Splash & Paint for St. Pete Family Fun!

Summer is coming, and that means we get to welcome lots of families to enjoy the sun and surf here at St. Pete Beach. Create your own work of art to remember your Alden Suites family vacation for years to come!

Everything’s included in our “Brush Strokes” paint parties. You’ll receive your own art supplies plus your choice of two free beverages (beer, wine, soda or water).

It’s only $45 per person. Advance reservations are requested, so please call 727.360.7081 to join “Brush Strokes” today!

Tampa Bay Things to Do in May

May is a delightful time to visit us here at Alden Suites! We’ve gathered some of our best ideas family fun in the St. Pete Beach area this month.

May 3rd

Movies in the Park

Preserve the ‘Burg presents Movies in the Park: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”, Thursday, May 3rd. This is a free, outdoor, family friendly event anyone can attend that starts at 7pm. There will be a variety of food and beverage vendors, but you’re welcome to bring a picnic with a chair or blanket.

May 4th

Clearwater Beach Taste Fest 

The 9th Annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM). The festival will be held at Pier 60 Park and features over 30 participating restaurants, wine & craft beer, and live entertainment. In true Taste Fest tradition, they’ll boast exquisite raffle items, a live auction, vendors and more!

May 9th

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Braves

 

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Braves 7:10pm at the Tropicana Stadium. An exciting and family-friendly sporting event with two of the strongest teams of the season facing off right here in Tampa Bay!

May 11th

Friday Night Clay at Morean Center for Clay

Friday Night Clay at Morean Center for Clay, May. 11, 2018. Bring a towel, a favorite beverage, your date, and some friends and prepare to get dirty during 2 hours of wheel throwing and hand sculpting clay. Bisque and glaze your favorite piece to take home at the end of the evening! Located at 420 22nd St S, St. Pete, FL 33701

May 12th

St. Pete Beach Beer Festival

 

St. Pete Beach Beer Festival has over 50 beers to sample, from National and Local craft breweries, with live music and food vendors all set alongside the water. Admission ranges from $30 – $55 and includes a commemorative Craft Beer Festival tasting cup, complimentary valet parking, water, and music.

May 13th

Mother’s Day Yacht StarShip Cruise in Clearwater

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a leisurely 2.5 hr daytime yacht cruise along Florida’s beautiful inland waters. The cruise includes entertainment and a 3-course sit-down luncheon. Boarding at 12:00 pm; Departing at 12:30 pm from 25 Causeway Blvd. Slip #152, Clearwater Beach.

May 19th

Night in the Islands – Tarpon Springs

Night in the Islands – Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks presents music, dancing and some of the finest Greek food outside of Athens 6-11pm. Reserve a table and don’t miss the free dancing lessons 6-7pm.

May 22nd

AAC Baseball Championship

The 2018 American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship presented by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater will take place May 22 – 27th The winner receives the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division Baseball Championship each season. Be sure to catch family friendly sports tournament at the Spectrum field.

May 28th

The 97X BBQ Music & Arts Festival

 

The 97X BBQ Music & Arts Festival is biggest show of the summer featuring Dirty Heads, Awolnation, Judah & The Lion, AJR and more!  Saturday, May 26th in beautiful Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg there will be live music acts, contests and food and beverage vendors.

As you can see, there’s no shortage of fun to be had here in St. Pete Beach this month. We hope you’ll come and join us soon!

 

What’s Coming Up in St. Pete Beach: Hot Tickets for April 2018

April is such a perfect time to visit St. Pete Beach- with nice mild weather and lots of fun things to do! Here at the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, we love to help our guests find their favorite ways to get out there and enjoy the Tampa Bay area. Here are some of our top picks coming up in April:

April 1

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox

Tampa Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4 in their first game of the season! Get tickets for their hoped-for revenge in St. Petersburg for the epic showdown.

April 6-8

Tampa Bay Blues Festival

The Tampa Bay Blues Festival is 3 glorious days of blues music events in the beautiful tropical setting of Vinoy Park. See amazing performances by Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Beth Hart, Delbert McClinton & many more! Don’t forget about the After Shows, with FREE Admission, hosted by two of St. Petersburg’s best live music clubs: The Ale and the Witch & Ringside Café 10:30 p.m. – 2 am

April 7-9

Brocante Market

Brocante is a monthly, vendor-run, Vintage Market with a fresh and fun change of pace from you ordinary antique shopping. With 15,000 feet of hand selected vintage items and an exciting experience of finding that perfect item to compliment your home.

April 13-22

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

1000 tons of Clearwater Beach’s famous sugar sand, brought to life through amazing sand sculptures! 21,000 square feet walk-through display featuring live entertainment, street performers, sand sculpting classes, master sand sculpting competition, and more!

