Things to Do in St. Petersburg, Florida
Head for the beach, starting at Honeymoon Island, working your way down to Mullet Key. The
beaches are on a thin strand of barrier islands separating St. Pete from the Gulf of
Mexico. The Intracoastal Waterway connects the islands to the peninsula. Each island has
its own charisma and appeal.
Natural vegetation at Fort DeSoto Park includes menacing cactus and sandspurs. The North
end of the island has dangerous currents but a three-mile section is approved
for safe swimming. Camping is available at the park.
Sand Key Park offers wide beaches, excellent swimming and cabana rentals. Pass-A-Grille
Beach is mostly residential with hidden Bed and Breakfast lodges. Treasure Island makes
you wonder if it was the home of the famous Gaspiralla. Did he leave behind pirate
treasures on the island? Find out.
St. Petersburg Outdoor Activities
St. Petersburg is basically flat providing excellent trails for biking.
Bike rentals are reasonable at the Beach Cyclist located on the northern tip of St. Pete
Boating is a flourishing activity in the area. The Suncoast Hospice Cup Regatta is held at
Spa Beach in downtown St. Pete. The Regatta Fest is a family event including live music,
food and games.
At Captain Dave's Watersports you will find Wave Runners, powerboats, parasail rides and
snorkeling expeditions. Sign up for a shelling trip. Shell Key is one of Florida's unique
islands minus development. A spectacular place to catch a glimpse of rare feathered
Fishing boats/cruises are situated in the downtown area and at many of the beach areas.
Visit Sunken Gardens
Fishing cruises are half day or all day with all necessary equipment provided.
Improve your sailing techniques at The Annapolis Sailing School.
If golf is your bag the courses are impressive. Hurley Park offers tennis courts free.
Shuffleboard is relaxing and stimulating.
Sunken Gardens is one of St. Pete's oldest attractions. It was created from a drained
sinkhole. It is filled with exotic plants, tropical birds and wild animals. You must see
this treasure in disguise.
Silas Dent's is a restaurant dedicated to a famous folk hero. The Hurricane offers grouper
sandwiches. At least once in your life you must try smoked seafood. There are several
small smokehouses using secret recipes. The restaurant range is far and wide.
Shopping at the Pier is fun and expensive. A former gas plant houses an antique arcade.
Haslam's Book Store Inc. is Florida's largest. The Bronze Lady Inc. boasts a clown motif.
Stained glass can be found at the Glass Horizons. An old fishing village has been
transformed into a shopping mecca at Madeira Beach. Shopping in St. Petersburg is like
finding Gaspirillas treasures.