Nothing is better than some cool treats on a hot day! And we did all the legwork for you, rounding up our favorite hotspots for COOL treats in St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach!
Beach Snoballs is the best place to get authentic, New Orleans-style snoballs with a beachy, island twist! With over 65 flavors and a variety of toppings, these hand-crafted snoballs are the softest, juiciest gourmet shaved ice on the beach!
Micki’s Ice Cream Shoppe
Micki’s Ice Cream is St. Pete Beach’s best source for all things local and all things ice cream. Try their signature ice cream waffle sandwiches and a variety of unique flavors. As well as serving delicious handcrafted ice cream they are incredibly passionate about the environment and partner with local organizations to maintain the beauty of St. Pete Beach.
Founded in 1937, Candy Kitchen has been making salt water taffy, creamy fudge, and delicious ice cream the old-fashioned way for over 80 years. They are a family owned and operated business that prides itself on using only the freshest, quality ingredients and time-honored recipes.
Larry’s Olde Fashioned Ice Cream & Gelato
Larry’s Olde Fashioned Ice Cream and Gelato has been a staple of St. Pete Beach vacations for decades. Larry’s is a landmark and generational favorite that never goes out of style. They’re famous for homemade waffle cones, super-premium ice cream, authentic Italian gelato, and fresh mini donuts!
Iceburg opened in Downtown St. Petersburg in February 2017. They serve delicious ice cream rolled to order with your choice of toppings. This trendy style of sweet treat is light and flavorful and perfect for a hot beach day!
Amish Creamery Co
Amish Creamery Company, Inc. prides itself on creating handmade ice cream with only the most natural ingredients. Stop in say hello and check out their great variety of Amish deli meats and cheeses, jar goods, old-fashioned sodas, fudge, many other Amish-made products — all while you’re enjoying Florida’s finest homemade ice cream!
Paciugo Gelato & Caffe
Paciugo in Downtown St. Petersburg shares the tastes of Italy with the world. You won’t be able to get enough of the silky smooth, irresistibly delicious gelato served in an environment that feels uniquely Italian.
Our President, Gary Renfrow and his wife Mary Ann probably know St. Pete Beach better than anyone else- they’ve been living here and making Alden Suites an amazing vacation destination since the 1970’s! Mary Ann’s favorite spot for soft serve ice cream is Twistee Treat, just a few blocks away from the Alden. The Twistee Treat’s claim to fame is soft serve ice cream & yogurt served in over 70 flavors of ice cream or sugar-free/ fat-free ice cream. They have over 100 ice cream and food menu items that are sure to please your passion. Kids adore the iconic ice cream cone shaped shop- make sure to check it out!
We hope you’ll try out some of our local ice cream parlors on your next St. Pete Beach vacation, and make sure to show us what sweet treat you savored! Did we miss any of your favorite ice cream shops in St. Pete Beach? Feel free to chime in below in the comments, we’re always looking for great ideas to share with our guests!
Aah, August! Some call it the dog days of summer, but it’s always better at the beach!
Local Floridians will tell you the secret for enjoying this warmest of our months: either be in the water, or in the air conditioning! The Gulf of Mexico water is always refreshing and our two pools at Alden Suites Beachfront Resort are ready to cool you right off!
We’ve collected some fun activities for you and the family to enjoy your stay in St. Pete Beach this month: art museums, baseball, a 5K, and a reggae show are just a few of the great St. Pete Beach things to do in August.
Cult Classics at the Dali
The Dali’s can’t-miss summer celebration – Cult Classics – is back and better than ever. Grab your lawn chair and enjoy free flicks, local food truck fare, and cold craft brews. Visit the Dali tonight at 7 pm to see Bruce Willis in the iconic film Die Hard!
Saturdays in August
Make sure to check out the brand-new Mize Gallery in St. Pete. It’s owned by Chad Mize, previously the proprietor of Blue Lucy and creator of the “London Paris Tokyo St Pete” T-shirt. The gallery showcases a variety of local artists, starting this month with a funky, fruity exhibition featuring 30 local and national artists. Each artist showcases their unique take on fruit in this fun show, open every Saturday.
