Things To Do In The Area for August

Summer may be winding down but its not over yet! See what our Tampa Bay area has to offer for the month of August! Whether you’re seeking nonstop excitement or relaxing views, we can help you find your perfect adventure.

CityPASS

If your family likes to plan ahead, this is the best deal for you! Take the stress out of organizing an itinerary of what attractions your crew will see and purchase this inclusive pass that allows you admission to 5 of Tampa Bay’s top attractions! CityPASS tickets let you experience the best the area has to offer! Leap over to Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay’s thrill ride capital. Float over to The Florida Aquarium, where you can swim alongside sand tiger sharks and sea turtles in their Coral Reef exhibit. Get wild at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, the number one spot to immerse yourself with native and exotic wildlife. Make a splash at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home to the famous Winter and Hope Dolphins who were featured in the major motion pictures Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2. And last but certainly not least, you can choose your final attractions! Will it be MOSI – the Museum of Science and Industry where Tampa’s premier science and space technologies bring you a hands-on exploration opportunity? Or perhaps the Tropics Boat Tours Dolphin or Sunset Cruise, which will take you around the magnificent Gulf of Mexico and let you see unique open water views as you sip and sail on their sundeck and premium bar. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this action-packed pass!

Learn more about Tampa Bay CityPASS!

Concerts and Festivals

The Tampa Bay area is known for its vibrant and diverse range of activities and adventures. The community thrives on staying active and prioritizes providing year round options of fun! New and returning events and festivals are scheduled each month. This August is packed with festivities fit for everyone. Two noteworthy events coming up are the Chris Stapleton concert and Reggae Rum Fest! 

Country stars Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow and Kendell Marvel are coming to town to present the All-American Road Show at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Thursday August 26th, from 7pm – 11pm. Look forward to hearing their most popular hits as well as Stapleton’s new album ‘Starting Over’, which is out now!

See concert details!

Get movin’ and groovin’ island style at the Reggae Rum Fest hosted by the Jerk Hut Island Grille and Beach Club! Celebrate all things Jamaican at this outdoor festival where you’ll hear the best of live Reggae by artists like Jah Movement and Tampa’s top Caribbean DJ, DJSPICE. Dance up an appetite then feast on all the island favorites at the Jerk Hut Island Grille or one of the food truck.

See festival details!

St. Petersburg Pier

Couples looking for a true St. Pete experience must check out the newly renovated St. Pete Pier! This 26-acre waterfront playground is packed with opportunities for fun. Walk or cruise down the stretch of wide-open walkway where you’ll pass several restaurants, the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center, a splash pad and playground, and numerous works of art. A must see is the stunning “Bending Arc” by sculptor Janet Echelman. This now famous display is not only magnificent to gaze upon but, was titled after Dr. Martin Luther King’s words “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” This pier is perfect to explore day or night. If you visit during the day you can browse the Marketplace, located at the pier’s shaded Gateway, featuring a variety of independent vendors selling one-of-a-kind items. Those wanting to experience the pier’s nightlife will be captured by the Bending Arc’s magenta glow! Head to the very end and very top of the pier to find Pier Teaki, St. Pete’s version of a classic Tiki Bar! Savor delicious drinks ranging in style from fruity and tropical to classic and timeless. One of the best features you’ll experience while sipping at Pier Teaki is the wonderful breeze and breathtaking view of the city all lit up.

Learn more about St. Pete Pier!

Summer Fun for Everyone This June!

Kick off summer with some sizzle thanks to all of the awesome events and happenings in the local area! From high octane thrills to low key chills, celebrating Pride to celebrating the season, there’s no shortage of things to do to peak all types of interests this month. Find out more about some of our favorite happenings below!  

Tampa Bay Rays Games

Through August

Tropicana_Field

Beat the heat with America’s favorite summer pass time, right inside of the domed and air-conditioned Tropicana Field! The Tampa Bay Rays, reigning American League Champions, are playing extremely well this season and working their way back to a second shot at the World Series! Make the short trip to St. Pete and watch them take on teams like the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox or LA Angels this month.

View Schedule!

Whales: Living with Giants at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Through August

Whales: Living with Giants

This one of a kind exhibit at Clearwater Marine Aquarium offers participants the chance to get up close and personal with the gentle giants of the sea without even getting wet. Housed in part of their newly expanded visitor center, guests are immersed in the world of whales through multi-media exhibits, virtual reality experiences, life-sized galleries and more.

Learn more about the exhibit!

St. Pete PrideFest

Through June 26

St. Pete PrideFest

As one of the largest Pride festivals in the nation, one week is no longer enough for St. Pete’s LGBTQIA+ community! This year, the city is turning it into a month long celebration full of themed weekends including: Outdoor Adventure Week, Family Week, Arts & Music Week and the Taste of PrideFest Week. The signature events hosted in outdoor locations are a great way to experience the diversity of the area with pride.

See scheduled events!

Busch Gardens Summer Nights

Through September 6

Busch Gardens Summer Nights

Light up the night with a trip to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay during your stay! With a tagline like “the thrills go late, the fun lasts longer!”, you know you’re in for a good time. Enjoy extended hours, “electrifying” entertainment and even explosive fireworks displays on select nights.

See event details!

Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival

June 19

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

If BBQ is your thing, swing by the 7th annual PORK-OUT in Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. You’ll enjoy a day of beer, bourbon and bbq sampling from Pit Masters all over the area. They’re even featuring Tasting Theater seminars this year led by Master Distillers, Brewmasters and Pit Masters. Come for the food, stay for the live entertainment, and make sure you take home a few souvenirs like specialty hot sauces you won’t find elsewhere.

View Festival schedule here!

June is packed with excitement in the St. Petersburg/Tampa/Clearwater area, and St. Pete Beach is the perfect home base for it all! Stay in the middle of the action, right on Tripadvisor’s top-rated beach in the U.S., and relax in one of our sparkling pools, hot tub or at the Cabana Bar. Spread out in your suite or under the sun in a hooded beach cabana. Fill your summer with WOW at the Alden!

May is Time to Play Here at the Alden

Spring is in full swing in St. Pete/Clearwater and there are plenty of events, from high-speed to low-key. Here’s a look at just some of the most anticipated happenings in St. Pete/Clearwater in May. The weather is perfect for getting out to explore these fantastic events.

Wild Kratts®: Creature Power®
May 1-16

Now through May 16th Get ready for an extraordinary adventure! Building on children’s natural interest in animals, Wild Kratts®: Creature Power®! transports visitors to the Wild Kratts world, where creature adventures engage them in wide-ranging STEM experiences. Diverse environments immerse children and families in explorations of animals, habitats, and the relationships between them. Here they can take on challenges and missions centered around the lives of animals and their creature powers.
https://glazermuseum.org/wild

Debbie Bright: Kaleidoscope
May 1-9

Debbie Bright: Kaleidoscope is a special exhibition of paintings selected from Debbie Bright’s Kaleidoscope series showing at The Bula Barua Gallery from now through May 9th. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s exploration of fauna and architecture local to the beautiful city of St. Petersburg. Each work is painted in acrylics to look like a mosaic, with hundreds of tiny sections coming together to create images of eye-catching animals and dynamic cityscapes. You can also meet the artist Debbie Bright in the gallery Saturday May 8th!
https://bulagallery.com/

Porchfest
May 15

Historic Roser Park will host Porchfest May 15th! Stop by for live music, community sponsors, and a fun walking tour of one of the ‘Burg’s most stunning neighborhoods. This exclusive annual event combines St. Pete’s musicians, local businesses, and a neighborhood community all rolled into one. Guests will stroll the winding, enchanted streets of Historic Roser Park, as local musicians play from the front porches and yards of various homes.
https://www.facebook.com/events/194132275862584

Weeki Wachee Springs
All Year Long

Weeki Wachee Springs is one of Florida’s oldest tourist attractions, entertaining generations of families before there was Disney World and Busch Gardens. Today, families continue to flock to the state park north of Tampa where real mermaids swim. After about year long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the park and mermaids are welcoming guests back once again with your health and safety in mind!
https://www.tampabayparenting.com/article/weeki-wachee-springs-mermaids/

Tusks to Tails: A Fossil History of Florida
All Month Long

Step back into time when furry mammoths roamed Florida and gigantic sharks swam our seas with Tusks to Tails: A Fossil History of Florida. This new exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center is a must-see for anyone who is really into fossils! While you’re there, check out the Treasure Seekers exhibit to learn more about real life pirates and conquistadors and more about Florida and Tampa Bay’s fascinating history!
https://www.tampabayhistorycenter.org/on-view-now/

Adventure Island
All Year Long

Keep your cool as the temps heat up at Adventure Island in Tampa! They’re operating at a limited capacity, so you’ll need to book a reservation in advance along with having your ticket or annual pass. If you haven’t experienced the new Solar Vortex, plan on a ride down!! https://adventureisland.com/ https://adventureisland.com/

With a million things to do inside and out, St. Pete Beach is the perfect destination to get you back to travel. At the Alden, you can relax at our expansive pools, savor sunsets at the Cabana Bar, and splash and play in the Gulf of Mexico. You KNOW you deserve a getaway, so make plans now to come and see us here at the Alden!

Familymoons at the Alden

With many couples having children by the time they get married or becoming a ‘blended’ family with children from previous relationships, not everyone wants the traditional honeymoon. That’s why there’s a new phenomenon on the cards for families. Say hello to the ‘familymoon’, a great way for new families to share in a once-in-a-lifetime experience while creating a bond that will last forever.

