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Things to Do Near St. Pete Beach

Grand Plaza Hotel gets you close to more than the award-winning beaches. For all the time you spend on the white sand, you can spend just as much exploring St. Pete Beach and the surrounding seaside towns. Walk beneath the warm Florida sun as you sip tropical fruit wines, meander down quaint shopping districts, and discover new plants and flowers at the botanical gardens.

If you find yourself craving a break from the beach, start by exploring these ten things to do near St. Pete Beach.

Florida Orange Groves Winery

Discover wine unlike any you’ve had before. Florida Orange Groves Winery is renowned for its tropical fruit wine. Sample citrus, stone fruit, and tropical wines alongside more familiar grape wines. Visit their St. Petersburg tasting room for samples of each variety.

Pass-a-Grille Beach

Pass-a-Grille is home to more than a wide, white stretch of beach. Beach boutiques, fresh seafood joints, and bars make Pass-a-Grille’s 8th Ave the perfect destination for a breezy night out. Don’t miss the outdoor art market and homemade ice cream shop.

Corey Avenue

St. Pete Beach’s Corey Ave Shopping District has the contagious energy of a seaside town. Delicious food, local shopping, and seasonal events make this district perfect for strolling hand-in-hand. Go to Shells for seafood, Wings for souvenirs, and keep your eyes open for events like the St. Pete Beach Seafood & Music Festival.

The Mall at Sundial

Peruse over 25 upscale shops and restaurants at this St. Petersburg mall, including Ann Taylor, Shapiro’s, GBX Shoes, Dan Marino’s Town Tavern, Sunglass Hut, Birkenstock, Chico’s, The Martini Bar, Australian Creations Jewelers, Adobo Grill and more. Take a break from the sun in the AMC Sundial 12, which boasts 20 stadium-seating theaters.

John’s Pass Historic Village & Boardwalk

This turn-of-the-century fishing village is a charming present-day vacation destination. Stroll through fishing shacks-turned boutiques and restaurants. John’s Pass is also a popular starting point for sightseeing tours, parasailing, wave runners, and deep-sea fishing.

Parasailing

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.

Starlite Cruises

Discover the beauty of Florida ’s smooth inland waterways aboard a Starlite Cruise on 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 and sightseeing cruises also feature an engaging narrative from the captain.

St. Petersburg Pier

Experience one of 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.

Sunken Gardens

Immerse yourself in 100 years of beauty and an exotic collection of more than 50,000 tropical plants at Sunken Gardens. Flowers bloom year-round, including thousands of rare orchids found in Orchid Arbor. Make your way along 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.

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