June 21, 2019

Planning a St. Petersburg, FL Vacation

St. Petersburg, Florida (or ‘St. Pete,’ for short) is nicknamed the ‘Sunshine City’ for having the most consecutive days of sunshine. Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, this city has more to boast than its pleasant weather. With miles of beautiful beaches as well as a variety of other activities and attractions, St. Petersburg is the perfect spot for any vacation.

Accommodations

Booking accommodations is the first step in planning any trip, whether for business or leisure. While many travelers traditionally stay in hotels, that often means a high price tag for a small, basic room. Imagine a different option: spacious and trendy fully-furnished apartments, located right downtown, that also maintain the same security and amenities hotel travelers are used to.

That’s where Frontdesk comes in. Check out our St. Petersburg rentals and find the perfect space to meet your vacation needs.

Activities

Next, you’ll need to decide which attractions to put on your trip itinerary. Whether you’re more interested in artsy, historical, or family-friendly activities – or the beach! – St. Petersburg has a lot to offer. If you’re wondering what there is to do in St. Pete, here are a few ideas to get your planning started.

For The Beach Lover:

Clearwater Beach
Clearwater Beach was named TripAdvisor’s #1 US Beach in 2019. It has also been named top beach in 2018 and 2016. The beautiful white sand and plenty of beachside fun make this favorite worth the short half hour drive from St. Petersburg.

St. Pete Beach
St. Pete Beach was named #4 US Beach in 2019, #2 in 2015, and #1 in 2012. Only 15 minutes from downtown St. Petersburg, this barrier island has different stretches of beach that draw everyone from families to celebrities. There are also plenty of gift shops and restaurants.

Pass-a-Grille Beach
Pass-a-Grille Beach, just south of St. Pete Beach, is the ideal seaside spot for someone looking for a lowkey vibe. Pass-a-Grille is laid back, less crowded, a bit eclectic, and often considered the “locals” beach.

For The Art Connoisseur:

The Dali Museum
The Dali Museum is an art museum dedicated to the works of famous surrealist artist Salvador Dali. It has the largest collection of Dali’s works outside of Europe with 96 oil paintings, drawings, sculptures, and more.

Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts is home to 20 galleries with over 20,000 works spanning 5,000 years. Works include French Impressionist paintings, African art, American photography, Pre-Columbian objects and more, plus two interior gardens. 

Morean Arts Center
The Morean Arts Center in St. Pete displays the works of local, national, and international artists. The Morean provides educational programs ranging from painting to metalwork to photography classes and more, as well as a workshop for glass artists. It is also home to the famed Chihuly Collection, a permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s works. 

For The Family:

Sunken Gardens
The Sunken Gardens is a unique botanical experience that children and adults alike will enjoy. It is St. Petersburg’s oldest museum and is home to more than 50,000 plants and flowers, including some that are over 100 years old!

Great Explorations Children’s Museum
This children’s museum has a variety of interactive and hands-on experiences that encourage practical learning through play. Children will get to learn about architecture, agriculture, tv broadcasting, health and nutrition, vet care, fire safety, and more.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Driving a little farther north to Clearwater for a visit to the aquarium is a must for any family. It is not a typical aquarium but instead aims to rescue, rehabilitate, and release the animals back into their natural habitats. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to Winter the Dolphin, star of the Dolphin Tale movies, as well as many other marine animals. 

For The History Buff:

Florida Holocaust Museum
The Florida Holocaust Museum features the permanent exhibit History, Heritage, and Hope which contains one-of-a-kind artifacts, photographs, and personal testimonies that tell the story of the Holocaust. The museum also has two temporary galleries which occasionally focus on other historical genocides. 

St. Petersburg Museum of History
The Museum of History aims to collect and communicate the history and heritage of Florida, particularly the St. Petersburg area. The museum boasts over 5,000 indexed city photographs and 32,000 artifacts as well as hosting many temporary exhibits and events. 

Historic Kenwood
Those interested in historical homes won’t want to miss Kenwood. The Kenwood Historic District is a unique residential area just west of downtown St. Petersburg, famous for its 1920-1950s bungalows as well as other historical homes in a variety of architectural styles.

Eats

With all the activities you’ll be doing in St. Petersburg, you’ll need to seek out some tasty food to keep you going. Here are a few restaurants in St. Pete that you might want to try out.

Breakfast
Swing by Maple Street Biscuit Co. for some flaky biscuits and gravy, sit down at Trip’s Diner for a delicious brunch with a large menu, or grab a quick cup of joe at Kahwa Coffee.

Lunch
Just a block away from the Morean Arts Center, Cider Press Cafe offers an entirely vegan menu that is impressively vast. Or for meat eaters, stop in at the nearby Bodega for a renowned cuban sandwich.

Dinner
Vegetarians will enjoy sharing small Mediterranean plates at Meze 119 downtown. Parkshore Grill, which is located right near the Museum of Fine Arts and is Beach Drive’s Most Awarded Restaurant, is the perfect spot for seafood lovers. For a more upscale dinner, discover the modern flavors of Italy at Il Ritorno.

Drinks
Fans of craft beer can end the night with drinks at 3 Daughters Brewing, which has over 60 beers on tap. Wine lovers will enjoy a glass at Annata Wine Bar, while those who prefer to unwind with a cocktail should try Mandarin Hide, a vintage-style cocktail lounge.

Whatever your vacation style, St. Petersburg, Florida has something for you. Time to get planning!

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