While some newlyweds struggle to decide who will be taking care of the kids while on their honeymoon, others are already packing their bags and getting ready for an exciting familymoon. For some newlyweds, it’s just easier to take the kids than to organize a caretaker. A familymoon takes your honeymoon to an entirely new level as the love you have for each other is now shared with your children. It also allows the children to be a bigger part of the marriage experience. For blended families especially, these getaways provide an opportunity for the kids to get to know each other a bit better in a peaceful, neutral and fun environment. 

Here at the Alden, our spacious suites are perfect for familymoons, with a living area that’s separate from the bedroom. If the kids are old enough to stay in their own room, book adjoining rooms. If you’d rather stay together, all rooms are furnished with queen-size sofa beds. This ensures you and your spouse will still have plenty of privacy despite taking the kids along for the ride.

Our family-friendly accommodations give kids more than enough activities to occupy their time. The best part is your children can roam around in a safe environment so you don’t have to worry about their whereabouts all the time. You can even get a nanny or babysitter to ensure the kids are well cared for while you get out to have some fun, whether that involves a spa date or a romantic dinner on the beach.

There’s no doubt that traveling with kids can be a fulfilling experience no matter the occasion—but it can also be tiring. If you still want to celebrate your marriage in a quieter way, get a friend or family member to watch the kids while the two of you get away or spend a night or two alone as a couple. This will allow you both to unwind from the vacation and enjoy each other’s company.

For blended families, your familymoon might be your first vacation together, so choosing a destination that will be memorable is extremely important. Whether you’re looking at theme parks, big city getaways or tropical beach resort vacations, Alden Suites checks all the boxes. We’re less than an hour away from both Busch Gardens and Tampa and a “go to” for water adventures right off the beach. Choose from parasailing, jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards or book a dolphin-watching cruise, daily sunset cruise or a cruise for shellers to Shell Island—tons of options for relaxation, fun, adventure, and lots of romance for the happy couple.

While the concept may seem novel, showing affection in front of your kids can actually be beneficial to their development. It shows them what a healthy relationship should look like and can help them feel safer, more secure and loved. Familymoons also allow you to reassure your kids that your love for them hasn’t changed. If you’re tying the knot in the near or far future, we’d be happy to host your family for your very own familymoon! Book online today.

8 Fun Facts you didn’t know about St. Pete Beach

Home to crystal clear waters, pristine white sands and plenty of family fun, St. Pete Beach is one of the finest beaches in Florida. In fact, it’s ranked #1 on Trip Advisor’s 2020 list of the Top 25 Beaches in the United States. But there’s so much more to this barrier island that sets it apart from Florida’s wealth of award-winning beaches. Here are 8 fun facts about St. Pete Beach that will inspire you to visit this blissful Floridian favorite.

The silky white powder that lines the beach was once mountains of impenetrable quartz hundreds of miles from Florida’s shores. It took Mother Earth more than two million years to produce the velvety smooth sand you’ll find here today. Much of the sand on Florida beaches is produced by the weathering of continental land masses like the Appalachian Mountains and washed down America’s rivers into the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

Once a playground for America’s social elite, the iconic Don CeSar Beach Resort was built in 1926 by Thomas Rowe to resemble a Mediterranean-style castle. When it opened two years later, a room on the European plan went for $24 per night. The “Pink Palace” can be seen for miles to the east and west and has its place on nautical charts as a permanent marker for boaters. Today, the color is protected by law as a mariner’s guide.

The 47-mile Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail is one of Florida’s most popular and unique urban pathways. Grab some skates or rent a bike and venture down the trail which connects St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs along an old railroad route. Along the way, you’ll pass several county parks, coastal areas and communities. It also provides access points to nearly every town in the area.

The St. Pete Road Runners, the premier running club in the St. Pete/Tampa area, invites runners and walkers every month to join their evening St. Pete Beach 5k Race. The Alden’s Director of Community Relations, Mary Ann Renfrow, is one of the founding members of this group! The largest beach race in the area is run entirely on the beach, in the sand, and is a great way to stay fit on vacation. Pack your sneakers and retain your summer beach bod while you’re away from the gym.

The sunset at Pass-A-Grille features a rare sight as the last sliver of light dips below the waterline: The Green Flash. This phenomenon—named for the sudden and briefly changing color—only lasts about a second or two but, if you have a chance to witness it, your love for St. Pete Beach sunsets will grow even stronger. Pack a few beers and head down to the southern end of the beach to catch this natural wonder.

Grouper is a dinner table staple in St. Pete Beach. Head down to Sea Critters Cafe—where it’s always island time—to sample their grouper sandwich, voted Best in the South by Southern Living Magazine. You can have it made to order and served in six different ways. They also serve grouper tacos, fritters and salads, all freshly prepared to order and worth every bit of the wait.

Right next door is St. Petersburg where you’ll find some incredibly unique boutiques, eateries and hordes of vintage goodies tucked away on Central Avenue. Come here for a fresh and funky Florida vibe where old St. Pete mixes with new for an artsy and authentic local experience. “God’s waiting room” as it was once known is more like a heavenly rave these days with downtown bursting on weekend nights with music and street life.

