Florida has an array of sun-drenched beaches offering families vacation bliss. The charming, old Florida ambiance of St. Pete Beach entices guests and keeps them coming back. There are tons of fun things to do while visiting St. Petersburg, FL, from historic roadside attractions to eccentric museums.
Award-winning beaches, excellent restaurants, and spectacular resorts also await visitors to St. Petersburg, FL. Our family guide to St. Pete Beach will leave you will a few more items to your ever-growing St. Pete Bucket List.
Fun Things To Do In St. Petersburg, FL For The Family
Paved pathways snake their way past babbling brooks, butterfly gardens, and cascading waterfalls. Coi ponds stock with fish beckon visitors throw in a few morsels of food. Coi food is available for purchase when you buy your admission. Our daughter loved feeding the fish.
Historic Downtown St. Petersburg FL
For a lively shopping scene, complete with trendy boutiques, top museums, and upscale restaurants venture down to historic downtown St. Petersburg. The city is continuously evolving, with new establishments popping up throughout town.
Popular attractions include the Dali Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts along with the Florida Holocaust Museum to name a few. Walking along the streets, a plethora of craft breweries and restaurants tempt guests. We found a delicious lunch at Stillwaters, followed by nearby Kilwians for dessert.
Where To Stay In Downtown St. Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg Trolley
Hop aboard the St. Petersburg Trolley, which will take you throughout downtown. The best part of riding the trolley is that it is FREE! The looper trolley makes stops near all major museums and attractions, so park your car and ride the trolley free for the rest of the day. Keep in mind there is another trolley that will take guests from Central Ave. To Pass-A-Grille.
Fort De Soto
Kids will love the Barrier-Free Nature Trail that is made so that all people can enjoy nature, regardless of disabilities. Furry friends can romp around in the Paw Playground designed just for them. The possibilities are endless, and admission is free; you only pay the cost of parking, which was $5.00 a car.
Check out our Guide To Great Things To Do In Fort De Soto.
U-Pick Oranges At Dooley Groves
Dooley Groves is located in Ruskin, FL, which is roughly a forty-minute drive from St. Petersburg. Here you will find the cutest orange grove with the sweetest employees. Groups are taken out to the grove every half-hour to forty-five minutes. While you wait, sample their delicious citrus, sign your waiver, and browse the boutique gift shop.
What I enjoyed about Dooley Grove is there was no minimum. You would pay for what you picked. It was ideal for those who only needed a handful of oranges. We ate them every morning to kick start our day.
After your adventure to Dooley Grove, nearby Sunset Grill is a great spot that overlooks Tampa Bay if your crew gets hungry. There is a Manatee Viewing area that is about twenty minutes up the street from Dooley Grove, which is the perfect addition to your day.
Another great city to explore in Florida is Jacksonville. Check out this Jacksonville Travel Guide to start planning out your trip.
Great Explorations Children’s Museum
A rainy day in St. Petersburg is the ideal time to explore the fun museums throughout the town. If you have kids in tow, a visit to Great Explorations Children’s Museum is a must. I feel this museum is ideal for kids age 2-8, but they do have an area designed for younger children.
Kids will enjoy hopping from area to area to discover what new fun awaits. Staff was constantly interacting with the children, highlighting fun facts, and putting on fun programs. Overall, we spend roughly two hours here and our daughter had a blast.
John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk
For a popular tourist spot venture to John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk. This is where you will find tons of restaurants, shops, and bars lining the waterway. Here is where fishing charters, pirate cruises, parasailing, and other watersport expeditions begin.
Plenty of restaurants offer outdoor dining overlooking John’s Pass. Parking is readily available throughout the boardwalk and the village. In the evening, bars and nightclubs come alive, keeping the vacation vibes going into the night.
Catching A Sunset On The Beach
See Winter The Dolphin
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to the Dolphin Tales star Winter. Winter is the celebrity dolphin known for her prosthetic tail. Guests get the opportunity to visit Winter and her other marine friends during a visit to the Aquarium. Our only piece of advice is to call ahead to ensure she will be out when you are planning to visit.
Day Trips From St. Petersburg FL
Since our daughter was a little young to enjoy Busch Gardens in full, we opted for a day trip to Sarasota. We planned out the perfect day exploring this fun beach town. Check out our complete Sarasota Guide For Families for the perfect one-day itinerary.