Caladesi Island - top rated beach
This island is off the coast, nearby Dunedin. The beach on Caladesi is world-renowned, and is consistently ranked as one of the best in the US. This beach is never crowded. In order to reach it, you have to take a ferry from Honeymoon Island in Dunedin. It is a great place to relax in white sand and enjoy tranquility.
There are also 3 miles of hiking trails and a 108-slip marina on the island.
Florida International Museum
In St Pete across the bridge - This museum is associated with the Smithsonian and has different roving exhibits - many of these exhibits are out of this world (Gold of the Czars, King Tuts Tomb, Titanic, Gold of the Inca's) some of which are out of this world - check to see what is there when you are here.
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CHECK THE MUSEUM'S WEBSITE IN NOVEMBER 2011 FOR SPECIAL VISIT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Prices WILL vary depending on the exhibit (common price listed below)
$15 Senior (Age 62 and older) and Military- $12 on Monday, Tuesday and Wed
$ 5 Students (Age 7 and older)
Free (Age 6 and younger)
$10 Groups (10 or more)
$ 5 School groups (Chaperones are free)
The world's largest collection of works by Salvador Dali at Florida's highest rated museum.
The Dali Museum is also the second highest rated attraction of St Pete (the highest is the beaches) before they DOUBLED the museum size in January 11, 2011. Note the expanded museum is at a new location that is a few blocks away from its old location: One Dali Boulevard St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Be sure to attend one of the museums many free tours. Note free art museum seats are at the back of the museum (by the larger works) and are nice to grab at the beginning of the tour.
the museum also has a great store that seems to snag about everyone who visits for a few dollars.
If you are planning on doing other tourist activities or just want to see the area a bit the museum is on the St Pete (tourist) trolley route fair is 25 cents each time you board. See http://www.loopertrolley.com/SchedulesFares.html
Seniors 65+, Military, Police and Firefighters: $19
Children 13 to 18 & students 18+ with ID: $15
Children 6 to 12: $7
Children 5 and younger: free
After 5 p.m. on Thursday: $10
NOTE there is a $3 off coupon on the Dali website below
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10:00am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 8pm
Friday & Saturday: 10:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday: 12 noon – 5:30pm
St. Pete's Saturday Farmers Market - Downtown
Officially labeled the "Saturday Morning Market," this St. Pete farmers market is a huge weekly event in the winter when the weather cools down and becomes bearable.
Like all good farmers markets, this one features area farmers providing locally grown fresh produce and herbs. There are also a variety of prepared foods like barbecue, smoked seafood, pickled vegetables, gourmet cheeses, fruit smoothies, and baked goods. You will also find a variety of crafts and plants to decorate your home.
Every Saturday Morning in Downtown St. Petersburg, 9 am to 2 pm
Progess Energy Al Lang Stadium parking lot / 1st Ave. S and 1st St.
Open October 2, 2010 through May 28, 2011
Saturday Morning Market
Every Saturday Morning in Downtown St. Petersburg
9 am to 2 pm
Al Lang Stadium parking lot / 1st Ave. S and 1st St.
Open October 3 through May 29, 2010
I just learned on visiting the site there is no summer market a few blocks from here as there was last year which is too bad because this market is amazing and always busy!
It features live music, fresh produce and unique arts and crafts from local merchants. People bring their dogs and it is just a great atmosphere. Do not miss this if you are in town
October-May. You will find crepes, Empanadas, smoothies, pastries, pizza, fres OJ it goes on and on!
Check out website below for list of vendors
- Arts and Culture
Pass-a-Grille is within the city limits of St Pete Beach, but it certainly has a distinct feel. Pass-a-Grille features four miles of beach, with no high-rise hotels, condos, or apartments. 8th Avenue is the town's historic district, and it features galleries, boutiques, and restaurants within an easy stroll of the beach. The historic district contains some 450 historic buildings that date back to the late 19th and early 20th Century.
The huge, pink Don CeSar Hotel marks the northern entrance to Pass-a-Grille. The hotel's architectural blend of Mediterranean and Moorish styles was created by Thomas Rowe and built from 1924 to 1928. In its early years, the hotel was a favorite of rich and famous people like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Al Capone, Lou Gehrig, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. As World War II got underway the army purchased the hotel, and it became a military hospital. In the 1970s, the government planned to demolish the hotel, but it was saved when purchased by William Bowman Jr., a Holiday Inn franchise owner. The hotel was soon restored to its elegant, if pink, original condition as a historic icon on the beach. Rates at the hotel start as low as $140 a night and go up to $500 or $600 a night for some of their package deals.
