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The 12 Best Things to Do in St. Pete Beach

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Welcome to the sunny shores of St. Pete Beach, where the possibilities for fun are as endless as the stretch of sand itself! There are so many fun things to do in St. Pete Beach, where do you begin?!

Whether you’re here with family, your significant other, or a group of friends (it’s the perfect spring break and bach party destination!), this vibrant Gulf Coast destination promises an unforgettable experience.

From relaxing beach days to thrilling water sports and everything in between, St. Pete Beach has something for everyone. Join me as we explore the very best activities and attractions that this charming beach town has to offer, all conveniently located right here in St. Pete Beach!

woman enjoying sunset on st pete beach

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Things to do in St. Pete Beach

1. Beach Day

Now this is obvious, but the best thing to do in St. Pete Beach is simply just have a fun beach day! Enjoy the white sand, emerald waters, and beautiful sunshine.

In front of TradeWinds they have a giant inflatable water slide, and during the summer months they even have a floating water park!

If you want to take your St. Pete beach day to the next level, check out The Cabana Club! They take care of everything for you (set up and tear down) and provide water, sunscreen, a speaker, a portable charger, and more. Truly, you name it, The Cabana Club has got it covered! And how cute is this setup?!

It’s perfect for birthdays and bach parties. Which btw, St. Pete is one of my favorite Florida destinations for bach parties!

Whether you’re doing Cabana Club or a beach picnic, if you think you’re going to want snacks Sea Grapes on St. Pete Beach provides awesome charcuterie boards! Not only that, but you can get a complete picnic package which includes charcuterie, dessert, a bottle of wine, a beach blanket, a picnic basket, and ocean-friendly packaging and utensils.

We used them for our picnic at our Breeze Bungalow girls’ night and loved the spread!

If you want to make it a boozy beach day check out some of the fun St. Pete Beach bars and head to PCI, Jimmy B’s, or Coconut Charlies! These spots are always lively, often have live music, and even have games like beach volleyball to keep you entertained.

2. Florida Orange Groves Winery

Take a break from the beach at Florida Orange Groves Winery, one of my favorite wineries in Tampa Bay! They produce over 43 varieties of wine, and they have tastings and tours daily.

The tastings have 3 parts: a flight of their most popular wines (from sweet to dry), your pick, and then some slushie samples! For my pick, I did their Hot Sun tomato wine with bloody mary mix! Super unique, and super delicious.

They’re known for their citrus, berry, and tropical wines, but also offer port, grape, and sparkling wines as well. And of course their slushie mixes! Check them out for their occasional comedy night and paint and sip events as well.

For more fun wine spots, check out the best wine bars in downtown St. Pete!

3. Mastry’s Brewing

Mastry’s Brewing Co. is the first of its kind to grace the shores of St. Pete Beach. Established in 2014 as a humble brew-pub, it has since evolved into a thriving craft brewery and tasting room.

With a commitment to innovation and tradition, Mastry’s offers an eclectic array of brews, from sours and porters to pilsners and more. Their dedication to quality is evident in each sip, with standout selections like the MADE Porter, a delectable blend of chocolate and coffee flavors, and the acclaimed Hefeweizen, a gold-medal winner at the Best Florida Beer awards!

You can also head downtown for several more awesome breweries that are all within walking distance!

4. Drum Circle

The drum circle is a super fun, unique, and free thing to do in St. Pete Beach. I think the only way one knows about it is if you’re a local or if you accidentally stumble upon it!

It occurs every Sunday at Gulf Front Park (right on the beach) – 10400 Gulf Blvd Saint Petersburg, Florida. It goes from 3 pm-10 pm. You’ll find people of all ages here dancing, playing their own instruments, or just enjoying the vibe.

If you do plan on taking children here, just be aware there are definitely people enjoying recreational drugs.

drum circle, one of the best things to do in st pete beach at sunset

5. Visit Grove Surf & Coffee

If you’re looking for a place that combines the best of coffee culture with coastal vibes Grove Surf & Coffee in St. Pete Beach is the answer. As one of my favorite coffee shops in Tampa Bay, Grove Surf & Coffee never fails to deliver a perfect cup of joe, consistently earning a 10/10 rating from yours truly.

But it’s not just about the coffee here; it’s the entire experience. Whether you’re looking for a cozy spot to catch up with friends, a tranquil oasis to tackle some work, or simply a place to unwind and soak in the laid-back beach atmosphere, Grove has got you covered.

They even have a boutique section, where you can browse through a curated collection of stylish clothes, jewelry, and more, adding a touch of coastal flair to your wardrobe.

6. Enjoy some watersports

Suncoast Watersports has all of your beach adventure needs covered. Whether you want to Jet Ski, kayak, snorkel, parasail, or ride on a banana boat they have a rental with your name on it.

Parasailing is one of my favorite activities personally, but there’s not a wrong option here!

Parasailing Clearwater Beach, view from above

7. Sunday Market

One of my favorite things about the Tampa Bay area is there are markets everywhere!

Every Sunday, St. Pete Beach hosts the Sunday Market on Corey Avenue. You can find fresh food, artisan crafts, plants, produce, and live music! There are between 50-80 vendors at each market so you’re sure to find something interesting.

Once you’re done at the market check out the shops, boutiques, and galleries that Corey Ave has to offer too.

