St. Petersburg Fun

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Teresa Keller

St. Petersburg Fun

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Image - Weedon Island Preserve
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Weedon Island Preserve
Teresa:The South Paddling Trail is about 4 miles long and takes about 3 hours. It’s a unique and beautiful trail through lush mangrove tunnels and shallow open water. Numbered markers help guide you along the trail. You can find a map and useful info here: http://www.weedonislandpreserve.org/pdf/WIP_South_Paddling_Trail.pdf A +1.5 foot or higher is required to get through the mangrove tunnels. Tide info here: https://www.tides.net//florida/994/ You can rent kayaks at Sweetwater Kayak rental https://sweetwaterkayaks.com/rentals There are also walking trails through Weedon Island Preserve. Visitor guide here: http://www.weedonislandpreserve.org/pdf/WIVisitorsWeb.pdf Hiking Trail maps here: http://www.weedonislandpreserve.org/images/WIPVisitorMap.jpg More general info on Weedon Island Preserve: http://www.weedonislandpreserve.org
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Image - St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market
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St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market
Teresa:In the winter, there are often 100+ vendors with fruits and vegetables, humanely raised meats, cheeses, breads and bakery treats, flowers, gifts, clothing, artwork, and food trucks. Winter (2021-22) October 2 - May 28 Saturdays, 9am - 2pm 100 1st St. SE (at 1st Ave S) on the Downtown Waterfront Williams Park Summer Market (2022) June 4th - September, 2022 Saturdays, 9am -1pm Williams Park, 301 1st Ave N, 33701More information here: https://saturdaymorningmarket.com
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Image - Vinoy Park
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Vinoy Park
Teresa:There are many parks downtown to explore. You can walk, feed the squirrels. Even go to the small beach. It’s shallow, so you can wade out far into the water, especially during lower tides. (Though Spa Beach at the Pier is nicer if you want to hang out on the beach for a while, and the Gulf beaches are better for spending a day at the beach.) There are a ton of restaurants, cafes, art galleries, etc, along Beach Drive. Of course, there is St. Pete Pier, but I will list that separately. There are bathrooms, outdoor showers, volleyball courts, etc. You can bike or walk from our house to Coffee Pot Park and then continue south along the water through various parks until you get to downtown. If you do that, see the dressed-up rhino at 2260 Coffee Pot Blvd NE and check for manatees at the freshwater inlet near Coffee Pot Blvd and 23rd Ave NE.
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Image - Saint Petersburg Pier
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Saint Petersburg Pier
Teresa:The pier is 26 acres, more than a half mile long, and includes restaurants (including quick serve places) a splash pad, beautiful spa beach with white sand and lounge chairs, cool walking paths, a playground, wetlands, a place to fish at the end, and a small discovery center. Friends have taken their kids to Pier Teaki for lunch and raved about the experience. https://pierteaki.com Cool video of the Pier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwJvJjX0kZw&t=8s Map of the pier with various attractions: https://stpetepier.org/explore/ More things to do on and around the Pier. https://alwaysontheshore.com/st-pete-pier/
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Sunken Gardens
Teresa:The Sunken Gardens are 4 acres of well-established botanical gardens, and are located at 1825 4th Street North about 2 miles from our house. The Gardens have existed for more than a century, and are one of the oldest roadside tourist attractions in the United States. Trip Advisor reviews and photos: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34607-d296622-Reviews-Sunken_Gardens-St_Petersburg_Florida.html
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Image - Chihuly Collection
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Chihuly Collection
Teresa:Great museum if you like the works of Chihuly. There is a 20 foot glass sculpture outside the museum that was created specifically for the site. More info at: https://moreanartscenter.org/chihuly/ Fun for all ages. Doesn’t take very long to see. Usually not crowded at all. Very unique layout of the exhibits, including a tunnel where you walk under a plexiglass? ceiling covered with glass sculptures and a large glass “garden.” We even like the film at the end. While you are in that area, you can check out unique shops and eateries along Central Ave. A favorite of ours is Hawkers Asian Street Food. https://eathawkers.com/locations/st-petersburg/
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Image - The Dalí (Salvador Dalí Museum)
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The Dalí (Salvador Dalí Museum)
Teresa:Great museum right near the downtown area. The building itself is an amazing piece of architecture. The café is very good and they also have a cool little garden.
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Image - Manatee Viewing Center
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Manatee Viewing Center