We’re called The Sunshine City for a reason. The average amount of days of sunshine per year here is 361 but we do hold the Guinness World Record for logging the most consecutive days of sunshine: 768 days which began in 1967. The year-round gorgeous weather makes St. Pete the perfect destination for your getaway no matter the time of year. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Things to Do in St. Pete Beach: March 2021

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 happenings in St. Pete/Clearwater in March. The weather is perfect for getting out to explore these fantastic events with the Alden as your happy home base!

Mollusc Mania: Squid Dissection

March 2 and 4

Learn about the miraculous world of molluscs, snails, octopus, squids and more! During this squid dissection you will learn about the unique adaptations of squids. Space is limited so register online or at the front desk of the Tampa Bay Discovery Center.

2021 Spring Training

All Month Long

The Grapefruit League schedule was recently revised to limit travel, so the Blue Jays will play their 28 exhibition games against the Yankees, Pirates, Phillies, Tigers and Orioles. You’ll see players following health protocols on the field, in the dugout and around the complex, but the day-to-day workings of Spring Training and the players in camp will be different, too.

For the Blue Jays, this means a heavy dose of top prospects in camp. This will be a valuable development tool for many young players, especially coming off a missed 2020 Minor League season. In a typical Spring Training, many of these prospects would be across town at the club’s training complex, which is separate from TD Ballpark. Having them over on the Major League side to start camp will provide a clear look at the Blue Jays’ young talent, and should make the latter innings of exhibition games worth watching as they get some reps.

https://www.mlb.com/bluejays/schedule/2021-03

16th annual Pink Flamingo Tour of Gardens

March 6

Rediscover Gulfport during the 16th annual Pink Flamingo Tour of Gardens on Saturday, March 6, 11am – 5pm.

The annual home tour will be a Covid-ready, all-outdoor event. Visitors will have the opportunity to see everything from an under-construction rain garden to a manicured backyard art gallery to meditation spaces, edible landscapes, and chickens, chickens, chickens.

Feel free to go at your own pace, seeing properties in any order. Due to Covid-19, transportation will not be proviced. The tour skims Gulfport’s waterfront district, so there will be plenty of time to take a lunch break or shop in our historic downtown.

Registration will take place at the Gulfport Rec Center, 5730 Shore Blvd., where you’ll receive a map and wristband.

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

March  – April 25

Flavors are in bloom at Busch Gardens with the return of the Food & Wine Festival! Sample more than 110 tasty treats, including 22 new dishes. Serving guests every weekend from Now through April 25 with limited capacity, this year’s menu features festival favorites and fresh twists on classic cuisines from around the country that pair perfectly with more than 80 wines, brews, and cocktails.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/food-and-wine-festival/

Reggae Rise Up

March 18- 21

Reggae Rise Up Florida Music Festival is back at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, March 18th through 21st. It is 3 full days with positive vibes and great music! For the full music line up visit their website here. https://www.facebook.com/events/695500121061728/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%7D

Music in the Afternoon at Horan Park

March 28

 The Music in the Afternoon Series is back in Horan Park on select Sundays. Lew Barrows & the Rhythm Kings will be performing live music while guest either sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Horan Park. This is a free event; seating is not provided.  https://spbrec.com/382/Music-in-the-Afternoons

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market

Every Saturday

The 2021 season of the Saturday Morning Market has joyfully begun. Not surprisingly, the Market operates quite differently during this season.  In addition to very strong safety practices, the following are some notable changes: They are requiring vendors and customers to wear a face mask at all times. To maximize mask wearing within Market, there will be no eating or drinking allowed within the Market.  There are a tables and chairs setup beside the stadium and on the east lawn as pleasant options for enjoying your favorite foods.

Whales: Living with Giants

All Month Long

Clearwater Marine Aquarium has a new exhibition that explores the fascinating world of whales. Whales: Living with Giants is in the newly expanded visitor center. Activities in the exhibit include multi-media exhibits, a virtual reality experience, walk-through life size whale gallery, kid’s interactive zone, and a theater featuring whale related films and speakers.

https://www.cmaquarium.org/

Our Top 9 Picks for February 2021 in St. Pete Beach

Aah, February in Florida! The month of LOVE is full of festivals, drive in movies and great local markets to enjoy as well as the stellar Mardi Gras event at Busch Gardens. With Super Bowl LV coming to town on February 7, all eyes will be on our little corner of the world. We’re proud to live in Title Town USA – Tampa has already won the Stanley Cup and played in the World Series, and this month the Bucs will be making us proud in the NFL’s biggest showdown. It may be the shortest month of the year but there is no shortage of things to do here in the Tampa Bay area!