8. Do a boat tour

Of course, a boat tour is one of the best things to do in St. Pete Beach! You have plenty of options too.

Dolphin Racer is a speedboat that gives you views, the opportunity to witness dolphins jumping in the wake, and informative commentary. Or you can skip the crowd and commentary and take out your own personal mini speedboat from Speed Boat Adventures.

One of my favorite boat tours is with Island Ferry LLC. It’s a 2-hour dolphin watch and snorkel cruise. It goes out of Tierra Verde (just a 10-minute drive from St. Pete Beach), requires at least 2 people for booking, and has a free cancellation up to 24 hours before if you book here!

Starlite Cruises offers a sunset dinner cruise (you can also purchase tickets without buying food) or there’s also a small group sunset cruise (with over 250 5-star reviews!).

So, like I said, plenty of boat tour options on St. Pete Beach for ya!

Starlite Dinner Cruise Clearwater

9. Go on a unique kayaking or motorized stand-up paddleboard tour

One of the most unique things to do in St. Pete Beach is some of the fun kayak tours! Take a clear kayak tour of Shell Key Preserve. Your guide will take you on a 2-2.5 hour guided tour where you can see wildlife, learn about the area, and get some fun pics snapped if you want!

Sharkey’s Glass Bottom Tours offers LED-illuminated night tours on glass-bottom kayaks. You will have a guide, and they even provide you with fish food to ensure you get to witness some marine life on your trip.

If stand-up paddleboarding felt intimidating to you before, you have to check out eSUP Adventures! They offer motorized paddle board adventures to Shell Key Preserve. You can make the adventure as leisurely or as involved as you want.

By utilizing the motor you can cruise along anywhere from 4-6 mph. Plus the overhead view you get into the water makes the experience that much cooler.

10. Enjoy the fresh catch

I understand if you are in the area and want some options for good, fresh seafood! I suggest checking out Shrimpys Blues Bistro or Brass Monkey. Both spots have waterfront views and great menus. Shells isn’t waterfront but they have an amazing and affordable fresh seafood menu!

If you want a nice dinner in St. Pete Beach, Spinners is one of my favorite date night spots. The restaurant spins, giving you 360-degree views of St. Pete Beach! Don’t worry, the movement is very slow, so you’ll hardly notice!

11. Gulf Beaches Historical Museum

If you want to get a little bit of history during your beach trip, check out the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum. This is another great free activity in St. Pete Beach. They’re open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm.

In the museum, you’ll see a timeline display from 1500 to the present along with artifacts, memorabilia, photographs, and postcards with a special Don Cesar Hotel display.

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12. Go bowling

Bowling is one of the best things to do in St. Pete Beach when it’s raining and for families. Ten Pin Lanes is located right across from the Florida Orange Groves Winery. So feel free to catch a little buzz wine tasting before renting some lanes.

Prices at this alley are super affordable! They range from $20-$40 per hour and shoe rentals are $3.

Ten Pin Lanes in St Pete Beach

Where to Stay in St. Pete Beach

There are several amazing options when it comes to where to stay in St. Pete Beach. If you want to be beachfront, The Don Cesar is ICONIC. It’s a huge pink hotel better known as the “Pink Palace.” There are 2 heated pools, 3 lounges, newly renovated rooms, and the beautiful Spa Oceana. Go here if you’re looking for a magical experience.

Bellwether Beach Resort and TradeWinds are two other great options if you’re looking for a beachfront hotel in St. Pete Beach! Spinners, one of my favorite restaurants in St. Pete Beach that I mentioned earlier, is located at Bellwether Beach Resort.

Hotel Zamora is another solid option, plus it has one of the best rooftop bars in St. Pete.

The Don CeSar Hotel in St Pete Beach
The Don Cesar

Getting around St. Pete Beach

If you’re staying on the beach, a lot of it is walkable. If something is a little far, of course, you can do Uber or Lyft, or you can take a little cheaper option and do the trolley!

Bike rentals are also such a fun way to get around St. Pete Beach (it’s my personal favorite).

If you don’t mind spending a little bit more, 727 Slingshots is located in downtown St. Pete and is such a unique way to get around the beach. They have 2 and 4-seater Slingshots available for hourly rentals.

As you can see there are plenty of fun things to do in St. Pete Beach! If you have the time I highly encourage checking out some of St. Pete Beach’s surrounding areas as well!

Downtown St. Pete, Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Pass-a-Grille, John’s Pass, and Gulfport are all 10-40 minutes from St. Pete Beach (with Clearwater Beach being the furthest) and have something unique to offer. There are so many amazing spots for day trips!

I hope that you enjoyed this guide and are pumped for your upcoming trip (or maybe you’re a local like me who’s just looking for something new and fun to do!). Before you go, be sure to check out some of my other Florida posts and follow me on Insta @guidedbydestiny for more 🙂

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  1. anatureescape says:

    The Sunday markets look lovely! We love supporting markets and local farmers.

    1. Yes! I love when I stumble on them when I’m visiting somewhere! 🙂

  2. I would love to go on a boat ride here, it looks so pretty. Thanks for all of the helpful tips on what to do in St Pete Beach!

  3. Stunning photos Destiny and Pete beach looks like a nice chill spot. I love the idea of the Sunday market as well

  4. KEVIN FELICE says:

    going in April, great guide especially for food choices.

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