What to do and see in St. Petersburg, United States: The Best Places and Tips

November 26, 2017 Natalie Tallman

The sun almost always shines on St. Petersburg, the "Sunshine City" that enjoys an average of 361 days of clear skies per year. Combine that with 244 miles of glimmering coastline along Tampa Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, Boca Ciega Bay and the intra coastal waterways and you have one hot beach destination. Catch the sun, surf and sand at Ft. De Soto Park, or take a hike up the 37-mile Pinellas Trail. Enjoy a Devil Rays game during baseball season or escape to the shady oasis of the Sunken Gardens.
Restaurants in St. Petersburg

1. American Stage Theatre Company

163 3rd St N, Raymond James Theatre, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-3816 +1 727-823-7529
Excellent
91%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 421 reviews

American Stage Theatre Company

Lean forward. We have a story to tell. Since 1978 American Stage has been dedicated to telling meaningful, compelling stories with integrity and professionalism. As the Tampa Bay area's longest-running, most critically-acclaimed professional theatre company, we seek to bring the power of quality live theatre to each generation in our community. As we move into our next exciting era, American Stage is committed to being a vital arts leader and contributing to the cultural landscape of the Tampa Bay region as we pursue innovative programming and deeper connections with our patrons and community partners. Because we believe that live theatre can connect us to our world and to one another, we aspire to make the experience of world-class theatre accessible to all. American Stage invites you to lean forward and experience the most captivating stories of the moment and the most relevant stories of the past. All told with passion and a commitment to excellence.

Reviewed By ernief2018 - St. Petersburg, Florida

Have been attending this intimate theater setting for years- performances are extremely well done- not a bad seat in the house- this may not have been their best play ever but certainly in the top three. would give my highest recommendation.

2. freeFall Theatre

6099 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33710-8528 +1 727-498-5205
Excellent
90%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 389 reviews

freeFall Theatre

freeFall Theatre is Tampa Bay's most exciting professional theatre! The mission of freeFall Theatre is to pursue art’s greater purposes and the transformative power of theatre – as a builder of community, a source of upliftment, and a builder of cultural legacy. We will present a varied range of classical and new works that are bold, daring, and diverse. Our work will strive to be accessible, and we will present it in ways that invite, entertain, and challenge our audience. We are committed to improving the lives of the citizens of Tampa Bay through our efforts to provide broad access to theatre that represents a high level of artistic achievement, and through educational programs that increase the community’s understanding and enjoyment of live theatre.

Reviewed By vhughes6839 - St. Petersburg, Florida

This theatre is very small but not cramped, just intimate. We love the talent that is here and the performances never disappoint. They do serve drinks outside just before you enter the theatre and snaks, there are also restrooms that are clean for use. If you are late you will have to wait to enter as they will not let you disturb the scene that is being performed which is a good thing, nothing worse than trying to see the performance to have people parading in front of you making you miss it.

3. The Dali Museum

One Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4901 +1 727-823-3767
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

The Dali Museum

An unparalleled collection of Salvador Dali artworks, spanning his life and career, featuring works in many media. #TheDali

Reviewed By Glondalk - Winnipeg, Canada

We came not knowing what to expect and were thrilled! This is definitely a great place to bring the whole family. Truly a great representation of a great artist. Helpful guides and stunning architecture.

4. Downtown St Petersburg

Central Avenue and 2nd Street, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 +1 727-893-7111
Excellent
68%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 320 reviews

Downtown St Petersburg

Reviewed By 12dbryan - Nashville, Tennessee

I am loving my stay this week in downtown St. Petersburg. We’ve been to the Dali Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Chihuly Museum, and Florida CraftArt. The parks, statuary, sidewalks, restaurants. Bars and shops are all wonderful. There is so much to do and take in here. I’m looking forward to the rest of the week. Everyone is so friendly.

