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Things to do in St. Petersburg, Florida

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St. Petersburg, FL: 4-Hour Catamaran Cruise to Egmont Key

1. St. Petersburg, FL: 4-Hour Catamaran Cruise to Egmont Key

Soak up the beauty of Egmont Key island on this catamaran cruise. Take in breathtaking views of St. Petersburg, snorkel with tortoises, and maybe even spot the island's resident dolphins. Meet the crew in St. Petersburg and hop on board the 60-foot catamaran that will lead you to Egmont Key. Sail on an air-conditioned vessel with bottled water and bathrooms for your comfort and feel free to bring your own food and drinks on board. Pass under the Sunshine Skyway bridge on your way to the island and admire St. Petersburg from the water. Keep an eye out for the friendly dolphins that call these waters home. Enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore the island. You could go for a stroll along the white-sand beaches towards the historic Fort Dade and Egmont Key Lighthouse. Alternatively, enjoy a dip in the water and use the snorkeling equipment provided to search for tortoises and other native wildlife. Finally, sit back and relax for the return journey to St. Petersburg and take in one last view of the island and city from the water.

Tampa: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Ticket & Multi-Park Options

2. Tampa: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Ticket & Multi-Park Options

Explore Florida’s favorite coasters and thrill rides in Tampa Bay. Book a 1-day admission ticket or add multi-park options to also enjoy admission to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Adventure Island Tampa Bay. Whether you’re a coaster enthusiast or want rides that are fun for the whole family, explore Florida’s best coasters, right here in Tampa Bay. Take on a thrilling triple-launch coaster, a family spin coaster that’s a new ride every time, epic coaster legends, and more. Meet more than 300 species of animals here at Tampa’s largest zoo. From the exotic to the endangered, the ones you love to the ones you’ve never even heard of, meet more than 300 species of animals. If you’re planning a Tampa, Florida vacation, be sure not to miss the largest zoo in Tampa, Florida – in fact, one of the largest zoos in all of North America. Enjoy live shows from world-class performers – along with a few rescued rising stars. Your admission is your ticket to world-class entertainment, with live shows for all ages. Enjoy the breathtaking performances on ice during Turn It Up!, the nostalgic sounds of Rock a Doo Wop, plus the kid-friendly fun of Let's Play Together at Sesame Street® Safari of Fun.

St. Petersburg: Sunset Cruise with Sunshine Skyway Bridge

3. St. Petersburg: Sunset Cruise with Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Immerse yourself in a breathtaking Floridian sunset on a cruise in St. Petersburg. Enjoy picturesque views of the city skyline as you sail around the Tampa Bay area and drift under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Listen to the sounds of the sea and watch dolphins jumping over the waves. Make your way down to St. Petersburg Pier to meet your friendly crew and group for the day. Climb aboard your ship with any snacks and drinks you'd like for the trip and settle down as you start your adventure. Discover the skyline of Tampa and St. Petersburg from a new perspective as you cruise in the bay area. Relax and watch a Floridian sunset from the deck as the sky turns from clear blue to orange and crimson red. Pass under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to see what it looks like in the day and when it's illuminated at night. Head back towards the pier and keep an eye out for playful dolphins swimming up to the boat to say hello.

Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

4. Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

Visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium to learn about all of the rescued and resident animals. Catch some of the daily presentations and make sure to watch the daily programs in the theatre. Boat tours, animal care experiences and behind-the-scenes tours will add at least another hour to your day.  Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an indoor/outdoor facility with air-conditioned areas inside and open air outside. Enjoy the views of Clearwater Bay from the harbor view deck and stranding deck. Discover a variety of animals including dolphins, pelicans, sea turtles, otters, sharks, and other animals.  The majority of residents cannot be released due to a variety of reasons, so you can visit them in their permanent habitats and learn their stories. See a number of animals currently undergoing rehabilitation in the working animal hospital. The presentations and talks throughout the day aim to educate you in a fun way about the work going on to take care of the marine life and the environment. 

St. Petersburg, FL: Weedon Island Kayak Tour

5. St. Petersburg, FL: Weedon Island Kayak Tour

As you paddle through the clear blue waters and seagrass meadows of the Weedon Island Preserve search for manatees and dolphins. After hanging out with your underwater friends, make your way to the winding mangrove tunnels. These mesmerizing tunnels stretch for miles and are some of the longest tunnels in all of Florida. While paddling through these tunnels, be on the lookout for mangrove crabs, mullets, and countless varieties of birds that nest inside the mangrove forests. All along the way, your experienced tour guides will be answering all of your questions and will educate you about the history and wildlife of the Weedon Island Preserve.

