Things to do in St. Petersburg-St. Pete Beach, FL

Not your average Florida beach destination, St. Pete offers a variety of exciting activities, from watersports to wild museums. A haven for artists and beach lovers alike, some can't-miss things to do in St. Petersburg include boat cruises, deep sea fishing, dining, live entertainment, and visiting numerous world-class museums.
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Top St. Petersburg-St. Pete Beach Attractions, Tours & Rentals

Featured St. Petersburg-St. Pete Beach Activities

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Jul 20 - Jul 26

Dolphin & Sunset Tour Aboard The Dolphin Quest

412 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Join in on this Dolphin & Sunset Tour, on the Dolphin Quest, and look for playful dolphins as you cruise through the picturesque waters of Boca Ciega Bay in Madeira Beach! This top-notch, 40-foot certified sightseeing tour boat is the best way to explore the intercoastal waters. Sit back and relax on comfortable, waterfront seats as you take in the legendary show of John’s Pass. View the beautiful homes of Treasure Island and meet some of the most playful residents — bottlenose dolphins! Watch them swim, jump and entertain you. Book your thrilling Tampa Bay dolphin cruise today!
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Booked 10 times in last 48 hrs

Pirate Ship Adventure at John's Pass

116 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Calling all salty dogs and buccaneers for a swashbuckling adventure! It's time to ready yer sea legs and leave the landlubbers behind as you step aboard the towering Royal Conquest Pirate Ship at John’s Pass. Settled in Madeira Beach on Florida’s western coast, this pirate ship sails some of the most beautiful and enchanting waters you will ever set yer peepers on. This family-fun pirate cruise is perfect for all ages, whether ye be salty dogs, scallywags, cabin kids, or lil swabbies! The entertaining crew will lead you to the pirate fun that everyone can enjoy! Conveniently located just 25 minutes from St. Petersburg or 35 minutes from Tampa, book your pirate adventure today!
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Booked 5 times in last 48 hrs

Dolphin Watching Nature Cruise & Eco Tour

29 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Hop aboard The Big Blue Boat and join the Dolphin Watching Nature Cruise and Eco Tour. Take in the beautiful Florida sights as you cruise atop calm and protected back bay water. Admire wildlife, such as dolphins, seabirds, and more, on this narrated and informative tour. If you get hungry or thirsty, stop by the onboard snack-bar and get some refreshments. Enjoy this real Florida experience and create life-long memories with family and friends! Book your tour today!
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Shark Boat at John's Pass Dolphin Adventure Cruise

30 ratings
1 Hr.
Get out on the water and ride inside the belly of a beast, a Great White Shark! The Shark Boat is a one-of-a-kind 40-foot tour boat that stalks the John’s Pass calm waterways. The Shark Boat was specifically designed to create a “killer” wake that dolphins love to jump and play in. So don't miss the fun, book your adventure today and take a ride on the only shark that dolphins love!
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3 Hour Shell Key Shelling Trip

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3 Hrs.
Explore some of the Gulf's stunning shores on this 3 Hour Shell Key Shelling Trip in Madeira Beach, Florida. Take in the beautiful scenery, calm water, and all that the back bays have to offer. Journey through John's Pass and then hit the island for an hour of exploring, shelling, soaking up the sun, and digging your toes into the sand. Hop back on the boat and cruise down the beautiful coastline looking out at the views of the beaches and marine life below. Don't miss out, book today!
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Calypso Breeze Tropical Twilight Cruise with Buffet

153 ratings
2 Hrs.
Ease into breathtaking Florida views aboard the Calypso Breeze on this Tropical Themed Evening Cruise with Buffet. Enjoy dancing, tropical drinks, and an island-style dinner buffet all to the backdrop of the stunning Emerald Coast. Take in the sights of John's Pass as you enjoy the fun stylings of the cruise director and DJ. Hop aboard the Calypso Breeze, located near John's Pass Village in Madeira Beach, for an evening cruise with some Caribbean flair!
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Shell Key Dolphin and Snorkeling Tour (for up to 6 guests)

28 ratings
2 Hrs.
Hop aboard this luxury pontoon cruise and experience the magical beauty of the emerald and blue waters off Shell Key. Snorkel to your heart's content and search for marine life and dolphins. Swim, shell, explore and maybe even catch a glimpse of manatees, crabs, rays, and majestic sea birds. Book your Shell Key Dolphin and Snorkeling Tour today!
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Sunset Sailing Experience