TASCO’s Drive-In Movie

February 6th and 20th

New family fun in St. Pete!  Enjoy the city’s awesome Drive-In Movie event featuring:

Space Jam, Saturday, February 6

The Fast and the Furious, Saturday, February 20

The lot opens at 7 p.m. for cars to receive a spot and the showing begins at 8 p.m.

http://stpeteparksrec.org/tascoevents/?fbclid=IwAR0iFgg4EDTA9HcJ8qJJSM3QtrjE8rktuWWduaje6LOdog2lXa0uedOcqQM

2021 Big Game Watch Party

February 7

The Galley is hosting the Superbowl in downtown St. Pete! Come watch with great food and drink all day! Who’s ready for some football?

Super Bowl Specials include Wing Platters TO-GO and a $20 Prime Rib Dinner!

https://www.727area.com/st-petersburg/downtown-st-petersburg/events/494829/2021-big-game-watch-party%21~the-galley.htm

The St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts

All Month Long

The St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts highlights the creative ambiance of the city, renowned for its numerous splendid cultural organizations.   This annual February festival presented in our “City of the Arts” involves diverse musical and theatrical groups as well as museums united around the exploration of a singular theme — The Sea. Check their website for more details:

http://www.artsofstpete.com/

Busch Gardens Mardi Gras

Feb 1st– 16th

Busch Gardens celebrates Mardi Gras fun every weekend all the way through February 16th with open-air festivities and French-Quarter flair. Hear Mardi Gras-style live music and enjoy New Orleans-inspired entertainment. Catch festival beads from strolling performers throughout the day and get caught up in the fun as you dance through spacious walkways. Savor classic Cajun cuisine such as shrimp po’ boy, jambalaya and gumbo.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/mardi-gras/

3 Daughters Brewing’s Valentine’s Market

February 13th

This year, it’s a good idea to wait until the last minute. That’s when you’ll find the good stuff. 3 Daughters Brewing’s Valentine’s Market will feature a wide selection of local vendors, helping you find the perfect gift at the perfect time. https://www.facebook.com/events/400442061071087/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%7D

Localtopia

February 20th

February 20th, join Localtopia, St. Pete’s largest “Community Celebration of All Things Local” showcasing nearly 200 of your favorite independent businesses and community organizations. This is the biggest display of Local Love in St. Pete! https://localtopia.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/

Movies in the Beer Garden

February 2nd and 17th

Movies in the Beer Garden, baby! Green Bench Brewing is showing a new round of movies for springtime. Every other Wednesday, they will be playing a fan favorite in the Beer Garden, starting at 7pm. They encourage everyone to bring their own blankets/chairs and SNACKS. These movies are totally free to the public, and yes, they are family friendly. https://www.facebook.com/events/239386524424769/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%7D

The Festival of Speed

February 21st

The 17th Annual Festival of Speed will take place downtown in beautiful Vinoy Park overlooking the bay. This luxury lifestyle Motorsports display will showcase over 250+ exotic, classic, muscle cars, motorcycles & luxury brands. The Festivals of Speed show field has become known for its unique diversity, showcasing both vintage and contemporary vehicles of all makes and models placed for display among the splendor that is Vinoy park. Offshore race boats, antique boats and other unique watercraft are encouraged to display. The park overlooks the water with magnificent views of the bay and vibrant downtown. Guests will experience automotive designs by Porsche, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin, BMW, Mercedes, McLaren and more. Onsite cafes serve fine wines and festive cocktails with exciting culinary offerings. Guests can also enjoy a cigar lounge, great music, awards presentation and more. https://www.festivalsofspeed.com/js_events/st-petersburg/  

The Tampa Bay Home Show

February 27th-28th

Come on out and meet your favorite home improvement experts at the Tampa Bay Home Show. Plan to spend the day discovering great exhibits, giveaways, door prizes, and so much more. See the latest trends in home remodeling: from kitchen and baths to flooring, to windows and home protection.  Tickets are required for entry to this event. Click the register tab to reserve your time slot today!

 www.tampabayhomeshows.com

The Music in the Afternoon Series

February 28th

February 28th, the Music in the Afternoon Series is back in Horan Park. Lew Barrows & the Rhythm Kings will be performing live music while guests sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Horan Park.

https://www.spbrec.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=518

Top Alden Suites Guest Photos of 2020

Whew, 2020 was something, wasn’t it? While the year didn’t go QUITE the way we expected it to, the beauty of St. Pete Beach and the warm hospitality of our Alden Suites team shone through. We welcomed guests throughout the year and truly enjoyed seeing all of the stories and images you submitted to our photo contest. Here are our top 10 pictures for 2020 and the stories that make them great:

Brett, December 2020

Little Brother chillaxing with Daddy, while Big Brother plays in the sand.

Walking out of the wonderful suite, we were steps from the white sandy beach and the fabulous Cabana Bar, where Chris and Dave helped set the vibe. Such a welcoming and fun spot for our little family.