April 13-15

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Tampa plays the Phillies in a 3 day series. See the historical revenge of the Rays Rematch the Phillies from the World Series in 2008!

April 16-18

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers

Continuing the home stand at Tropicana Field, the Rays play the Rangers.

April 20-22

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins

Furthering their home stand in St. Petersburg, the Tampa Rays play the Minnesota Twins!

April 21 – 22

The 43rd Annual Mainsail Art Festival

Enjoy the 43rd Annual Mainsail Art Festival, voted one of the best fine art and design shows in the nation! Spend the day enjoying over 250 fine art and craft exhibitors, live music entertainment, Kids Create art activities, and Culinary Arts food court with FREE admission!

April 26-28

Sunscreen Film Festival

Screenings of extraordinary films, educational workshops, panels with Hollywood actors, and great parties await you at the Sunscreen Film Festival 2018! Voted one of the “Coolest Film Fests” by MovieMaker magazine you’ll enjoy a star quality and memorable experience during your vacation.

If you’re coming to the Alden this month, there’s plenty to see and do. We don’t blame you if you never want to leave the comfort of your Alden Beach Cabana, but if you do, let us know how you like our April picks!

 

 

Day-Tripping: Family Attractions Less Than an Hour Away From St. Pete Beach

Getting your family to want to go on vacation is easy, but everyone agreeing on where to go is a whole other story! Don’t worry, Alden Suites Beach Resort is central to some of the most exciting attractions Florida has to offer, less than an hour away! We want you and your family to have as many memorable adventures as possible while spending your vacation with us. You can even book thru our Grab n’ Go Store, located right next to the lobby. We have WOW DEALS, specials and packages just waiting for you!

Busch Gardens

Take your family on the ultimate adventure to Busch Gardens, located less than an hour away from Alden Suites. Busch Gardens is one of the largest zoo’s in North America, with more than 12,000 animals and has over 15 thrill rides. You and your family can experience up close animal encounters, world class roller coasters and award winning live entertainment.  Between rides and shows you can view animal habitats, bird gardens and even be a zookeeper-for-a-day making your trip fun and educational!

Adventure Island

Right across from Busch Gardens is Adventure Island, keeping all the thrill and helping you cool down! 40 acres of tropical, high-speed, water drenched fun in a tranquil Key West setting! Attractions the whole family can enjoy from the children’s water playground, to the amazing giant wave pool, to the epic Colossal Curl water slide! You can spend a relaxing day floating down the Rambling Bayou or get your adrenaline rush from over 10 different slides! Adventure Island even offers All-Day Dining deals to make it even easier to please everyone in your group and keep the fun going all day!

The Dali Museum

Looking for an innovative and educational way to have fun with your kids on vacation? The Dali Museum offers crafting, stories and even treasure hunts to keep your little ones entertained while learning. The kids will also enjoy the Avant-Garden tour where they can learn how Dali was inspired by nature while exploring new themes each week! The tour is followed by art activities held in their classroom so you can enjoy all 96 oil paintings, drawings, fine prints, photographs and videos by the famed artist. Remember to wear comfortable clothing while you enjoy 20,000 square feet of state-of-the-art gallery spaces and remember, the kids might get a little messy creating their own masterpieces!

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

Family fun awaits you at Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise! Set sail on a 2-hour journey along the intercoastal waterway and Gulf of Mexico while enjoying stories, games, dancing, treasure hunts and dolphin sightings with friendly pirates on their ship. Your pirate adventure includes complimentary lemonade, soft drinks beer and wine. The upper deck is reserved for 18 and up so you can let your kids enjoy a swashbuckling adventure while getting a well-deserved “mom/dad” break!

Lowry Park Zoo

Lowry Park Zoo is recognized by the State of Florida as the center for Florida wildlife and biodiversity. Their emphasis on rescue, rehabilitation and conservation to care for the animals will give everyone in your family a personalized experience to connect with wildlife in an educational and exciting way. Less than an hour away from Alden Suites, Lowry Park Zoo is one of the most beautiful and tropical zoos in the world and is home to over 1300 animals. Spend the day feeding giraffes, interacting with rhinoceros up-close, observing manatees year-round, splashing around in the Wallaroo water play area, and learning about several endangered species Lowry Park Zoo cares for.

So tell us, did we miss anything? So many families return to the Alden for vacations year after year, some have been coming here for 25 years running! So we bet you’ve found some treasures for family fun. Let us know your favorite Alden family day trips in the comments!

See more attractions and experiences here!

Get out there on the water in St. Pete Beach!

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.

