Beautiful beaches and breezy nautical style define the captivating town of St. Petersburg, Florida. Also known as the Sunshine City, St. Petersburg enjoys balmy weather and unparalleled beach access. Luxurious art deco-inspired condominiums rise high into the sky, offering stunning views of the sparkling water surrounding this pretty town, while sprawling waterfront estates set the stage for elegant parties and a resort lifestyle.

As for things to do in St. Petersburg, opportunities abound. From spending time out on the water and biking the many scenic trails to exploring nearby islands and meandering through the weekly farmers’ market, St. Petersburg provides a bevy of outdoor activities. Soak up the lemony Florida sunshine and feel the caress of warm ocean air as you explore all this lovely town has to offer.


raised walkway leading to an overlook tower

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Spanning more than 45 miles of spectacular scenery, the Pinellas Trail puts Florida’s natural beauty on display. This paved pathway invites pedestrians and cyclists to explore the remarkable region of Pinellas County. Reaching from St. Pete all the way north to Tarpon Springs, the Pinellas Trail transports you from the cosmopolitan urbanity of St. Petersburg to the wilds of Old Florida. Majestic live oaks dripping with Spanish moss offer shade, while tidal streams and glittering waterways provide glamor and a hint of drama to the experience.

Once an old railroad line, the Pinellas Trail is now one of the area’s most sought-after outdoor recreation spots. This gorgeous greenway is also home to several species of birds, so those with an appreciation for wildlife will find a wonderland of creatures.


Weedon Island Preserve

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Known for birding and fishing, the Weedon Island Preserve is home to a rich cultural history, native Floridian flora and fauna, and a celebrated educational facility. Situated on Tampa Bay, this archaeologically significant coastal system covers over 3,000 acres of natural and aquatic resources and offers visitors a multitude of activities.

Visit the center for cultural and natural history, or head out on a guided tour of the island. Hike through the mangroves, and you may see some of the island’s most celebrated residents, like the Cuban tree frog and the red-bellied woodpecker, or opt for the archeology hike and take in the extraordinary sights of an active dig site. The bug walk offers a fun and educational activity for families, as well as the chance to walk among the butterflies.


Shell Key Preserve

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Spreading out over 1,800 acres, the Shell Key Preserve protects important marine habitats. Shell Key includes one of the largest undeveloped barrier islands in the nation, as well as seagrass areas and several mangrove islands. This incredible getaway spot is secluded, private, and absolutely breathtaking.

The Preserve is a special spot for migrating birds and acts as a nesting and wintering sanctuary for them. Access to the island is limited to waterway shuttles and private boats, and boaters can dock their boat right on the island. Keep in mind, Shell Key is all wild beauty and stunning views – the Preserve offers no restaurants or facilities, so if you plan to spend the day here, you will need to carry in and carry back out any supplies.


view from the cockpit of a helicopter

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St. Petersburg offers some of Florida’s most spectacular terrain. From glittering gulf waters to thick mangroves, the lush landscaping in the Pinellas County area is magnificent. Much of it is also heavily protected and challenging to traverse, so if you want to experience the scenic views, sans the face-to-face encounter with a crocodile, opt instead for a helicopter ride and experience the untamed beauty from a new perspective.


The idyllic Brooker Creek Preserve is a wilderness oasis spanning 8,500 acres of swamp, hardwood hammocks, and pine Flatwoods. Situated just east of Tarpon Springs, Brooker Creek is home to wildlife, like deer and bobcats, a breathtaking array of native Floridian flora, and a renowned education and resource center. Meander through the four miles of hiking trails, or try the short self-guided loop trail for a lovely day in the fresh air.


The Parents magazine named Fort Desoto Park America’s best family beach, and it is easy to see why – the fort itself is a fascinating, climbable adventure complete with an Insta-worthy cannon. Paddle the kayak trail, or launch a powerboat in the Gulf of Mexico for an afternoon of sunny tranquility. Water sports like kitesurfing and sailboarding reign supreme at Fort Desoto, while fishing and hiking round out an already stellar lineup of outdoor recreation.


Set on a barrier island, St. Pete Beach is a quaint beach town with a classic sense of laid-back coastal elegance. Boasting the unique mix of relaxation and high style only a seaside spot can achieve, St. Pete Beach is a lovely place to kick off your shoes and indulge in vacation vibes. Head over to Andy's Ice Cream, a sweet confectionary shop tucked away in the storied Don CeSar Hotel, treat yourself to a homemade ice cream cone, and go for a walk along the pristine coastline.


Get to know the rugged beauty and laid-back glamor of Old Florida at Pass-a-Grille. Located on the southernmost end of St. Pete Beach, Pass-a-Grille is perched on the Gulf of Mexico, offering expansive views of the emerald water. This vintage paradise brings back those classic beachside vibes – everything is salty, breezy, and within walking distance.

Start your morning with a game of tennis before heading to one of the outdoor restaurants for an alfresco brunch. Shopping at the independent boutiques and open-air markets comes next, followed by a stroll along the pier. Rooftop bistros set the stage for a dramatic dinner overlooking the town, and old-fashioned ice cream parlors offer sweet treats and ice cream cones for dessert. Ditch your shoes, roll up your pants, and indulge in a long beach walk to finish up the night, feeling the sand between your toes and the cool ocean breeze on your skin.

Are you interested in exploring St. Petersburg real estateContact Andrew Salamone of The Salamone Group today for the expert guidance you can count on.

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