From Salvador Dalí to Sunken Gardens to Over-the-Top Fun
There is just so much to see and do in lovely St. Pete Beach and the surrounding area. From the Sunken Garden with its 50,000 plants and flowers to the stunning, surreal Salvador Dali Museum to the fascinating Florida Aquarium and 2,700 live animals and fun rides at Busch Gardens Tampa, the Don is near it all. Browse our guide to the most popular attractions on St. Pete Beach and nearby St. Petersburg and Tampa, FL.
John’s Pass Village
Located on the waterfront at John’s Pass, this quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village offers over 100 merchants, including unique retail shopping, a variety of restaurants, the local fishing fleet, dolphin watching and shelling tours, boat rentals, parasailing and Jet Skiing. Special events also take place at the Village, including John Levique Pirate Days in May, a Seafood Festival in October, and a transformation into a Christmas scene during December.
Egmont Key State Park
This 440-acre island is the home to one of the last government-operated lighthouses, built in 1858, in the nation. It is still an active navigational aide to all ships entering Tampa Bay. Now a wildlife refuge, Egmont Key was a camp for captured Seminoles during the Third Seminole War and was a Union Navy base during the Civil War. Several boats offer snorkeling excursions to this island, which is accessible only by boat. Egmont Key also has a variety of significant natural resources, including a large population of gopher tortoises, and its beach is used as a nesting area by loggerhead sea turtles.
Fort DeSoto Park
The largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, this park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands. The 12-inch mortar battery, located at the fort for which the park was named, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The park offers boating, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, bicycling, skating, running, nature trails, historical fort, fishing piers, doggy beach, shelling, birding, camping, and swimming.
The Pinellas Trail is a 47-mile fitness trail built on abandoned railways. One of the longest linear parks in the United States, it runs from Tarpon Springs to the north to its terminus in south St. Petersburg.
Everything is in bloom at this hidden gem inside city limits. Sunken Gardens has an exotic collection of more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers and features a butterfly garden, wedding lawn, a walk-through aviary with exotic species of birds, and an orchid arbor. This garden is open seven days a week.
The Florida Aquarium
Journey through the bay aboard the Bay Spirit, our 72-foot powered catamaran, and encounter the awesome animals that thrive in local waters. The only requirement is a sense of adventure. Located in Tampa, approximately 30 minutes away.
Known as Tampa’s Latin Quarter, Ybor City is an exotic blend of aromas, flavors, sights and sounds. From the scent of Cuban coffee roasting early in the morning to the rhythms of Latin music late into the night, Ybor is a feast for the senses. Choose from a variety of cuisines with a stroll down La Setima, the main street of the Historic District. Browse eclectic shops and art galleries, visit one of the museums, see a hand-rolled cigar being made or just relax and people watch. Red-brick buildings, wrought-iron balconies and narrow brick streets give it an old-world charm; a refreshing change of pace from the beach and the mall.
Situated on the curve of Bayshore Drive in downtown St. Petersburg overlooking the Bay, The Dali Museum is home to the world's most comprehensive collection of works by the late Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali. The collection includes 94 original oils, over 100 watercolors and drawings, plus 1,300 graphics, sculptures, holograms, objects of art and photographs. The new museum, more than twice the size of the old at 66,450 square feet, opened on January 11, 2011.
The Chilhuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center
The Chihuly Collection is a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork in a magnificent 10,000 square foot setting designed by award-winning architect Albert Alfonso in downtown St. Petersburg.
Mahaffey Theater for Performing Arts
Located in the heart of beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, the newly renovated Progress Energy Center for the Arts—Mahaffey Theater is a 2,030-seat cultural jewel featuring elegant ballroom space, spectacular waterfront views, and European box-style seating.
Museum of Fine Arts
The elegant Palladian-style building in downtown St. Petersburg combines the styles of a classic art museum and a Mediterranean villa. Designed by John Volk, the building itself is a work of art and has 20 galleries—some small and intimate, others more spacious. The Museum also has splendid Membership and Sculpture Gardens.
Second Saturday Art Walk
On the second Saturday of every month, from August through December, the galleries on and around Central Avenue display works of art and sponsor other events.
The mission of The Florida Orchestra is to enrich the life of the Tampa Bay area as it inspires, entertains and educates a wide and diverse audience with the unique experience of live symphonic music, ensuring that future generations will continue to enjoy this legacy that so magnificently celebrates the human spirit.
Great Explorations Children’s Museum
Imagine a museum where you don't just look at the exhibits, you touch them. Move them. Explore them. And in some cases actually become part of them. This is Great Explorations. And it’s unlike any place you've been before.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum
The museum presents the historic voice of the St. Petersburg African-American community, in the perspective of local, regional, and national history. It is a demonstration of the commitment to revitalize the Midtown St. Petersburg area. The museum joins Mercy Hospital at the Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center, the Royal Theater Boys and Girls Club, and the renovated Manhattan Casino as evidence of the renaissance of this area.
Florida Holocaust Museum
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 members of all races and cultures to recognize the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.
St. Petersburg Museum of History
The Mission of the St. Petersburg Museum of History is to collect, preserve and communicate the history and heritage of Florida with emphasis on St. Petersburg and the Pinellas Peninsula.
American Stage is Tampa Bay's best professional regional equity theatre. Founded in 1977, the company's mission is to create the most satisfying live theatre in the Tampa Bay area, accessible to all members of the community.
freeFall Theater Company
Craving an intimate theatrical experience with all the energy and excitement of a New York opening? freeFall's got it with its recently renovated two stages: one 300-seat main stage theatre and a 150-seat studio theatre—with tons of free parking in a beautiful West St. Pete locale, midway between the beaches and downtown. Treat your mind and feed your senses at freeFall.
The Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College
For 10 years, the Palladium has presented the best in cultural programming for and by the community—music including jazz, blues, folk, gospel, bluegrass, Latin, classical and opera, plus original programming featuring dance and drama.
For more information on supporting local St. Petersburg arts and theater, please speak with our Concierge.
Theme And Amusement Parks
Busch Gardens Tampa
Busch Gardens is the ultimate family adventure park, offering an array of fascinating attractions based on exotic encounters with the African continent. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos featuring more than 2,700 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens provides unrivaled "real" excitement for guests of every age. Just 45 minutes away.
More Theme Park Options
If you are looking for other theme park options, day trips to Orlando include SeaWorld, Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, EPCOT Center, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.