Tap to Read ➤

Top 15 Things to Do in St. Petersburg, FL

Ishaan Govardhan Sep 4, 2019
In America's Sunshine State, if there's one city that truly captures the essence and spirit of Florida, it must be the one nicknamed "The Sunshine City", and that's St. Petersburg. This vibrant city makes for a well-rounded trip, rather than just another day at the beach.

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

Because St. Petersburg is blessed with an amazing 361 days of sunny skies (a yearly average), it's always bustling with tourists looking to soak up the sun. It's Tampa Bay's ultimate summer destination.

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

Answer the siren call of the sparkling white sands of Clearwater Beach, and go sunbathing without further ado. You'll find it easy to believe that this city once experienced 768 consecutive days of sunny weather (a Guinness World Record)!

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

Once you've earned yourself a nice tan, go for a drive on Sunshine Skyway Bridge, as it stretches out over the shimmering blue water of Tampa Bay. This stunning bridge is Florida's most iconic symbol.

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

It's always sailing season in St. Petersburg! Whether you decide to charter a sailboat or hop on a cruise, make sure you get out on the water at least once during your getaway.

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

If sailing is not your thing, you could always paddle out onto the peaceful water on a kayak. Just rent one at the beach.

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

Feel like riding the waves as they break just off the St. Pete coastline? Grab your surfboard and show everyone what you've got!

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

If your idea of a vacation involves your fishing rod, you should head over to Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, to hook some big ones off one of the longest fishing piers in the world. Fishing supplies are available right there on the pier.

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

Back in the heart of St. Pete, head over to The Dalí Museum: a stunning building that's almost as surreal as the artworks it houses.
If you go for a stroll along the waterfront, eventually you'll come upon this building: the Mahaffey Theater. Drop in, for a good show.
The arts-and-culture scene of St. Pete is much bigger than The Dalí. Head over to the Morean Arts Center, for a look at some beautiful artworks from a diverse range of both local and international artists. And don't miss their Chihuly Collection!
The locals do their shopping down at the outdoor St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market. Join them for a helping of fresh produce and delicious street food from over a 100 vendor stalls.

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

As night falls, certain parts of the city come to life. You can place your bets at the Derby Lane Poker Room or try your luck at the slot machines of The Manhattan Casino!

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

In the outskirts of St. Pete, you can explore the natural environment further inland. Or hike within the untamed wilderness of the Weedon Island Preserve, which sprawls over 3190 acres of Tampa Bay.

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

Take a boat ride to the secluded Egmont Key State Park and National Wildlife Refuge. Besides a few historic sites, you should keep an eye out for gopher tortoises and brilliantly colorful hummingbirds.

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

Soon enough, you'll be drawn back to the beaches of St. Pete. You can even camp out among nature, at the campsites of the Fort de Soto Park or the Shell Key Preserve.

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.

Family getaways just aren't the same without the family pet. St. Pete has good news for your canine friend in the form of Picnic Island Beach Dog Park: an off-leash retreat/doggie heaven.