Things to do in St Pete Beach, FL
Things to do in St Pete Beach, FL
St Pete Beach has something for everyone- as long as you like sun and sand! Whether you’re looking for things to do in St Petersburg itself or want to head straight for the water, you won’t be disappointed. For more information on where to find these attractions, see our map.
Walk along St Pete Beach
Even if you prefer shopping to sunbathing, the very first thing on the list is to take a walk along St Pete Beach or the quieter Pass-A-Grille Beach. The beautiful blue water and stunning white sand showcase the very best that Florida beaches can offer. If you want, it's possible to walk for miles, and the further you go, the more relaxed you'll become!
Take the ferry out to Shell Key
The Shell Key Shuttle is a must for anyone visiting the St Petersburg area. It leaves from just by Inn on the Beach, and takes shell-hunters and snorkelers out to the beautifully unspoiled barrier island that is Shell Key. Dolphins are commonly spotted on cruises around the island and in the summer, lucky visitors might even see manatee.
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Wander through the Sunken Garden
St Petersburg has a hidden gem right in the city. The Sunken Garden is far more than just an ordinary botanic garden (although it does have a fantastic collection of orchids). There is a walk-in bird aviary and a butterfly house as well. Kids will be enchanted.
Hire a kayak, jet ski, or boat
St Pete Beach is just as beautiful looking from out at sea, and some would say it's a whole lot more fun that way round. There are plenty of places to hire boats and jet skis right on the beach, and for those who prefer a quieter day out under their own steam, there are kayaks, stand-up-paddle-boards, and surfing lessons (a great way to occupy the kids for a couple of hours).
Island Action Sports will even deliver a kayak or paddle board to wherever you want to get in the water, which means it's possible to pick a nice out-of-the-way spot where it's easier to spot a dolphin or manatee, or just relax and enjoy the sea.
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If you've always wanted to try getting around in a Segway, Doo's Amazing Tours offer 1-hour tours through St Pete Beach. Mounted on your own personal eco-vehicle, you'll see the sights, hear some fascinating local history, and soak up the local color.
The Gulf Beach Museum
When it's time to take a break from the sun, St Pete Beach does offer plenty of things to do indoors as well. Take the kids along to the Gulf Beach Museum on 10th Avenue. It's staffed by volunteers with an unrivalled knowledge of Pinellas County and a passion to match, and is housed in a beautiful historic church. There is an incredible collection of artefacts and photographs dating back hundreds of years. Best of all, admission is completely free of charge.
Shell Key is undeveloped (and unspoiled!) so be sure to take plenty of food and water with you. And don't forget the sunscreen!
The Gardenia is bright and spacious with its own private balcony with views of the gulf. The sleeping area has a queen bed, so the room accommodates two people. Enjoy the views from your comfy couch or from the Adirondack chairs on your private balcony. Fill the cooler provided with your beach snacks and head for the sand!
Persimmon features many windows to take advantage of fantastic natural light and landscaped gardens. The Persimmon does have a kitchenette and the bathroom has a shower.
The Daybreak is ground floor studio. The room sleeps 2 people with a queen bed, bathroom with large shower and vanity, and a complete kitchenette. The patio has two chairs and some shade to keep you cool as you watch the world go by.
The Sea Loft
The Sea Loft is a second floor open plan apartment with a queen bed, fully equipped kitchen, living/dining area, sun porch, and balcony. The unit has cathedral ceilings giving it a spacious feel, and there are lots of windows providing stunning natural light. It's a peaceful, romantic escape just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico.