Win an Alden Vacation and a Trip to the NEW Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center!

Have you visited St. Petersburg’s new Pier yet? Not only is it a fabulous dining and entertainment district, but it’s also the home to the brand-new Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center! Developed and operated by Tampa Bay Watch, a non-profit founded in 1993, the Discovery Center tells you the story of Tampa Bay’s vast and complex estuary — its history and recovery, and Tampa Bay Watch’s pivotal role in that effort. Next time you’re here at the Alden, make plans to take a short drive to downtown St. Pete and check out our newest attraction.

The Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center is the place to go for an entertaining, hands-on experience. We ALL love the Tampa Bay beaches, and there’s a reason why our water is so clear and our sand is so pure and white. Find out all you need to know about Tampa Bay’s unique ecosystem, right in the middle of it all! Tampa Bay Watch has been working for over 30 years to clean up our shorelines, and they do it in very unique ways. The Discovery Center’s Estuary Habitat and Touch Tank are key to understanding how the whole ecosystem works together- showcasing a variety of species found in Tampa Bay waters.

If you’re looking for a rainy-day family outing in St. Pete, the Discovery Center is just the ticket.  But the Discovery Center is not strictly an indoor experience. They also have a cool “wet classroom” with an amphitheater-style observation deck that hosts outdoor demonstrations.

The Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center is a perfect family activity for visitors to St. Pete Beach, and it also plays host to a variety of fun and educational events. Science Saturdays, Squid Encounters, and Adult Trivia nights are just a few of the featured activities that visitors to the Discovery Center can look forward to in the coming months. Click here to see all the fun coming your way!

The Alden is a proud sponsor of Tampa Bay Watch, having donated tens of thousands of dollars to the nonprofit over the last few years. We’re so excited to finally have a concrete way for our guests to experience the Watch’s vital work for themselves. That’s why we’re offering a special contest to award one lucky family with a Family Fun Day at the Discovery Center!

AND NOW, IT’S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!

We’re teaming up with the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center to give away an amazing prize. Here’s how to enter:

On Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, share a photo or two of how YOUR family helps keep our planet healthy. Whether it’s recycling at home, picking up trash, drinking from reusable water bottles, or volunteering with a local environmental group, we want to see what you’re up to! Make sure to use the hashtags #dawnofdiscovery #aldenwow and #aldendiscovery and to post publicly so we can see your picture!

We will pick one person to win a Family Fun Day gift basket that will include these two adorable plushies, a Tampa Bay Watch hat, 4 Tampa Bay Watch bandannas, a family 4-pack of tickets to the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center, and a 2-night stay at the Alden.

Mary Ann Renfrow, the Alden’s Director of Community Relations, will announce the contest winner LIVE on Facebook on Monday, September 28. So get to saving the planet and sharing your stories today!

St. Pete in September 2020 – Our Top Picks of Things to Do

Fall is here to stay! And as the seasons change, there are still many awesome events to enjoy here in St Pete Beach. From Labor Day fireworks to pumpkin paintings, there’s something for everyone this month!

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks on Treasure Island

September 5th

Saturday the 5th at dusk spread out, socially distanced on the Treasure Island beach and enjoy the Labor Day Weekend Fireworks!
https://www.facebook.com/RECREATIONTI/

PB & Jelly Deli

September 5th

Saturday night in the beer garden sounds just about perfect right now, doesn’t it? Join the PB & Jelly Deli September 5th at Green Bench Brewing Co. for brews and your favorite gourmet PB&J sammies from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. They’ll be safe, socially distanced, masked up and ready to serve you nuttin’ but love!

September 7th

Who is ready for fall flavors? September 7th, join The Wheelhouse for their annual pumpkin beer release celebration. They will tap all the pumpkin beers that they can get their hands on & make some super yummy pumpkin food specials & desserts.  They are operating with social distancing protocols so please know that they cannot accommodate groups over 6 people.  All specials will be available for dine-in OR carry-out.  #RELEASETHEPUMPKINS

Central Cycling Spin Class

September 11th

September 11th at the new St. Petersburg Pier, enjoy an awesome spin class courtesy of Central Cycling under the Bending Arc sculpture!

There will be two opportunities to spin: 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Bookings for the event are open! 🚴 🚴‍

2nd Annual St. Pete Wing & Craft Beer Fest

September 18th

Got wings? If you are a wing lover, we’ve got just the ticket. Tomorrow, stop by the 2nd Annual St. Pete Wing & Craft Beer Fest! Admission is free so enjoy adult beverages and live music as well as the best wings in town from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1483572075128161/

Pumpkin Painting

September 22nd

September 22nd 6:30-8:30 register for this FUN workshop to create a Van Gogh Starry Night inspired pumpkin at Practically Pikasso! Instruction provided to help you create a beautiful new center piece or fall decor piece for your home. This workshop is recommended for adults and teens. Your kiln fired art will be ready to pick up on Sept 30th. Just in time for Halloween!

https://www.practicallypikasso.com/calendar

Jazz Sundays at Boulevard Burgers

Sundays

Sit back and relax with live tunes and mimosas by the beach at Boulevard Burgers & Tap House, right across the street from the Alden!

Le Jazz Trio is serving up some soulful jams every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., while you enjoy big, juicy burgers, seafood dishes, appetizers, milkshakes, and more!

Boulevard Burgers also offers 50 cent wings all day on Sundays!

Educational Activities for Kids in St. Pete Beach and the Tampa Bay Area

Summer is coming to an end which means the school year is starting back up. Whether your kids are going back to the classroom or continuing to learn from home, education is about to take priority once again. However, their learning doesn’t have to end with the syllabus. The Tampa Bay area has tons of affordable, educational activities that are fun for the whole family and the perfect supplement to any child’s curriculum! Here are our top six picks for the best educational activities in the area.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Meet the star of the hit movie, Dolphin Tale, Winter, and learn about her inspiring story of survival after losing her tail to injury at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Educational presentations, games and exhibits allow you to the chance to observe nurse sharks, say hello to North American river otters, get up close and personal with a sea turtle and even participate in stingray feedings. Also, be sure to walk through Shipwreck Alley and its underwater viewing tunnel. This unique natural attraction invites you to view, touch and experience the biology and behavior of the wonderful marine life that call Planet Earth home.

Great Explorations Children’s Museum

Let your kids’ creativity and imagination run wild at the Great Explorations Children’s Museum. This kid-friendly museum invites your children to build with various materials and discover their inner architect, play a life-sized game of operation in the medical area, treat stuffed animals in the veterinary clinic, learn how to grow vegetables, shop in a kid-sized supermarket, act like a newscaster at a miniature TV news desk and watch live shows with music and dance. The various art, science, tech and health exhibits—all designed to be touched, moved and explored—are sure to stretch their mental muscles, test wits and fire up their imaginations.

Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center

Welcome to The Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center, where visitors to the St. Pete Pier mix fun and learning. Developed and operated by Tampa Bay Watch, a non-profit founded in 1993, the Discovery Center tells you the story of Tampa Bay’s vast and complex estuary — its history and recovery, and the organization’s pivotal role in that effort. Along with an exhibit gallery, they offer a state-of-the-art classroom that accommodates school field trips and programs for students of all ages. But the Discovery Center is not strictly an indoor experience. The “wet classroom” offers larger outdoor demonstrations and lectures. It’s bordered by walkways and railings and includes an amphitheater-style observation deck. Have fun while you save the Bay!

Weedon Island Preserve

This 3,190-acre nature preserve is comprised of aquatic and upland ecosystems and is the perfect place to have an outdoor adventure without all the crowds. Rent a backpack—which includes maps to boardwalks and trails, field guides for identifying native plants and animals and suggested activities—and spend an afternoon walking along its boardwalks through its tidal flats and mangrove forests. You can even rent a kayak or canoe to explore the aquatic habitats up close. Be sure to visit the educational center where you can learn about the indigenous people who lived on the land for thousands of years.

Salvador Dali Museum

Considered one of the most important museums in all of Florida, the Salvador Dali Museum features the world’s most comprehensive collection of Dali’s work—including 94 oils, 200 watercolors and drawings and 1,000 graphics, sculptures and objets d’art. This kid-friendly gallery with an outdoor waterfront garden gives visitors of all ages the chance to appreciate the uniqueness that is Salvador Dali. Let your imagination run wild as you learn all about Surrealism and participate in a fun self-guided scavenger hunt to learn about the museum’s highlights while admiring Dali’s impressive masterpieces.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

One of the top three zoos of its size in North America (and only a 30-minute drive from St. Pete Beach), Lowry Park Zoo features more than 1,500 animals representing 350 exotic species across 60 acres. The family-friendly encounters range from manatees to tigers, monkeys to rhinos and African elephants to koalas. Kids will be sure to delight in feeding giraffes treats from a feeding plateau and touching stingrays, as well as hopping on the jungle safari ride through the animal exhibits, feeding playful goats, and watching one of their engaging educational shows.

Alligator Attraction & Wildlife Learning Center

Have your kids ever snuggled a sloth? They can, while learning about local and exotic wildlife, at the Alligator Attraction, just 10 minutes from the Alden in John’s Pass. The Wildlife Center frequently hosts local students for field trips, and they offer special educational programs throughout the year. Their animals are pet surrenders and orphaned native wildlife that can not be returned safely to the wild. The facility is home to a little over 180 animals including alligators, lizards, pigs, skunks, guinea pigs, rabbits, snakes, sloths, fish, and more.

Sunken Gardens If you want to show your kids how to find tranquility and take a break from the fast-paced bustle of the city, look no further than the city’s oldest living museum, the Sunken Gardens. Stroll through four acres of winding paths and see an exotic collection of more than 50,000 tropical flowers and plants—including some of the oldest tropical plants in the region. This 100-year old garden is home to cascading waterfalls and hidden groves that are sure to help generate calm and relaxed feelings. Call to inquire about their private garden tours and horticultural programs.

As you can see, family field trip opportunities are plentiful here in the Tampa Bay area. We always welcome families here at the Alden, so if you’re choosing online education, why not consider taking a week-long trip here to St. Pete Beach and take your home-school on the road! Our suites have nice big tables for schoolwork and we have excellent wi-fi service. We will be happy to welcome your family here for educational enrichment, a change of pace, and plenty of FUN!

45 Years of Alden Family Fun!

It’s always a joy to connect with our longtime guests! After a recent visit to the Alden, the Griscom family sent us this letter and some priceless vintage photos:

We have loved coming to the Alden for many years, and have lots of memories there.  We’ve celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, 4th of July fireworks on the beach, Thanksgivings with shipped in turkey and trimmings, Christmases (yes, we would bring our own artificial decorated tree!), New Year’s Eves and days, UT bowl games, spring training baseball weeks…..just about any reason or excuse to come!
Now, I did promise to show you some photos…..it took a while to go through so many years’ worth, but I picked only 4 photos that would also incorporate the Alden.

June 1977….our oldest son (he’s now 44 years old) takes his first steps near the bungalows.

July 1984….all five Griscoms, including our one-year-old twins in the pool.  Neither pool had been fenced at that time, and the deck around this pool was a pea gravel decking (not very barefoot friendly!)

November 1986….we celebrated Thanksgiving!  Pictured here are our three-year-old twins on the beach with the “grey” Alden in the background.  Everyone was glad when it was returned to yellow.

July 2005….this was the last time we were all together at the Alden, here at the Cabana Bar.  Our kids were all grown up and it was, at last, a relaxing vacation with them.  Since then they have gotten multiple college degrees, gone into professions that have given them real independence, moved around the country (and the world) to follow their professions, and provided us with our only (so far!) grandchild. But our goal for 2021 is to get them all together, plus the families that they have added, for an Alden week!!! 
As we mentioned there will be no trip for us in October, new baby on the way.  On our drive home, we decided it may be late January or early February, so maybe we’ll see you again.
Thanks,  

Marion and Tom Griscom
Chattanooga, TN


Tampa Bay Things to Do in August 2020

Whether you’re trying to squeeze in one last vacay with the kids before school starts, or planning a couple’s getaway at the beach, the Alden is where it’s at this August! Here are some fun and safe activities to enjoy this month as the summer is winding down. Make plans for a beach trip with us here in St. Pete Beach, and check out these fun activities you can enjoy outdoors or while safely distancing.

SHINE Drive-In Mural Festival

Every Day

St. Petersburg is currently graced with over 80 murals from the annual Shine Mural Festival, and now a new app brings them all to life.

The Pixelstix app allows users to view the St. Pete Art Alliance’s new “Drive-In Mural Theater,” which consists of a three-to-five-minute narration about the work and information about the artist. It’s like a self-guided museum tour, and all you have to do is download the app, hop in the car, and go!

https://pixelstix.com/introducing-the-shine-drive-in-mural-theater

Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre

Every Day

Just a short drive from the Alden, you’ll find a delightful slice of Americana that’s perfect for families in these times. The Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre, with over 50 years of continuous service to the Ruskin and South Hillsborough County, has been a community gathering place since its first movie, “Singing in the Rain” played in 1952. They call it the “Last family drive-in” in the U.S.A. because families, dating couples, single parents with children, and everyone else young and old can come and visit.

https://www.facebook.com/Ruskin-Family-Drive-In-133391110012282/

Corey Avenue Sunday Market

Sundays All Year Long

The Corey Avenue Market is back open for business folks! This is a downsized Summer version with social distancing rules in place. The market takes place Sundays from 10am to 1pm.  🌻 https://www.facebook.com/Corey-Avenue-Sunday-Market-on-St-Pete-Beach-1480760825498482

Friday Nights at Shrimpy’s

Fridays All Year Long

The front door of Shrimpy’s Blues Bistro is a portal to the Big Easy. Once you step inside, you’ll find yourself in a colorful, musical, art-covered wonderland. They combine fresh, wild-caught seafood with the flavors and feelings of New Orleans for a whole that’s greater than the sum of its delicious parts. But wait — it gets better. Every Cajun-influenced plate comes with a patio breeze, a bayfront view, and some rockin’ live music on the side. A pint of one of their 26 craft beers is the finishing touch. Sit back and, as they say in NOLA, let the good times roll. https://www.facebook.com/events/751427698929868/?event_time_id=751427732263198

Maximo Park

All Year Long

This 70-acre oceanside park features a covered playground, boat ramps, an Indian midden site (archeological sites formed primarily of mollusc shells) and more. This beautiful park is the largest of the City’s four archaeological sites at 70 acres. It is located where Boca Ciega Bay joins Tampa Bay. The park contains educational signs throughout describing the tribes that once inhabited the area. It is a great place to get out in nature and hike with beautiful views.

http://www.stpeteparksrec.org/maximopark/

Yoga on the Beach at Caddy’s

Thursdays All Year Long

Join Caddy’s On the Beach for a complimentary one-hour yoga class right on the beach at Treasure Island!

Bring a yoga mat or a towel and let your worries drift away as you do yoga while looking out onto the Gulf of Mexico. 🏖️ 🧘 https://www.facebook.com/events/1750924851711837/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22surface%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22permalink%22%7D]%7D

Puff & Pour Paint

Every 2nd & 4th Sunday Aug 9- Aug 23

Come Puff & Pour Paint! In this class, you will learn step by step how to prep your paint to create fluidity without losing vibrancy, preparing the canvas, and use paint pouring techniques without brushes. Take home a uniquely abstract and magical creation, a masterpiece of your very own. Different Pour Paint techniques are featured in each class. It is a fun, inspiring, and therapeutic experience.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/puff-pour-paint-with-the-missing-muse-tickets-108755356198

7 Ways We Are Keeping Guests Safe at the Alden

Our Guests Are Our Top Priority!

We continue to welcome guests for sun and fun here at the Alden, and we are going above and beyond to make sure that we can do it in the safest way possible. We’ve instituted policies and procedures in compliance with CDC and Florida guidelines, and with Pinellas County ordinance 20-14 to keep you safe. Our security team and staff are on the job to make sure that everyone complies with these safety rules while enjoying their vacations. Read on for 7 things our team is doing to ensure a safe and healthy visit for our treasured guests!

1. Masking Up
We’ve got our masks on! All of our Alden Suites team members are wearing masks for your safety and ours. Guests are required to wear masks when at the bar, Grab and Go, elevators, lobby, guest laundry room or when there is an inability to social distance.

2. Spacing Out
Guests must always social distance (6 feet) unless with family while at the Alden Suites. This includes the beach, pools, and hot tub. No group of 10 or more may be seated at a table, and we request that guests do not cluster chairs in public spaces. No groups of 10 or more are permitted to congregate in each area.
3. Cleaning Up
We have enhanced our cleaning protocols to keep everything sanitary, both in suites and public areas. Public furniture is being sanitized periodically throughout the day.

4. Sanitize Yourself
Hand sanitizing stations can be found throughout the property. We keep them fully stocked and request that guests use them frequently.
5. Dining Safely
The Alden Food Truck is serving takeaway food each day, and Our Cabana Bar is open for takeaway only. Publix food delivery is available in all of our suites, and takeout can be delivered on property by a variety of local restaurants. This allows our guests to enjoy delicious local food without needing to step foot inside a restaurant.

6. Suite Safety
Should you want your suite cleaned during your stay we will ask that you set up a time when you will not be in the suite. We recommend that you set trash outside the door for pick up each day, and have provided additional bags at the bottom of each trash can. Additional towels and amenities can be supplied upon request. Should an unexpected maintenance issue occur we will ask that you leave the suite while repairs are performed. 
7. Staff Health Protocols
We are continuously training our staff to maintain social distancing in the workplace, use hand sanitizer regularly, and limit gatherings of employees. Staff members have been instructed to stay home if they have any of the following symptoms: fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath.

Here at the Alden, we are in full compliance with all CDC guidelines. Our external hallways, stairs and corridors make it easy to avoid indoor spaces- you can come and go from your suite without being in closed spaces with others. In addition, our suites with full kitchens, and ample outdoor space all make it easy for families to enjoy a safe, clean, socially distanced vacation here in St. Pete Beach. We continuously update our COVID-19 protocols on our website, so you can always check here for the latest information. We look forward to welcoming our guests to the property, and we appreciate your business!

We Are All In This Together!

Spa Experiences in St. Pete Beach

After all of those months of being cooped up at home, we know you’ve missed the beach. We’re so happy to welcome you back to the Alden, and we want to make your vacation spectacular. Don’t you think it’s time to treat yourself to a spa retreat? Whether you’re coming on a girl’s trip, a bachelorette party, preparing for a wedding, or just taking a little ‘me time’ away from the family during your St. Pete Beach vacation, a day spa is just the ticket. Here are some of our favorite salons and spas in St. Pete Beach to make you say ‘aaaahhhh’.

Alyssa’s Salon

If you’re wondering the secret behind Alden Suites’ Director of Community Relations Mary Ann Renfrow’s always amazing hair, we’ll clue you in: she goes to Alyssa’s. Alyssa’s is a family-owned and operated Goldwell salon located on Gulf Blvd St. Pete Beach, Florida. They specialize in custom hair colors and highlights and can create intricate updos for wedding parties. They also do manicures and pedicures, so it’s a one-stop beauty shop within a short drive of the Alden. Give them a call to make a reservation in advance for your wedding and special occasion needs!

Gulf Beaches Therapeutic Massage

 At Gulf Beaches Therapeutic Massage your wellness is their priority.  This is the place to go for a serious athletic massage that’s focused on intense therapy. Located on Gulf Boulevard near Corey Avenue, it’s a relaxing space focused on healing and wellness. If you’re in need of a natural, safe and effective way to relieve pain, improve flexibility, or simply unwind after a stressful day, their Licensed Therapists will create a massage that draws on a range of techniques to relieve pain and restore balance throughout your body.  They offer a wide variety of massages to accommodate each client’s individual needs:  Swedish Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Athletic Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Bamboo Massage, Aromatherapy, and Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

Hawaii Nail and Spa

Located in the Blind Pass Marina shopping center, this bright and fun salon is another Mary Ann Renfrow beauty secret. It’s always cheerful inside and impeccably clean. The nail technicians are friendly and VERY meticulous about making your fingers and toes shining and beautiful. Hawaii Nails does amazing SNS nails, gel nails, acrylics, shellac nails, and OPI spa pedicures. Feel beautiful after a day of pampering at Hawaii!

Lemon Tree Spa

Lemon Tree Spa is located just a few blocks north of the Alden, on the corner of Corey Avenue and they sure are a good neighbor!  Their team of consummate professionals provides a peaceful atmosphere to relax the mind and renew the body. This St. Pete Beach day spa provides a variety of customized massage options, including Relaxation Massage, Couples Massage, Reflexology, Pregnancy Massage, Deep Tissue Massage

Don’t miss the Gua Sha Facial. This facial uses an ancient technique that restores and enhances the health of your skin. Rose quartz and jade stones work together to stimulate the lymphatic system to flush toxins while naturally lifting and contouring the muscles of your face. This facial minimizes wrinkles/fine lines, reduces puffiness for entire face as well as under the eyes, and increases oxygen to your skin leaving it naturally glowing. You will see immediate results after one facial.

London Hair and Spa

London Hair and Spa is a full-service salon and spa that provides each client with a personalized experience during each visit. Located on historic Corey Avenue in the heart of St. Pete Beach, London Hair & Spa offers an elegant environment and uplifting salon and spa experience. Check them out for special occasion blowouts, wedding updos, and other beauty services to help you look and feel your best.

Paradise Spa

Located in Madeira Beach, just a few miles north of the Alden, this blissful spot has it all. The outside strip-mall entrance offers no clue to the relaxing oasis that lies inside. It’s a very spacious spa, with a variety of serene treatment rooms that offer a myriad of services. Their pricing is quite affordable and the atmosphere is always relaxing.  Our Alden team went to try them out and loved everything about this place. Their massages and facials are professional and effective, but the thing that blew us all away was the Hydrotherapy bath. It’s an optional add-on to any service and the experience is absolute bliss. Bubbles super-oxygenate the water to remove impurities from the body, while a series of super-powerful jets massage away every ounce of tension. The bath is perfect for relieving aches and pain and it leaves you floating on a cloud!

Tranquility Wellness Spa
Centrally located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, this small-multifaceted spa offers a host of services for the body, face, nails and psyche. This is the perfect place to try unique treatments like reflexology, Reiki or even deep-tissue Ashiastu where the therapist is suspended from the ceiling and uses only her feet to knead out your aches and pains. They also offer add-ons, such as the Velvet Soft Body Scrub or the Extra Head and Scalp Massage with Warm Oil. Additionally, make sure to hit up the new co-ed steam room, which is free with any massage or facial service, as well as the gift boutique for specialty products from Decleor Paris that let you take the spa experience home with you. Leave your worries behind as soon as you trade your shoes for comfortable spa flip flops at the front door.

We hope these spa and salon suggestions will help you plan a perfect St. Pete Beach vacation. We sure did have fun researching them for you! If you know of another great relaxation experience near the Alden, feel free to let us know in the comments.