5. Sawgrass Lake Park

7400 25th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-5630 +1 727-217-7256
Excellent
64%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 599 reviews

Sawgrass Lake Park

Reviewed By Michael A

We saw many alligators. The young ones were the most interesting. We saw a roseate spoonbill and many other wading birds. Boardwalks throughout the entire park make it easy to get from one place to the next. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

6. Saturday Morning Market

Al Lang Stadium parking Lot, 101 1st St SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 +1 727-455-4921
Excellent
71%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 252 reviews

Saturday Morning Market

The largest Farmers Market in the southeast United States, with over 170 vendors rotating through 135 spaces. An extraordinary selection of prepared food, great crafts, plants, flowers, and more. A wonderful selection of produce straight from the farm. Live music every week, and lots of tables to hang out and enjoy a great sense of community. Come see what many people say is the best thing to ever happen in St Petersburg. The Market runs from October - May. (9am - 2pm) The smaller nearby Williams Park Summer Market runs from June - August (9am - 1pm)

Reviewed By Rebecca S - Boston, Massachusetts

One of the best outdoor markets I have been to! There was an impressive number of international food vendors selling snacks, lunch and desserts with fresh juice or kombucha. Beautiful flowers, art, jewelry and entertainment as well. We paid $3 to park in the garage nearby then took a walk around the marina after.

7. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705-4657 +1 727-893-7326
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 301 reviews

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Reviewed By Cynthia W - Freeland, Michigan

There are two sections to this Preserve. The free area with lots of parking, flush toilets, Picnic pavilions, and playground. The minimal fee area, gets you into the trail system. There are a few injured birds in cages, for your viewing pleasure. I thought of the entry fee as a way to keep the birds fed. Flush toilets are in the entrance building with a small nature display and small gift shop. Take lots water. There are lots of walking trails, some on boardwalks, some in shade and out of shade. You never know what you will see here, but everyone seemed to say the alligators were the draw. We only saw a few different types of birds, but the area sure is a great location for birds, but where were they????. Lots of Osprey, 1 anhinga, 1 baby blue, 1 turtle, frog and a few banana trees. This was not a very successful birding day for us. The acreage is a great place for the animals. A great family outing even with small children. The trails would take a stroller. There are also open Tram rides that you can reserve ahead of time with a guide.

8. Chihuly Collection

720 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-3643 +1 727-896-4527
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Chihuly Collection

The Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center is a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork in a magnificent 10,000 square foot gallery.

Reviewed By brianinboca - Delray Beach, Florida

You can find his work in many great places but here is an entire gallery of the amazing glasswork by Chiluly . RIght along the water in ST PETE its a nice rainy day thing to do for an hour and we had a grouopn too

9. Vinoy Park

701 Bayshore Drive Northeast, St. Petersburg, FL
Excellent
63%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 354 reviews

Vinoy Park

Reviewed By Antti L - Helsinki, Finland

Vinoy park is a large green area facing sea. It contains many parts and activities like grass areas with benches and pavements, small beach with beach volley courts, Aquatix swimming pools and palm arboretum. I'm not sure if beach is suitable for swimming but Palm Arboretum was nice spot to take a break in the shadows of palm trees. There was great collection of different palm species which were nice to watch. Access is free.

In the city side of park we saw tree blossoming yellow flowers and different big birds in close distance. Downtown view behind boat docks is nice and there's a magnificent pink hotel resort along the park. You can take trolley ride at a hotel front.

10. Mahaffey Theater

400 1st St SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4341 +1 727-892-5746
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 325 reviews

Mahaffey Theater

Located in the heart of beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg,the Progress Energy Center for the Arts—Mahaffey Theater is a 2,031 seat cultural jewel featuring elegant ballroom space, spectacular waterfront views, and European box-style seating. Just steps away from the culturally vibrant Downtown and minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-famous museums, the Mahaffey hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, classical, pop, rock, comedy, dance, family, and the renowned Florida Orchestra. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.

Reviewed By Michaelene2013 - Clearwater, Florida

Saw them tonite w/Bill & Bucky Heard, & hadn't seen them since Hollywood Bowl just a few wks before Bobby died. Concert was crowded, & my fave was when Bill did a tribute to Bobby by singing "Unchained Melody" w/video of them over the yrs. He didn't attempt Bobby's high notes, & it was just SO MOVING.
Then Bucky did Roy's "Crying", also very well done & moving. Bill's daughter did duet w/him, "Time of Our Lives" from "Dirty Dancing", another nice surprise.

Beautiful theatre, & St Pete so pretty at nite, loved driving around in it!

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