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St. Petersburg, Florida

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St. Petersburg: Sunset Cruise with Sunshine Skyway Bridge

1. St. Petersburg: Sunset Cruise with Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Immerse yourself in a breathtaking Floridian sunset on a cruise in St. Petersburg. Enjoy picturesque views of the city skyline as you sail around the Tampa Bay area and drift under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Listen to the sounds of the sea and watch dolphins jumping over the waves. Make your way down to St. Petersburg Pier to meet your friendly crew and group for the day. Climb aboard your ship with any snacks and drinks you'd like for the trip and settle down as you start your adventure. Discover the skyline of Tampa and St. Petersburg from a new perspective as you cruise in the bay area. Relax and watch a Floridian sunset from the deck as the sky turns from clear blue to orange and crimson red. Pass under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to see what it looks like in the day and when it's illuminated at night. Head back towards the pier and keep an eye out for playful dolphins swimming up to the boat to say hello.

Tampa: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Ticket & Multi-Park Options

2. Tampa: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Ticket & Multi-Park Options

Explore Florida’s favorite coasters and thrill rides in Tampa Bay. Book a 1-day admission ticket or add multi-park options to also enjoy admission to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Adventure Island Tampa Bay. Whether you’re a coaster enthusiast or want rides that are fun for the whole family, explore Florida’s best coasters, right here in Tampa Bay. Take on a thrilling triple-launch coaster, a family spin coaster that’s a new ride every time, epic coaster legends, and more. Meet more than 300 species of animals here at Tampa’s largest zoo. From the exotic to the endangered, the ones you love to the ones you’ve never even heard of, meet more than 300 species of animals. If you’re planning a Tampa, Florida vacation, be sure not to miss the largest zoo in Tampa, Florida – in fact, one of the largest zoos in all of North America. Enjoy live shows from world-class performers – along with a few rescued rising stars. Your admission is your ticket to world-class entertainment, with live shows for all ages. Enjoy the breathtaking performances on ice during Turn It Up!, the nostalgic sounds of Rock a Doo Wop, plus the kid-friendly fun of Let's Play Together at Sesame Street® Safari of Fun.

St. Petersburg, FL: 4-Hour Catamaran Cruise to Egmont Key

3. St. Petersburg, FL: 4-Hour Catamaran Cruise to Egmont Key

Soak up the beauty of Egmont Key island on this catamaran cruise. Take in breathtaking views of St. Petersburg, snorkel with tortoises, and maybe even spot the island's resident dolphins. Meet the crew in St. Petersburg and hop on board the 60-foot catamaran that will lead you to Egmont Key. Sail on an air-conditioned vessel with bottled water and bathrooms for your comfort and feel free to bring your own food and drinks on board. Pass under the Sunshine Skyway bridge on your way to the island and admire St. Petersburg from the water. Keep an eye out for the friendly dolphins that call these waters home. Enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore the island. You could go for a stroll along the white-sand beaches towards the historic Fort Dade and Egmont Key Lighthouse. Alternatively, enjoy a dip in the water and use the snorkeling equipment provided to search for tortoises and other native wildlife. Finally, sit back and relax for the return journey to St. Petersburg and take in one last view of the island and city from the water.

St. Petersburg: 3-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

4. St. Petersburg: 3-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Looking for a way to turn St. Petersburg into a giant game board? This interactive scavenger hunt combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg, Florida. Guided from any smartphone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning about the local history. The adventure will begin along the bay and take you on a well-designed course that will include scenic parks, outdoor art, historic hotels and other sights around the city. Using a smartphone as “the guide” will allow you to start when you want and determine your own pace of play. Stop for lunch at one of the many sidewalk cafes or grab an ice cream… why not, it’s your schedule?  Offered at a fixed price for a group versus per person pricing, this city tour/ game offers a great value for those on a budget. Points of interest will include the following: Museum of History, Straub Park, North Yacht Basin, Historic Renaissance Hotel and other city monuments and sights.

Tampa: Adventure Island® Park Admission

5. Tampa: Adventure Island® Park Admission

Find something for everyone at Adventure Island®, whether your idea of water play is serene or extreme. Find something for everyone with over 10 waterslides, a wave pool and kids’-friendly area. For the adrenaline junkie in you, try out state-of-the-art rides and slides at the speed you wish. Pick any of the 10 water slides and embrace the twists, turns, drops, and surprises along the way. For the super adventurous, give Vanish Point® or the Colossal Curl® a whirl. Spend time in the 17,000-square-foot wave pool before heading to the half-mile lazy river for a relaxing float downriver. Kids can splash around freely in family-friendly areas, such as the Paradise Lagoon® area or Fabian’s Fun Port®. With kid-friendly water slides, jungle gyms and attractions there is plenty to provide the entire family with a day of fun.