Things to Do: July 2020

Summer is in full swing and we are still looking for fun and safe activities to enjoy this month! Though there are not many events and gatherings there are many fun activities you can enjoy from your suite or outdoors!

4th of July in St. Pete Beach

This year, our July 4th celebrations are going to be a little different. So… no loud DJs or huge fireworks shows. (Dogs throughout the nation are doing the happy dance!) And no enormous picnics with family and friends you see only once a year. (Hey, at least Aunt Penelope won’t ask you if you’re married yet). Read on for ideas for how to celebrate Independence Day in St. Pete Beach this year.

https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/list/celebrate-july-4th-at-home

July Full Moon Yoga with Alina Hal

July 5 at 7 pm

Meet on the sand anytime after 7:00PM for a very special sunset / full moon yoga practice 🌈✨☀️ This invigorating yet deeply grounding yoga practice is appropriate for all levels of yogis- including and especially beginners 🙏🏾🙏🏾 Bring a yoga mat, beach towel or blanket and a bottle of water! Class is FREE, donations of any amount are appreciated but never required or expected 😊 Practice will begin at 7:30PM and end shortly after sunset at 8:30PM. Bring a friend – all are welcome! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤

https://www.facebook.com/events/270041427581849/

Corey Avenue Farmer’s Market

Every Sunday, 10 am – 1 pm

The Corey Avenue Sunday Market is back! Tampa Bay Made understands the importance of economic vitality for America and how buying local impacts the way we live, shop, eat and work. They celebrate the handmade and spotlight the entrepreneurs who inspire us with their craftsmanship. This is a downsized Summer version with social distancing rules in place.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2656835481212732/?event_time_id=2728159244080355

Book + Bottle

All Year Long

Looking for the perfect beach read AND the best wine to pair with dinner? St. Pete – Book + Bottle is offering free delivery of books and wine right to your door at the Alden.  Check out their bottled wine list here: www.bookandbottlestpete.com.

Email Terra Dunham at info@bookandbottlestpete.com or call (727) 240-7448 to order.

Water Activities in St. Pete Beach

All Year Long

Family Having Fun Stand Up Paddling Together in the Ocean on Beautiful Sunny Morning

The shore in St. Pete Beach, with sugar-white sands and gentle clear waves, brings bliss to our Alden Suites guests every day. But if you only stay on land, you’re missing much of the fun that Florida’s Gulf Coast has to offer. We love to get out on the water, and there are so many cool ways to take a boating excursion here in the St. Pete Beach area.  http://aldenwow.com/2018/02/22/get-out-there-on-the-water-in-st-pete-beach/

Sunken Gardens

All Year Long

Established in 1903 by George Turner Sr. in the bottom of a sinkhole, Sunken Gardens incorporates tropical and native plantings to create a lush palette of colors, textures, and aromas. Significant among the flora here are the bougainvillea and Cuban royal palms, some of the oldest in Florida! Mazy pathways keep you entertained with niche gardens and walls of blooms.

http://www.stpete.org/attractions/sunken_gardens/index.php

Orange Groves Winery

All Year Long

The only citrus winery in the state happens to also be the only Florida winery invited to participate in Disney’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival for the last 15 years. Florida Orange Groves Winery is family-owned and produces over 43 different tropical, citrus, berry, and even vegetable wines—many unique to Florida—all of which are made 100% from the juice as indicated by their bottle label. The winery houses a free tasting bar and gives free tours on the half-hour starting at 10 am Monday through Sunday and starting at 12:30 pm on Sunday until 4 pm each day. The best part—it’s only a six-minute drive from Alden Suites! https://floridawine.com/  

Clearwater Toy Show

July 16th

Vintage & Modern Toys, Hot Wheels, Slot Cars, Retro Gaming, Comics, Artwork & More Pop Culture Goodness!  July 16th  the Florida Toy Shows visits Minnreg Hall for an indoor summer show. Doors Open at 9 am! 

https://www.facebook.com/events/243651493551497/?active_tab=about

St. Pete Grouper & Craft Beer Fest Food Truck

July 24th

St. Pete is the GROUPER CAPITAL of the world and we’re all about celebrating the tasty, flaky white fish. Join Gulf to Bay and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater July 24th for food, fun, craft beer and live music at the St. Pete Grouper & Craft Beer Fest Food Truck Festival!

We hope you enjoy the new events this month at the Alden! If you have any suggestions of more great events leave a comment below!

