April 2021 in St. Pete Beach: Here’s What’s Happening!

Spring’s arrival in St. Pete/Clearwater brings milder temperatures along with a diverse lineup of events, from high-speed to low-key. There are art festivals, cultural celebrations, sporting events, and a sprinkling of major festivals devoted to art, music, and food. Here’s a look at just some of the most anticipated annual happenings this month. The weather is perfect for getting out to explore these fantastic events.

Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Easter Egg Hunt

April 3

Bring your own basket and enjoy amazing Easter Egg hunts on April 3rd!  All ages welcome! Other children’s activities and games too! Join the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary for fun in their open-air park with social distancing in place. You can also bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome, too! Come by and see us! https://www.facebook.com/SuncoastPrimate/

Pinellas Pepper Fest

April 10-11

The 14th Anniversary of Pinellas Pepper Fest is back April 10 11 and it’s going to be HOTTER than ever before! This hot n’ spicy food show is painfully delicious, big on flavor, and cooked up to be one of the hottest events of the season.

Specialty exhibitors will tickle your tastebuds as they bring on distinctive, breathtaking, and dynamite offerings in the form of sauces, salsas, rubs, plants, food products, gadgets, kitchenware, hundreds of mild to wild samples, and more.

Let your temperature rise as you listen to live music by the Cracker Billy’s and Dual Exhaust. You won’t want to miss the Whip Crackers, as they treat us to snappy shows and lively lessons throughout the 2-day extravaganza. www.PinellasPepperFest.com  

Tampa Bay Blues Fest

April 8 – 10h

Offering further proof that singing the blues doesn’t have to be a bummer, the annual Tampa Bay Blues Fest is back today with blues on the Bay. The event is held along the picturesque downtown St. Petersburg waterfront in Vinoy Park. In addition to the powerful vocals and high-energy riffs of the biggest acts in blues, you can also sample tasty local treats such as seafood, barbecue, Cuban cuisine and more. Festival vendors also peddle arts and crafts, and premium beer and wine. http://www.tampabaybluesfest.com/

St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival

April 17-18h

The St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival will be back in town in beautiful St. Pete Beach, Florida. This amazing craft festival is one you will definitely want to come out and be a part of. Hosted again along bustling Corey Avenue amidst great retail shops and fine dining restaurants, this fabulous beach town is the perfect locale to explore hand-crafted works and wares. http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/st-pete-beach-corey-area-craft-festival/crafter

Spring Fling Garden Festival

April 17 -18t

Enjoy One of Tampa Bay’s Largest Garden Shows!

Join in the Spring Fling Garden Festival featuring tons of plant & unique vendors, Games, Photo Ops, Petting Zoo, food & more! The event will be held on April 17-18  at DK Landscaping & Farm from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. FREE Parking and FREE ENTRY to the festival grounds. Admission extra for the petting zoo/goat feeding/Farm activities. 🌼 www.Pinellasfarm.com

Firestone Grand Prix

April 23 – 25

Make plans to attend one of the premier events in St. Pete/Clearwater, the Firestone Grand Prix races through the streets of downtown St. Pete as IndyCar’s season-opening event.  http://www.gpstpete.com/

26th Annual Old Salt SPRING King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament

April 29 – May 1t

April 29 -through May 1, the oldest and richest Kingfish tournament in the United States is coming to Madeira Beach. This 3-day event kicks things off with the Captain’s Meeting and goes through Saturday, when anglers will weigh-in their prize catches and claim their awards. Bring the kids out to the waterfront party on Friday where they can get in on the action during the Kids Fishing Slam! https://oldsaltfishing.org/fishing-tournaments/spring-king-of-the-beach-kingfish-tournament/

St. Pete Beach Happenings in January 2021

Happy New Year! The weather may be chilly everywhere else but here at the Alden things are just warming up. Start the New Year off right with amazing art exhibits, markets, and festivals right here in sunny St Pete!

