St Petersburg Holidays 2017/2018
Nicknamed the Sunshine City, St. Petersburg is blessed with glorious weather all year round. Brimming with beautiful sandy beaches and azure waters, the area is a hotspot for anyone looking for some fun in the sun. Water sports, golfing, fishing and sunbathing are all popular activities here, but there's also a vibrant arts and culture scene to discover in the city too.
If you can tear yourself away from St. Petersburg's award-winning shores, you'll quickly find a host of interesting museums and galleries dotted around the city, particularly in the downtown area. During the evening, downtown St. Petersburg is a great spot for younger crowds and couples, with many restaurants, bars and live music venues to be found here.
Always interesting, St. Petersburg is an amazing place to visit any time of year. Family-friendly and close to Tampa, it's a must for anyone wishing to explore the Gulf Coast.
Take a look to discover what you can do in St. Petersburg, and get in touch with an expert from Florida4Less if you're curious to know more about the city!
Things to do in St Petersburg
No matter how long you plan to stay in St. Petersburg, you'll never run out of things to do. Whether you've got hours, days or weeks, the city has plenty of sights and activities to keep people of all ages entertained.
Full of culture, The Dali Museum isn't to be missed if you're a fan of the Spanish artist and the surrealism movement. The collection includes over 2,000 of Salvador Dali's works (the largest outside of Europe), with guided tours and free audio tours on offer to enhance your visit - even the architecture of the building itself is magnificent! In fact, there are many galleries dotted around St. Petersburg, such as the Morean Arts Center and the Museum of Fine Arts -must-visits for art enthusiasts.
St. Pete, Madeira and Clearwater Beach are just a handful of the beautiful beaches within or close to St. Petersburg. Many are family-friendly, meaning kids are free to explore beach playgrounds, build sandcastles and paddle in the shallow waters. Adults are well catered for too, with opportunities to take a jet ski or speed boat and explore the coast.
Soak up the sun on land in and stop by Sawgrass Lake Park, a 333-acre park with an elevated boardwalk and a maple swamp. You can catch a glimpse of alligators, armadillos and many birds here - it’s a fantastic spot to for eager adventurers!
Sunken Gardens is another lovely outdoor space in St. Petersburg, and the botanical gardens make for a lovely afternoon stroll. You can even see flamingos at the location, alongside some of the city's oldest tropical plants.
Where to eat in St Petersburg
Whatever you're in the mood for, you can bet that St. Petersburg has a restaurant to cater to your cravings. Located on the Gulf Coast, seafood is naturally a popular cuisine in the area, but you'll find all kinds of restaurants available, from good, old-fashioned American grills to fine Italian dining.
If you're eager to try the catch of the day, head down to Leverocks Great Seafood. It's a casual place, no matter what time of the day you visit, so families are always welcome and you can stroll right in after a day at the beach! Every kind of seafood imaginable can be found here, all at great prices. From jumbo shrimp, fried oysters, lobster tails and crab cakes to an award-winning homemade clam chowder, you'll be pushed to find better value on the coast.
For lunch, don't miss Mazzaro's Italian Market. Known for selling high-quality produce and incredible sandwiches, it's a wonderful place to pick up a meal on the go. There's a seating area attached too, so you can enjoy your favourite Italian pasta dishes, salads and soups in a relaxed setting.
Evenings should be spent overlooking St. Petersburg from above in The Canopy Rooftop Lounge. You'll find it inside The Birchwood and you can simply pop in, no reservation required. The menu has a collection of light snacks, salads and delicious flatbreads, which go brilliantly with a speciality cocktail. Take your pick from a classic Florida Mule, a fruity mango margarita or refreshing Coco Loco.
Where to shop in St Petersburg
If you enjoy browsing for a bargain, you're going to love St. Petersburg. From local boutiques to large shopping malls, there really is something for everyone here.
A go-to shopping destination within the city is Tyrone Square. The mall houses some of America's biggest fashion brands, including PacSun, Old Navy, Macy's and JCPenney. 321 Books is your go-to place to pick up a new novel for the beach too, and there's a separate Target nearby for budget-friendly essentials.
For those near Madeira Beach, a stop at John's Pass Village & Broadwalk is a must. The local stores offer a wide range of goods, with many making wonderful gifts for friends back home. You'll find The Florida Winery here, a shop specialising in selling leather goods, Lori's Soap and Sponge Market and so many more unique vendors. The area has plenty of restaurants and bars too, making it a brilliant place to spend a day or two!
Nightlife in St Petersburg
Watch St. Petersburg come to life in the evening and get ready to explore its rich cultural scene. If you love to watch on-stage performances, pay a visit to either the American Stage Theatre Company or the freeFall Theatre. Both tell powerful stories through live performances and each venue offers fantastic evening entertainment all year round.
For craft beer fans, The Ale and the Witch is a superb place to hang out, relax with friends and enjoy a refreshing drink as the sun goes down. Located downtown, the bar only sells beer brewed in America and frequently runs live music nights with jazz, blues and rock n roll songs bringing the venue to life.
Open until 3am, Bongos Beachside Bar and Grille offers happy hour drinks, fruit cocktails and a chilled-out vibe right on St. Pete Beach. Sit fireside, watch the sunset and stay as long as you please. Visitors to St. Pete Beach will find a collection of bars nearby if they fancy a change of scenery during the night, with Jimmy B's Beach Bar and 360 Rooftop being tourist favourites!
Are you ready to start your adventure in St. Petersburg? Book online today with Florida4Less, and don't forget to check out the Secret Florida blog before you go to discover more tips and the city and the Tampa Bay area.