We really enjoyed our recent visit and the attractions we saw in St Petersburg. I try to visit my parents at least once during the winter. They live just north of Tampa. Every year we get into our routines, and eat at the same places, shop in the same stores, and sometimes we will go to Orlando to visit Disney or the other parks.
This time we decided to take a day trip down to St. Petersburg and Clearwater Florida to see St. Pete's beach, the Pier, and Clearwater Beach.
Pelican at the Pier
We started at the St Petersburg Pier. Now there isn't much at the pier, except a few shops, restaurants and an incredible view. The building at the end of the Pier is an inverse pyramid and apparently the town council is looking at new ways to revive it.
The Pier from the end of the Dock
The way they have organized things made it fun. We parked at the Pelican Parking lot and waited for the trolley bus to come and take us to the end of the pier. Parking was only $3 and the trolley was free. When you first walk into the Pier building, there are a few shops and restaurants and the elevators to the Aquarium.
End of Pier
We skipped it this time (we saw it when we were there many years ago), but for $5 each adult it isn't a bad deal. Once we finished taking photos of the Pier and the surrounding area, we were ready to go back to our car.
We boarded the trolley and the driver said he was driving the downtown loop as well as taking passengers back to their cars. We could stay on and have a 30 minute guided tour of St. Petersburg. It was a whopping 25 cents for Adults and 10 cents for those over 65 years old. So we thought, hey why not.
We were pleasantly surprised and I was stunned at how much history there actually is in St. Petersburg. We learned the history of the Vinoy hotel, and how Al Capone used to vacation there.
We also saw the Museum of Fine Art - the only one of it's kind on the Gulf coast of Florida and went past the new Dali Museum which is getting some great reviews. And the Florida Holocaust Museum and the Chihuly Collection. I wish we had more time there to visit it.
Salvador Dali Museum Entrance
There were so many great Attractions for every age and budget. We saw people taking segway tours, taking dolphin encounter trips into the Gulf, renting bicycles, and so much more. Include St. Petersburg in your Florida vacation ideas the next time you are in the Tampa Bay Area.
More Photos of St Petersburg
Visit this quaint boardwalk, restaurants and shops in Madeira Beach. You will enjoy great fresh seafood while enjoying the century old fishing village that retain's it's old world charm.