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26 March . 2018

St. Pete's Top Four

Living in FishHawk Ranch means enjoying all that Tampa Bay has to offer. There’s plenty of parks, shopping and entertainment nearby. But when you want to explore a little further, St. Petersburg is a great place to visit. About an hour away, St. Pete is the perfect spot for a daycation or an afternoon getaway. Here are our top 4 places to visit in St. Pete. 

 

1. Head to the Beach

The sugary-white sand and beautiful Gulf blue waters of St. Pete Beach will bring you back time and time again. St. Pete Beach is also a favorite of Trip Advisor travelers, who named it one of the top 10 U.S. beaches for 2018. There’s something for all ages at St. Pete Beach. Lay out and work on your tan, build sand castles with your kids, or take advantage of the many water activities from jet-skiing to parasailing to stand-up paddle boarding.

 

2. Go Downtown

After your day at the beach, spend your night in Downtown St. Petersburg. Just 15 minutes away from the beach, St. Pete’s downtown district has everything from restaurants and bars to coffee shops and boutiques. The popular Beach Drive offers a host of dining options. After your meal, enjoy an ice cream cone at Kilwin’s and take a stroll by the nearby marina. A few blocks away, check out the Sundial, where you can shop, dine and catch a movie all in one place. From May through October, be sure to check out the Saturday Morning Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located in the parking lot of Al Lang Stadium, you’ll find artisan food vendors, crafters, live music, and plenty of people watching.

 

3. Museum Hop

The Dali Museum, housed in a magnificent concrete and glass building just steps from downtown, draws art lovers to St. Pete from all over the world. The Dali displays approximately 2,000 works from the famed Spanish artist in its permanent collection, all which reflect a variety of mediums used throughout his career. If the classics are more your style, check out the Museum of Fine Arts along Beach Drive to view a selection of work from Monet, O’Keeffe, Renoir and Gauguin. The MFA also offers a significant collection of Greek, Roman and Native American art, as well as one of the most significant photography collections in the southeast. And no visit to St. Pete is complete without a visit to the Morean Arts Center and the stunning glass work of Dale Chihuly. Step inside the Chihuly Collection on Central Avenue and look up to see the iconic 20 foot sculpture created just for the museum.

 4. Sunken Gardens

Visit a botanical paradise at this 100-year-old garden which is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the area. A local roadside treasure, Sunken Gardens offers lovely paths lined with exotic plants from around the world. Take in a garden tour, horticulture exhibit or check out the Children’s Classes which are held every Saturday morning and included in the price of admission.