Jurassic Quest

January 1st– 10th

Jurassic Quest invades “The Trop” from January 1st  thru January 10th. Drive through an outdoor experience featuring over 70 dinosaurs, as well as a 50 foot-long Megalodon. Visit with baby dinosaurs and its team of dino trainers. Tickets start at $49 per vehicle for up to eight people and must be bought in advance on Jurassic Quest’s website.

https://www.jurassicquest.com/events/drive-thru-tampa-fl

Treasure Island Morning Market

Every Friday

Shop over 50 local vendors featuring fresh produce, crafts, jewelry, art, yard decor, and more at the Treasure Island Morning Market! Enjoy live music and food. This free market is happening every Friday 9 am – 2 pm now through April.

https://www.facebook.com/Treasure-Island-Friday-Morning-Market-503072509871594/

The St. Pete Beach Corey Ave. Craft Festival

Jan 9th– 10th

The St. Pete Beach Corey Ave. Craft Festival brings contemporary crafts from more than 100 of the nation’s most talented artisans to this 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. This free festival takes place January 9th and 10th  at 595 Corey Ave, St. Pete Beach from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/st-pete-beach-corey.area.craft-festival

From Chaos to Order

January 1st – April 4th

Now through April 4, 2021 experience From Chaos to Order the first exhibition to focus on the aesthetics of Greek Geometric art, and the first to demonstrate how stylistic principles in visual art during the Geometric period reflect a characteristically Greek idea of “the beautiful” (kallos). This exhibition brings long-overdue attention to this formative period of Greek art, a period that also witnessed the invention of the Greek alphabet, the rise of the panHellenic sanctuaries (e.g. Olympia and Delphi), and the development of the organizational structure of the Greek city-state (polis). The exhibition is entirely drawn from the collection of Sol Rabin. His is the most important private collection of Greek Geometric art. https://mfastpete.org/exh/from-chaos-to-order/

Van Gogh Alive

January- April

The Dali is the first in North America to host an art experience like you’ve never seen before. Experience Vincent van Gogh’s works in an immersive art installation that opens a new window into the celebrated painter’s artistic genius. From his famous “Starry Night” to his radiant “Sunflowers,” Van Gogh’s vibrant work invites viewers to revel in color, light and sound. Visitors will feel the sensation of walking right into Van Gogh’s paintings – an experience that is both educational and inspiring. Catch this amazing experience now through April!

https://thedali.org/exhibit/van-gogh-alive/

John’s Pass Seafood Festival

January 22nd -24th

As Pinellas County’s premier seafood festival, the John’s Pass Seafood Festival helps educate the public about seafood and its importance to the area’s economy. The Festival offers a wide variety of delicious seafood indigenous to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. Visit Madeira Beach January 22nd  through 24th to have fun and enjoy the bounty of seafood that inhabits our coastal waters.

https://www.johnspassseafoodfest.com/

Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles

Jan 1st – March 14th

The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete presents a remarkable array of Navajo textiles in the new special traveling exhibition, “Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles.” More than 80 weavings from the nineteenth century are on view from now through March 14, 2021, telling the story of Navajo history with vibrant colors and experimental design techniques.

https://mfastpete.org/exh/color-riot/

[Virtual] Historic Burg Tours

All Month Long

This new virtual walking tour of St. Petersburg will reveal parts of the city’s history you never knew — and it begins with a stroll down Central Avenue with local historian Monica Kile. The History Half Hour is a Master Class on the Sunshine City. Did you know you can learn almost everything you need to know about St. Pete through a quick stroll down the popular sprawl? Check out this virtual tour with local historian Monica Kile to learn the highlights of St. Pete’s past.

https://www.facebook.com/events/727756748150735/?active_tab=discussion

A Family Night Out for the Holidays at Sparkman Wharf

Here at the Alden, we’re always looking for new fun experiences for our guests, and we have a new one for you that’s perfect for the 2020 holiday season! Just a 30-minute drive from the Alden is Tampa’s new waterfront entertainment district, Sparkman Wharf. Built on the Tampa Bay right next to the Florida Aquarium, this open-air center is built for families to have fun together, and they’ve added some special features to make it an awesome holiday destination.