Jessica, December 2020

Our 10th Annual Jolly Ball. Our groups Christmas party we do every year. We usually pick different spots each year.

My friends and I celebrated our 10th Annual Jolly Ball at the Alden Suites. We had such a great time! Literally the view from our room was gorgeous!

Chrissy, October 2020

Alden is our favorite place to watch the beautiful sunsets 😍

Rob, October 2020

Family drinks at the very fun and friendly bar on the beach

Clean. Good location. Every single employee was very nice.

Renee, September 2020

We have been coming for 20 years and now my kids are bringing theirs, we will never stop!! Thanks for all the great memories!!

Amanda, August 2020

The sunny side of 2020!

Alexandra, August 2020

Celebrating their 5th birthday at their favorite place to stay on the beach! The Alden always feels like a home away from home.

We had a great stay, our girls loved the ocean front room and are already asking to go back. As always everyone at The Alden welcomed us like family. Can’t wait until we can come back again.

Shannon, May 2020

Our kids when we arrive at The Alden!

Shelly, August 2020

Wonderful sunsets

Karla, July 2020

Splish splash in paradise 🏝

Debbie, July 2020

Making waves on girls’ weekend at the Alden!

What is not to love about the Alden? Friendly and accommodating staff, super comfy beds, beach front rooms with incredible views of the expansive sugar sand beach and sparkling water of the Gulf of Mexico, cabana bar with bartenders that make you feel like family and mix up the best tropical libations around, cabana rentals on the beach, two pools, close to restaurants and bars…seriously…we love the Alden!

Jennifer, June 2020

My son is just getting into photography so he took the opportunity at our stat last weekend to try some new shots. I think this photo is super cool.

Everyone who works there is so nice and helpful. Who doesn’t love a hotel right on the beach?

Sultana, May 2020

Family & fun in the bright Florida sun at Alden Suites 🌞

The warm hospitality from the front-desk staff to the housekeeping staff to the bar crew, the many great amenities and, of course,, the super close proximity to the beautiful white sandy beach and Gulf.

Natalie, April 2020

Zander wanted to wish Chris a Happy Birthday!!!

Lisa, April 2020

Our best friend married us on your beach. We all stayed there over 05/05/18. Best day ever.

Mindy, April 2020

My daughter and her best friend finally got to go on vacation together and wanted cute pictures for memories of it. I took this beautiful picture of them and they were so happy with it. The sky looked beautiful and the girls looked amazing. They genuinely were so happy with all the pictures and were beyond happy with their stay there on the beach.

Amanda, March 2020

Brinn’s sand bakery, open daily for a sandy treat!

Family run resort where you are treated like family from when you check in till check out. It’s not goodbye, but rather see you soon.

David, February 2020

The Alden beach. A great place to make an important announcement!!!

Theresa, January 2020

Ahhh… The Alden! My daughter Josie’s favorite place to be!

Shae, January 2020

Loved being able to take beautiful pictures of my gymnast on the beach. My husband could watch while he worked from the room.

Being right on the beach. Beautiful views

Kathleen, January 2020

Team retreat at Alden Suites. Relaxing and restorative. Finding our Zen. No better place then at the beach.

Buddy and the staff were wonderful. Super helpful and attentive.

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Things to Do: December 2020

Even the biggest Grinch is eager for some seasonal merriment after the year we’ve had, and with our wide-open beaches and fresh-air outdoor spaces, St. Pete Beach is the perfect place to celebrate. The holiday season is upon us in the Sunshine State, which means there are plenty of holiday activities, family fun events and shopping extravaganzas to attend. From sparkling boat parades on the Intercoastal to holiday movies in the park and ugly sweater contests, we’ve rounded up our favorite can’t-miss events that let you do the holidays Florida style while staying safe. Book your trip to the Alden and then fill up your calendar with these top things to do in St. Pete Beach and beyond for December 2020.

St. Pete Night Market

December 3rd

The popular Night Market is back! It will be a bit smaller due to COVID to allow room for social distancing, but it will still have some awesome vendors, music and cash bar!

Come on out and support LOCAL from 6 PM to 10 PM December 3rd!

https://www.facebook.com/NightMarketStPete/

Holidays in Horan

Every Friday

Join us Fridays for Holidays in Horan! On Dec 4th, 11th, and 18th the City of St. Pete Beach Parks and Recreation Dept. will be showing holiday classics on the big screen! each movie starts around 6:30pm but make sure to arrive early and enjoy the fun holiday activities and shop from local vendors for that perfect holiday gift this season!

Tickets are required for the movie, and each ticket is good for a space that can be shared amongst 8 people so 1 ticket = up to 8 people. Ticket cost is $5

For ticket information please visit: https://st-pete-beach-community-center.ticketleap.com/

Treasure Island Christmas Boat Parade

December 5th

Like Las Vegas on the water! This year’s dazzling nautical spectacle features boats of all kinds making it the biggest lighted boat parade in Tampa Bay.  Boats will depart from The Club at Treasure Island at 6:20 p.m., sail past the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge at 7 p.m. and end at 8:15 p.m. at John’s Pass.