Tampa Bay: Private Sunset Cruise with Champaign or Wine

6. Tampa Bay: Private Sunset Cruise with Champaign or Wine

Expereince the exceptional beauty of a Florida Gulf Coast sunset on this cruise from 2 from Tampa Bay. Admire the cable-stayed Sunshine Skyway Bridge which spans the Lower Tampa Bay as it lights up for the night. Have a glass of champagne or wine along the way. Hop aboard a comfortable ship and get cozy. Relax as you embark on your evening cruise. Marvel at the brilliant glow of the sunset on the shimmering waters. Witness the city's skyline as it lights up for the night. Indulge in a glass of wine or champagne as you take in this moment with someone that you love. Capture pictures of the sunset and the magnificent Sunshine Skyway Bridge as it is illuminated for the night. Sail aboard a ship that is regularly maintained to the highest safety standards. Relax, as you captain takes care of navigation for you. Return to your meeting point at the end of the cruise.

St. Petersburg, FL: Private 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Cruise

7. St. Petersburg, FL: Private 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Cruise

One of the largest populations of bottlenose dolphins in the world lives among the coastal lagoons and bays of Florida’s gulf coast. Come and meet some of them on this private dolphin watching cruise from St. Petersburg, FL. Join a private excursion from St. Pete and try to spot these marine mammals in their natural habitat as you explore Florida's Gulf Coast, an area that many bottlenose dolphins call home. This private tour can be customized according to the wishes of you and your group. Bottled water and fruit are also provided for all participants.

St. Petersburg, Florida: Sunset and Skyway Lights Boat Tour

8. St. Petersburg, Florida: Sunset and Skyway Lights Boat Tour

Join an evening boat excursion and see breathtaking sunset views of St. Petersburg. Head out onto the Gulf of Mexico and admire the setting sun and Sunshine Skyway Bridge from the water. When the sun is setting, the sky takes on different hues with the glow of the sunset. The best way to see it is by boat from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Along with friends, family, or a partner, admire the sunset and the illuminated Sunshine Skyway Bridge glowing on the water. It's sure to be memorable, fun, and relaxing for all ages.

St. Petersburg, FL: Private Florida Gulf 6-Hour Boat Tour

9. St. Petersburg, FL: Private Florida Gulf 6-Hour Boat Tour

Experience all that the waters of the Florida Gulf at St. Pete have to offer on a family-friendly boat trip. Customize your experience to your group's interests, such as dolphin watching, fishing, snorkeling, shelling, birding, or island hopping. Create memories that will last a lifetime as you take in the natural scenery and cruise by local landmarks, like the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Stop At Fort De Soto Park to visit the beach and explore the history of the fort, swim, or snorkel around the ruins. Up next, discover Egmont Key State Park and see its historic lighthouse. Enjoy a fun and educational experience in this tropical paradise, and choose how to make the most of your time there.

St. Petersburg, Florida: Private 4-Hour Fishing Tour

10. St. Petersburg, Florida: Private 4-Hour Fishing Tour

Experience some of the most enjoyable fishing in the world on this laid-back fishing trip in St. Petersburg, Florida. Enjoy a private activity that includes equipment and licenses and is suitable for all ages and experience levels. Meet your guide at the meeting point, then hop into your private boat. Set off into the ocean to fish the vibrant nearshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Target grouper, snapper, mackerel, cobia, and whatever else is active at the time. Learn about the fish you catch, then release them back into the water. Though primarily a catch-and-release trip, you can also take a few fillets home for a healthy, fresh dinner too.

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What people are saying about St. Petersburg, Florida

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 118 reviews

This scavenger hunt was informative and fun. It prompted us to talk to locals and get information about the city. We saw some points of interest we would have never found on our own. I had my two kids, ages 9 and 10, with me. The questions were a bit difficult for them and sometimes even for me. But it was still fun to try. I think everyone should try this in every new city they visit to learn all the pertinent facts and see all the coolest sites. I will do this again in Alaska and every new place I visit. It’s like escape room but outdoors. Lol

Very nice park, great rides, great animals. Unfortunately, some food stalls were closed. Four rush to the open was huge. The food and tip prices are way overpriced.

busch gardens. problem at gates with ticket, post re-scheduling on a weekend, resolved well via WhatsApp chat withJoel

Super great roller coasters! Exotic animals up close and kangaroos to stroke! Any time!!

A lot of the kiosks and shows were shut, park was very quiet.