26 ratings
2.5 Hrs.
Set sail aboard the iconic schooner, Suncoast Horizon, the only gaff rigged schooner in the Tampa Bay region. Enjoy a sunset to remember and see a breathtaking cosmic display from a luxury sailing yacht. Sail the smooth, calm waters of Boca Ciega Bay and the Gulf of Mexico as you sip on your favorite beverages and feel the warm air on your skin. Don't miss your chance to end your day the right way, book your Sunset Sailing Experience now!
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Twilight Yacht Cruise with Optional Meal Service on the StarLite Sapphire

38 ratings
2.5 - 3 Hrs.
Embark on an unforgettable evening yacht cruise through the intracoastal waterways of St. Petersburg aboard the StarLite Sapphire. Relax at your reserved table on one of the inside, climate-controlled decks, or venture to the outdoor areas and enjoy the soft breezes and beautiful scenery. Dance the night away to music and entertainment provided by the live DJ. No matter what you decide, rest assured this Twilight Yacht Cruise will be one you will want to come back to over and over again. Book your spot today!
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Shell Key Ferry

7 ratings
3 - 7 Hrs.
Experience the beauty of Florida on this Shell Key Ferry! Home to a large nature preserve and an abundance of nesting birds and sea turtles, this uninhabited barrier island boasts pristine white sand, warm water, and abundant shelling opportunities. Travel from Fort De Soto Boat Ramp to Shell Key on a comfortable ferry boat, with covered, comfortable seating and a clean restroom. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, sea turtles, and even manatees along the way! Admire the natural beauty of this secluded island and take in the sights and sounds that surround you. With its clear skies and stunning scenery, Shell Key offers an epic night under the stars for those looking for an overnight stay. Discover the magic of this unique island, book the Shell Key Ferry today!
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Dolphin Speedboat Adventure Aboard the Dolphin Racer

136 ratings
1.5 - 2 Hrs.
Join this high-speed ride with dolphins & get a narrated cruise of the scenic waterways surrounding the beautiful Gulf Beaches. Watch in awe as dolphins surf alongside you on this speedboat adventure through St. Petersburg. Cheer as dolphins play, jump, and dive into the waves. Feel the sun and the breeze as you take in the beautiful sights and sounds around you. It's sure to be an adventure you'll remember. Book your spot today!
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Day Sailing Experience

10 ratings
2.5 Hrs.
Set sail aboard the iconic schooner, Suncoast Horizon, and explore the natural beauty Treasure Island has to offer. Hoist the sails and slip away to get up close and personal with the wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Cruise around Boca Ciega Bay and the Gulf of Mexico as you sip on complimentary soda and bottled water while you feel the breeze in your hair. Let your worries get lost in the wind, book your Day Sailing Experience today!
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Calypso Breeze Tropical Themed Afternoon Cruise with Buffet

11 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Let your cares float away as you set out on the Calypso Breeze for a Tropical Themed Afternoon Cruise with Buffet. Enjoy tropical drinks and search for dolphins while taking in the stunning coastline and John's Pass. Step aboard the Calypso Breeze, located near John's Pass Village in Madeira Beach, for a cruise with some Caribbean flair! Book your spot now!
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Sunday Daytime Yacht Cruise with Music Optional Lunch on the StarLite Sapphire

7 ratings
2 - 2.5 Hrs.
Embark on an unforgettable daytime yacht cruise through the intracoastal waterways of St. Petersburg aboard the StarLite Sapphire. Relax at your reserved table on one of the inside, climate-controlled decks, or venture to the outdoor areas and enjoy the soft breezes and beautiful scenery. Dance away to music and entertainment provided by the live DJ. No matter what you decide, rest assured this Sunday Daytime Yacht Cruise will be one you will want to come back to over and over again. Book your spot today!
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Captained Sunset Cruise (for up to 6 guests)

45 ratings
2 Hrs.
Take a relaxing, leisurely cruise through the Grand Canal of Tierra Verde. See the stunning sights, tropical landscape, and the mansions. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including dolphins, as well as wild shorebirds. Your captain will give you a personal narration of the local ecosystem and the history of this stunning area. Don't forget to bring aboard your favorite bottle of wine! Sunset tours are strictly small groups of 6 people or less, so avoid the crowds and hop aboard! Book today!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs

Clear Kayaking at Shell Key Preserve

6 ratings
2 - 2.5 Hrs.
Spend your day paddling away on a crystal-clear kayak. Adventure out to Shell Key Preserve as you search the water below for schools of fish and other miraculous marine life. This eco-guided experience has several picturesque stops along the way where you can hear all about local wildlife, marine life, and plant life. Clear kayaks are the way to get out on the water and see it all! Be on the lookout for manatees, dolphins, pelicans, starfish, conch, and other local life. You will also have the opportunity to get up close to Florida's natural mangroves and sandy shorelines. Book your Clear Kayaking at Shell Key Preserve experience today!
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The Florida Aquarium

59 ratings
2 Hrs.
Head to downtown Tampa to The Florida Aquarium for an educational and exciting day with the whole gang. Discover Florida wildlife in the unique Wetlands Trail and experience what life is like in the mangrove forests! Try the touch pool to meet the cownose rays, bamboo sharks, sea stars, anemones and more. Finally, be sure to check out the Splash Pad for the kiddos. The Florida Aquarium is a non-profit attraction devoted to entertaining, educating, and inspiring visitors of all ages to be advocates for marine life conservation. Learn while having fun at this Tampa Bay gem. Book your tickets today!
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Speed Boat Adventure Tour St. Petersburg

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2 Hrs.
Embark on a 15-mile boat ride tour through the Tampa Bay and St. Pete waterways on this sightseeing tour with a twist. Just imagine the thrill of driving your own speedboat with the safety of having a skilled guide introduce you to the beauty of the Florida coast. Witness the beauty and breathtaking views of Tampa including its wildlife. The witty yet historic narration is done through two-way communication systems mounted on the boats. Your adventure awaits on your speed boat adventure! Book today!
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Clearwater Daytime Dolphin Exploration Cruise

131 ratings
2 Hrs.
Explore the beautiful water of the Gulf of Mexico in search of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Depart from the Clearwater Beach Marina and venture through the intracoastal and Clearwater Pass where you'll be treated to the sights of the bottlenose dolphin. Learn from a friendly and insightful tour guide who will share a slew of fascinating facts about the emerald green water while pointing out celebrity mansions along the way!
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the top things to do in St. Petersburg?

From museum-hopping, to a wide variety of wonderful watersports, the St.Petersburg-St. Pete Beach area has tons of terrific things to do for the whole family! Within the city, be sure to check out the Dali Museum, St. Petersburg Museum of History, and Sunken Gardens. Ready for some fun in the sun? Head to the beach for scenic beauty, whimsical water activities, wildlife viewing, and to create memories that will last a lifetime!

2. What are the top water activities in St. Pete Beach?

There are tons of things to do in St. Pete Beach to make this South Florida vacation one for the books! From relaxing on the beach and soaking up the sun, to joining in on an exhilarating windsurfing lesson, there’s something for all ages, interests, and skill levels to enjoy. Below are just a few of the many whimsical water activities St. Pete Beach has to offer: - Parasailing - Shelling - Snorkeling - Windsurfing - Fishing - Boating - And MORE!

3. Is St. Petersburg-St. Pete Beach kid friendly?

St. Petersburg-St. Pete Beach is the perfect place in Florida for families to soak up the sun and have some kid-friendly fun! There is a diverse array of activities to choose from here, which means there is something for everyone, from up-close animal encounters, to swashbuckling pirate adventures! Here are our top picks for family fun in St. Petersburg-St. Pete Beach: - Dolphin Cruises - Pirate Adventures - Fishing Charters - Snorkeling - Shelling - Visiting the Beach - Kayaking - Museums and Galleries

4. What is St. Petersburg-St. Pete Beach known for?

St. Petersburg is situated along Florida’s gorgeous Gulf Coast, and is known for its beautiful beaches and wonderful weather! In fact, St. Petersburg is also known as, “Sunshine City,” as it holds the Guinness World Record for the longest stretch of sunshine in the country. Starting in 1967, St. Petersburg had 768 consecutive days of sunshine! With that being said, St. Petersburg-St. Pete Beach is truly a place you go to enjoy some fun in the sun! Watersports are commonplace here, with many tours, attractions, and activities revolving around the stunningly beautiful South Florida waters. Popular water activities include windsurfing, snorkeling, fishing, parasailing, and more! St. Petersburg, FL, is also known for its appreciation of the arts, with tons of museums, galleries, and live entertainment. Multiple art districts are scattered throughout the city, and provide an insight into the diverse and rich history and culture of the area. The Dali Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and Mahaffey Theater, home of the Florida Orchestra, are the best places to go in St. Petersburg for art enthusiasts.

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