Teresa:We haven't been here yet, but we hear really good things about it. Manatees gather here in the winter because of the warm water near the power plant. The center has a rays touch tank and a tidal walk as well. There is a live cam here where you can check out the manatee activity along with more detailed info about the center: https://www.tampaelectric.com/company/mvc/
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Image - John's Pass
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John's Pass
Teresa:Fun boardwalk along the water with great places for outdoor dining with water views. There are lots of little shops, not just along the boardwalk, but down below, and on Village Blvd. You can rent boats and jet skis and book local sightseeing tours. Dolphin tours, dinner cruises, etc.
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Clearwater Beach
Teresa:Clearwater beach is beautiful because of its white sand and beautiful water. It’s a huge beach, so even when locals consider it crowded, it is not crowded. It’s easy to rent a cabana. Here’s more info about the beach and activities nearby: https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/communities/clearwater-beach
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Treasure Island
Teresa:30-minute drive from our house. Huge beach, usually not crowded. Beach umbrellas, etc, for rent. Very close to John’s Pass. (We walked there from this beach the last time we visited.) We've not been to the beaches very much and have a slight preference for Clearwater beach, but they are similar and Clearwater Beach is 50 minutes from the house. More about the beach: https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/communities/treasure-island#!grid~~~Featured~1 More about the paved beach walk: https://www.florida-beach-lifestyle.com/treasure-island-beachtrail.html The sand sculptures are only there during the festival, but they often have the huge inflatable slide.
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Image - CPonies Beach Horseback Rides
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CPonies Beach Horseback Rides
Teresa:Horseback riding on the beach and through the water. This is in Bradenton, which is 45 minutes drive from our home. We haven't done it, but it looks incredible. They rescue horses and rehabilitate them, so no need to worry about whether the horses are being treated well. More info: https://cponies.com If you do this, also check out Anna Maria Island, which has spectacular beaches. The Beach House is on Anna Maria Island and is one of my favorite restaurants because you can eat outside right on the beach with your toes in the sand. It’s become more popular, so see if you can make reservations or call them to see if there is a time when it’s not too busy.
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Image - Tampa Riverwalk
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Tampa Riverwalk
Teresa:Explore attractions along the 2.5 mile Riverwalk, including The Florida Aquarium, the American Victory Ship that you can tour, Glazer Children’s Museum, a couple of great waterfront parks with playgrounds and water features for kids, restaurants and bars, Lost Pearl (an interactive 1.5-hour pirate ship experience), Sparkman Warf, Sail Pavilion, Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa Museum of Art, water bike, kayak, electric boat, and SUP rentals, boat tours to see dolphins or learn about the area, meal or sunset cruises, Amalie Arena, and Straz Center for the performing Arts. https://thetampariverwalk.com/visit/family-fun.html https://www.visittampabay.com/things-to-do/tampa-outdoors-nature/riverwalk/?utm_source=Madden&utm_medium=GoogleSEM&utm_campaign=FY-21&utm_content=Riverwalk&utm_mmpxid=81486&gclid=CjwKCAiA-9uNBhBTEiwAN3IlNGEVADvtmH_MYi6KnCMRyKQKb3WYAAQEnYYRbW0oxcdRFTcJMIhqZhoCiQQQAvD_BwE https://outdoorsydiva.com/top-10-things-to-do-on-tampa-riverwalk/ Dolphin Tour from Tampa: https://tampawatertaxico.com/tampa-bay-boat-tours/tampa-dolphin-tour/ One way to get to the Riverwalk from St. Petersburg is to take the Cross Bay Ferry: https://www.thecrossbayferry.com You can also explore the area via the hop-on, hop-off Pirate Water Taxi which stops at many of the major sights: https://www.piratewatertaxi.com
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The Florida Holocaust Museum
Teresa:This important museum helps us remember what happened and inspires us to stand up for justice in our own lives by telling the stories of people who spoke up and took action against the atrocities of the Holocaust. They present great stories from some of the survivors, an Anne Frank exhibit, a racial justice exhibit and an original boxcar used to transport Jewish people to concentration camps. The museum educates students via field trips and other educational programs. This museum is only a block south of Central Avenue, (55 5th Street S) and just a couple blocks from the Chihuly Collection.
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Image - Outerlife Studios
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Outerlife Studios
Teresa:Escape Room with three different themes to choose from. Fun, immersive rooms, great people to guide you in your quest, and who make the experience fun. They will adjust the narrative based on your group (suitable for kids to join in the fun.) 1942 2nd Ave S
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Restaurants

