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!

September 2019 in St. Pete Beach: Things to Do

School has begun here in St. Pete Beach but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Here at Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, there are many ways to enjoy fall: mark your calendars now for Taste of the Beaches, Bier Fest, Art Festivals and the start of Howl O Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay!

Busch Gardens Bier Fest

Aug. 17 – Sept. 8

Now through September 8th experience Busch Gardens Bier Fest! Explore craft beers from around the world at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, including over 40 new brews! This festival blends the local Tampa Bay craft scene with time-honored traditions to create a unique food and beer celebration. Enjoy live entertainment and contemporary fare that pays homage to a traditional Oktoberfest with a modern spin. Event access is included with park admission. #SundayFunday

That ART Festival

September 7

That ART Festival is an all ages, family and pet-friendly event that will paint Jannus Live vibrant this September 7, from 12 – 6 p.m. This free event is open to the public and will have a DJ supplying the tunes in the courtyard, ticket raffles, a live interactive piece for the artists and patrons to collab on, as well as a children’s creative corner with a free face painter. And of course, a ton of art!

https://www.thatartfestival.com/

St. Pete Beach’s Taste of the Beaches

September 28

September 28 experience St. Pete Beach’s Taste of the Beaches! Taste of the Beaches celebrates great music with local bands and amazing food from area restaurants & vendors. The event is a fundraiser for the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce as well as supporting a member non-profit, Habitat for Humanity.

https://web.tampabaybeaches.com/events/Taste-of-the-Beaches-5693/details

Rapp Brewing Oktoberfest

Sep 21 – Oct 20

Dust off your dirndls and lederhosen, grab your Rapp steins and join the fun at Tampa Bay’s first German brewery! Rapp Brewing kicks off their annual Oktoberfest event in September. Every Saturday from September 21st through October 20th , you’ll find German lagers on tap, stein specials, growler specials, limited edition Oktoberfest wristbands, t-shirts, costume contests, unique stein contest, literholden, and more!

https://www.facebook.com/events/384320205619690/?active_tab=about

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens

September 20 to November 2

September 20th is the start of Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens! Now through Nov 2nd be spooked by unexpected terrors around every corner! Experience 300 acres of terrifying horrors and merciless roaming hoards. The park will be open from 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. on select nights through the end of October.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/howl-o-scream/

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

Sea Turtles and Bird Watching in St. Pete Beach

We have been getting a lot of surprise guests this month at the Alden! A couple of sea turtle nests on the beach nearby hatched during a storm a few days ago. With the wind, waves and extremely high tides, the little guys were confused about which way to swim. Chris and Dave, our superhero bartenders, escorted this little guy out into the Gulf, and he swam away to safety. Our Alden Suites guests have been getting in on the action, joining our team in turtle rescues on the beach.

And speaking of Florida wildlife, bird watching is one of the most relaxing and fascinating hobbies around. St. Pete Beach is full of unique sea birds you won’t find on the mainland. The best times to see these Floridian birds are in mornings and evenings since they are most active during those times.

Children, beautiful boy brothers, watching and feeding seagulls on the beach on sunset

You can visit one of this area’s many natures preserves but there are also so many beautiful birds you can see right at our doorstep here at the Alden. Here are just a few the sea birds you can look forward to seeing during your stay in St. Pete Beach.

white ibis st pete beach

The White Ibis is one bird you will see often on our beaches probing the sand for food. With a white and red face with a curved, red bill and long spindly legs, the White Ibis is truly a sight to see.

The Royal Tern is a bird you will see in droves on our sandy shores. They almost look like penguins or parrots, with dramatic black and white features and a black and orange beak. It is very common to see them gathered in large nests protecting their eggs and young. So approach with caution.

Herons and Egrets are a well know Floridian symbol. These long-legged wonders come in different shapes and sizes spend time on the shores of St. Pete Beach. Pictured here we have a white heron and a grey heron, two of the most common species we have on our beaches.  

If you hear cackling on the beach this is the culprit. The laughing gull is a seaside staple named for its laugh-like call. They can be easily identified by their black head and red bill so, if you see one, make sure to tell it a joke for us!

The Willet is a large and spindly shorebird mostly in marshes and dunes. You’ll usually see them in small flocks, alone or in pairs. These guys are quick and skittish so make sure to approach them slowly when trying to snap a pic.

The sandwich tern is a medium-sized bird and the only of its species to have a black yellow-tipped bill. You can usually catch this stunning bird in large groups during nesting season on the sandbars of St. Pete. These guys are also excellent hunters and if you’re lucky you can catch them hovering above the water up to thirty feet high before diving gracefully to grab a fish.

And of course, we can never resist watching pelicans as they torpedo out of the sky to dive into the surf and fill their beaks with fish. We have lots of pelicans around the Alden, and our youngest guests always get so excited to see them. We loved sharing some of our favorite seabirds with you! If you have any flighty friends you enjoy seeing on our Alden Suites beaches share them with us in the comments!

The Llewellyn Family Shares their Story of 26 Years at the Alden!

The Llewellyn/Rychak Family Reunion would like to offer the warmest congratulations to the Alden Resort on its 50th anniversary. In fact, our group which usually numbers around 30 to 50 attendees has celebrated over half of those 50 years at the Alden. This summer we gathered at the Alden for our 26th annual week-long reunion. And we already have our dates set for our 27th in 2020!

Our annual reunion at the Alden officially started in 1994 when we had friends and relatives from all over the country attend a surprise 40th-anniversary party for our parents. But the background actually started in 1992 when some family met on the east coast of Florida in Melbourne Beach where we had rented a beachfront multifamily house. We quickly realized that we would need a bigger place to host a reunion and the east coast waves were just too rough for the elderly and children. There was also a lot of misery causing sand fleas and mosquitos to contend with on the east coast which has never been a problem at the Alden beach. That’s worth the price of admission right there!

In 1993 my sister Katherine and I were visiting family who live in St Pete. We decided to look for a suitable place in the area to hold our desired large family reunion so we literally walked the sand from a south section of St Pete Beach north looking for just the right place. Nothing really struck our fancy until we reached the Alden. We immediately recognized it for the gem it is. It was like love at first sight and we kicked off our tradition the following year! The Alden offered everything we could hope for. It has a relaxing and laid back vibe to it in a beautiful tropical setting. It is very attractive and comfortable without being pretentious. Family-run and family-friendly with a variety of room types to fit all tastes with very competitive pricing. It has the added attraction of suites being more like apartments than a hotel room, with separate sleeping areas and a kitchenette.

Food, drink, and supplies are on the premises or within easy walking distance. With so many amenities like gulf front views and balconies, continually updated rooms, two pools, spa, tropical landscaping, beach cabanas, BBQ deck, volleyball, shuffleboard, basketball hoop, ping pong, tennis courts, etc. there is always something to do and enjoy. In all those years I never heard one child (or adult) say they were bored. In fact, no one wants to leave! Best of all, this wonderful resort fronts the beautiful white sandy beach and calm, warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s hard to imagine a more serene and satisfying slice of paradise while spending time with loved ones on the grounds, in the water or walking the beach enjoying a gorgeous sunset while watching some dolphins cruise by!

Another wonderful aspect of the Alden is the staff. They are always ready to accommodate with their friendly, efficient and professional services. Some of them have been there so long that they are like an extended family that we see every year. And speaking of family and friends, that is really what it is all about. Being able to relax and enjoy such beautiful surroundings with friends and relatives is priceless. One of the greatest things about our annual event is that we got to spend time with people that have since passed on that we would not have had the opportunity otherwise. Adults have grown older together while children have grown up and now bring their own families. In fact, we have had 5 generations of the family attend over the years. The memories and time spent together in such beautiful surroundings are truly priceless!

In closing and on behalf of the Llewellyn/Rychak Family and Friends Reunion we again congratulate the Alden on its 50th anniversary! We are all very thankful for the opportunity that the Alden has provided our group and for all of our events and memories over the last 26 years and counting. Whether it is for a reunion, a family or just a couple’s getaway, we encourage everyone who hasn’t visited the Alden to do so and enjoy the wonderful experience that so many of us have already had.

Sincerely,   

Jim Llewellyn

Where to Exercise While Staying at Alden Suites

While you’re freeing yourself from your daily routine by staying at Alden Suites, you don’t have to leave your workout at home. While staying with us here in St. Pete Beach there are plenty of ways to keep your body and mind in balance with your regular workout, or by switching it up with a new routine.

If you’re looking to get your exercise during your Alden Suites vacation, here are a few suggestions to stay fit while enjoying your new surroundings:

  • Beach and Water Sports. Suncoast Watersports is located right behind the resort and offers snorkeling, kayak & paddle board rentals! Get in a great workout while taking an adventure exploring St. Pete Beach.
  • Walking on the Beach. Walking in soft sand is a major workout and burns twice as many calories than walking on flat ground. Enjoy the view while getting in some exercise and switching up your normal routine!
  • Beach Volleyball. Guests love our beach volleyball courts- bring your crew of family and friends for a friendly match in the sand. Beach volleyball burns 750 calories per hour, so you’ll be able to enjoy some of our famous Cabana Bar cocktails and still look great in that bathing suit!
  • Beach Run: If you’re looking to get a good run in off the sand there are many beautiful scenic locations with paved run routes. Check out: Treasure Island Beach Trail (The trail runs about a mile and starts at the County Park Beach Access at 104th Avenue and ends at the Marriott Hotel near 120th Avenue, to the north.) or St. Petersburg Waterfront Parks (23 blocks along Tampa Bay in downtown St Pete.)

  • Tennis. Here at the Alden, we have two lighted regulation-sized tennis courts atop our parking garage. Bring along your tennis rackets, balls, and shoes so you’ll be ready for a match in the sunshine. Singles tennis burns 420 calories per hour, so you’ll have room for a delicious grouper sandwich at our food truck!
  • Beach Bike Ride: Suncoast Watersports, located right behind the Alden Suites resort, also offers bike rentals. Ride alongside the gorgeous St. Pete Beach waves while getting a great cardio workout!
  • Offsite Workout Facilities: Alden Suites has an agreement with a local gym just a few blocks away. Just visit our front desk to get your guest pass and you can pump iron and use cardio machines to your heart’s content.
  • Swim Laps: Alden Suites offers access to two sparkling outdoor pools, which are heated to the perfect temperature all year around. Get your cardio in while making a splash by swimming laps!

If you’re looking to stick to your exercise routine at the gym or yoga classes, here’s a list of nearby locations that offer guest visits:

  • St Pete Beach Recreation Center located at: 7701 Boca Ciega Dr – St Pete Beach, FL 33706 offers $1 St. Pete Beach Residents & $2 Non-Residents Daily Admission in a newly renovated fitness center equipped with 3 Treadmills, 3 Recumbent bikes, 2 Ellipticals, Strength training equipment, Free weights, Bench press & more. You can schedule a personal trainer for up to 4 people for $40 per hour.
  • Fit For Life Fitness Center located at 575 75th Ave – Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706 offers Day Passes for $10 and is a unique combination of a fitness center and physical therapy clinic. Full gym with Nautilus machines, professional supervision and instruction, Group Exercise classes (including Tai Chi, Yoga, & Pilates), Group cycling classes – all levels, and Massage Therapist available by appointment.
  • Beach Yoga Pinellas located at 10280 Gulf Blvd – Treasure Island, FL 33706 Just bring a beach towel and blanket, wear comfortable clothes and align your body and mind while listening to the beach waves. Classes start at $20 at sunrise and sunset.
  • Perfect Circle Yoga located at 595-B Corey Ave – St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 offers Hot “Bikram” Yoga, Hot Yoga Express, CaliYoga classes and Private Training. Single Classes are offered at $15 per class. 

Here in St. Pete Beach we have so much delicious food and drink to enjoy, so it’s nice to have exercise options for working off those extra calories! What’s YOUR favorite way to exercise while on vacation?

Congratulations to Captain Dave of Suncoast Watersports!

Alden Suites Beachfront Resort is proud to announce that our watersports operator, Captain Dave of Suncoast Watersports, was awarded the title of Parasail Operator of the Year presented by WSIA (Water Sports Industry Association). Here’s what they had to say about Captain Dave:

“Since 1978, this man’s operation has provided participants with an abundance of water fun and recreation, with an emphasis on parasailing. The goal is to create memories that last forever, and he does so by ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all of his guests. This captain is a pioneer in the parasailing industry and is widely known as one of the longest-running parasail operators in the world. That experience is mixed with his innate passion for professionalism and helping the industry become more safety conscious as a whole.”

Captain Dave of Suncoast Watersports is one of the longest-running parasail operators and companies in the world. He is also one of the most safety-conscious. Since 1978, Suncoast Watersports has provided St. Pete Beach locals and guests an abundance of water fun and recreation with the goal of creating lifelong memories and unforgettable experiences that are safe and fun for the whole family.

Offering a wide-ranging list of experiences to enjoy while staying in the St. Pete area from Dolphin & Sunset Cruises to Parasailing, Waverunner guided eco tours, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, and Snorkeling. Suncoast Watersports serves our guests from a kiosk right on the beach at Alden Suites.

Whether you are looking to explore the beauty and magic of St. Pete Beach while relaxing on a scenic and educational boat tour or thrill-seeking to reach new heights by parasailing over the oceans, Suncoast Watersports has your vacation fun covered safely and affordably. Parasail flights start as low as $50, so you get the best rates around and can bring the whole family. Full detailed instruction prior to use will be provided along with close supervision during use by Captain Dave, one of the longest-running parasail operators, and his crew. And they sure do know how to have FUN! For more information please visit: http://www.funstpete.com/

Captain Dave’s exemplary experience, service, and standards for safety, as well as the awareness he has raised for the parasailing community and profession, set him well above the rest to achieve this award. We are so proud of his efforts and involvement with Alden Suites. Congratulations, Captain Dave for your continued success! We are so grateful for the innovation and fun experiences you share with the community and visitors who stay at Alden Suites.

Here at Alden Suites, we care about you and your family’s quality of vacation and experience while staying with us. We provide the best staff, entertainment, and information for you to experience the best of what St. Pete Beach has to offer and take great pride in our beaches. We look forward to you staying with us and helping you book your vacation adventure with our Parasail Operator of the Year, Captain Dave of Suncoast Watersports.

St. Pete Beach Things to Do in February 2019

Our big GOLDEN #ALDENWOW50 50th anniversary celebration continues this month, and we’ll be welcoming each guest with a gold-wrapped chocolate kiss at check-in starting today! The party continues with our February guest appreciation parties at the Cabana Bar every Tuesday. And with perfect sunny weather and lots of snowbirds in town, there are so many fun events to fill your February like a seafood festival, a play, a baseball invitational, and an art festival.

 

Alden Suites Guest Appreciation Party

Every Tuesday

Every Tuesday this month we are throwing a Guest Appreciation Party from 2-4 at the Cabana Bar. We are excited to celebrate those who have been with us since we started 50 years ago as well as our new visitors. Come enjoy free snacks and drinks at the best bar on the beach!

 

St. Pete Beach Seafood Music Festival

February 1-3

Dive into the best-known event in St. Pete Beach,the Seafood Music Festival! They will be serving up delicious food, live music, and a marketplace of arts, crafts, and fine products. This event will take place on Corey Avenue on Friday February 1st to Sunday February 3rd from 10 am to 6 pm. Enjoy the freshest Florida seafood, drinks, and the smooth sounds of some of Florida’s top artists.

http://www.seafoodfestivals.com/S-55-St.+Pete+Beach+Seafood+%26+Music+Festival.html

 

St. Pete Opera’s Kiss Me, Kate

February 2-10

Kiss Me, Kate follows A Shakespeare troupe is putting on The Taming of the Shrew, but the cast is embroiled in interpersonal relationships that lead to offstage bickering and onstage surprises.  Cole Porter’s score, performed with the original-size Broadway orchestra, is filled with great numbers such as So In Love, Too Darn Hot, and Brush Up Your Shakespeare.  Bring your tap shoes because you’ll want to leave the theater dancing.

http://stpeteopera.org/

 

St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational

February 14-17

Febuary 14th through 17th enjoy the inaugural St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational at Eddie C. Moore Complex! Check out awesome softball action in Clearwater from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the event featuring all the best University teams.

https://www.stpeteclearwatereliteinvite.com/

 

St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival

February 23-24

Make plans to head to North Straub Park in downtown St. Pete for the annual St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival. This tapestry of art is woven from works in painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, woodworking, mixed-media, fiber art – and much more. The festival is free and will be hosted on February 23rd and 24th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come see the beautiful creations of artists from all over Florida!

http://www.paragonartevents.com/S-37-St.+Petersburg+Fine+Art+Festival.html

Holiday Happenings in St. Pete Beach

There are so many holiday happenings to celebrate in and around St. Pete Beach this year! We’re making our list and checking it twice, making plans for holiday merriment to last all month. If you’re coming to join us here at Alden Suites for the holiday season, here are a few of our favorite festive events for making spirits bright!

