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St. Petersburg/Clearwater

 
The St. Pete/Clearwater area is most famous for being home to some of the top ranked beaches in the world, in addition to offering fantastic mild winter weather. While the beaches are more than worthy of a visit, there are many other wonderful activities to take advantage of while visiting the area.

The summer-like winter temperatures provide the perfect weather for enjoying the numerous parks and trails scattered throughout the area. Take a look at 10 great things to do in the Clearwater/St. Pete area. Whether you are a local or tourist, you are sure to find a few new activities to add to your itinerary.
 
 
  • 1. Hike the peaceful, wildlife loaded nature trails of Weedon Island Preserve
    Hike the peaceful, wildlife loaded nature trails of Weedon Island Preserve
    1800 Weedon Dr NE, , 33702
    One of the most enjoyable places to visit in the Tampa Bay area is beautiful Weedon Island Preserve. This beautiful 3000+ acre St. Petersburg oasis is the place for those looking for a natural escape.

    Whether you feel like hiking, watching wildlife, taking photos, or just enjoying the beautiful views, you will find it all at Weedon. Be sure to climb to the top of the overlook tower for amazing overviews of the city.
  • 2. Enjoy nature trails, look out for alligators, & bird watch at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
    Enjoy nature trails, look out for alligators, & bird watch at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
    1101 Country Club Way S, , 33705
    If you have ever wanted to see a gator in the wild, Boyd Hill is the place to go. During the cooler months, this wonderful preserve is a hotspot for seeing alligators.

    If you are lucky you may even have a chance to spot a baby alligator. Other possible wildlife encounters include gopher tortoises, armadillos, over 50 species of butterflies, and plenty of birds.

    Be sure to take the narrated tram ride around the preserve - it's the easiest way to learn about all the different animals and ecosystems found within the preserve. 6 miles of trails are available if you prefer to explore the grounds on your own.
  • 3. Enjoy the beautiful bike path and beaches of Fort De Soto Park
    Enjoy the beautiful bike path and beaches of Fort De Soto Park
    3500 Pinellas Bayway S, , 33715
    Fort De Soto Park is home to some of Florida's most highly regarded beaches. In addition to 3 miles of white sandy beaches, you will be able to enjoy a beautiful 7 mile paved recreation path.

    This beautiful park, which is made up of 5 interconnected islands, is home to more than 328 species of birds. The natural beauty of the area combined with fewer crowds than other area beaches make Fort De Soto an ideal destination for those looking for a relaxing day of recreation.
  • 4. Enjoy the smoothest, whitest sands in the Tampa area at Clearwater Beach
    Enjoy the smoothest, whitest sands in the Tampa area at Clearwater Beach
    10 Pier 60, , 33767
    Clearwater is home to world famous beaches, comprised of beautiful powder like white sand & warm waters. The year round warm temperatures make it a great vacation destination anytime of the year. The sand is so smooth to the touch you will want to throw off your flip flops and dig your toes right in.

    Clearwater is wider and longer than the majority of Gulf Coast beaches, giving you plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the day. It's long enough for a nice relaxing morning stroll.

    Plenty of amenities found at Clearwater include volleyball courts, a boardwalk, and a nightly Sunsets at the Pier festival. Visit during the fall and winter months for fewer crowds, hassle free parking, and milder, less humid temps!
  • 5. Take a quaint stroll around the tropical plants & wterfalls of Sunken Gardens
    Take a quaint stroll around the tropical plants & wterfalls of Sunken Gardens
    825 4th St N, , 33704
    Amidst the congestion and crowds of St. Petersburg lies a quiet little escape called Sunken Gardens, home to dozens of palm tree species, flamingos, gorgeous waterfalls, and beautiful exotic birds.

    As you walk around the beautiful landscaped gardens (which happen to be more than 100 years old), you will be able to explore gorgeous plants from around the world.
  • 6. Enjoy the clear waters & quiet atmopshere of Pass-a-Grille Beach
    Enjoy the clear waters & quiet atmopshere of Pass-a-Grille Beach
    13 11th Avenue, , 33706
    Pass-a-Grille is a quaint section of popular, touristy St. Pete Beach. If you are looking for a relaxing day of swimming in the warm waters and digging your toes into the white sand, then Pass-A-Grille is the beach for you.

    From the beach, you can walk over to the historic neighborhood, home to dozens of unique local shops and restaurants.
  • 7. Explore more holiday themed decor than you could ever imagine at Robert's Christmas Wonderland
    Explore more holiday themed decor than you could ever imagine at Robert's Christmas Wonderland
    2951 Gulf to Bay Blvd, , 33759
    Clearwater's year round Christmas shop is one of the largest in the Southeast. It is also one of the most beautiful with over 200 beautifully decorated trees and several detailed holiday village displays.

    This enormous Christmas shop is a great place to pick up holiday themed gifts, gorgeous collectible ornaments, and new additions to your holiday decor. The experience of walking through this store is almost as magical as Christmas itself!
  • 8. Spend the day relaxing on the wide sandy shores of Treasure Island beach
    Spend the day relaxing on the wide sandy shores of Treasure Island beach
    11260 Gulf Blvd, , 33706
    One of the area's widest beaches, Treasure Island, is ideal for beach goers looking for a little more personal space. There is plenty of room here for all your favorite beach sports, from frisbee to sand volleyball. After your day at the beach, you will find plenty of local shops and waterfront restaurants to check out.
  • 9. Stroll through palm lined nature trails at Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum
    Stroll through palm lined nature trails at Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum
    North Shore Dr. & 11th Ave NE, , 33701
    One unique little gem to add to your St. Petersburg to-do list is the Gizella Kopsick Palm Tree Arboretum, located downtown near the waterfront. Get ready for a relaxing stroll as you set your sights on over 200 palms from around the world. A must for any palm tree lover!
  • 10. Enjoy quiet nature trails & bird watching at Sawgrass Lake Park
    Enjoy quiet nature trails & bird watching at Sawgrass Lake Park
    7400 25th St N, , 33702
    This small park in St. Petersburg is great for light morning exercise, alligator sightings, and photography. Wintertime is a great time to visit as the temperatures are cooler and gator sightings are more frequent.

    A small mile long boardwalk trail takes you over beautiful historic swamps while an overlook provides great views of the lake. In addition, bird watchers will appreciate the diversity of species found throughout the park.