Steel Pulse at Jannus Live
The roots reggae band Steel Pulse is bringing the vibe to St. Pete. Watch them perform today and get into the island spirit! Gates open at 7 p.m! #SundayFunday
St. Pete Beach 5k Series
Soak in the last rays of the day during this 5k race on St. Pete Beach. Whether you run or walk it, all levels are welcome to participate in this fun chip-timed 5k run. The after race party for all participants include a free buffet provided by Hurricane Restaurant, a live DJ, adult beverages, soda and water and a spectacular sunset. The run starts at Hurricane Restaurant with the course along the beach. Free kids run is at 6:30 p.m. and the 5k starts at 7 p.m. Registration is $35.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals
With a solid mix of newly acquired talent and seasoned players on the roster for 2018, the Tampa Bay Rays are set to be one of the strongest teams in this season’s American League East! Have a great day at the ballpark today when The Rays face the Royals!
Chihuly Storyteller’s Exhibition
Check out the Chihuly Collection’s narrative-driven glasswork collection “Storyteller’s Exhibition” on display Now through October 31st.
Those are our top picks for St. Pete Beach summer fun this August. Here at Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, we’re excited to help our guests celebrate the end of summer with a month full of family togetherness and cool activities. Let us know if we missed any of your favorites!
We’re halfway through 2018, and it’s been an amazing year so far at the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort! We’ve unveiled our newly renovated beach bungalows, introduced a bar cart for drink service on the beach, and launched our #ALDENWOW campaign for our guests to share their favorite moments at the Alden! Let’s take a look at some of our top guest photos from 2018, shall we?
- There’s just nothing cuter than a baby merman on the beach. Big thanks to Mermaid Elite for sharing this photo!
2. Alden guest Donna Corwin captured this magical shot of the flames from our Cabana Bar fire pit mingling with the sunset colors!
3. We just love how Elza Fan Winden centered the setting sun inside of our little beach hut!
4. We love to see our guests of all ages smiling ear to ear at the Alden! Thanks to The Cliv for sharing this cute snap.
5. Kelsey, aka idobedoobie gives our new mascot Sweet Alden his moment in the sun!
6. Who wouldn’t jump for joy at an #ALDENWOW sunset? Great shot, Jodi’s Cabana!
7. Look at all those cute happy faces peeking out at the pool! Summertime fun at it’s best, captured by Kristin Beckowitz.
8. Sunset weddings on the beach at Alden just make us all so happy. Big congrats to Leslie McCoy for a beautiful wedding day!
9. Happy towhead kid. Bright blue muscle car. Our retrolicious Alden logo. Love, Love, Love this shot by Marcus Kreig!
10. And of course, we’ve gotta end with a sunset! Alden guests have shared hundreds of sunset shots, and it’s hard to pick just one! But Sondra Walters Yaukey takes the cake with this colorful photo.
We would love to see and share your photos as well, all you need to do is post publicly on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the #ALDENWOW hashtag. Keep sharing and soon we might feature YOUR #ALDENWOW photo right here on our blog!
Extreme Mud Wars, a Beer Festival, Grouper Week and Yoga at the Museum! We’ve got something for everyone, and summer is in full swing here in St. Pete Beach. Check out the Alden Suites Beach Resort’s hottest picks for July in Tampa Bay!
We have SO many wonderful places to celebrate Independence Day here in St. Pete Beach. Our wonderful Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has gathered all of the best ways to enjoy fireworks, picnics and summer fun with the family on the 4th of July.
Free “Pig Floyd” Concert
Tomorrow night at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, you can jam out as “Pig Floyd” covers Pink Floyd’s greatest hits in a FREE tribute concert at 8pm!
Extreme Mud Wars
Come get dirty with Tampa Bay Club Sport at the America II Extreme Mud Wars 2018! Teams of 6-10 will compete in 8 events filled with MUD & WATER, for the highest overall score. Bring the family for this awesome one-day event on Sat, July 14. Located at the beautiful Lake Vista Park. The competition is in downtown St. Pete from 9a-4p with an after party following to keep the muddy fun going.
Learn about the enduring influence of beer through the ages at this annual 2-day beer tasting at the Museum of Fine Arts! This year, students in the USF Brewing Arts program and area homebrewers are creating beers inspired by the MFA’s mosaics and the ancient city of Antioch, where no villa party was complete without a little fermentation. Participating brewers include Rapp Brewing, Flying Boat Brewing Co., Green Bench Brewery, 3 Daughters Brewing, and Mastry’s Brewing Co. Tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for designated drivers. Must be 21 or older to participate. Prices include beer tastings, glassware, food, and the galleries.