Christmas Outdoor Movies

December 7, 14, 21

Bring your blanket or lawn chairs to settle in for a holiday movie in Vinoy Park at 5th Avenue NE in Downtown St. Petersburg. You’ll enjoy Christmas Classics with the entire family. The movie starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free!

Movie lineup:

December 7 – A Christmas Story

December 14 – The Santa Clause

December 21 – Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws

 

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Now – Monday, December 31, 2018

Head to Busch Gardens for thrill rides and a stunning holiday transformation into a wonderland of Christmastime entertainment! Indulge in holiday shopping and more than a million twinkling lights! Santa will be available to take photos, and the park will be open until 10 p.m.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/christmas-town/

 

Winter’s Wonderland at CMA

Nov. 2 – Jan. 6.

Join the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for a swimmingly wonderful holiday celebration! Watch as the aquarium transforms into Winter’s Wonderland now through January 6th. Get your family photo taken with Winter Claus, experience Winter Wonderland with lights and décor all around, and watch special Santa dive presentations at Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway.

https://www.seewinter.com/

 

Holiday in the Park

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Come to celebrate the holidays at Pinellas Park’s Holiday in the Park! This community-wide family event will feature children’s games, entertainment, photos with Santa, hayrides, children’s train ride and much more! The free event is going on from 12 – 10 p.m. and takes place at England Brothers Park.

https://www.pinellas-park.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=1911&month=12&year=2018&day=1&calType=0

 

There’s Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs

Friday, December 7, 2018

Venture out to downtown Tarpon Springs for a great free holiday event! The event will have a snow play area, music, children’s activities and a visit with Santa himself. The fun takes place from 5-10 p.m. on Tarpon Avenue and is a great getaway for the whole family!

 

Christmas Market & Parade on St. Pete Beach

Saturday, December 8, 2018

This Saturday join Santa along St. Pete Beach’s parade route! The Christmas Market & Parade on St. Pete Beach starts at St. Pete Beach City Hall and finishes at the St. Pete Beach Library. While at the library, enjoy Grinch themed crafts, a movie, face painting, and light refreshments.

http://www.spbrec.com/special-events/

 

Treasure Island’s Lighted Boat Parade

Friday, December 14, 2018

This year’s dazzling nautical spectacle features boats of all kinds making it the biggest lighted boat parade in Tampa Bay. Enjoy this enthralling light show on the water departing from the Club at Treasure Island at 6:20 p.m. and ending at John’s Pass.

https://www.floridabywater.com/a-boaters-blog/1647-boat-parades-

 

Candy Cane Hunt

Saturday, December 15, 2018

After the Annual Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade in downtown Tarpon head to Craig Park for the annual Candy Cane Hunt. Children up to age 12 can hunt for the lucky candy cane. There will also be crafts, music and a visit from Santa. Free for the whole family and a perfect activity for young kids!

We hope you revel in our recommendations and have a happy holiday season. If you have any more suggestions for holiday happening, please leave us a comment!

 

Pet-friendly Places in St. Pete Beach

Dogs are part of the family and it’s always awesome to find places you can bring your animal pals to play. Lucky for you St. Pete Beach has many pet-friendly beaches and restaurants for you and your furry friend to enjoy. Not to mention our very own dog-friendly Alden Suites which allows pets to join you on your beach getaway.

Fort De Soto Park

Fort De Soto is a great place to have an adventure with your four-legged friend. Dogs are allowed anywhere in the park on a leash. They also have their own beach divided into separate sections for small and large dogs. Here your furry friends can go for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico. They also have cooling stations with showers and dog-level water fountains to keep your pet comfortable in the Florida sun.

