St. Petersburg, Florida - Things to Do
Discover a myriad of attractions and fun things to do and see in St. Petersburg, Florida when you vacation at the Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove. Our prime location on Tampa Bay is near St. Petersburg attractions such as Fort De Soto Park, The Pier, world-class museums and Tampa Bay attractions like Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. Here's a list of some of our favorite things to do, or ask our friendly hotel staff for personal recommendations.
Florida Fort De Soto Park.
Fort De Soto Park is an award-winning beach and public park that offers three miles of white-sand beach and seven miles of waterfront. Fort Desoto Park includes two fishing piers, boat launch, large picnic areas, nature trails, canoe trail, a designated dog beach, food concessions, and more. Fort De Soto is also known for its historical features including the Quartermaster Storehouse Museum housed in a reconstructed army building from 1905. Fort De Soto Park comprises five interconnected islands in Tierra Verde, Florida, near St. Petersburg. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/park/05_ft_desoto.htm. Your Suggested Package: Marina Cove Beach Getaway Package
Museum of Fine Arts.The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg is the largest museum of its kind in west Florida. The museum features a permanent collection of some of the finest early European and American paintings, photography, pre-Columbian and Asian objects of art, and Greek and Roman antiquities. A regular schedule of visiting exhibitions complements the Museum of Fine Arts permanent collection. Other museum facilities include the Museum Store, classrooms for public education, a library and the Interactive Education Gallery. Visit www.fine-arts.org. Your Suggested Package: Marina Cove Arts Vacation Package
Salvador Dali Museum.
The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg is home to the largest collection of Dali's work anywhere in the world. The museum's collection includes 96 oil paintings, more than 100 drawings and watercolors, and 1,300 objects of art. This fascinating collection traces the various phases of Dali's career as an artist, from Impressionist and Cubist works to the Surrealism pieces for which he is most associated with. In addition to impressive exhibitions, The Salvador Dali Museum offers lectures, performances and other special events that celebrate the life and works of Salvador Dali. Visit www.thedali.org. Your Suggested Package: Marina Cove Arts Vacation Package
St. Petersburg Pier.
The Pier, the common reference to the St. Petersburg Pier, is now under construction and set to reopen in 2018. The Pier has been a St. Petersburg landmark since the late 1800s and has lived through numerous redevelopments and restorations. Visit www.stpetepier.com. Your Suggested Package: Florida Aquarium Package
Busch Gardens Florida.
Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, combining world-class thrill rides, live entertainment and one of North America's largest zoos with over 12,000 animals. New in 2016, Busch Gardens puts a spin on family thrills with Cobra's Curse™, a one-of-a-kind spin coaster, featuring a 70-foot vertical lift and a whirlwind adventure of exciting explorations. Plus, closely observe veterinary care at the state-of-the-art Animal Care Center and journey to the four corners of the earth in the original live show, Iceploration. Then, experience North America's tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon's Fury® or race like a cheetah on Cheetah Hunt®.
Located right across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa, Adventure Island is 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun featuring the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages. Race down rapids, dig your toes into the sand or relax all day in a private cabana. New for the 2015 season
, hurtle high and experience a feeling of weightlessness on Colossal Curl
, Adventure Island's newest family thrill slide. Visit www.adventureisland.com. Your Suggested Package: Florida Resident Hotel Specials
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve.
Discover the unique and diverse ecosystems of St. Petersburg at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. Located at Lake Maggiore, the 245-acre Boyd Hill Nature Preserve features over three miles of walking trails, five distinct ecosystems, interpretive programs, picnic areas, a playground, and a variety of guided tours. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. The Preserve is open Tuesday - Sunday, excluding major holidays. Visit www.stpete.org/boyd. Your Suggested Package: Marina Cove Beach Getaway Package
Florida Holocaust Museum.
The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest Holocaust museums in the country. It features permanent and temporary exhibits that strive to honor Holocaust survivors and those who perished under Nazi rule. The museum educates the public on the Holocaust and genocide around the world, and contemporary human rights issues. The museum's permanent exhibit, History, Heritage and Hope, features a thought provoking collection of original artifacts, photographs, and documents. Visit www.flholocaustmuseum.org. Your Suggested Package: Marina Cove Arts Vacation Package
The Florida Aquarium.
The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay is an exciting attraction that blends marine life exhibits with fun family attractions. Parents magazine rated The Florida Aquarium among the Top 5 kid-friendly aquariums in the country. In addition to aquatic exhibits such as Wetlands, Beaches and Bays, and Coral Reef, The Florida Aquarium also offers such attractions as Explore a Shore. This 2-acre fun zone for young kids features mellow water slides and geysers, a pirate ship, giant sea animal structures and other play area essentials. Swim with the Fishes and Dive with the Sharks are two popular in-water adventures that young kids and teens can participate in. Visit www.flaquarium.org. Your Suggested Package: Florida Aquarium Package
John's Pass Village & Boardwalk.
John's Pass Village & Boardwalk is a popular tourist attraction featuring more than 100 souvenir and specialty shops, restaurants and bars, and fun things to do such as Jet Skiing, parasailing, boating and fishing. John's Pass Village also offers fishing charters and a variety of cruises ranging from general sightseeing tours to pirate ship adventures and dolphin watch cruises. Visit www.johnspass.com. Your Suggested Package: Marina Cove Beach Getaway Package
Florida Island Boat Adventures.
No vacation in Florida is complete without the thrill of a Boat Trip. The key is picking the right Boat! Come away for the day aboard the Calypso Cat as we set out in search of wild Dolphin, Serene Manatee, Local History, Beautiful Shells, Natural Beauty and much More! Visit us at: www.islandboatadventures.com. Your Suggested Package: Marina Cove Beach Getaway Package