Check out Sarasota
Sarasota was long inhabited by native Americans, but its first permanent European settler did not arrive until the 1820s. It was incorporated as a city in 1913 and the current city street grid was redesigned and laid out in 1925. The city is known as the home of the Ringling Brothers circus, and it still boasts the Ringling Museum of Art.
Sarasota is known for its golf, beaches, and spring training baseball (was the Reds, now the Orioles). It has about 50,000 residents.
My favorite landmark in the city is the "Unconditional Surrender" Kiss Statue. This piece of public art is designed after a famous photograph of an anonymous sailor kissing a stranger in Times Square the day the Japanese surrendered to end WWII.
a unique entertainment complex - The Pier
You cannot miss the bizarre and unique design of The Pier, located on the end of the Bay front pier in downtown St. Petersburg. This is a shopping, dining, musuem and entertainment complex right on the water. A fantastic way to kill a afternoon. There is a aquarium located on the 2nd level and a night club right on the sundeck on top. This is also a cool place to photograph. The place lights up at night with some colorful neon.
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Those glorious Gulf sunsets:)
The Gulf of Mexico provides the best ocean sunsets in the continental US, so why not take advantage. Grab some wine and cheese, nestle in a beach chair, and take in natures best live show. Of course, this is a great opportunity for photo buffs like me. Plenty of areas up and down Gulf Blvd in St. Pete's Beach for cool background and foregrounds to accompany your shots.
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Get your beach on.
Just over the causeway is the beautiful white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Gulf Boulevard is the main street which can take you from Treasure Island down to St. Pete's Beach. St. Pete's Beach is the most crowded and commercialized of the beach towns, but still worth it. Go to the public access parking area if you want a crowded beach scene or just walk up and down the beach from there for a more private setting. Restaurants and shops are everywhere in this town.
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The base of the monument reads:
St. Petersburg Council 2105
Knights of Columbus
The inscription on the back of the pedestal reads:
Ladies of the Knights
Fourth Degree Assembly
Italian American Club
sons of Italy
Downtown St. Pete
St Pete's downtown is home to Tropicana Field, Progress Energy Park, the historic Vinoy Park Hotel, numerous waterfront parks, and the Salvador Dalí Museum. Central Avenue is downtown's center of dining, shopping, and nightlife on a tree-lined, pedestrian friendly avenue.
Vinoy Park Hotel
The Vinoy Park Hotel, also known as the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, was constructed in 1925, and it was one of the most glamorous hotels in the area. Like many other big hotels, it was taken over by the army during World War II and used as a training school.
The 375-room hotel was renovated in 1992 and is one of the finest hotels on the Florida Gulf Coast. Rooms typically run $150 to $250 a night at this waterfront hotel with its own private marina, 18-hole golf course and 12-court tennis complex.
St. Petersburg Pier
Numerous piers have occupied this site since even before the city of St. Pete was founded. The first pier was the Railroad Pier, constructed in 1889, and in 1906 the Electric Pier was completed. The Municipal Pier was the next to be constructed, in 1914, but all of the piers were destroyed by a hurricane in 1921. In 1926 the Million Dollar Pier opened, and it forms the foundation for today's pier. The Million Dollar Pier featured a casino at the end, and it was connected to the town by a trolley. The casino was demolished in 1967 and the inverted pyramid structure you see today was completed in 1973.
The building at the end of the pier stands five stories tall and has 16 shops, 4 restaurants, and an aquarium.
Demens Landing Park
Demens Landing Park is located in downtown St. Pete right on the Tampa Bay waterfront. It offers visitors green lawns and picnic tables overlooking the Central Yacht Basin, Municipal Marina, South Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Airport.
The historic marker at the park reads:
This city park is located on the site of the first railroad pier in St. Petersburg, built by Peter Demens in 1889. Peter Demens (pronounced de-MANS) was a Russian nobleman, Pyotr Dementyev, who left Russia in 1881, came to Florida, and changed his name to Demens. He became an entrepreneur, investing in a sawmill and a construction company in Longwood, Florida. Later he took control of the Orange Belt Railroad, which he extended from Sanford, Florida to the west coast of Florida in 1888, to a town he had named St. Petersburg, in honor of the capital city of Imperial Russia. Demens also built the first hotel, the Detroit, and the first railroad depot in St. Petersburg in 1888, and is considered one of the founders of the city. Demens Landing was dedicated as a city park to honor Demens in 1977.
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