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St Petersburg Florida

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St Petersburg Florida Itineraries

St Petersburg, a Day of Baseball and Beer

The St. Pete ABC's: Art, Baseball and Craft Beer

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A mere 20 years ago, St. Pete was sarcastically called “God’s Waiting Room”… fit for only the newly wed or nearly dead. What had been an exclusive vacation destination in the ’20s and ’30s for the famous and the infamous, from Babe Ruth and F. Scott Fitzgerald to gangster Al Capone and beat generation writer Jack Kerouac, was primarily known for its starring role as the location for Ron Howard’s 1985 movie, Cocoon.

Today, the shuffleboard courts featured in Cocoon are a weekend favorite for young professionals, the mansions on Park Street house technology tycoons instead of alien pods, and baseball is still one of St. Pete’s favorite pastimes, home to the MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays. Anchored on one end by the historic pink hotel, The Renaissance Vinoy, and on the other end by the world-class Dali Museum, Beach Drive is lined with tony boutiques, trendy eateries, art museums and million-dollar waterfront condos set against a backdrop of banyan and palm trees and bayside marinas. The new multi-use shopping and entertainment complex, Sun Dial, houses a multiplex movie theater, a jaw-dropping gourmet market, top tier restaurants and upscale shops.

Just minutes away, pristine white sand beaches, stunning sunsets, frolicking dolphins, and frosty frozen cocktails draw visitors from around the world. Spend the day on a dolphin-watching cruise, kayak with the manatees at Ft. DeSoto Park, or catch a Rays game if you’re here between April and October. If you’re an art afficianado, don’t forget to visit the Salvador Dali Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of the surrealist artist’s work outside of Spain. And if you’re into antiques and vintage collectibles, downtown’s Central Avenue in the Grand Central District is lined with a treasure trove of secondhand shops and antique arcades. Downtown is also home to a burgeoning craft beer scene and a wide variety of contemporary restaurants, an award-winning regional theater company and a world-class performing arts venue.

Hardly a weekend goes by without some kind of outdoor festival or special event from downtown First Friday block parties and the Saturday Morning Market to annual events including the Mainsail Art Show and one of the Southeast’s largest Pride celebrations.


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What it Costs

Abstract Pricing at a Glance

Prices often fluctuate dynamically depending on capacity, seasonality and deals. We don’t want to lead you astray by quoting exact prices that quickly become wrong. To give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes, though, we have indicated general price ranges for all points of interest.

Price ranges are quoted in $US.

See & Do
N/A => Not applicable
Free
$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-25 per person
$$$ => Tickets $26 per person

Sleep
$ => Rooms less than $100 for a double
$$ => Rooms $200 for a double
$$$ => Rooms $300 for a double

Eat
$ => $1-15 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$ => $16-40 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$$$ => $41 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)

Shop
N/A => Not applicable

Tours
$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-25 per person
$$ => Tickets $26 per person

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