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10 Best Attractions and Activities in St. Petersburg and Clearwater

You’ll find some of America’s best beaches lining the Gulf of Mexico’s tranquil shores throughout St Petersburg/Clearwater’s sun drenched paradise. If you crave some “R&R” and want to simply kick back with a frosty drink and tuck yourself along a soothing beach, you’ve come to the right place with choices spanning Clearwater Beach, St Pete Beach, Caladesi Island and Treasure Island to name just a few.

If you’re more adventurous and want to add some thrills to your visit, water sports, jet skiing, sky surfing, dolphin tours and other activities can be booked at places such as John’s Pass, Ft. De Soto Park, Egmont Key and others.

Unleash the artist in you at the Dali Museum, Leepa Ratner Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts or explore the fascinating Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center.

Along your tour, be sure to take time to “smell the flowers” at Sunken Gardens or Florida Botanical Gardens.

No matter when you visit, there’s much to do – for the whole family.


The Tropics Boat Tours
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Enjoy the local scenery from the comfortable perch of a boat when you embark on one of The Tropics Boat Tours. Whether you're in search of frolicking dolphins or are just in the mood for a scenic sunset celebration or even opt for a private...  Read More

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Sunken Gardens
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Take some time to "smell the flowers" as you stroll through St Petersburg's oldest living museum – Sunken Gardens. First opened in 1935, it was created by local gardener George Turner, Sr, who drained a small lake on the site, dropping the...  Read More

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Fort De Soto Park
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Consistently ranked as one of America's best family beaches and a favorite with locals and savvy visitors alike, Fort De Soto Park offers a wide range of activities for the whole family, not limited just to the beach. The historic landmark is...  Read More

John's Pass Village and Boardwalk
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Named for pirate John Levique who first traveled through a pass created by a hurricane in September 1848, the "Pass," as it is known to locals is tucked along the waterfront on Madeira Beach. Designed to resemble a quaint turn-of-the-century...  Read More

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks
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Immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of Greece when you explore Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, settled by Greek immigrants who brought their traditions to these scenic shores. Modern-day visitors will be treated to a host of typical...  Read More

Cypress Breeze Farms
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Take your visit to a new level when you book a relaxing horseback riding-swimming tour from Cypress Breeze Farm's beach ride adventure. Before saddling up you'll meet the large, gentle draft horses at North Skyway Park. Once you've met your...  Read More

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Chihuly Collection
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The unique collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly's stunning artwork has found its permanent home – as of October 2016 – in a building specifically designed to house it. An iconic 20-ft sculpture marks the collection's location at...  Read More

Clearwater Marine Aquarium


Home to rescued dolphins Winter, Hope and Nicholas, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium offers an up-close-and-personal view of other "refugees" from the wilds including stingrays, nurse sharks, otters, sea turtles and more. The aquarium was also the...  Read More

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The Dali Museum
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Located along St Petersburg's scenic waterfront, The Dali Museum is home to an important collection of Salvador Dali's art, spanning his lifetime. The dazzling building itself is a work of art with more than 1,000 triangular-shaped glass panels....  Read More

Florida Holocaust Museum
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Man's inhumanity to man is poignantly on display in the tastefully appointed Florida Holocaust Museum in St Petersburg. Founded in 1989 by Holocaust survivor Walter P. Loebenberg, the museum showcases the tragic plight of Holocaust victims via a...  Read More


Meet Michelle da Silva Richmond

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