Year after year, Florida's beautiful St. Pete Beach is ranked among the best beaches in the United States. Its sugar white sand bordered by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico makes it easy to see why. Couple that with the destination's excellent restaurants, hotels and nightlife to create an extraordinary vacation destination.
The Grand Plaza immerses you in the St. Pete Beach experience with a variety of beach services to enjoy, including:
Overlooking St. Pete Beach, Grand Plaza's pool allows you to keep nice and cool. Whether you're lounging in the shade underneath a swaying palm, splashing and playing or taking a dip after a day on the beach, the Grand's pool deck is a great place to relax your day away during your St. Pete Beach vacation.
Use of sister property facilities at Beachcomber Resort, including:
Home to over 25 upscale shops and restaurants including Ann Taylor, Shapiro’s, GBX Shoes, Ben & Jerry’s,The Cricket Shop, Dan Marino’s Town Tavern, Acorn, Sunglass Hut, Birkenstock, Afterthoughts, Hurricane Pass Outfitters, Chico’s, The Martini bar, Australian Creations Jewelers, Adobo Gill and more. The MUVICO BayWalk Theater boasts 20 stadium seating theaters with digital sound.
Located in the heart of downtown.
The rugged beauty of the Serengeti meets out-of-this-world rides and exotic animals. Look right in the eyes of Africa's most amazing animals. Challenge the incredible heights and speeds of world-class coasters. Then relax and enjoy the spectacular entertainment of highly acclaimed shows. With something amazing around every corner, your family will come together like never before.
Busch Boulevard & 40th Street, Tampa, FL 813-987-5082
Accessible only by ferry this is a perfect escape for sunbathing, shelling and swimming. You can also walk through the historic ruins of Fort Dade or view wildlife such as gopher tortoises, hummingbirds and other seabirds. 727-893-2627.
Over 10,000 aquatic plants and animals including an expanded shark collection, ocean predators and spineless wonders from around the world, Australian sea dragons, playful river otters, American alligators, free-flying birds, a giant Pacific octopus and more. Dive shows including a diver in the shark tank, close-up animal encounters and touch tanks. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 813-273-4000
This is the fourth largest Holocaust museum in the nation and it is dedicated to advancing public awareness, education and understanding of the Holocaust, and honoring the memory of millions of innocent people who suffered, struggled and died as a result of this atrocious event in history. 727-820-0100.
Permanent exhibits are The Kennedy Collection and The Cuban Missile Crisis. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum showcases rotating national and international exhibits.
100 Second Street, St. Petersburg, FL 727-822-3693
1,136 unspoiled acres made up of five interconnected islands. In addition to the historic fort built during the Spanish-American War, the park boasts seven miles of beaches, two fishing piers, recreation and nature trails, a canoe trail, plus picnic and camping grounds. 727-582-2267
Sightseeing tours, parasailing, wave runners, unique shopping, deep sea fishing, dining.
12901 Gulf Boulevard, Madeira Beach, FL 727-393-1947
You will see more than 1500 animals (some rare & endangered) in lush, natural habitats. Enjoy live animal shows & interactive exhibits such as Stingray Bay, Lorikeet Landing and the renowned Florida Manatee Center. 1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa, FL 813-935-8552
Located in downtown St. Petersburg in the Bayfront Center the Mahaffey Theater provides a magnificent environment for a wide variety of concerts and exciting performances. 727-892-5798
Largest science center in the southeast and home of Florida's only IMAX theater. Over 450 "minds-on" activities, planetarium, space simulators, hurricane chamber, butterfly garden and high wire bike. Three major exhibitions explore the human body, Florida's environment and space, flight and beyond.
4801 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 813-987-6100
The only comprehensive art collection on the Florida west coast. The collection includes works by such major French artists as Cezanne, Monet, Morisot, Gauguin, Renoir, and Rodin and by the American artists Thomas Moran, Henri, Bellows and O'Keeffe. African, Asian, pre-Columbian and American Indian art, as well as photographs, are also on view.
Since 1946, Orange Blossom Groves has made growing, packing and shipping citrus fruits a family tradition. Shop in the open-air produce market for farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. Brows in the gift shop while enjoying some homemade ice cream. Sample freshly squeezed orange juice.
5800 Seminole Boulevard, Seminole, FL 727-392-1277. 1-800-237-9880
A beautiful Caribbean environment is the setting for more than 35 of your favorite brand name stores. Polo, Versace, Ann Taylor, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Liz Clairborne, Mikasa, Nike. More brand names. More selection. More value. The open air center features lush landscaping with flowing fountains and a spectacular food court. Exit 224 on I-75, Ellenton, FL 888-260-7608.
Here is your chance to get a bird ’s eye view of St. Pete Beach. Parasailing is the perfect activity for the thrill seeker. You are securely but comfortably strapped into a harness attached to a massive parachute which is attached by cable to a speedboat that pulls you along. As you gain altitude you can experience a breathtaking view of the island.
Acoustically perfect auditorium that has 2173 seats. Classical musicians, country singers, big bands, Broadway hits, dancers, comedians and top pop artists from America and around the world are included in the stellar line-up of more than 150 performances a year. The continental-style auditorium, brings you virtually center stage for a memorable evening with your favorite performers.
Clearwater, FL 727-791-7400
One of St. Petersburg's foremost cultural attractions, is home to the world famous collection of works by Salvador Dali featuring masterworks from the artist ’s early years, as well as from his transitional, surrealist and classic periods. Daily guided tours and museum store. 727-823-3767
Discover the beauty of Florida ’s smooth inland waterways aboard the elegantly appointed Starlite Princess Riverboat or Starlite Majesty Dining Yacht. Enjoy fine dining at your individually reserved table. Dinner dance cruises feature a full course meal with seven entrée selections prepared on board and served to your table. Luncheon/Sightseeing cruises offer a narration by the captain. 727-462-2628.
One the area ’s favorite places to shop, sightsee or just relax. Marvel at the Pier Aquarium. Take a scenic land and sea adventure on the amphibious Duck Tours of Tampa Bay, enjoy dolphin sightseeing aboard the Dolphin Queen, hop on a surrey bike and pick up souvenirs at the unique shops, boutiques and galleries. 800 Second Avenue, NE, St. Petersburg, FL 727-821-6164.
100 years of beauty and an exotic collection of more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers blooms year round, including thousands of rare orchids found in Orchid Arbor. You will enjoy the winding path through thousands of tropical plants and a beautiful pond. A plethora of winged wonders is also in residence-explore the walk in butterfly enclosure. 1825 Fourth Street, North, St. Petersburg, FL 727-551-3100
Approximately 20 miles north of St. Petersburg, but you will feel like you are visiting a quaint village in Greece. Smells of baklava wafting from the bakeries, snatches of Greek overheard in the conversations of old timers, fishermen stepping off the boats with their fresh catch and shops filled with souvenirs of the old county transport you to a land far away.