Some of our favorite places to eat

Image - The Wooden Rooster
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The Wooden Rooster
Teresa:A few outdoor tables Close to downtown parks. Delicious crepes.
Image - Trip's Diner
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Trip's Diner
Teresa:Casual place with outdoor tables that’s close to the house. No lattes here, though. Across the street is a cool women’s consignment shop called Designer Consigner.
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Image - Cassis St. Pete
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Cassis St. Pete
Teresa:Tons of outdoor tables. In the heart of downtown. Close to the pier. Good food for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Image - Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille St Pete Pier
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Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille St Pete Pier
Teresa:Out on St. Pete Pier. Semi-upscale. Suitable for romantic night out or family dinner with kids. Lots of outdoor tables. They have heaters in case it’s cold. You can park out on the pier in the lot near the restaurant.
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Image - The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge
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The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge
Teresa:Fun restaurant where you can watch private planes take off and land. Sometimes the indoor dining room is not crowded and they also have outdoor tables on a balcony with great views of the runway. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Breakfast served all day. Sometimes they have live music. 3-Minute walk from the Dali Museum. Southern end of downtown area. https://www.thehangarstpete.com
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Image - Hawkers Asian Street Food
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Hawkers Asian Street Food
Teresa:Fun because of the unique Asian Street Food and because it’s on Central Ave where you can explore shops, the Chihuly Collection, Morean Art Center, etc. They have outdoor seating. https://eathawkers.com We like to go for lunch. Sometimes at dinner there is live music across the street at the Edge Collective that is pretty loud. Can be any genre. The night we planned to go to dinner it was heavy metal You can check the music schedule here: https://www.edgecollectivemarketplace.com/events The Edge Collective isn’t just a live music venue. They have some cool little fairs there and refer to themselves as an organic outdoor experience with retail, food and entertainment that gives local entrepreneurs a place to flourish.
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Image - The Library - inspired by the George Peabody Library
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The Library - inspired by the George Peabody Library
Teresa:Great food. Pretty unique dishes, and great combination of flavors. A lot of outdoor seating. We love to go for weekend brunch. Best to make reservations. It’s actually in the John Hopkins Children’s Hospital, but you don’t need to enter the hospital to go there. The inside has cool library-themed décor. https://thelibrarystpete.com
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Image - Pier Teaki
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Pier Teaki
Teresa:Amazing views from the end of the St. Pete Pier. Fun place to visit. They serve food from 11am – 8pm and kids are allowed up until 8pm. Go early to avoid crowds and enjoy a unique lunch. More info: https://pierteaki.com The Pier has many other things to do and see. You can check out St. Pete Pier under things to do in this guide, and/or visit: https://stpetepier.org
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Image - Black Crow Coffee Shop
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Black Crow Coffee Shop
Teresa:Great coffee and tea, but the reason to visit is for the amazing gluten-free muffins, especially the cranberry orange. There’s a community garden across the street that you can sit in to enjoy your goodies. Sunken Gardens is close by.
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Image - On the Fly Food Hall
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On the Fly Food Hall
Teresa:Great place for healthy food. Eat in or take out. They have a few outdoor tables. Something for everyone all in one place. Healthy bowls at Fresh Kitchen, Tacos and other Mexican food from Taco Dirty, Better Byrd (Gluten Free Fried Chicken), and Sweet Soul, which has super food smoothies & an açaí bar with plant-based desserts. We love the gluten free chocolate chip cookies at Fresh Kitchen. 4447 4th St. N (Very close to our house.)
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Image - Birch & Vine
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Birch & Vine
Teresa:Restaurant on Beach Drive. Good food; the chef combines interesting flavors and offers some unique choices on the menu, including a vegetarian dish. Plenty of outdoor seating.
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Image - Trophy Fish
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Trophy Fish
Teresa:Once you step through the door, it’s like being at a beach bar. Really nice atmosphere, all outdoor seating. Fresh caught local fish (you order at the little window), great cocktails, very relaxing. 2060 Central Ave (near 21st Street S)
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Bodega on Central
Teresa:Bodega is a family-owned and run popular neighborhood spot. Simple and unapologetic, with a walk-up counter, chalkboard menu, paper dinner boxes, and most tables outside on the sidewalk, Bodega is all about incredible cuisine. Everything is fresh and made to order: Famous Cuban sandwiches, Frita of the Month, salads, the popular pollo asado, a pressed tempeh sandwich for vegetarians, homemade sodas, Cuban coffee, local craft beer, and few other Latin American dishes.
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Wonderguide map

  1. Weedon Island Preserve
  2. St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market
  3. Vinoy Park
  4. Saint Petersburg Pier
  5. Sunken Gardens
  6. Chihuly Collection
  7. The Dalí (Salvador Dalí Museum)
  8. Manatee Viewing Center
  9. John's Pass
  10. Clearwater Beach
  11. Treasure Island
  12. CPonies Beach Horseback Rides
  13. Tampa Riverwalk
  14. The Florida Holocaust Museum
  15. Outerlife Studios
  16. The Wooden Rooster
  17. Trip's Diner
  18. Cassis St. Pete
  19. Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille St Pete Pier
  20. The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge
  21. Hawkers Asian Street Food
  22. The Library - inspired by the George Peabody Library
  23. Pier Teaki
  24. Black Crow Coffee Shop
  25. On the Fly Food Hall
  26. Birch & Vine
  27. Trophy Fish
  28. Bodega on Central

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