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Fun in the Sun: St Petersburg/Clearwater, FL

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There is more to St. Petersburg than its fine, white sand beaches. We have art, music, good food, old books stores, interesting shopping, bird and marine life and more. Take a moment to plot out a few off-the-beach activities for your next visit.
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425 22nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33704, USA
Two broad snouts snuffle up from the water at the edge of the walking path along Coffee Pot Bayou. A manatee and her baby drift over to the storm drain to drink fresh water coming down from nearby Lake Crescent. The baby cuddles close. A small...
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3928, 170 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
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Beach Drive has become something of a hotbed for diverse dining in St Petersburg. Under the direction of Executive Chef and partner Jermy Duclut, Cassis American Brasseire provides a delightful setting for a nice meal at a reasonable price. At the...
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1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705, USA
Sometimes it is hard to find a piece of "old" Florida; a reminder of what the Tampa Bay area looked like when settlers first came in the 1800s. Luckily Boyd Hill offers the visitor a glimpse into that not-so-distant past. Spend an hour or two...
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1825 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704, USA
One hundred years ago, a plumber with an itch to garden bought 6 acres just north of downtown St Petersburg. He drained a small lake, constructed an elaborate system of clay tiles, and commenced planting a tropical paradise. After a few decades,...
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701 Bay Shore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Whether you want to walk, bike, skate, fish, or just enjoy the view, you can do it on the North Bay Trail. Stretching from Demen's Landing Park (south) to Rio Vista Park (north), The North Bay Trail provides a paved, scenic route where you can...
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The mullet were running. Big swirling schools of fish raced up and down in the water just past the surf line of North Beach in Fort DeSoto Park. Word was out. Squadrons of Brown Pelicans patrolled the skies over the abundant salt-water buffet....
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1800 Weedon Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702, USA
There is more to the St Petersburg/Clearwater area than beaches and boating; there are quiet pockets of nature filled with beauty and wild creatures. Weedon Island Preserve is one of those spots. Located on the northwestern shores of Tampa Bay, it...
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1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33705, USA
Watching the Tampa Bay Rays play baseball in the air-conditioned comfort of the Tropicana Dome is wonderful! Don't let the outdoor baseball purists tell you otherwise. This is especially true on those days when it is 90 degrees with 90 percent...
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501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Built in the 1920s, the Mediterranean-revival style Vinoy Hotel is a luxurious reminder of St Petersburg's past. Completely remodeled and restored from top to bottom in 1992, the rose-pink Vinoy offers comfortable luxury, fine dining, leisurely...
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101 1st St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
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St Pete locals and visitors wander the stalls of the Saturday Morning Market in the shadow of old Al Lang Field and the Municipal Marina. Fresh honeys, jams, breads, eggs, organic vegetables and fruits, pineapple (peeled and cored while you wait)...
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25 2nd St N # 160, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Brightly colored race cars careen down the picturesque streets of St. Petersburg, under the palms, past the Dalí Museum, and along Tampa Bay waterfront. Held every spring since 2005, the St Petersburg Grand Prix is a premier event for the Indy Car...
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400 Beach Dr NE #169, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Whether you are looking for the perfect birthday gift, something new to perk up your mantle, or a souvenir from St. Pete to take home to the family, the Gift Box will have something that fits the bill. The Gift Box is definitely not one of those...
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400 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
I bit into the dark chocolate-covered caramel with just a hit of sea salt and I was intrigued. The chocolate maple cream sealed the deal. The chocolate raspberry heart? Well, I was done for. I have found the door to chocolate heaven and it's in my...
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400 Beach Dr NE #173, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
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If I were walking blindfolded, I would still know when I'd come within ten feet of the Savory Spice Shop in St. Pete. The seductive scent of the store's treasure chest of spices escapes out the door every time it is open. It lingers to entice...
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475 2nd St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
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On Sunday mornings my wife and I celebrate "Nerd Sunday," a day when we put aside our iProducts and step away from the World Wide Web for a few hours in order to just read. She tends to read mysteries and contemporary fiction while I try to work...
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1626 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33712, USA
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Fancy a raw vegan B.L.T.? Imagine a live-food sandwich made with organic grape tomatoes, freshly chopped lettuce, guacamole, sprouts, and delicious cashew hummus, all wrapped up in a homemade raw onion bread. Leafy Greens Cafe, in sunny St....
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Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Beach Drive NE in St. Petersburg is a charming street. To experience the area, take a relaxing stroll along the promenade or drive slowly along. There are numerous places to shop and glimpse local tastes. The museums, pier, shops, galleries,...
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2529 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33713, USA
The Grand Central District in downtown St. Petersburg won’t leave you wanting for much, but may just pull on your purse strings a bit. Antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, a bookshop and a record store dot the tree-lined avenue. And when it’s...
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2025 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33713, USA
Haslam’s Books is a vestige of old Florida, the Florida of flat strip malls built near interstate off-ramps with large signs announcing to travelers of the bargains to be found inside. Fading paint heralds its history: “Florida’s Largest Book...