Things to do in John’s Pass

Located on the waterfront, John’s Pass is a quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village. After its creation by a hurricane on September 29, 1848, Pirate John Levique made the first passage through the newly created pass, hence its name. Today, it’s Pinellas County’s #1 tourist attraction, inhabited by over 100 merchants. Here you’ll find unique retail shopping, a variety of restaurants, the local fishing fleet, dolphin watching and shelling tours, boat rentals, parasailing and jet skiing. Day or night, “The Pass” is the place to be. Here’s a list of five must-do activities in this iconic Madeira Beach destination, just a short ten-minute drive away from the Alden!

Hubbard’s Marina

Adjacent to the new state-of-the-art multi-level parking garage, you’ll find Hubbard’s Marina—the longest-running original offshore fishing and dolphin watching company in the entire state of Florida. They’ve been fishing and cruising local waters since 1928 and, four generations later, are still family-owned and operated. Hubbard’s offers party boat fishing trips, kayak and paddle board rentals, and private charters for corporate events, bachelor parties, family trips, cruises and more. They also have daily dolphin watching nature cruise and eco-tours, a daily sunset cruise with free wine and beer, a 3-hour beach shelling cruise, and an Egmont Key ferry with a snorkeling option that runs daily.

Alligator Attraction

Did you know that you can visit a sloth as part of your St. Pete Beach vacation? Alligator Attraction’s name is a bit misleading since they have SO much more than alligators. It’s a rescue zoo, with dozens of different exotic reptiles, tropical fish, skinny pigs, bunnies, pigs, and tortoises. The star of the show is the enchanting Sid the Sloth, a two-year old two-toed sloth who loves to hang with visitors. He’s sure to capture your heart!

Mad Beach Brewing

Craft breweries are popping up all around the Tampa Bay area and Mad Beach Brewing is one of the best. Voted 2020 Florida Brewpub of the Year and 2020 Small Brewery of the Year.  A family-friendly restaurant and brewery featuring award-winning inventive beers, ciders, and sangrias, the freshest chef-inspired dishes, and an atmosphere like no place else. Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company is a must-visit destination in Tampa Bay.

Florida Tiki Tours

Take a relaxing 90-minute tour around John’s Pass and Boca Ciega Bay on a Hawaiian style Tiki Hut with you and up to five of your friends. Whether you just want to have a great time with your best buds or take a romantic cruise with your special someone, Florida Tiki Tours is one of the coolest ways to get out on the water. Grab your cooler and climb aboard. This company offers sunset cruises, sandbar cruises and dolphin cruises. They even have whole day event rates for office events and meetings, birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties and weddings. (Yes, they do have their own minister.) No need to fly to the islands when the island experience is here waiting for you.

$10 Jewelry Outlet

Jewelry is one of the most fun things to shop for on vacation. You can wear it anytime to remember your trip, and it doesn’t take up too much space in your suitcase. The $10 Jewelry Outlet at John’s Pass is a haven for treasure-hunters, with a wide variety of designer jewelry, all for just ten dollars! It’s the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or a gift for someone special.

The Pirate Ship at John’s Pass

Ready your sea legs as you step aboard a 2-level, 46-foot U.S. Coast Guard-inspected Royal  Conquest Pirate Ship for a swashbuckling adventure that’s perfect for all ages. This hour and a half Family Fun Pirate Adventure includes great music, a dance party, dolphin watching, pirate stories, water gun battles, a treasure hunt, face painting and limbo for kids. Adults can sit back and watch the show—as well as the beautiful surrounding scenery—with free beer and wine. Free soft drinks and water are also available. Cruises leave at 11 am, 2 pm and sunset every day. No matter your age, this entertaining crew will lead you in some pirate fun that all will be sure to enjoy.

Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen! Yer booty awaits at John’s Pass.

Things to do in St. Pete Beach – June 2020 Edition

As things are starting to open back up we are looking for more fun and safe activities to enjoy this month! From a virtual museum visit to an awe-inspiring dolphin tour, there are many fun ways to start your summer safely here in St. Pete Beach.

Suncoast Watersports Two Island Snorkel and Explore Dolphin Tour

All Summer Long

This summer, why not try the Suncoast Watersports Two Island Snorkel and Explore Dolphin Tour?

This will be the highlight of your vacation. The 3.5 hour tour has 1 hour stops at two amazingly unique islands where you can either snorkel or explore. Sand Dollar Island has an abundance of sand dollars and other great shells including horse conchs, shark eye shells and tulip shells to name just a few. You will come back with a bag full of awesome shells you can’t find on any of our vacation beaches. The snorkeling at Sand Dollar Island is known for crystal blue water that is great for novice and young snorkelers!

http://www.funstpete.com/cruises.php

Florida Residents Reopening Special

June 1-7

To celebrate the Clearwater Marine Aquarium reopening, they are providing a special offer to restless Floridians to come out and visit Winter the Dolphin and all of the rescued animals at Clearwater Marine Aquarium! From Friday, May 22 through June 7, Florida residents with valid proof of residency can receive adult admission for $19.99 and $15.99 for kids 3-12.

