From indoor to outdoor adventures, St. Petersburg has an endless list of fun things to do. Head on down to the city’s landmark Pier for a fun day of dining and shopping at the five-story marketplace. The Pier Aquarium features an observation deck with stunning views of the waterways along with a bait shop for fishing. You can also rent two, four and six-seater surrey bikes at the Pier Bait House. One of the best hidden gems in the heart of the city is Sunken Gardens. Stroll through the gardens and enjoy the exotic collection of 50,000 tropical plants, a walk-through aviary with exotic birds, an orchid arbor and a butterfly garden. This spectacular venue stretches over four acres of natural beauty.
The city is also chockfull of museums. Fasten your seat belt and view full-scale replicas of historic airboats at the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s Flight. St. Petersburg happens to be the birthplace of scheduled aviation. At the Dali Museum there a comprehensive collection of Salvador Dali’s surrealistic art works. You’ll be in awe of the flowing glass dome that rises 75 feet in the air along with a spiral staircase that resembles a strand of DNA. The St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art showcases an impressive body of European, Far Eastern, pre-Columbian and American art, including works from masters like Renoir, Monet and Cezanne. For kids, the Great Explorations Children’s Museum is always a hit. There are plenty of interactive exhibits where kids can engage in some science fun.
All year long, St. Petersburg sponsors over 1,000 events in its downtown facilities and waterfront parts. From jazz concerts to food festivals, there’s always something happening. The Suncoasters’ Festival of States Illuminated Night Parade is a festive springtime celebration. There are race car drivers, marching bands, floats and lots of great local fare.
At the St. Petersburg College downtown campus, there are outdoor festivals at American Stage in the Park. Other productions include drama, dance, concerts and orchestra performances. For a Broadway show, head on over to the world-acclaimed St. Petersburg Mahaffey Theatre. Not only will you get a great show, this gorgeous European-style theatre is perched on the waterfront for stunning water vistas.
St. Petersburg has 150 city parks that stretch over 2,000 acres. Grab picnic basket and enjoy the seven miles of lushly landscaped waterparks. At the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, there are miles of trails for hiking, biking and jogging. For some sun and fun, head at to Fort DeSoto or the beaches on Treasure Island. Along with an historic fort, Fort DeSoto features campgrounds, fishing piers, fitness trails and boat ramps.
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