St. Petersburg, Florida is home to beautiful beaches and a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere. From sand castle competitions on the beach to quiet island retreats, the St. Petersburg area has much to offer its visitors. Whether your child is interested in aquatic marine life, outdoor activities or exploring the great indoors, "St. Pete" has something to offer everyone.
Area beaches, such as Fort de Soto Park, Sand Key Park in Clearwater and Pier 60 feature family-friendly attractions including nature trails, fishing piers, playgrounds and street performers. Pack a picnic and spend the day swimming in the calm waters or building castles in the sand. Families can also book a boat tour from the marina to scout for dolphins and shells or to simply watch the sunset. Finish your perfect day at the beach at a casual seafood diner or relaxing at a more formal gourmet restaurant.
Great Explorations Children's Museum
Take a break from the hot Florida sun and spend an afternoon at the Great Explorations Children's Museum (greatexplorations.org). The museum offers hands-on, interactive exhibits that teach children from the fields of art and science. Exhibits are frequently rotated and upgraded, and include displays such as a fire station, construction zone, Florida orange production and a robot laboratory. For toddler-age children through the fifth grade, kids can imagine that they are a veterinarian, news-caster or doctor while exploring new play areas.
The Pier (stpetepier.com) attracts many families that visit the St. Pete area each year. Tourists can fish from the pier 24 hours a day, take a horse and carriage ride or rent a bicycle that can hold an entire family. Admission to the Pier Aquarium (pieraquarium.org) and marine education science center is free, although donations are accepted to see the sharks and other reef animals. Guests may also view and feed the pelicans at the Pier Bait House, as well as learn more about how to protect the amazing birds.
Get a fresh start to your day at the Saturday Farmer's Market (saturdaymorningmarket.com). Visitors can experience locally-produced fruits and vegetables and kids will love the baked items, such as crusty bread and pies. Pick up some prepared foods, including cheeses and smoked seafood for a delicious meal later in the day. Listen to live music as you stroll along the stalls, and take your time looking over the flowers, plants and specialty handmade household items.
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