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Attractions & Things to Do - St. Pete Beach, Florida

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Activities & Tours

Kozuba Craft Distillery

1960 5th Avenue South
St. Petersburg FL 33712
727-201-9078
Attractions

Florida Holocaust Museum

55 5th Street South
St. Petersburg FL 33701
727-820-0100   Fax: 727-821-8435

Florida International Museum

244 Second Avenue N
St. Petersburg FL 33701
(727) 341-7900   Fax: (727) 341-7908

Great Explorations

1925 Fourth Street North
St. Petersburg FL 33704
727-821-8992

Busch Gardens

Busch Blvd
Tampa FL 33613
800-221-1339
Beaches

St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach FL


St. Pete Beach is a 4.5 mile long stretch of sandy beach located on Long Key, a barrier island off the coast of St. Petersburg. On the southern tip of St. Pete Beach is Pass-a-Grille, a historic district that started as a fishing village and includes the historic Don Cesar Hotel. Also called “the Pink Castle”, the Don Cesar is known for its rich history and famous clientele. St. Pete Beach offers a wide variety of shorelines, art galleries, restaurants and bed & breakfasts to draw tourist from all over the world


Fort Desoto Park

Tierra Verde FL


Fort Desoto Park’s North Beach was named America’s best beach in 2005. Fort Desoto Park occupies 1136 acres on five interconnected islands in southern Pinellas county and is named for the 1898 Fort built for the Spanish-American War. Fort Desoto has several ruined buildings open for the public, as well as four 12 inch mortars and two 6 inch rifled artillery pieces. Both North Beach and East Beach have made the top ten list numerous times. Fort Desoto Park has two fishing piers, paved bike trails, picnic areas, a boat ramp, and camping areas.


Casinos

Hard Rock Casino

5223 North Orient Road
Tampa FL 33610
813-627-7625
Entertainment & Nightlife

The Chic-a-Boom Room

319 Main Street
St. Petersburg FL 34698
727-736-0206

Side Spliters Comedy Club

12938 N. Dale Mabry
Tampa FL 33618
813-960-1197   Fax: 813-960-1459

The Florida Orchestra

101 S. Hoover Blvd
Tampa FL 33609
813-286-1170   Fax: 813-286-2316
Restaurants

Ponce de Leon

95 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg FL 33701
727.550.9300   Fax: 727.895.2287
Transportation

Tampa International Airport

5503 West Spruce Street
Tampa FL 33607
813-870-8700

Around Tampa Bay, Florida

BUSCH GARDENS TO HOLD MODIFIED VERSION OF CHRISTMAS TOWN
The annual holiday event will feature a new fireworks show and open-air experiences. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY CHANGING RISE OF THE RESISTANCE BOARDING GROUP PROCESS
Visitors won’t have to be inside the park to reserve a spot. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY SHARES DETAILS ABOUT EPCOT'S UPCOMING HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS
Epcot Festival of the Holidays kicks off November 27. - Ashley Carter


TAMPA'S DRIVE-IN AT ARMATURE WORKS PROVIDES SOCIALLY DISTANCED MOVIE FIX
Two movies are offered on 52-foot screens nightly, and customers can watch from their cars - Tim Wronka


UNIVERSAL REVEALS HAUNTED HOUSE FOR HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 2021
The annual Halloween event was canceled for this year. - Ashley Carter


WALT DISNEY WORLD ENTRANCE SIGNS TO GET A MAKEOVER
The new color scheme will complement Cinderella Castle's new look. - Ashley Carter


BABY RHINO BORN AT DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM
The male rhinoceros calf was born at the park on Sunday. - Ashley Carter


HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FAIR ADDS ‘TASTE OF THE FAIR' EVENT
The drive-thru event runs from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1. - Alexandria Jones


2020 ST. PETE GRAND PRIX KICKS OFF WITH SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
The 2020 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg starts today after the event was postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. - Sarah Blazonis


TASTE OF EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS SET FOR JANUARY
It all starts January 8, 2021. - Spectrum News Staff


AMC TRYING TO BRING IN MORE MOVIEGOERS, OFFERS AUDITORIUM DEAL FOR GROUPS
Grab 19 pals, head to the theatre and split a $99 bill. - Katya Guillaume


FLORIDA'S FIRST SNOW PARK SETS OPENING DATE
The snow park is set to open to the public in November. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY PLUS UPDATES DISCLAIMER TO ACKNOWLEDGE "HARMFUL IMPACT" OF RACIST STEREOTYPES
Disney Plus is placing a new disclaimer before movies that include content that has been described as racist. - Ryan Chatelain


TAMPA BAY'S 10 MOST HAUNTED
These are the hot spots for hauntings in the Tampa Bay area - Scott Harrell


DISNEY WORLD SETS LAST DAY FOR TASTE OF EPCOT FOOD FESTIVAL
The modified festival will end on November 22. - Ashley Carter


UNIVERSAL'S HALLOWEEN OFFERINGS INCLUDE THEMED FOOD, ACTIVITIES
The resort has several offerings for visitors looking to get into the Halloween spirit. - Ashley Carter


CARVING A PUMPKIN? SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR YOUR FAVORITE FLORIDA SPORTS TEAM
Halloween is just around the corner and with that comes the joy of carving pumpkins. - Dan Trotter


LEGOLAND ROLLS OUT ANNUAL PASS DEAL, REVEALS NEW 2021 EXPERIENCES
Legoland is gearing up for its 10th birthday celebration. - Ashley Carter