Luckily, here at the Alden, you just have to step out of your suite to begin your adventure on the water. Suncoast Watersports has a kiosk on our beach, where you can sign up to go paddle boarding, parasailing, and jet-skiing. They even have a Two Island Snorkel and Explore Dolphin tour. This 3.5 hour tour stops at two amazingly unique islands where you can either snorkel or explore. The first island is beautiful Egmont Key Preserve where you can explore the ruins of Fort Dade which was built into the sand dunes during the Spanish American war. Gopher tortoises and other wildlife are the only inhabitants left but at one time the fort housed 200 US soldiers and 300 Seminole Indian prisoners.

Prior to being a fort the island was a strategic ambush point for pirates looking to surprise ships with precious cargo entering Tampa Bay to trade goods with the local population. The second island stop is at “Sand Dollar Island” located just off the coast of famous Fort Desoto and Shell Key preserve. 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.

Dr. Beach, Florida International University professor Dr. Stephen Leatherman, rates Caladesi Island as one of the top five beaches in the entire United States.

For little ones with a love for all things pirate, the Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise in Clearwater Beach can’t be beat. Take a short drive up the coast to the Clearwater Beach Marina, and you can’t miss the red pirate ship. The Captain Memo crew goes all out to give families the full pirate experience, with eye patches, pirate hats and fun seafaring music. The boat sails out into the Gulf, and at one point they pretend the ship is under attack. All the kids get a toy cannon water gun and they fight off the bad pirates and save the day. It’s a classic Florida experience that your kids will always remember.

Who doesn’t love dolphins? Luckily here on the Gulf Coast we have plenty of opportunities to experience the joy of watching dolphins frolic in the surf. Any boat ride you take is likely to encounter some dolphins in the Gulf, and sometimes they’ll even jump and play in your boat’s wake. But for the best dolphin encounter, we recommend a trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This dolphin rescue center is home to Winter the Dolphin, star of her own movie series. When you visit, you can see Winter up close and tour the expansive aquarium. They also offer a sea safari boat tour which takes you out into the gulf to see dolphins in the wild.

If you want to wander the Gulf more freely, why not captain your own ship? Day-long and half-day boat rentals are available just across the street in the Publix plaza at Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center. You can even rent some fishing gear and try your luck at catching your own dinner! We hope you’ll get a chance to get out on the water while you’re here vacationing at the Alden Suites, it’s a wonderful way to see St. Pete Beach at its finest!

St. Petersburg’s Little Italy

Did you know that the St. Petersburg area has a substantial population of Italian immigrants? Drawn to the sunny weather, gorgeous beaches, and friendly, relaxed lifestyle, many Italian families have moved to our town over the years. And they brought some of the best of Italian culture and food along with them! We’d like to share some St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach Italian treasures that will help you live La Dolce Vita here at Alden Suites.

The most famous Italian food destination in the St. Pete area is Mazzaro’s Italian Market. It’s about a 20 minute drive from St. Pete Beach, and you’ll want to time your visit well since Mazzaro’s gets VERY busy on weekends. The market is a festival of everything Italian, with freshly made breads, hand-sliced prosciutto, gelato, handmade cheeses, fresh pasta, and all the spices and sauces you need to make an Italian feast. It’s a perfect place to stock your refrigerator for a week of delicious meals in your suite at the Alden. While you’re there, grab a sandwich to eat on the outside patio, and check out the cool shop next door full of Italian imports.

Downtown St. Pete has an upscale Italian restaurant that many Alden guests enjoy for a romantic night out. It’s called BellaBrava, and they offer some unique, modern twists on Italian food. All of their pastas are homemade, which makes even something as simple as cacio e pepe, fresh spaghetti with cheese and pepper, truly delicious. Foodies rave about their squid ink pasta, calamari and inventive appetizers. It’s a cool place to hang out too, with live music in the bar most evenings.

Closer to home, just a few blocks north of Alden Suites, we have our own Italian Market called La Casa del Pane. They have a small market with Italian candies, sauces, and pastas, but the real star is the fresh-baked bread. Pick up a fresh baguette, ciabatta, or a soft focaccia to make a delicious meal. La Casa del Pane is also a great place to grab a delicious fresh-made sandwich for a picnic on the beach. Who knew you could eat so well while enjoying a blissful beach day?

And speaking of Italian, we have some Italian restaurants here in town that you won’t want to miss. Just a couple of blocks south of the Alden, you’ll find Buona Pizza, the perfect place to pop in for a slice at lunchtime. This waterfront gem offers way more than pizza, with seafood and pasta specials that change every day, and their garlic knots are to die for! Verducci’s Pizzeria and Trattoria is another romantic spot for a classic Italian meal. Famed for their gnocchi and osso bucco, the chefs at Verducci’s have been delighting visitors to St. Pete Beach since 1976!

You never have to worry about depriving your tastebuds of Italian deliciousness when you’re staying at the Alden. Arrividerci for now, and let us know how you enjoy our Italian foodie favorites!