Yoga at the Dali
You love art. You dig yoga. How about some yoga in an amazing museum? Join Lucky Cat Yoga every Sunday at The Dali – a remarkable environment where Dali’s energy infuses the physical, mental and spiritual inspiration of yoga. Practice yoga at the Avant-Garden with incredible views of the waterfront.
It’s our favorite time of year! St. Pete/Clearwater is the grouper capital of the world and we’re all about celebrating the tasty, flaky white fish. Catch the grouper wave and savor fresh gulf grouper during Grouper Week events every July and discover more about where to find this kingly fish in local restaurants and out in the Gulf.
St. Pete Indie Market
Shop this monthly night market featuring 50+ vendors by artists, indie designers, vintage collectors, jewelers and more local makers. Plus enjoy good music and craft cocktails by Ichicoro Ane. This monthly makers faire showcases the best of all things indie on the multiple levels of trendy event space that Station House St. Pete has to offer. Come out from 6 – 10 p.m. for an evening supporting St. Pete’s local arts & culture.
One of the great pleasures of a St. Pete Beach vacation (or really any vacation) is SHOPPING! You’ve got to bring something cool back to friends and family back home, and it’s nice to have a little souvenir to remember your trip. We love shopping for home décor, art, and jewelry while on vacation, since those are things we can keep around and use all the time, to remember our travels! We’ve got some insider tips on the very best shopping in St. Pete Beach, so you can hunt for the very best treasures in town.
A Little Room for Art
This adorable little pink shop perches on a corner just a block from the beach in Pass-A-Grille, the historic section of St. Pete Beach. A Little Room for Art is run by a juried cooperative of 25 artists who collaborate to sell their creations. Our guests love having this opportunity to purchase original works of art directly from the artists at moderate prices. We always make a point of stopping in to discover the ever-changing collection of artwork!
Bamboozle and Bamboozle etc.
Our friends at TripAdvisor highly recommended Bamboozle, so we had to go check it out. This pair of stores anchors the block in Pass-A-Grille, offering an attractively displayed array of clothing, home goods, art, and souvenirs. Bamboozle is the go-to place for contemporary beachwear. They have the latest natural fabric fashions from popular brands like Fresh Produce Sportswear, Flax, Johnny Was and Luna Luz.
Freaky Tiki Surf Shack
Forget those beachwear superstores with racks of overpriced cheap swimwear and mass-produced plastic souvenirs. You can do better! Just walk a couple blocks south to Freaky Tiki Surf Shack. It’s housed in a historic 1920’s home that Freaky Tiki Surf Shack lovingly restored with 100% salvaged materials. And everything there is designed and produced locally, right here in the Tampa Bay area. They only make 48 of each garment, with no repetition, when you wear Freaky Tiki, you’re an original. You’ll find cool surf clothes and fun t-shirts in soft fabrics and modern designs. Don’t miss the $15-and-under rack in the back- so many amazing deals to discover!
Island Time Design
We’ve got another perfect way to take your beach lifestyle home with you- buy a colorful St. Pete-made custom Adirondack chair! Island Time Design custom crafts high-quality outdoor furniture both in their signature bright shades and in sports team colors. Comfy and durable, these chairs will put you in an island state of mind wherever you may live!
We hope you’ll try out some of our local shops on your next St. Pete Beach vacation, and make sure to show us what treasures you discover! Did we miss any of your favorite places to shop in St. Pete Beach? Feel free to chime in below in the comments, we’re always looking for great ideas to share with our guests!
Summer is here! We love this time of year, when families gather for reunions, getaways, and vacations here at the Alden. We totally can’t blame you if you just want to hang out at the Cabana Bar with Chris and Dave, but if just in case you’d like to go exploring, we’ve got a month full of festivals, boat races, art and music on deck for our Alden Suites visitors. Here are some of our top picks for June 2018 in St. Pete Beach!
St. Petersburg Opera: Verdi’s La Traviata
Verdi pulled out all the dramatic stops for this romantic tale of Violetta and Alfredo. It’s one of the ten most popular operas of all time for very good reasons. Performed at St. Pete’s Hough Hall, the Palladium’s 850-seat mainstage performance space, which blends nearly-perfect acoustics with history-rich ambiance.
