Visit the Tampa Bay area: St. Petersburg
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Visit the Tampa Bay area: St. Petersburg

While staying in the Tampa Bay area for about 2 months, we enjoyed quite a bit of time in the city of St. Pete. There is so much to do there – from arts & culture to outdoors to restaurants and more! You decide what fits your hobbies and tastes, but it’s definitely worth a visit to St. Pete!

Saturday Morning Market – This market is held on Saturday mornings from October to May from 9-2 in the Al Lang Field Parking Lot. While it boasts itself as a one of the best markets in the country, we didn’t wholeheartedly agree with that assessment.

It is mostly prepared food vendors with a few crafts people scattered about and a handful of farms selling fresh, local vegetables and other items like honey. It was super crowded and hard to enjoy. We did buy a few fresh veggies from the farms.

Since we’ve traveled the county and particularly enjoy local markets this one did seem anything special to us. Maybe if we knew all the neighbors and wanted to socialize with friends, it would be a fun place. However, we found it lacked in real, local take home food options like fresh veggies and fruits. If you go to grab a bite to eat and socialize with friends, you might enjoy it more than we did.

Dali Museum – A museum devoted to Salvador Dali. We suggest you go on Thursday after 5pm because entry is only $10. Since it’s the cheaper admission evening, expect it to be a crowded. We enjoyed the oddities of his work and then followed it up with a stroll down the main street of St. Pete, Central Ave., for some dinner. There are tons of restaurants to choose from, so pick what looks good to you.

Fort de Soto – This is a county park which offers camping, biking, beach, kayaking and picnic areas. We enjoyed spending a day here and launched our kayaks right into the water. It was awesome exploring the islands surrounding the park which was covered in huge shells, some the size of my hand! There is also an historic fort to explore and learn a little about the history of the area. We did not camp here, but from what we hear it is tough to get a spot. Book early!

Sunken Gardens – This is a 4 acre botanical garden in the historic area of St. Pete. It has beautiful plants as well as flamingos, parrots and other wildlife. Go on groupon or other coupon sites to find cheaper entrance to the park. We did and enjoyed a nice picnic followed by a stroll through the gardens. It’s a nice place for an afternoon stroll and some relaxing.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays play at Tropicana Stadium right in the heart of St. Pete.

Museum of Fine Arts – We didn’t visit the museum, but we hear it’s great. You decide if it’s your thing.

Coffeepot Bayou – Located in the northeast history area this bayou offers a park and a path alongside it to walk, bike, run or simply relax. It is also a good place to look for manatee. We did spot several and enjoyed walking down this beautiful street. The park has playground equipment for any children in your group. No charge for parking on the streets surrounding the bayou.

Haslam’s Book Store

Florida’s largest used and new book store will not disappoint. We literally could have spent hours in here. The employees are friendly and helpful, there are stacks and stacks of books to look through and lastly, a friendly, cute cat to pet and even feed a treat. An employee saw us enjoying the cat, so he gave us a treat to give her. We definitely had a special time at this great book store and we think you will too!

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like our post about visiting Tampa Bay. There is so much to do in the area, we had to break up the two areas. We don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the area since it offers so much!