How to Spend the Perfect Day Outdoors in St. Pete

Entertainment, Food & Dining, Things to Do

St. Petersburg, Florida is home to the Tampa Bay Rays and Tropicana Field, cultural attractions like the Dali Museum, exquisite local beaches and Signature communities Epic at Gateway and The Exchange. If you aren’t already convinced that moving to The Burg was one of the greatest decisions you’ve made to-date, you surely will be once we share our curated perfect day outdoors in the city!

Brunch Outside at one of St. Pete’s Foodie Favorites

It’s true what they say, you can’t have a bad day that started with brunch! St. Petersburg’s culinary scene has been attracting national attention as one of USA Today’s five underrated food cities on the East Coast. Restaurants offering outdoor seating are commonplace in a city’s whose climate falls between a tank top on a good day and a light sweater on the latter. Some of our favorite St. Pete brunches are The Avenue, Cassis, Wild Child, the list goes on. The Burg’s pet friendly-ness extends to most outdoor dining options so feel free to let your furry friend tag along!

Browse Vendors at the Saturday Morning Market

St. Pete is a city that takes great pride in putting local businesses at the forefront of the consumer experience. Every Saturday morning in season, vendors offering fresh produce, local bites, live plants, hand-crafted gems and more set up at Al Lang Stadium. While you browse, you’ll enjoy live music put on by bands from around the area. By visiting the Saturday Morning Market you’ll be taking part in the Burg’s culture of supporting local small businesses and will always leave with something notable.

Explore Vinoy Park

A day spent at Vinoy Park is quite literally, a walk in the park. Located just 2 miles from Signature community The Exchange, this is the perfect spot to spend a low-key afternoon awing over some of the most scenic views in the city. Avid runners, walkers, bikers and “bladers” alike utilize the space to get in their fresh-air workouts. If you’re lucky, you might even get a wave from a dolphin passing by the seawall! From pet parents to picnic-ers there’s always a lively mix of park attendees to accompany.

Take a Clear Kayaking Tour of Shell Key Preserve

If you woke up with adventure in mind, we know just the thing to satisfy that itch – and you’ve probably never done anything like it! Keeping very on brand with St. Pete’s aquatic reputation, you can take a guided kayaking tour through Shell Key Preserve in a completely see-through kayak! Comparable to the experience of a glass bottom boat, this clear kayaking tour launches from local hangout: Billy’s Stone Crab seafood restaurant located right on the edge of the preserve. The tour route includes stops at lush mangroves and limited access white sand beaches, pointing out and educating participants on local wildlife along the way. This is one of the coolest ways to experience the untouched beauty of the area you call home.

Rent a Slingshot on St. Pete Beach

If your ears perked up at the mention of St. Petersburg’s opportunity for adventure, there’s another unique experience we have to tell you about. You’ve probably seen these transformer-esque vehicles cruising the beach and wondered to yourself what in the world they could be. “Slingshots” are 3-wheel open-air roadsters with no roof, no doors and quite the impossible-to-miss packaging. They’re the most fun you’ll probably ever have operating a motor vehicle and they guarantee you’ll turn heads! Slingshots can be rented through the company Beach Blast whose knowledgeable team will tell you everything you need to know prior to riding.

Take the Cross Bay Ferry to Nearby Tampa

A huge draw for the city of St. Pete is its access to neighboring cities Tampa and Clearwater.  If you’ve got the whole day to fill, hop aboard the Cross Bay Ferry to do some exploration of Tampa Bay! Tampa is home to Signature communities Aurora, Grady Square, Lenox at Bloomingdale and The Sedona with more on the way! The Ferry Terminal will drop you off on the waterside of the Tampa Convention Center which is just a short scoot to one of the city’s premier outdoor venues, Sparkman Wharf. This modern waterfront development features a German beer garden, manicured lawn with stage area for live music, a bowling alley and a drool-worthy lineup of street-food stands!

Visit the St. Pete Pier for Sunset

The proper sendoff to a St. Pete day well-spent means a visit to the new St. Pete Pier for sunset! This new addition to the city has quickly become a weekend staple and absolutely lives up to the hype. Directly past the Pier’s Gateway you’ll find a vibrant Marketplace stacked with an array of local vendors, another nod to the city’s “buy-local” culture. Observe the iconic art installation by Janet Echelman, Bending Arc composed of 1,662,528 knots and 180 miles of twine. If you find it impressive during the day, just wait until the sun goes down and watch Bending Arc really come to life! Atop the Pier sits Teak, a stunning rooftop bar that serves immaculate views along with innovative cocktails and tasty bar bites. You won’t find a better view of St. Pete’s glittering waterfront skyline anywhere else.

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