Tampa Bay Rowdies v. Atlanta United
Come on out and watch Tampa Bay’s own pro soccer team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, taking on Atlanta United at Al Lang Stadium in Downtown St. Pete. Mascot Pete the Pelican will be waiting for you to cheer the team together!
Celebrate Greek heritage and culture at the Opa! Palooza Greek Festival, being held at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Enjoy food, pastries, music including a ‘Battle of the Bands,’ artists and craftsmen vendors, and more (all Greek-style, of course!).
2018 SuperStock USA Championship
Feeling the need for speed? Today in St. Pete Beach we’re hosting the penultimate round of the 2018 SuperStock USA Championship. Join in for the sights, sounds, and sandy beaches of the second annual Grand Prix of the Gulf, as the P1 Powerboats display their horsepower.
St. Pete Pride Festival
This weekend’s St. Pete Pride Festival will again be the largest community event of the season as festival goers come together to make history while enjoying a day of live performances and entertainment, community booths, art and fantastic food in paradise. Check out the fun from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Grand Central District.
Summer and Sift: Callaloo
Tampa native Chef Gary Moran has trained and worked in some of the best restaurants in the Northeast after training in Europe. Former Chef d’ Cuisine at the famed Tavern on the Green in New York City, he moved back to Tampa, commanding his own kitchen as the executive chef for Datz and The Mermaid Tavern. Moving to his own restaurant, the award-winning chef opened South Tampa’s highly popular Wimauma restaurant where he fused his international culinary skill with traditional Southern fare, a tradition he has embraced with Callaloo. He’s bringing his celebrated cuisine for a magical evening of dining and art at the Museum of Fine Arts.
We hope you’ll take some time to explore the amazing cultural offerings here in the Tampa Bay area- here at the Alden, we never run out of fun things to do!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Here at Alden Suites, we treasure Tampa Bay and do all we can to protect it. For many years now both the Alden Suites and the family that owns the resort, the Renfrows, have donated to support Tampa Bay Watch’s vital efforts to protect and restore the Tampa Bay estuary. 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Tampa Bay Watch, and we are thrilled to announce our donation of $25,000 to this essential effort.
Alden Suites is making a donation of $15,000 and Gary and Mary Ann Renfrow are personally donating $10,000 to jump-start Tampa Bay Watch’s $25,000 for 25 years campaign. The funds will be used for shoreline restoration efforts and for education, teaching Tampa Bay kids about the local ecosystem and how they can help preserve it.We encourage our friends and colleagues to join in and support this nonprofit as they keep our gorgeous beaches beautiful!
Peter A. Clark, President of Tampa Bay Watch, Inc., notes that due to community support and involvement in Tampa Bay Watch, “water quality is best in the bay since the 1950s, seagrass has recovered 20,000 new acres since the 1980s, and fish and wildlife are returning to the bay as a result of these improvements.” This is all done through true grassroots efforts. Local businesses donate oyster shells that Tampa Bay Watch volunteers use them to build oyster shell bars and oyster domes to promote oyster growth along man-made and altered shorelines of Tampa Bay. These oyster reef enhancements attract live oysters, who filter the water of Tampa Bay naturally.
Tampa Bay Watch also provides education to school children in the Tampa Bay area, allowing them to experience the ecosystem for themselves. Clark’s vision for Tampa Bay Watch in the coming years emphasizes bringing young people into the fold: “While involving the community in bay protection activities 25+ years ago was the seed of our institution, addressing the critical need for the next generation to experience and understand the value of a healthy bay is essential. Join us as we begin the next chapter of our organization — as always it will be the community that truly makes the difference.”
Mary Ann Renfrow shares: “Gary and I consider ourselves so fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend most of our lives right here on Tampa Bay and the Gulf Beaches. This is where we have raised our beautiful daughter, Stephanie. This is where we have built a successful business on the Gulf, the Alden Suites. This is a place where we have lived our lives, boating, swimming and walking the shores … a place we call home. We recognize that we are so privileged to have this in part because of the dedication of Tampa Bay Watch, its staff and volunteers, who have worked diligently to restore, preserve and protect Tampa Bay, as well as continue to educate those young people so that they will become stewards of Tampa Bay for generations to come. This is the legacy of Tampa Bay Watch. Gary and I consider supporting Tampa Bay Watch as a part of our legacy. In sincere appreciation and to honor 25 years of serving the Bay, we are proud to extend our gift of $25,000 to Tampa Bay Watch from our own family, and our business family, the Alden Suites.”