The coastal city of St. Pete Beach in Florida is a famous tourist destination. St. Pete Beach encompasses Long Key in its entirety and is a barrier island connected to Treasure Island, South Pasadena and the Bayway Isles. St. Pete is just outside St. Petersburg and west of Tampa Bay along the Gulf Coast.
There are more than 300 days of sunshine every year in St. Pete Beach. With a population of only 10,000 people, it never feels too crowded on one of the many beaches.
St. Pete Beach Attractions
You'll find award-winning beaches in St. Pete Beach. This desirable destination features white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico's clear waters. There are plenty of aquatic activities in St. Pete Beach including swimming, fishing, kiteboarding, surfing and kayaking. You can lay out on the beach and get a tan or build a sand castle with the kids.
The Florida Aquarium is just across the water in downtown Tampa Bay. There are more than 20,000 aquatic animals at the Florida Aquarium and it is regarded as one of the best in the U.S. There are sharks, alligators, stingrays and penguins as well as interactive programs including "Swim With The Fishes." The whole family will love a trip to the aquarium and a ride on the Wild Dolphin Ecotour's Bay Spirit II. There is also the Clearwater Marine Aquarium if you're up for the short trip to Clearwater.
If you're looking for outdoor fun, head to Adventure Island, the only outdoor water theme park in the Tampa Bay area. There are water slides, kiddie pools, a lazy river and pools that everyone can enjoy. Other popular attractions near St. Pete Beach include the David L. Mason Children's Art Museum, Florida Botanical Gardens, Heritage Village and Lowry Park Zoo.
Things to Do in St. Pete Beach
Corey Avenue: You'll love shopping on Corey Avenue. There are specialty shops, theaters, restaurants, galleries, clothing stores, gift shops and more. You can take just a few hours or spend the whole day on Corey Avenue meandering through each storefront. Corey Avenue has been the heart of St. Pete Beach for more than 60 years and visitors flock here from all over the world. There are also events and activities held on Corey Avenue every year including parades, wine tastings and festivals.
Pass-a-Grille Historic District: This historic district in St. Pete Beach is found at the southern end of the island. There are beautiful sunsets to highlight this part of St. Pete Beach as well as historic cottages that bring you back to Pass-a-Grille's past. As one of the largest historic districts on the Gulf Coast, there's a lot to learn since its first homestead was settled in 1886. The area is thought to be one of the oldest resorts on Central Florida's west coast. The Gulf Beaches Historical Museum is here and offers free admission for visitors.