.

Dali Museum

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

Website: Dali Museum

Museum of Fine Arts

Address: 255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Website: Museum of Fine Arts

2. 2. Music and musicals: Mahaffey Theater

St. Petersburg FL Mahaffey Theater01
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ebyabe used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Mahaffey Theater is home of the Florida Orchestra, which is Florida’s largest orchestra. It is also the most innovative orchestra in the United States, with a focus to serve the Tampa Bay area. So, when you come to visit St. Petersburg, you must not miss Florida Orchestra’s performances. There are over 100 performances annually around Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg, be sure to catch one of their top concert series such as Tampa Bay Times Masterworks, Raymond James Pops, coffee concert matinees, rock concerts, free Pops in the Park concerts, and educational youth concerts.

Mahaffey Theater

Address: 400 1st Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Website: Mahaffey Theater

St. Petersburg Shows & Musicals


3. 3. Creative clay creation

Mixed media sculpture, BB King, by Tim A.

Posted by Creative Clay on Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Other than music and fine arts, you will surprised by their pottery selection. You will find the largest working pottery in the Southeasts region at the Morean Center. Right at the Downtown St. Petersburg, there are many galleries, studios, hip boutiques featuring various individual artists’ work. Purchase artworks from the Creative Clay Arts Centre, take classes or simply walk around, you can spend a day or just one lazy afternoon at the café and restaurants in between the streets with artworks.

Morean Center

Address: 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Website: Morean Center

Creative Clay Arts Centre

Address: 1846 1st Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, FL, 33712

Website: Creative Clay Arts Centre

4. 4. Waterfront Parks

St Petersburg Jussupow Palais and park
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user MatthiasKabel used under CC BY 2.5

At the Waterfront Parks, there is never a lack of space for outdoor leisure. Be it picnicking, cycling, running, kite flying or having some family fun, there are many parks providing a good water front space for visitors and families. All parks enjoy the view of St. Pete Pier and the beautiful Tampa Bay. Having over 100 years of development, the whole stretch of waterfront parks cover 23 blocks along Tampa Bay in downtown St. Petersburg. You can use the park with plenty of benches, tables in the shade, and take as many photos as you would like over here in one of the most beautiful cities in Florida.

Waterfront Parks

Website: Waterfront Parks

5. 5. Egmont Key State Park

Florida- 1706 Egmont Key washed up seagrasses
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Tom Corser used under CC BY-SA 2.0 UK

Located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach, Egmont Key State Park is a wildlife refuge and offers a beautiful activity ground for swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, and picnicking. Visit the park also for its historic significance, with the ruin of Fort Dade, a Spanish–American War era fort and Egmont Key Lighthouse, that has stood since 1858. As the park is rather remote, food and water are not available, so be ready with your own supply.

Egmont Key State Park

Address: 4905 34th Street South #5000, St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Website: Egmont Key State Park

6. 6. Skyway Fishing Pier State Park

Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user [Unknown] used under CC BY-SA 3.0

What an experience to fish at the world’s longest fishing pier! Transformed from an old bridge linking St. Petersburg with Sarasota, this fishing pier is the anglers’ favorite as it provide many spots for campers. It is lighted at night and allows even night fishing. You may catch snook, tarpon, grouper, black sea bass, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, sheepshead, red snapper, pompano, and many more. Fishing at the pier is possible 24 hours a day and the whole year round.

Skyway Fishing Pier State Park

Address: 4905 34th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Website: Skyway Fishing Pier State Park

7. 7. Pro Karting Experience

Get your racing adrenaline up by go karting European-style; you can speed up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour! The track is available for all ages, and is suitable for groups, parties, corporate events, and league racing.

Pro Karting Experience

Address: 4600 34th Street N, St. Petersburg, FL 33714

Website: Pro Karting Experience

8. 8. Parks for plants

St. Petersburg FL Sunken Gardens sign01
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ebyabe used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Have you seen the 100-year-old garden downtown? Sunken Gardens features more than 50,000 tropical plants and many different kinds of exotic birds. You will be well-guided along the footpaths, as you go through a fountain plaza, the orchid arbor, the Growing Stone, a Japanese garden, Wishing Well and Wedding Lawn and much more. Visiting the botanical garden can even be more dynamic; you can go for the garden tours, horticultural program or even on a field trip.

Sunken Gardens

Address: 1825 Fourth Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Website: Sunken Gardens

9. 9. Feasting on Florida food

Posted by Locale Market on Friday, 2 December 2016

Locale Market is a one-of-a-kind marketplace offering hand-selected ingredients and thoughtfully sourced artisan products. Modeled after some great markets in Europe, Locale is a curated grocery market that provides a long time culinary collaboration that offers the freshest, finest ingredients. You may go upstairs to the FarmTable Kitchen for lunch and dinner, for happy hour every Mon-Fri, 5 to 7 pm, or for live music on Fridays at 6 pm.

Locale Market

Address: 179 2nd Ave. N. ST., St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Website: Locale Market

10. 10. EDGE District

Visit the top Florida destination in St. Petersburg - the EDGE District. You will not get bored as there are many retail shops selling fine art, folk art, designer apparel, bohemian couture, custom-made paddle boards, custom home theatre systems, curated coastal chic décor, and even the country’s largest collection of mid-century modern furniture. Eateries are in numerous styles such as bars and craft beer pubs, restaurants, a microbrewery, 15 restaurants, and more. Besides, the streets are decorated with palm tree and many beautiful historic buildings. This is a must-see place when you are in St. Petersburg.

EDGE District

Address: 11 B. Martin Luther King, Jr. St. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33705 

Website: EDGE District

Enjoy the sun at St. Petersburg

The long sunshine days allow attractions in St. Petersburg to be opened the whole year round. There will never be a lack of activities that visitors can enjoy. Spend your holiday under the sun at St. Petersburg, and you will find your holiday well-spent.

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Louise is a creative writer and a children’s book author. She loves travelling with purpose, be it for work, missions, teaching, for a humanitarian cause, or for pure fun. She has been traveling to...Read more

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