The Top Things to Do in St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach offers a lot more than beaches. Whether you are a couple looking for a romantic getaway, a family taking a trip, or friends seeking adventure together, there are enough things to do in St. Pete Beach to keep you coming back time and time again. Plus, all the best attractions are just minutes from our St. Pete Beach condo rentals.

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At the southernmost end of St. Pete Beach, you’ll encounter the famous and historic Pass-A-Grille. In this laid-back beach town, you can get lost exploring boutiques, ice cream shops, an outdoor art market, restaurants, rooftop bars, tennis courts, and fishing piers. There’s also an adjacent beach where you can relax afterward. 

You won’t find just any old knick-knacks in a Pass-A-Grille. Shops like Galene’s Paradise feature work from local artists with coastal, nautical, and beach themes. Bamboozle offers the latest natural fabric fashions. Evander Preston sells locally made jewelry and artwork. Everything in Pass-A-Grille is unique, making stores that much more interesting to explore. It’s also the perfect place to purchase a souvenir for yourself or your loved ones back home.

There are plenty of fine St. Pete Beach restaurants worth trying. The Brass Monkey offers a little bit of everything, from burgers and pizzas to seafood entrees and steak dinners. The Seahorse, Sea Critters Café, and Maritana Grille are incredible seafood options. The Maritana Grille has even been rated as one of the top 10 seafood restaurants in the entire country! For a meal right on the beach, look no further than the Paradise Grille, which serves various delicious options for breakfast, dinner, and supper. 

Local activities and St. Pete Beach attractions make Pass-A-Grille even more enjoyable. The nightly sunset bell ringing occurs at the Paradise Grille, becoming an incredibly popular tradition. Over the years, thousands have participated in ringing the bell and signing the bell’s guest books, which are kept at the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum. The guestbook is filled with heartfelt messages written by people from around the world.

There is often something going on at Pass-A-Grille, so check the online calendar before planning your visit. There might be a concert or special art mart vendor event that you won’t want to miss. 

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Escape games are one of the hottest new trends sweeping the nation. If you’re traveling in a group, then you just might want to check out The Beach Escape Game, located directly on St. Pete Beach. Each themed room is designed to create real-life and exciting adventures for participants. Such themes include The Honky Tonk, Lost Treasure, Where in the World?, and Caged. Your goal is simple: Work together to solve puzzles and crack codes to escape the room. You have one hour to do it! 

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday year-round, the Corey Avenue Sunday Market provides St. Pete Beach with an assortment of fresh produce and homemade goods. The market supports 50 to 80 vendors selling homemade produce, plants, take-home foods, ready-to-eat lunch bites, handcrafts, eco-friendly and fair-trade products, and more. Stroll through the booths while enjoying a morning of live music. Many restaurants are located nearby, so you can always stop for breakfast, brunch, or lunch – if snacking on fresh samples hasn’t filled you up enough!

Outdoor Activities

Are you an avid swimmer? Even if you aren’t, have you ever wondered what it would be like to swim among a school of fish? You don’t have to wonder any longer. Swim with the Fish offers up close and personal encounters with tarpon, snook, trout, redfish, shark, and a 5-foot green moray eel. Swimmers ages 8 and up have the privilege of snorkeling in a 33,500-gallon tank. The excursion is led by marine experts who seek to educate the public about the importance and fragility of marine ecosystems. In addition to learning a lot, you will walk away with an absolutely unforgettable experience!

For more swimming fun, check out Trade Winds Island Resort’s pool and beach water activities. With seven heated swimming pools and an award-winning stretch of beach, this is definitely a place you’ll want to make a splash. The resort offers a variety of waterpark slides and activities. For some extreme fun, check out the High Tide Slide, the biggest inflatable waterslide you’ve ever been on. It’s three stories high, 200 feet long, and has four lanes so you and the family can race to the finish line. There are also several pool-side activities, like dive-in movies, so check the upcoming calendar to ensure you make the most of your time at TradeWinds.

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If you’ve ever dreamed of jet skiing or watched with envy as others participate in extreme water sports at St. Pete Beach, you have your chance to partake of the fun! Florida beaches’ waters are the perfect place to try a new water sport. Local businesses like Suncoast Watersports make it easy for you to rent the equipment you need or book a tour. 

Take in the breathtaking view of St. Pete Beach on a parasailing tour, on a solo excursion, or with friends and family. Strap on to a canopy and glide along the coast as a motorboat pulls you along. Tours depart frequently and last 45 minutes each. 

Hop on a jet ski and head on a wave runner tour as an experienced guide shows you all the best spots along the coastline. It’s an exhilarating ride designed for those 18 or over. Tours last for 1.5 hours.

The whole family can jump on a banana boat together and sail over the waves as the raft is tugged along by a wave runner. Filled with fun and laughter, you better hold on tight. If the raft hits a wave just right, you might just go sailing into the water! This 15-minute ride can hold up to 6 passengers at a time.

For calmer activities, try paddleboarding, kayaking, or snorkeling. Rental equipment is affordable and easy to find. Suncoast Watersports also offers morning dolphin cruises. Departing at 10 a.m. each morning, the tour cruises through intercoastal and Gulf waters around St. Pete Beach, where the waterways teem with bottlenose dolphins. Marvel at the awe-inspiring sight of dolphins frolicking and playing near the boat. And don’t forget to bring your camera!

Restaurants & Bars

You will never go hungry in St. Pete Beach. Among the many outstanding restaurants and intriguing St. Pete Beach bars, three of the local top picks are here. 

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At the Bellwether Beach Resort, Level 11 Elevated Bar & Lounge boasts views like no other. This vibrant rooftop venue provides guests with direct views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico as they enjoy their meals and cocktails. The food is also delicious, with a lot of seafood to choose from. Diners may select from the full Spinners Offshore Grill menu and sip local spirits and brews created by local distilleries and brewmasters while gazing over the Gulf sunset. Diners are welcome even if they are not staying at the Bellwether Resort.

Also offering stunning seaside views, Caddy’s is a great place to kick back and relax. Weekends are the perfect time to visit for a hearty all-American-style breakfast with bottomless mimosas and sangrias. Who says you can’t drink in the morning?

For a filling lunch or dinner, Frenchy’s café has a fine selection of craft beers to go with burgers, avocado fries, and cheesecake or chocolate cake, among other menu options. Their choice may not be large, but they make a meal like no other.

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