St. Pete Beach Things to Do in January 2019

As the Holiday season concludes and the New Year begins there’s no lack of fun things to do in St Pete Beach. In addition to fun fashion shows and festivals, we are looking forward to everyday activities sure to fill the days with wonder. Enjoy an exciting pirate cruise, deep sea fishing, or just have a relaxing day with the family strolling or swimming.

Neiman Marcus presents The Dali Benefit Fashion Show

January 10

The Dali Museum and Neiman Marcus invite you to feast your eyes on 30 surreal works of wearable art created by teen designers. The Dali’s Fashion Design program, sponsored by Neiman Marcus, invites high school students to learn the fundamentals of design, construction and runway presentation from experienced artists and designers. Drawing inspiration from Salvador Dali’s infamous dinner parties, budding Tampa Bay high school talent (grades 9-12) create tangible connections between art and fashion.

https://thedali.org/event/neiman-marcus-presents-the-dalis-benefit-fashion-show/

 

25th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival

January 12-13

American Craft Endeavors is continuing an annual spring tradition with the St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Fair, bringing contemporary crafts from more than 100 of the nation’s most talented artisans to this free community event. A variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and much more, all handmade in America, will be on display. An expansive Green Market with plants, orchids, exotic flora, handmade soaps, gourmet spices, and freshly popped kettle corn further compliments the weekend, blending nature with nurture.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/25th-annual-st-pete-beach-corey-area-craft-festival-tickets-52617111196?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

Every Day at 2 pm and 5 pm. Extra Cruise 10 am on Saturdays

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise is a family-oriented pirate-themed day cruise located right in the heart of Clearwater Beach, Florida. They pride themselves on catering to both children and adults within a family friendly atmosphere. With day and sunset cruises, it’s easy to imagine the days when these waters were rife with looting, plundering, and gold-burying pirates. The cruise also includes a special treat for adults with a third deck serving complimentary beer and wine on all cruises, with champagne complimentary on cruises after 4 pm.

https://captainmemo.com/

Treasure Island Sport Kite Competition and Festival

January 19-20, 2019

Competitors from around the U.S. gather on Treasure Island Beach during the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend. Come be amazed by the talented kite flyers performing to music at this two-day event in dual-line and multi-line sport kite flying in a wide array of disciplines. There will be plenty of time to be social and spend time with the family on one of the best kite flying beaches in the country as large show kites and giant bubbles paint the backdrop for an exciting competition. You might even see candy fall from the sky!

https://web.tampabaybeaches.com/events/22nd-Annual-Treasure-Island-Sport-Kite-Competition-and-Festival-5456/details

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

January 26

Experience Star Wars as never before with Ruth Eckerd Hall’s first-ever live performance of Star Wars Live In Concert: Empire Strikes Back! This concert will feature the full- length iconic film on the big screen with The Florida Orchestra performing the iconic music of John Williams. The Star Wars saga has grown into one of the most iconic film productions of our time. After the destruction of the Death Star, the Empire has regrouped — with Darth Vader leading the hunt for Luke Skywalker. Don’t miss the Premiere of the Empire Strikes Back in concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall!

https://www.rutheckerdhall.com/event/star-wars-live-concert

The St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center

If you’re looking for fun in the sun for the little ones The St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center is for you! This play area consists of a mushroom-shaped waterfall and colorful dumping cones as well as slides for older kids. It’s a great place for the whole family!

https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/profile/st-pete-beach-family-aquatic-center/8684

 

These January 2019 events in St. Pete Beach and the surrounding area are a great way to unwind from the hectic holidays as you start the new year. If you have any suggestions of more great events leave a comment below!

 

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!

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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!