You’ll want to spend more than an hour or two at Sparkman Wharf because there’s just so much to do. On your next visit to the Alden, why not drive over at lunchtime and sample some of the amazing food that our local restaurants are offering at the food trucks? The Naked Farmer serves chef-prepared seasonal American food from farms close to home. You can expect fine-dining quality and cooking techniques, served in a fast, convenient manner. Then stop by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams for a cone of their locally made ice cream with a uniquely smooth texture and buttercream body that makes you come back for more!

If you haven’t experienced the Florida Aquarium yet, you won’t want to miss it. With a 4-D Theater, 100,000 gallon Heart of the Sea exhibit, and an opportunity to interact with real-life penguins, your whole family is sure to be entertained and inspired. The Florida Aquarium is currently requiring reservations to limit capacity, so make sure to book your trip in advance.

Sparkman Wharf has plenty of other ways for families to enjoy time together, including Splitsville, a retro-cool bowling alley that goes WAY beyond the traditional ten-pin bowling. They have lawn and feather bowling, billiards, foosball, darts, and shuffleboard! You can even pick up a classic Southern snack from their menu inspired by two-time James Beard Award winner Chef Art Smith.

If you have little ones, they won’t be able to resist the lure of Tampa’s Pirate Ship, the Lost Pearl. Right off the dock at Sparkman Wharf, you can set sail for a Pirate’s Christmas!  The festive cruise will take your family to Holiday Island where you will get an up-close look at Tampa’s largest floating Christmas tree. Children will also write and mail a letter to Santa to drop into Tampa’s only floating mailbox. Pirate singalongs featuring Christmas carols, swashbuckling games, round out the magical Christmas event!

While you’re out and about with the family, you can even get some Christmas shopping done. Shop local and support Tampa’s small businesses, finding unique gifts for everyone on your list. Fido will be in dog heaven when you bring home a present from The Modern Paws. You can find local food products like teas, honey and jellies, plus gifts for your favorite home chef at the Main Ingredient.

And Joyful Notion offers fresh Florida fashion and The Flower Bar, where you can create your very own floral masterpiece from their abundant assortment of fresh blooms.

Hang out and watch the boats go by on Sparkman Wharf’s recreational lawn, with cornhole games, porch swings and live music. Sip on local brews under sparkling lights at the Biergarten. Take a picture with the iconic TAMPA sign and enjoy the gorgeous views of the Tampa skyline as the sun goes down.

We recommend a grand finale for your festive family day out: dinner on the patio at JOTORO. Fine Mexican provisions prepared by a Michelin-starred chef elevate your dining experience. Start with a few of their margarita flights- we did and we’re now obsessed with the Izzy Colada and the Prickly Pear Margarita. It’s a good idea to bring plenty of family members so you can share bites and try it all.

We munched through the whole menu and could not stop talking about their Mexico City Grilled Street Corn, Crispy Tempura Fish Tacos, Crispy Brussels Sprouts, and Spinach and Mushroom Enchiladas. They have vegetarian and keto options so the whole family can find something to enjoy.

We know you’ll be full after all that yumminess, but make sure to order JOTORO’s house-made key lime pie. Chef Joe Isidori elevates this classic Florida dessert with a crunchy crust and cinnamon horchata sauce. It’s truly the best key lime pie we’ve ever experienced and trust us, we’ve had more than our share! And before you go, don’t forget to take a photo with their life-sized llama piñata!

2020 has been a tough year for all of us, but there’s no reason not to enjoy the holidays with your family. Here in Florida, we have plenty of ways to celebrate safely outdoors, whether you’re on the balcony of your suite at the Alden, spaced out in our cabanas at the beach, or having a grand adventure at Sparkman Wharf. We hope to see you here for the holiday season in St. Pete Beach!