Tampa Bay 2-Hour Speedboat Adventure

6. Tampa Bay 2-Hour Speedboat Adventure

Experience the adventure of a lifetime and become the captain of your very own speedboat on this thrilling 2-hour tour out of Tampa Bay. Meet at the Tierra Verde Resort Marina to join a knowledgeable guide who will help you navigate your way out of the serenity of Tampa Bay and let you take control of your craft for a heart-pounding journey. Open the throttle and feel the wind in your hair and the sea beneath your wings, as you speed across the Gulf of Mexico. Sail past the beautiful National Wildlife Refuges and historic Fort de Soto Park. And look out for pods of bottlenose dolphins, manatees, gopher tortoises and numerous varieties of local birds swirling above.

Tampa: Adventure Island® Park Admission

7. Tampa: Adventure Island® Park Admission

Find something for everyone at Adventure Island®, whether your idea of water play is serene or extreme. Find something for everyone with over 10 waterslides, a wave pool and kids’-friendly area. For the adrenaline junkie in you, try out state-of-the-art rides and slides at the speed you wish. Pick any of the 10 water slides and embrace the twists, turns, drops, and surprises along the way. For the super adventurous, give Vanish Point® or the Colossal Curl® a whirl. Spend time in the 17,000-square-foot wave pool before heading to the half-mile lazy river for a relaxing float downriver. Kids can splash around freely in family-friendly areas, such as the Paradise Lagoon® area or Fabian’s Fun Port®. With kid-friendly water slides, jungle gyms and attractions there is plenty to provide the entire family with a day of fun.

St. Petersburg, FL: Sightseeing & Murals Electric Bike Tour

8. St. Petersburg, FL: Sightseeing & Murals Electric Bike Tour

Join a guided sightseeing tour with the power of electric bikes and discover downtown St. Petersburg, FL. Find out more about the city from your guide and check out some of the many murals, historic buildings, and other sights in this charming area. Jump on an electric bike and see the best of downtown St. Petersburg. Stop at famous murals, historic sites, local shops, and ride down some of the Pinellas Trail. Listen to your guide explain the significance of each of the places as you go and be sure to take plenty of pictures. Ride past the world-famous Dali Museum and into the historic Albert Whitted Park where you can watch airplanes take off. Visit the brand new St. Petersburg Pier and ride along the bustling Central Avenue before you head back along the waterfront trails and return to Flora Wylie Park.

St. Petersburg: 3-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

9. St. Petersburg: 3-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Looking for a way to turn St. Petersburg into a giant game board? This interactive scavenger hunt combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg, Florida. Guided from any smartphone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning about the local history. The adventure will begin along the bay and take you on a well-designed course that will include scenic parks, outdoor art, historic hotels and other sights around the city. Using a smartphone as “the guide” will allow you to start when you want and determine your own pace of play. Stop for lunch at one of the many sidewalk cafes or grab an ice cream… why not, it’s your schedule?  Offered at a fixed price for a group versus per person pricing, this city tour/ game offers a great value for those on a budget. Points of interest will include the following: Museum of History, Straub Park, North Yacht Basin, Historic Renaissance Hotel and other city monuments and sights.

Tampa Bay: Private Sunset Cruise with Champaign or Wine

10. Tampa Bay: Private Sunset Cruise with Champaign or Wine

Expereince the exceptional beauty of a Florida Gulf Coast sunset on this cruise from 2 from Tampa Bay. Admire the cable-stayed Sunshine Skyway Bridge which spans the Lower Tampa Bay as it lights up for the night. Have a glass of champagne or wine along the way. Hop aboard a comfortable ship and get cozy. Relax as you embark on your evening cruise. Marvel at the brilliant glow of the sunset on the shimmering waters. Witness the city's skyline as it lights up for the night. Indulge in a glass of wine or champagne as you take in this moment with someone that you love. Capture pictures of the sunset and the magnificent Sunshine Skyway Bridge as it is illuminated for the night. Sail aboard a ship that is regularly maintained to the highest safety standards. Relax, as you captain takes care of navigation for you. Return to your meeting point at the end of the cruise.

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4.5 / 5

based on 139 reviews

We really liked the route and the information given by the guide. We saw: dolphins, birds and mini black crabs in the mangroves. Nice experience

It was great! It wasn't overcrowded, ride wait time were reasonable. Easy to navigate around the park.

Always entertaining and inspiring! Staff does a great job helping to keep you informed and oriented.

The park is very beautiful. Definitely recommendable. I think the animals don't have to be.

It was fun and informative. It was a unique way to show off a neat town.