Along the Florida peninsula you’ll find some of the world’s top-rated beaches, including Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach, both near Tampa. Named by Money Magazine as one of the country’s finest cities and ranked by Forbes Magazine as a top beach, Tampa’s modern feel and mid-size charm draws visitors year round. Downtown St. Petersburg is known for its culture, art, boutique shopping, outdoor concerts, local breweries, and fine dining. Visitors have plenty of options! Some popular attractions include the Dali Museum, Vinoy Park, Beach Drive, and Busch Gardens. Annual events include the Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Holiday Boat Parades, Rock the Park, Tampa Boat Show, July 4th & New Year's Eve Firework celebrations. St. Pete and Clearwater have something for everyone!
Nestled along the western side of the Florida peninsula and featuring miles of sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, the St. Petersburg and Clearwater area is a hot spot for beach vacations for families, groups of friends, and people of all ages. With mild winters, it's a great destination all year long. In addition to the beaches, there are many activities. Here's a quick look at the top things to do in the St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida, area.
Pack a cooler, throw sunscreen in your bag and put on your favorite swimsuit for a day of fun in the sun on the beach. Rent paddle boards or a surf boards and try to conquer the waves. You can take a lesson in kiteboarding or go parasailing. Close to the beach, there are a variety of locally-owned restaurants and specialty shops when you need to grab a bite to eat.
Located in an impressive glass and metal building, the Dali Museum has the largest collection of Salvador Dali's work in the United States. The museum offers free tours that take around an hour, and the knowledgeable guide explains some of Dali's most famous pieces.
This aquarium primarily works with injured animals to heal them and eventually release them back into the wild. You're likely to see dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, otters and many other animals. You can help feed these animals and learn more about the aquarium's work.
This aquarium received nationwide attention after the rescue of Winter, a bottlenose dolphin whose tail was lost due to injuries from a crab trap. The staff at Clearwater Marine Aquarium fitted Winter with a prosthetic tail and gave her a new lease on life.
This dolphin tour continues our marine theme. The shark shaped boat features a wake pattern that dolphins love to come play in. In contrast to seeing them in the aquarium, this destination will allow you to experience the dolphins roaming free and healthy in their natural habitat.
Spend a day wandering along the walking trails under the shades of stately oaks at the Moccasin Lake Nature Park. You can enjoy bird watching and wildlife watching. If you're traveling with kids, they'll love the butterfly garden.
This 21-acre living history museum contains 31 historic attractions dating back to the 19th century. Admission to the village is free, but they do accept donations.