Things to do in St. Petersburg, Florida

Our most recommended things to do in St. Petersburg, Florida

Tampa: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Ticket & Multi-Park Options

1. Tampa: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Ticket & Multi-Park Options

Explore Florida’s favorite coasters and thrill rides in Tampa Bay. Book a 1-day admission ticket or add multi-park options to also enjoy admission to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Adventure Island Tampa Bay. Whether you’re a coaster enthusiast or want rides that are fun for the whole family, explore Florida’s best coasters, right here in Tampa Bay. Take on a thrilling triple-launch coaster, a family spin coaster that’s a new ride every time, epic coaster legends, and more. Meet more than 300 species of animals here at Tampa’s largest zoo. From the exotic to the endangered, the ones you love to the ones you’ve never even heard of, meet more than 300 species of animals. If you’re planning a Tampa, Florida vacation, be sure not to miss the largest zoo in Tampa, Florida – in fact, one of the largest zoos in all of North America. Enjoy live shows from world-class performers – along with a few rescued rising stars. Your admission is your ticket to world-class entertainment, with live shows for all ages. Enjoy the breathtaking performances on ice during Turn It Up!, the nostalgic sounds of Rock a Doo Wop, plus the kid-friendly fun of Let's Play Together at Sesame Street® Safari of Fun.

Tampa Bay CityPASS®: Save Over 53% at 5 Top Attractions

2. Tampa Bay CityPASS®: Save Over 53% at 5 Top Attractions

Ride thrilling coasters and see amazing animals, inspiring art, fascinating science, and more with the Tampa Bay CityPASS ticket which includes admission to: 1. Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay Florida’s Coaster Capital, is the ultimate family adventure, providing unrivaled excitement for guests of every age with a unique blend of world-class thrill rides, live shows, games, restaurants and one of the nation’s largest zoos. 2. The Florida Aquarium See why The Florida Aquarium is one of the top aquariums in the country, with thousands of sea creatures, including sharks, alligators, otters, sea turtles, and more! Encounter ring-tailed lemurs, touch a moon jelly and explore the hidden creatures living in our oceans.  3. ZooTampa at Lowry Park Experience unforgettable natural connections and excitement at ZooTampa! Feel the rush of a macaw soaring overhead, ask questions at the many animal mingles, and feel the splash of wild water adventure at Roaring Springs presented by Pinch A Penny!  4. Clearwater Marine Aquarium See Winter the dolphin, star, and inspiration of the popular Dolphin Tale movies. Immerse yourself in the world of marine life rescue at this unique facility—not your typical aquarium. Explore the working animal hospital. See rescued dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and otters. Be inspired by fun, educational presentations about the important ongoing work of rescue, rehabilitation, and release. 5. Museum of Science and Industry OR The Tropics Boat Tours Dolphin or Sunset Cruise 5.1 Museum of Science and Industry Tampa’s premier science center, where curious minds can explore space science, weather, robotics, engineering, physics, paleontology, the human body, and more. Get “STEAM-ed” at MOSI, where Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math collide. 5.2 The Tropics Boat Tours Dolphin or Sunset Cruise Experience Clearwater Beach, its magnificent waterways, and its resident Bottlenose Dolphins onboard Clearwater Beach's Best Outdoor Activity of the year! Enjoy guaranteed dolphin sightings on a Dolphin Exploration tour, along with a live narration from the crew and other wildlife viewing opportunities. Or, witness a breathtaking Florida sunset on a Sunset Celebration Cruise.

St. Petersburg, FL: 4-Hour Catamaran Cruise to Egmont Key

3. St. Petersburg, FL: 4-Hour Catamaran Cruise to Egmont Key

Soak up the beauty of Egmont Key island on this catamaran cruise. Take in breathtaking views of St. Petersburg, snorkel with tortoises, and maybe even spot the island's resident dolphins. Meet the crew in St. Petersburg and hop on board the 60-foot catamaran that will lead you to Egmont Key. Sail on an air-conditioned vessel with bottled water and bathrooms for your comfort and feel free to bring your own food and drinks on board. Pass under the Sunshine Skyway bridge on your way to the island and admire St. Petersburg from the water. Keep an eye out for the friendly dolphins that call these waters home. Enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore the island. You could go for a stroll along the white-sand beaches towards the historic Fort Dade and Egmont Key Lighthouse. Alternatively, enjoy a dip in the water and use the snorkeling equipment provided to search for tortoises and other native wildlife. Finally, sit back and relax for the return journey to St. Petersburg and take in one last view of the island and city from the water.

St. Petersburg: Sunset Cruise with Sunshine Skyway Bridge

4. St. Petersburg: Sunset Cruise with Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Immerse yourself in a breathtaking Floridian sunset on a cruise in St. Petersburg. Enjoy picturesque views of the city skyline as you sail around the Tampa Bay area and drift under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Listen to the sounds of the sea and watch dolphins jumping over the waves. Make your way down to St. Petersburg Pier to meet your friendly crew and group for the day. Climb aboard your ship with any snacks and drinks you'd like for the trip and settle down as you start your adventure. Discover the skyline of Tampa and St. Petersburg from a new perspective as you cruise in the bay area. Relax and watch a Floridian sunset from the deck as the sky turns from clear blue to orange and crimson red. Pass under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to see what it looks like in the day and when it's illuminated at night. Head back towards the pier and keep an eye out for playful dolphins swimming up to the boat to say hello.

Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

5. Clearwater: Eco-Certified Marine Aquarium General Admission

Visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium to learn about all of the rescued and resident animals. Catch some of the daily presentations and make sure to watch the daily programs in the theatre. Boat tours, animal care experiences and behind-the-scenes tours will add at least another hour to your day.  Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an indoor/outdoor facility with air-conditioned areas inside and open air outside. Enjoy the views of Clearwater Bay from the harbor view deck and stranding deck. Discover a variety of animals including dolphins, pelicans, sea turtles, otters, sharks, and other animals.  The majority of residents cannot be released due to a variety of reasons, so you can visit them in their permanent habitats and learn their stories. See a number of animals currently undergoing rehabilitation in the working animal hospital. The presentations and talks throughout the day aim to educate you in a fun way about the work going on to take care of the marine life and the environment. 

Tampa Bay 2-Hour Speedboat Adventure

6. Tampa Bay 2-Hour Speedboat Adventure

Experience the adventure of a lifetime and become the captain of your very own speedboat on this thrilling 2-hour tour out of Tampa Bay. Meet at the Tierra Verde Resort Marina to join a knowledgeable guide who will help you navigate your way out of the serenity of Tampa Bay and let you take control of your craft for a heart-pounding journey. Open the throttle and feel the wind in your hair and the sea beneath your wings, as you speed across the Gulf of Mexico. Sail past the beautiful National Wildlife Refuges and historic Fort de Soto Park. And look out for pods of bottlenose dolphins, manatees, gopher tortoises and numerous varieties of local birds swirling above.

St. Petersburg, FL: Weedon Island Kayak Tour

7. St. Petersburg, FL: Weedon Island Kayak Tour

As you paddle through the clear blue waters and seagrass meadows of the Weedon Island Preserve search for manatees and dolphins. After hanging out with your underwater friends, make your way to the winding mangrove tunnels. These mesmerizing tunnels stretch for miles and are some of the longest tunnels in all of Florida. While paddling through these tunnels, be on the lookout for mangrove crabs, mullets, and countless varieties of birds that nest inside the mangrove forests. All along the way, your experienced tour guides will be answering all of your questions and will educate you about the history and wildlife of the Weedon Island Preserve.

Tampa: Adventure Island® Park Admission

8. Tampa: Adventure Island® Park Admission

Find something for everyone at Adventure Island®, whether your idea of water play is serene or extreme. Find something for everyone with over 10 waterslides, a wave pool and kids’-friendly area. For the adrenaline junkie in you, try out state-of-the-art rides and slides at the speed you wish. Pick any of the 10 water slides and embrace the twists, turns, drops, and surprises along the way. For the super adventurous, give Vanish Point® or the Colossal Curl® a whirl. Spend time in the 17,000-square-foot wave pool before heading to the half-mile lazy river for a relaxing float downriver. Kids can splash around freely in family-friendly areas, such as the Paradise Lagoon® area or Fabian’s Fun Port®. With kid-friendly water slides, jungle gyms and attractions there is plenty to provide the entire family with a day of fun.

St. Petersburg, Florida: Private 4-Hour Fishing Tour

9. St. Petersburg, Florida: Private 4-Hour Fishing Tour

Experience some of the most enjoyable fishing in the world on this laid-back fishing trip in St. Petersburg, Florida. Enjoy a private activity that includes equipment and licenses and is suitable for all ages and experience levels. Meet your guide at the meeting point, then hop into your private boat. Set off into the ocean to fish the vibrant nearshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Target grouper, snapper, mackerel, cobia, and whatever else is active at the time. Learn about the fish you catch, then release them back into the water. Though primarily a catch-and-release trip, you can also take a few fillets home for a healthy, fresh dinner too.

Tampa Bay: Private Sunset Cruise with Champaign or Wine

10. Tampa Bay: Private Sunset Cruise with Champaign or Wine

Expereince the exceptional beauty of a Florida Gulf Coast sunset on this cruise from 2 from Tampa Bay. Admire the cable-stayed Sunshine Skyway Bridge which spans the Lower Tampa Bay as it lights up for the night. Have a glass of champagne or wine along the way. Hop aboard a comfortable ship and get cozy. Relax as you embark on your evening cruise. Marvel at the brilliant glow of the sunset on the shimmering waters. Witness the city's skyline as it lights up for the night. Indulge in a glass of wine or champagne as you take in this moment with someone that you love. Capture pictures of the sunset and the magnificent Sunshine Skyway Bridge as it is illuminated for the night. Sail aboard a ship that is regularly maintained to the highest safety standards. Relax, as you captain takes care of navigation for you. Return to your meeting point at the end of the cruise.

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What people are saying about St. Petersburg, Florida

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 133 reviews

This scavenger hunt was informative and fun. It prompted us to talk to locals and get information about the city. We saw some points of interest we would have never found on our own. I had my two kids, ages 9 and 10, with me. The questions were a bit difficult for them and sometimes even for me. But it was still fun to try. I think everyone should try this in every new city they visit to learn all the pertinent facts and see all the coolest sites. I will do this again in Alaska and every new place I visit. It’s like escape room but outdoors. Lol

We really liked the route and the information given by the guide. We saw: dolphins, birds and mini black crabs in the mangroves. Nice experience

Always entertaining and inspiring! Staff does a great job helping to keep you informed and oriented.

The park is very beautiful. Definitely recommendable. I think the animals don't have to be.

It was fun and informative. It was a unique way to show off a neat town.