TREATS in store for St. Pete Beach in October 2020

The spookiest season is upon us! From markets to pub crawls to pumpkin painting, there are so many ways to get in the Halloween spirit here in St. Pete Beach. Halloween is just around the corner, but you can partake in frightful festivities all month long. Start planning your costumes and plan a fun outing at one of these fantastic Halloween events in the St. Pete Beach area. And don’t miss your chance to celebrate Halloween with us on October 31, we’ll be hosting trick or treating for our guests right here at the Alden!

Taste of the Beaches

October 2- 4

Today through Sunday experience Taste of the Beaches in a new and safe way! Locals and visitors will try local tastes from a variety of restaurants, those of whom could use the support of our community! Immerse yourself in local flavors and specialty dishes while visiting different communities and new restaurants.
 www.TampaBayBeaches.com/Taste

October Market

October 2-4

Join Vintage Marche for their award-winning market featuring over 30 vendors in 15,000 square feet of retail space! Plenty of treasures to find while maintaining social distance! There are three opportunities to shop: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! https://www.facebook.com/events/2380118218958193/

Concert in the Park Series

Fridays in October

The City of St. Pete Beach Parks & Recreation Department is proud to bring back their popular October Concert Series! Join them every Friday in October in Horan Park for a fun night of live music and entertainment! Space is limited this year so please make sure to purchase tickets in advance at https://st-pete-beach-community-center.ticketleap.com

St. Pete Street Food and Craft Beer Festival

October 19t

Join Gulf to Bay this Friday from 6 pm- 11 pm for Awesome Food, Craft Beers & Live Music as they host the 3rd annual St. Pete Street Food and Craft Beer Festival!  Admission is free and picnic chairs and blankets are welcome!
https://www.facebook.com/events/694874101097063/

Pumpkin Painting Fundraiser

October 22n

Join 3 Daughters Brewing for live bands, pumpkin painting, food, photo booths, amazing raffles, AND an outdoor market! (COVID 19 Friendly version)

This Pumpkin Painting Fundraiser helps to provide rent assistance, bill assistance, and access to basic necessities for our homeless and low-income communities in Pinellas via Reach St. Pete! There will be live bands, pumpkin painting, food, a photo booth, amazing raffles, AND an outdoor market with vendors!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2662684570716057/

Halloween Bar Crawl

October 31

Celebrate Halloween in St. Pete with the annual Halloween Bar Crawl! Top Shelf Crawls has put together the premier list of bars and nightclubs for crawlers! You will receive a Souvenir Spooky Color Changing cup, and over $500 in cash and prizes is up for grabs for lucky crawlers!

https://www.facebook.com/events/671396053404081/

Trunk or Treat on Corey Avenue

October 31, 10 am-2 pm

The St. Pete Beach Parks & Recreation Department is proud to present “Trunk or Treat on Corey Ave.” This year things will be a little different so please read the description carefully. This event is located on Corey Ave and will take place between the 300-400 blocks. Families will be able to Trick-or-Treat throughout participating stores as well as “Trunkers” along the street.

All participants must wear a facemask. The event is from 10 am-2 pm and will be separated into 4 time slots. You must register for a time slot, each ticket is only valid during that time slot. 75 families max per hour. To get tickets please visit: https://st-pete-beach-community-center.ticketleap.com/trunk-or-treat/

Halloween at the Alden

October 31, 4 pm-6 pm

Celebrate Halloween the Alden way! We invite our in-house guests to join us for trick-or-treating at the resort this Halloween. Costume up and meet at the Cabana Bar at 4 pm to pick up your goodie bag. We’ll take your photo with our spooky props and then you can visit stations throughout the resort to gather treats. We are all so looking forward to seeing all of your costumes!

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!

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

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.

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!

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?