Boulevard Burgers

Boulevard Burgers offers juicy burgers and a wide selection of craft beer. Their covered outdoor deck is great for dogs and they offer them water and delicious snacks. It’s a great place to enjoy bar food such as zesty jalapeno poppers and tasty guacamole while you relax with your furry friend.

Honeymoon Island State Park

Honeymoon Island’s dog beach is the best place to enjoy the crystal-clear, shallow water that’s perfect for dogs to wade through comfortably and cool off. Dogs are allowed on the nature trail with a leash and have plenty of room to roam.

Nikko Mussolini Dog Boutique & Spirits

Tony Campetti wanted a place where he could have a drink with his dog Nikko, so he created Nikko Mussolini Dog Boutique and Spirits. Offering craft beer on tap, bottled brews, global wines, Chinese tea, cappuccino and espresso, Nikko’s has everything you need. They also cater to your four-legged friend with handmade dog treats and doggie apparel. It’s a drinker’s paradise for both man and man’s best friend.

Shell Key Shuttle Sunset Cruises

Shell Key Shuttle is dog-friendly! Bring your best friend to enjoy a sunset cruise sightseeing the pristine barrier islands south of Pass-A-Grille. It’s so relaxing to take in the sunset and occasional dolphin sighting with your animal pal.

These are just a few of the pet-friendly places to visit in St Pete Beach. We love our furry friends and are happy they can enjoy our resort and many fun activities throughout the area! If you have any more pet-friendly places to add to our list, just leave a comment.

 

What to Do on a Rainy Day in St. Pete Beach

Rainy days can ruin your beach plans, but they don’t have to ruin your day. There are many fun indoor activities to enjoy around St. Pete Beach. Here are a few of them to save the day when sun is scarce.

Tropicana Field

Originally named the Florida Suncoast Dome, Tropicana Field’s 1.1 million square feet include unique design features and fan amenities found nowhere else in Major League Baseball. The field is the perfect place to enjoy a game on a rainy day and experience the Rays Touch Experience. This 10-minute experience is free to all fans attending home games is the first of its kind at a professional sports venue. The 35-foot, 10,000-gallon exhibit is located just beyond the right-center field fence at Tropicana Field and allows visitors to feel the majestic animals the Tampa Bay team takes its name from.

https://www.mlb.com/rays/ballpark

The Dali Museum

Salvador Dali is one of the most celebrated artists of all time. His fiercely technical yet highly unusual paintings, sculptures and visionary explorations in film and life-size interactive art ushered in a new generation of imaginative expression. The Dali Museum shares an expertly curated collection of Salvador Dali works to delight and educate visitors and provides unique programs & special exhibits. This is the perfect place for a day of relaxing and appreciation or the arts.

https://thedali.org/about-the-museum/mission-statement/

Alligator Attraction

The Alligator Attraction is located upstairs at John’s Pass Village in Madeira Beach. This indoor attraction is home to 60+ live gators, 30+ reptiles, and 100 fish from around the world. It is your chance to “kiss a gator” and experience wildlife and learn about wild places from all over the planet! Their Hands-On Adventures create memories and photo opportunities that will last a lifetime.

https://kissagator.com/

Green Bench Brewing Company

If you are looking to taste a variety of delicious brews on cloudy day Green Bench Brewing Co. is the place to go. St. Petersburg’s first craft microbrewery has a 15-barrel brewhouse that sits within a 6,000 sq. ft. warehouse building on Baum Ave in St. Petersburg’s downtown Edge District. Green Bench Brewing Co. has a tasting room with a large observation window that looks out into the brewery and seating that overlooks Central Ave. In addition, there’s a 6,000 sq. ft. beer garden that adjoins the tasting room and allows for seating under a covered patio.

http://greenbenchbrewing.com/the-brewery/

Chihuly Collection

The Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center is a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork in a magnificent 10,000 square foot gallery. This presentation is unique as it is the first installation of Chihuly art in a building designed specifically for that purpose. Designed so that the art and architecture work together to create a visitor experience unlike any other exhibition of Chihuly’s art.

http://www.moreanartscenter.org/

Those are our top picks for making the most of a rainy day in St. Pete Beach. Let us know if we missed any of your favorites!