A pre-parade party* will be held starting at 4:30pm at The Club TI’s pool pavilion. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The pre-parade party is open to the public with an ADMISSION of a new, unwrapped toy or cash donation, which benefits The Christmas Toy Shop of Pinellas and the Edwards Family Foundation. Prior to parade day, donations and toys may be dropped off at the Club TI, Treasure Island City Hall, and Treasure Bay Recreation Center on Paradise Island. Donors will receive a ticket for pre-parade party admission (one ticket per donation).

https://treasureislandflorida.org/News/2020/Nov/treasure_island_holiday_boat_parade.html

Blush Tea and Coffee St. Pete will be hosting their 1st Annual Holiday Bazaar.

This exciting event features several local artists, makers, live painting, live music, those amazing brioche donuts from Mana Bakery and of course delicious teas and coffees!

Tis the Season to come out and do some holiday shopping, support our local artists and makers.

https://m.facebook.com/events/642073076438192

Mistletoe market

December 11th

Find that perfect gift this holiday season and support local shops and the Mistletoe Market presented by the St. Pete Beach Parks and Recreation Department.

https://www.facebook.com/events/832445087552142

Pass-a-Grille Vina Del Mar 2020 Boat Parade

December 12th

801 Pass a Grill Way. The parade starts in Pass-A-Grille at the Merry Pier at Dusk 6:00 pm, Cash Prizes: Sail, Motor, Most Creative & Luckiest Boat. All forms can be downloaded by going to the Merry Pier website

Festivities start at the Merry Pier and Sea Horse Restaurant at 5:00 pm,

Santa will be there for Pictures with the Kids.

The Fireman will be cooking Hamburgers and Hot Dogs

Luminaries along the sea wall

Carolers at the Merry Pier

Kitty Yoga at Sunshine Kitty Catfe

December 12th

Kitty Yoga is back December 12th at Sunshine Kitty Catfe! Wind down from your week and join our kitties for a 60-minute gentle Friday evening flow in our Cat Lounge as Within. yoga leads an all-levels kitty yoga

Reserve your spot meow and look forward to starting your weekend in the most purrfect way!

https://www.sunshinekittycatfe.com/visit

Eat Drink and Be Ugly Mixer

December 17th 

December 17th at The Whiskey Exchange, Eat, Drink and show off your favorite Ugly sweater. Drink Specials, food, prizes and lots of fun!

https://www.evensi.us/ugly-sweater-party-whiskey-exchange/396908404

Classic Christmas

December 20th

December 20th at St. Pete’s Mahaffey Theater enjoy music to celebrate the season from history’s greatest composers including Mozart, Handel and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite!

https://the.floridaorchestra.org/phase-1-classical-christmas-encore

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert

December 31st

Seeking a spectacular way to ring in 2021? Timeless music, dazzling costumes, breathtaking dance, stunning floral designs. Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for an unforgettable New Year’s celebration that will enchant and delight audiences of all ages in Clearwater.

Freshly updated each year with a new cast and musical programme, the exuberant music of Johann Strauss and his counterparts will spring to vibrant life in a joyful spectacle featuring European singers, dancers, and a full symphony orchestra. The Maestro, an expert in Viennese music, will lead the orchestra and the audience on a journey through the Golden Age of Vienna with wit, charm, and more than a few jokes along the way.

https://www.rutheckerdhall.com/event/salute-vienna

New Year’s Party w/ STORMBRINGER live concert & fireworks on the Beach!

December 31

New Year’s Eve Party on the Beach! Celebrate 2021 w/ Stormbringer LIVE Concert on the Beach 9pm, Fireworks at 12am. Enjoy Kentucky Par cocktails, limited menu available at 8pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/3335285283246982/

 Van Gogh Alive

Through April 11, 2021


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. This exhibition will be available for viewing from November 21, 2020 – April 11, 2021.

https://bit.ly/2UJ0jCh

Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa

All Month Long

If you’re looking for safe holiday fun, Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa at Lowry Park is the place for you!  Become immersed in an outdoor seasonal adventure featuring twinkling lights, delectable holiday treats, amazing wildlife and new jolly adventures.  

Ways to Give Back on your St. Pete Beach Vacation

Getting away can offer rewarding, life-changing and humbling experiences—especially if you take some time to give back on your vacation. The concept of voluntourism has grown rapidly over the past decade, offering families a way to alleviate stress, increase happiness and expose kids to something beyond the typical resort vacation where a whole new world awaits. Above all, giving back to a community, the environment or a special family is a meaningful way to spend a day—or even just a few hours—and has been shown to improve health, extend life and lower the risk of depression. Because it’s so good for your heart and soul, we’ve gathered seven different volunteer activities that you and your family can do during your St. Pete vacation.

