Things to Do in the Saint Petersburg Area

john ferguson things to do in st. petersburgThere is always something going on in St. Petersburg and the Beaches. From the downtown Farmer’s Market to Sanding Ovations in Treasure Island. From the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs to the beautiful beaches of Ft. Desoto Park. If you are bored in Pinellas County, you are just not trying.


St. Pete Pride Celebration

St. Pete Pride - Marriage Equality Theme
St. Pete Pride – Marriage Equality Theme

Hosting the largest LGBT Pride celebration and Florida’s ONLY night parade, St. Petersburg welcomes diversity in its citizens and its visitors. Events fill the last week of June of each year. For a current list of events, visit

St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club

Looking for a fun FREE alternative for a Friday night out?  Visit the St.  Petersburg Shuffleboard Club for a lighthearted night of shuffleboard. Volunteers open the Club at 7pm every Friday night to the general public. Equipment and music are provided.  Don’t know how to play?  No worries as volunteers are happy to give you a quick lesson. All you need to do is bring your own food and drinks (alcohol permitted, but no glass bottles).

Once you are hooked playing Friday nights, consider joining the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club which was established in 1924 and is the world’s largest. Numerous local, state, national and international tournaments are played here (even if you don’t enter, the tournaments are fun to watch).  Events such as the annual Tweed Ride are held throughout the year.  Consider joining a fall, winter or spring league to sharpen your skills, meet fun people and have a great time. Check out for more info and events.


Gulp Coast: St. Pete/Clearwater’s Craft Beer Trail


Whether you are a craft beer oficiando or just someone who enjoys a good quality beer, you have to check out the St. Pete/Clearwater Craft Beer Trail.  From the very north to the very southern end of Pinellas County, you will find a host of exceptional and diverse independent breweries with tasting rooms, tours and exciting events. If you are diehard, consider getting a Craft Beer Trail Passport.



Saturday Morning Market

st pete saturday moring marketThe Saturday Morning Market is the Saturday Morning thing to do in Downtown St. Petersburg. From veggies to wooden recliners, the Saturday Morning Market has a little something for everyone from the subdued to the flamboyant! The Saturday Morning Market is located in the north parking lot of Al Lang Field October through June and during the summer at Williams Park.



Gulfport Fresh Market

gulfport fresh marketSlide on over to Gulfport and take in the Tuesday morning Fresh Market for veggies, trinkets, crafts and much more. The market sets up on Beach Drive from 9:00-2:00pm June-September and 9:00-3:00pm October-May. Stop by one of the great restaurants in downtown Gulfport to really enjoy the day.



Paddling Adventures

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Paddle down the Weeki Wachee River

Nothing is more fun and relaxing than paddling down one of Florida’s natural rivers.  Your adventure begins just outside the Weekie Wachee Park and continues down stream for a 3-4 hour adventure.  See the birds, fish, and the occasional manatee playing in the river.




Lunch or Dinner at Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish

Bring cash, cause they don’t take that plastic stuff!

If you have never experienced smoked fish, you are in for a real treat!  This family run business has been around since 1951 and has served over 5 generations of locals and tourists. The mullet is an acquired taste and takes a little getting used to, but the salmon, mahi-mahi and mackerel are my favorites!  Ted Peters is located at 1350 Pasadena Ave. S, in St. Petersburg.

The Dalí Museum

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The Dalí Museum, Downtown Waterfront St. Petersburg

The Dalí Museum celebrates over 2,000 unique works by Salvador Dalí spanning his entire career. The museum contains the largest collection only behind the Teatro Museo Dalí in Dalí’s home of Figueres, Spain.  The St. Petersburg collection continues to grow as new pieces are added.  Special exhibits are always on display at the Dalí.  Renown  artists such as Schaiaparelli, Kahlo, Warhol, Duchamp and Picasso have all been exhibited at the Dalí.

One Dalí Boulevard
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727.823.3767
Fax: 727.894.6068
The museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Dalí Museum Hours:
Daily Hours: 10am-5:30pm
Thursdays open late! 10am-8pm
Sundays: 12pm-5:30pm

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

tarpon springs sponge docks
Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

Take Hwy 19 N from South Pinellas to Tarpon Springs and follow the signs.  Both downtown Tarpon Springs and the famous Sponge Docks are a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon window shopping and dining in some of the tastiest Greek restaurants in the area.



South Pasadena Community Band

south pasadena bandBring your lawn chairs and refreshments.Check out the music at the Galatea Gardens Band Shell located at 7017-7033 Sunset Dr S, South Pasadena, FL 33707 (behind the Publix Shopping Center). From big band tunes to Broadway hits, there is something for everyone. Performances are from October through May. Click the link above to check for their current schedule of events on their website.

Interested in more information or to participate with the Band, call 727-398-9639.


Visit St. Pete / Clearwater

Need ideas for weekend with friends or family?  Check out Visit St. Pete/Clearwater for some really cool ideas. Here you will find things to do, information about our beaches, festivals,  different community information and events, trip ideas, dining and nightlife.