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Things to Do on Your Florida Vacation

Mar 9

A classic Florida vacation, St. Petersburg features endless sunshine and miles of golden beaches that are perfect for swimming or relaxing. But the city also offers a wealth of attractions that are sure to keep even the most seasoned travelers entertained.

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Art lovers can get a kick out of exploring the impressive collections at some of the local museums. These include the Museum of Fine Arts, which features works from ancient Rome and Greece as well as modern masters. The Morean Arts Center is another fantastic option, taking a community-oriented approach to art education and offering a wide range of events and activities for people of all ages.

Glass enthusiasts should make a beeline for the Imagine Museum: Contemporary Glass, which showcases some of the world's most incredible glass sculpture and artwork. It's one of the most popular museums in Florida and is a must-visit during your stay.

You can even take a tour to learn how these beautiful creations are made. The museum is free to enter and has a fascinating exhibit on the history of glass blowing, which includes an interactive activity that lets you feel and touch the different tools and materials used by a skilled artisan.

Those seeking a different type of adventure can head to Tropicana Field, where MLB's Tampa Bay Rays play baseball throughout the season. The stadium is a domed structure that keeps the temperature cool, and it's a fun way to spend an afternoon watching some exciting baseball action.

Families will enjoy a visit to the Great Explorations Children's Museum, which is located in downtown St. Petersburg and offers hands-on, engaging programs for kids of all ages.

Visitors who love the outdoors should be sure to check out Boyd Hill Nature Preserve and Sunken Gardens, two of the best natural areas in town. These parks are packed with lush plant life, and there's something to suit everyone here.

When it comes to restaurants, there's no shortage of options in St. Petersburg, from burgers and salads to neoclassical steak houses and traditional American fare. Rococo Steak is a good choice for refined dining and Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille serves up more traditional American fare in a stunning building.

Lastly, there are a number of dog-friendly parks and beaches in St. Pete, so you can bring your pooch along for the ride.

The weekend market is an ideal place to find gifts, local goods and delicious food for your trip to St. Petersburg, and you'll be able to shop for unique local artwork as well.

You can also catch a live performance at the Mahaffey Theater, which is part of the Duke Energy Center for the Arts. It's one of the most popular attractions in the city and has a stunning waterfront location, overlooking the marina.

The new pier district is the latest addition to the city's skyline and it has already generated an outcry from some. But the majority of readers weighed in and agreed that the new waterfront area was an inviting and impressive piece of architecture.