Let’s take a tour of this gorgeous Tampa Bay waterfront

USA Today recently named The St. Petersburg Pier as the second best newest attraction in the United States!  Spreading across 26 acres of the sparkling Tampa Bay waterfront, this gorgeous area has now become the anchor of the St. Petersburg Pier District!  With family fun activities, restaurants, natural beauty, and more, it’s easy to see why this pier is the perfect place to spend quality time with your friends and family!  


The St. Pete Pier has ample parking space for all vehicles, including motorcycles and bikes. In addition, visitors can get to the pier utilizing public transportation from the Downtown Looper and Central Avenue Trolley. There’s no need to worry about excessive walking as a tram frequently runs alongside the pier property, making stops along the way.  And, the wide paved paths throughout the pier make it easily accessible for walking, biking, or even rollerblading.  


For families, there’s the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center.  All ages will enjoy the one-of-a-kind, hands-on, and interactive exhibits that educate the public about the unique ecosystem of Tampa Bay and measures to preserve this tropical treasure. After exercising the mind, the kids can run free and beat the heat by cooling down at the splash pad.  Or, put your toes in the sand instead at Spa Beach.  This is the place where you can relax, read a book, or swim all without leaving the pier! Then, when you’ve had your fill of water, sand, and fun, make sure to head to the pavilion and enjoy cold, refreshing drinks and delicious snacks before starting your next adventure.


When hunger strikes, you know it’s mealtime!  Fortunately, you don’t have to leave the pier to satisfy those grumbling tummies.  At the St. Pete Pier, there are plenty of options available to visitors, from fancy cuisine to laid-back eating!  Choose from fine dining at Teak, or take a more low-keyed approach at the tropical tiki bar Pier Teaki or the Driftwood cafe. Several bistros are also available, serving the likes of breakfast sandwiches all the way to vegan pizza.  But, if you are looking for more of a party atmosphere, check out Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille.  It’s a Caribbean-themed sports bar that puts its focus on fresh, local seafood.  There’s something for everyone!  Wherever you dine, you’ll be sure to have some fantastic views of Tampa Bay.  


That’s not all the fun there is to be had!  Additionally, The St. Pete Pier has numerous fishing spots along the way where fishermen young and old can cast out their lines, see what’s biting, and trade their best stories of “the one that got away.”  But, if shopping is more your style, purchase hand-crafted creations from local, independent artisan vendors selling their wares and art in the shaded stalls and market-style tents of the marketplace.  And, speaking of art, don’t miss a larger than life sized sculpture called “Bending Arc,” created by Janet Echelman, a world-renowned artist who’s also a Tampa Bay native! 


There are so many fun and unique things to do on these pristine 26 acres of bayfront paradise  – and we haven’t even mentioned the easily accessible picnic areas and choices of several playgrounds. So, revel and relax in the beauty of the outdoors and let the kids burn off some steam!


Come visit for the afternoon, or even all day to take in the additional sights of the marina and city skyline!  The St. Pete Pier opens 30 minutes before the sun rises and closes down at 11:00 p.m. The hours for the artisan marketplace are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Friday through Sunday.  Admission to the pier is free.