Come and meet the aquarium’s new resident rescued dolphin! He is joining Nicholas at Dolphin Terrace! All guests are invited to enjoy special reopening pricing for the educational and relaxing 60-minute Dolphin and Wildlife eco-boat tours available for $14.99 per person. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is implementing significant additional safety precautions to protect staff, animals, and guests, while ensuring a fun and educational visit with limited guests. Learn more about visiting and reserve your tickets online at SeeWinter.com.

https://www.facebook.com/events/247622762967654/

Virtual Coffee with a Curator

June 3rd

Even though the Dali Museum is closed you can still visit virtually with Coffee with a Curator!

Curator of Education, Peter Tush presents An Introduction to Dalí’s Symbols. It is often stated that Dalí’s puzzling images invite symbolic interpretation and that his symbols are both general and personal. This talk will survey a selection of the most memorable symbols found in Dalí’s art, and demonstrate how he uses these symbols to create a personal language and an iconic brand. From crutches to ants to melting watches, understanding Dalí’s symbols allows a deeper experience of his art. Visit the Dali Museum YouTube channel at 10:30am June third to discover the rich world of Dalí’s art https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZLq3ywvtZo&feature=youtu.be

PAW and Churros!

June 6

Gather the family and head on out to Pinellas Ale Works as Brazilian Fun Foods comes to PAW with their delicious churro cart!

They will be selling Sandwiches, Breakfast Burritos, Traditional Spanish Churros, and delectable Stuffed Churros.

https://www.facebook.com/events/568685894022372/?active_tab=about

Father’s Day Paint Me A Story Time

June 6th

Join Practically Pikasso for a reading of “Froggy’s Day with Dad” followed by pottery painting. Choose from a mug for dad, just like Froggy paints, or a frog figurine. This is a great way to do something fun to celebrate Dad and give him a gift he’ll never forget!

https://www.practicallypikasso.com/

Corey Avenue Drive-Thru Market

June 7th

Sunday, June 7th  is the Drive-Thru Market on Corey Avenue! Visit www.tampabaymade.com now to shop with your favorite vendors. Pre-order and pick up between 10am – 1pm. Safe, efficient, and always delicious. Order online for pick up on Corey Avenue!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2656835481212732/?event_time_id=2656835501212730

Sunrise Paddleboard Yoga

June 12

Join Salty Souls Yoga to grow and expand your love for outdoor yoga on your paddleboard. If you do not have a board, they can reserve one for you. Meets Friday mornings in St. Petersburg, for all the details check out their Facebook event.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2344223839208131/

Art Walk

June 13th

St. Pete ArtWorks opens at 12 – 7 p.m. for the June 13 Art Walk. The number of guests allowed inside at one time will be 6. Enjoy a mini-concert outside on the sidewalk from 5 – 7 p.m. by jazz flutist, Bruce Daniels. 

Feeling cautious? Visit the online exhibition, “Mother ‘May’ I”, a group exhibit by members of the Gulf Coast Artists Alliance now through June 15th.

https://www.stpeteartworks-onlinestore.com/about

Musical Bingo Nation at 3 Daughters Brewing

Every 2nd & 4th Thursday

Join 3 Daughters Brewing every 2nd & 4th Thursday from 7-10pm for Musical Bingo!! The event is FREE to play and they have over 30 music rounds for you to enjoy. Each round is almost an hour long and has two winners, and you can join in at any time during the round or event. You can WIN prizes like brewery bucks and promotional items (Drink Koozies, Magnets, Stickers.

Musical Bingo is a game with the same concept as traditional bingo but instead of numbers, they are replaced with song titles & artists. Players compete to win based on their knowledge of music and the unpredictability of the game.

https://www.facebook.com/events/260638881946888/

Arrowhead Nature Trail

All Year Long

Explore several coastal habitats on the Arrowhead Nature Trail at Fort De Soto Park, an interpretive walk with plenty of stops where you’ll learn all about the salt-dependent plants along the rim of Mullet Key Bayou.  Openings between the mangroves enable you to enjoy scenic views with a wide sweep of the shallows of the bay, where dolphin and manatee might be cruising just offshore.

The trail can be a bit squishy underfoot as you draw near to the coast, and it’s important that you follow the signs or directions so you don’t walk in circles! Still, this easy 1.4 mile network of trails offers a great overview of the flora and fauna of the Gulf Coast. https://floridahikes.com/fortdesotoarrowhead

We hope you enjoy the new events this month at the Alden! If you have any suggestions of more great things to do in St. Pete Beach, please leave a comment below!