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1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
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When in America, the Dali Museum is the place to see the works of the Spanish artist Salvador Dali. The lovely waterfront museum houses the largest collection outside of Spain including: 96 oil paintings, over 100 watercolors and drawings, 1,300...
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501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Just attended a conference at the Renaissance Vinoy and it was a beautiful location with great amenities. There are tours of the historic building, pools for what seem like miles, and amazing food. It is located amidst palm trees overlooking the...
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Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Every spring the Grand Prix comes to downtown St Petersburg, FL. But before the varoooom of the IndyCars hits the racetracks, the City is treated to the Illuminated Night Parade complete with marching bands, dance troupes, clowns, motorcycle drill...
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720 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Just a stone's throw from the St. Petersburg Museum of Art and the Dali Museum, the Chihuly Collection is a remarkable museum that showcases Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures. Vibrant colors and dramatic compositions are displayed in rooms designed...
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255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Home to an extensive and diverse art collection since 1965, the Museum of Fine Arts is an inviting oasis where you can enjoy work from around the world. The permanent collection includes pieces from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, as well...
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701 Bay Shore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Every November the pork arrives. Slab after slab after slab of pork comes to St Pete to be smoked, grilled, and slathered with one secret sauce or another. As the heat of summer wanes, the community gathers on the shore of Tampa Bay in St Pete's...
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400 Bay Shore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
The weather may stay mild and snow may not fall from the sky, but Christmas still arrives in a big way to downtown St Petersburg. By the day after Thanksgiving, bayfront North Straub Park is all decked out with animated light displays, sparkle...
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100 2nd Ave N #150, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
For 21 years, St Pete has celebrated the arts and the coming of the new year with the huge First Night St Pete party in downtown St Petersburg. There is music, dancing, bubbles, fun for kids, fun for grownups, lights, restaurants open til midnight...
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2909 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713, USA
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Mazzarro Italian Market is, hands down, one of THE BEST things about living in St. Pete, FL. First, there are the smells: freshly roasted coffee, bread baking in the ovens, wheels and wheels of parmesan cheese, meatballs cooking in the kitchen,...
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St. Petersburg, FL, USA
St Petersburg is developing into a premier art town. It boasts three major art museums , a bounty of art galleries and studios, and a much loved 2nd Saturday Art Walk. Every second Saturday, galleries, studios, and workshops throw open their doors...
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642 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712, USA
Sylvia's is a family-friendly, upscale soul food restaurant located on the site of the old 1920s Manhattan Casino in south St Petersburg. Inspired by the famous Harlem restaurant of the same name, Sylvia's offers a full range of southern cooking....
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501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
The Vinoy Rennaissance has many great places to grab a bite or enjoy a leisurely meal. Marchand’s, Alfresco's, Fred’s Steakhouse, and the Veranda Patio. Now you can add to this excellent mix, the Vinoy’s latest innovation, the Thursday night...
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501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
The Vinoy Renaissance Hotel first opened in 1925, a pink, mediterranean-revival jewel set on the shores of Tampa Bay in St Petersburg, FL. In the same year, Salvador Dali was a young art student in Madrid and Pablo Picasso painted his famous...
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501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
The Vinoy Renaissance is known for its casual elegance, updated historic luxury, and eclectic fine cuisine served in five venues. Now it will be known for having the best sushi in St Pete. I recently attended an event designed to showcase the...
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7400 25th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702, USA
Within 400-acre Sawgrass Lake Park, a mile-long boardwalk meanders through one of the largest maple swamps on the Gulf Coast of Florida. An additional 1/2 mile dirt trail wanders through upland habitat. There are a number of overlooks along the...
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200 Central Ave #100, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
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The Mill opened last summer to much fanfare and favorable reviews. My visit there last week for lunch did not disappoint. The decor is casual, eclectic, and what the owners call American Rustic. The same can be said for the food. It's easy to see...
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111 2nd Ave NE #100, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Nested in a side street in the charming city of St. Petersburg is the Sab Cafe: a great hole-in-the-wall find of delicious authentic Thai & Vietnamese dishes. The Thai curry is amazing, a perfect portion size and all dishes are reasonably priced....
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7204 Central Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33707, USA
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Set in a beautifully restored building on Central Avenue and named for the street in the 14th arrondissement on which the family grew up, Alésia serves French, Vietnamese, and Chinese cuisine with a discrete modern flair. Here the dishes are more...
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3500 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704, USA
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For over 50 years, El Cap has been serving great burgers, hot dogs, chili, fries, onion rings and sandwiches in a homey, funky atmosphere. There are 16 TV (always on with a variety of sporting events from baseball to horse racing). The waitstaff...
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36750 US Hwy 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34683, USA
From the moment I walked into the Salamander Spa at the Innisbrook Resort I felt at peace. The spa is nestled under sprawling live oaks festooned with spanish moss. Large windows and skylights bring in natural light that complements the soothing...
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36750 US Hwy 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34683, USA
You don't have to play golf to enjoy the Innisbrook Golf Resort located in Palm Harbor, Florida about 30 minutes northwest of Tampa International Airport, Innisbrook is a respected golf club with four golf courses, driving range, and golf school,...