Florida Dream Center’s Adopt-a-Block

The Florida Dream Center is committed to reaching far into communities throughout Pinellas County and helping them achieve tangible improvement. The Adopt-a-Block program adopts specific communities in need of assistance and provides nearly anything they’re in need of, including street clean-up, home repairs, lawn maintenance and a host of other services. Over 200 volunteers are now part of the program with dozens entering the community every week. Help make long-term, life-changing improvements to the communities that need it most by calling the Florida Dream Center at 727-851-9074 or emailing Zelda O’Connell at zelda@floridadreamcenter.org. Volunteers meet every Saturday from 8:40 am-12 pm at three different locations. Be sure to wear enclosed shoes and comfortable outside working clothes.

Tampa Bay Watch

Tampa Bay Watch is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tampa Bay estuary through scientific and educational programs. They couldn’t accomplish any of their restoration or education goals without the help of their active volunteer base. Volunteers of all ages from children to retirees help in habitat restoration projects, lend a hand at their annual fundraisers and represent their organization at community events to increase awareness. Due to COVID-19, fall restoration projects will not be open to the public for volunteering but they’re hopeful to return to a normal volunteer project schedule in the spring. Contact Rachel Arndt with any questions at rarndt@tampabaywatch.org or call (727)867-8166, x233.

Sweetwater Organic Community Farm

Sweetwater Organic Community Farm was established in 1995 as a nonprofit community-supported urban organic farm and environmental education center in Tampa. As a non-profit, educational farm, Sweetwater relies on the help of volunteers to assist with the day-to-day operations of the community farm. Volunteers can work on a variety of farm tasks, such as planting, harvesting and weeding. There are also site projects for those with carpentry and electrical skills. The farm is open for volunteers Sunday from 9 am-12 pm. You must be at least 12 years old to volunteer but younger kids can come out from 10-10:30 am and wash veggies that are harvested from the fields. Kids love helping with this and even getting the chance to run around a bit or dig in the dirt. Go to sweetwater-organic.com to fill out a volunteer form.

Sunken Gardens

A botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city, the Sunken Gardens is St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum. Help preserve and enhance this 100-year-old garden and provide opportunities for the community to enjoy this educational and cultural center by becoming a volunteer. Make new friends, participate in unique projects and gain knowledge from your efforts. Whether you assist with their animals, special events, gift shop, garden care, as a docent or become a member of their speaker’s bureau, you’re sure to grow as much as the Gardens does. Simply complete and return the Volunteer Application on https://www.stpete.org/attractions/sunken_gardens/volunteer.php and their volunteer coordinator will respond with next steps.

Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger

The Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger is committed to ending hunger in Tampa Bay by bringing people together to find solutions that eliminate barriers, increase access and knowledge and expand the amount of nutritious food available. Meals on Wheels for Kids (MOW4Kids) and Meals on Wheels St. Petersburg (MOWSP) change lives by delivering one meal at a time. Volunteers are essential in providing care and compassion to kids, seniors and homebound residents in need of nutrition assistance. MOWSP is looking for drivers to help pack and deliver meals Monday through Saturday from 9 am-2 pm and MOWSP is looking for drivers to assist with delivering meals Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am-2 pm. A route takes an hour to complete. Go to networktoendhunger.volunteerhub.com to sign up.

Society of St. Andrew

Since 1995, the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) has operated a statewide, volunteer-driven Gleaning Network in Florida that coordinates with local farmers, thousands of volunteers and food providing agencies. Their Florida Gleaning Network is going strong—saving three to four million pounds of fresh produce for the hungry each year. Each year, they coordinator thousands of volunteers of all ages to glean one to two million pounds of a wide variety of produce in Florida. If you’re interested in joining this exciting hands-on ministry, contact SoSA at (407)650-1956 or (800)806-0756. Most gleaning events take place on weekends where you’ll arrive in the fields at 8 am and be on your way by noon. SoSA makes all the arrangements with farmers, produce containers and food distribution. All you need to do is show up.

360 Eats

360 Eats is a newly formed non-profit mobile food service providing an innovative solution to bridge the gaps between food waste, food insecurity and sustainability. 30-40% of quality food produced in the United States goes to waste each year and yet one in eight Americans are considered food-insecure. Their goal is to eradicate hunger and food waste as we know it by providing upwards of 500,000 nutritious and gourmet meals to those in need and rescue over 1 million pounds of good food in the US each year. Volunteers are the backbone of 360 Eats. They offer plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved—from volunteer food recovery drivers to volunteer chefs and servers. Go to 360eats.org/volunteer to sign-up and help make a difference in the community.

Here at the Alden, it’s our honor to serve our local community. We invite you to read about some of the ways we give back. And we hope you will join us in finding ways to share your time and talents while enjoying your vacation in St. Pete Beach!