If you have an itch to explore areas on the outskirts of Tampa, don't just head straight for the coast. There are tons of things to do in St. Pete that might just warrant an entire day trip. So grab a BFF or two and discover the best hidden parts of this city wonderland.

One benefit of exploring the downtown area of St. Pete is the quick and easy access to shops, food, destinations, and of course, walking & bike trails that connect it all together.

If you're worried about finding parking, the best time to go is during the week when there is less traffic. However, there are plenty of metered spots along the streets that are reasonably priced if all the complimentary spots are already claimed. 

So worry not while you lace-up your sneakers and head out for a day of adventure discovering these 6 fun things to do in St. Pete.

Explore the NEW pier

Price: FREE!

When: 6a.m.-11p.m.

Address: 600 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL

Why You Need To Go: Check out St. Pete's latest and greatest project: the brand new pier. Complete with views of the bay, day-use areas, a beach of its own, and so much more, this centrally located spot has everything you need for a bayside day or evening.


Gander at Salvador Dali's paintings

Price: $25

When: Hours vary 

Address: Salvador Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL

Why You Need To Go: When you need a break from the heat, head into the Salvador Dali Museum just a few blocks away from the Pier.


Get funky at this dessert shop

Price: $$

When: Hours vary

Address: Funky Sweets, 11024 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL

Why You Need To Go: Get down with the boogie and some sweet treats at this hidden retro dessert shop.


Do the mural drive-thru 

Price: FREE!

When: Anytime

Address: Map here

Why You Need To Go: There's a new way to discover murals around the city: drive-thru.


Paddle under mangrove tree tunnels 

Price: Free admission; kayak rentals available 

When: 7a.m.-sunset

Address: Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL

Why You Need To Go: Kayaking is fun, but have you ever kayaked under tree tunnels?


Swim with horses

Price: $140+

When: By reservation

Address: St. Petersburg, FL; exact location given after reservation 

Why You Need To Go: Cool down in an unconventional way by swimming with sea horses. Every pun intended. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.


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