VINYL RECORD SALES SURPASS CDS AMID COVID-19
The love of vinyl is coming back around, but this time, the owner of Jesse Carl Vinyl shop in Lakeland says, it’s intentional. - Ashonti Ford


GATORLAND BRINGS BACK GATORS, GHOSTS AND GOBLINS FOR HALLOWEEN
The event runs every weekend October 10 - November 1. - Ashley Carter


5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE STATE OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
Cosmo Wilson shares his life in the music industry in the pandemic. - Allison Walker Torres


DOC ANTLE OF "TIGER KING" FAME CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY, WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING
Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, who appeared in “Tiger King," has been indicted in Virginia on animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking charges. - Associated Press


PIXAR'S "SOUL" TO SKIP THEATERS, DEBUT ON DISNEY PLUS
The film will hit the streaming service in December. - Ashley Carter


ROCK LEGEND EDDIE VAN HALEN DIES AT 65
The musician died after battling cancer. - Spectrum News Staff & Associated Press


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: FISHING TACKLING STORE SEES INFLUX OF CUSTOMERS
In the strange and grim lottery of potential COVID-19-related business outcomes, a Pinellas County fishing tackle store is growing. - Virginia Johnson


BABY DOLPHIN BORN AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO
The dolphin was born at the theme park on September 29. - Ashley Carter


CHARACTER DINING RETURNING TO CHEF MICKEY'S ALONG WITH NEW MENU ITEMS
The character breakfast experience will be available starting December 16. - Ashley Carter


REGAL TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE ALL U.S. MOVIE THEATERS
The news comes as big-budget films get pushed back. - Ashley Carter


CREEPY “HOWDY DOODY” DOLL LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME
Seriously, this doll will make your skin crawl. - Ashonti Ford


CINEWORLD MAY CLOSE US AND UK THEATERS AFTER BOND FILM DELAY
The release of James Bond thriller “No Time to Die” has been delayed from November until April 2021 because of the effect of the coronavirus pandemic. - Associated Press


ALEC BALDWIN, JIM CARREY RECREATE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IN "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" SEASON OPENER
Megan Thee Stallion was the night's musical guest. - Spectrum News Staff & Associated Press


WRESTLEMANIA TO TAMPA NEXT SPRING? WWE NOT SAYING
A Tampa Mania would come about a month after the Super Bowl, also scheduled for Tampa on February 7. - Spectrum News Staff


NEW ST. PETERSBURG INDEPENDENT MOVIE THEATER TO GET SOME "ACTION" THIS WEEKEND
Mike Hazlett is opening the independent Green Light Cinema movie theater in downtown St. Petersburg this weekend - Scott Harrell


GAYLORD PALMS UNVEILS FULL LINEUP FOR CHRISTMAS EVENT
The annual event kicks off November 13. - Ashley Carter


5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SAVI'S WORKSHOP AT DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
The lightsaber building experience has reopened with new safety measures. - Allison Walker Torres


HALLOWEEN 2020: HOW FLORIDA THEME PARKS ARE CELEBRATING
Here's a look at the Halloween events at the theme parks. - Ashley Carter


UNIVERSAL ORLANDO OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES NEW JURASSIC VELOCICOASTER, REVEALS MORE DETAILS
The new coaster is set to open summer 2021. - Ashley Carter


TAMPA NEWS FORCE SPINS LOCAL HEADLINES INTO COMEDY GOLD
Tampa Bay comics wax satirical on provocative website Tampa News Force - Scott Harrell


BUSCH GARDENS CHEETAH CUBS GET "COOL" HOCKEY-INSPIRED TREAT
The cubs helped cheer on the Tampa Bay Lightning. - Ashley Carter


WILD FLORIDA TO CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY WITH FREE ADMISSION
The deal will be offered during the month of October. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA SNOW PARK STILL ON TRACK TO OPEN IN NOVEMBER
The park will feature a snow tubing hill and a snow dome. - Ashley Carter


"FROZEN" SING-ALONG RETURNS TO DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS NEXT MONTH
The show has remained closed since the park reopened in July. - Ashley Carter


LIFE IN THE TIME: FASHION SHOW RETURNS AFTER LONG HIATUS
Tampa-based Designer Danielle Brion is preparing for her first in-person fashion show since COVID cancelled her collection launch party this spring. - Virginia Johnson


5 THINGS TO KNOW: SWAN AND DOLPHIN'S NEW FOOD FESTIVAL
Socially-distanced event nights inspired by the popular Food and Wine Classic are taking place over multiple weekends at the Swan and Dolphin Resort. - Allison Walker Torres


THIS WEBSITE GAUGES SAFETY OF TRICK-OR-TREATING NATIONWIDE
Hershey's and others have teamed up with health experts on a website that shows the risk of trick-or-treating during COVID-19 county by county - Scott Harrell


CHEF'S KITCHEN: “GUAVA PASTELITOS” FROM LA SEGUNDA BAKERY
This week's Chef's Kitchen takes you to La Segunda Bakery in Ybor City for their “Guava Pastelitos!” - Gabrielle Arzola


UNIVERSAL ADDS DATES FOR 2 HAUNTED HOUSES OPEN TO DAYTIME VISITORS
A Scarecrow Stalk scavenger hunt and trick-or-treating for children also add to the experience. - Spectrum News Staff


5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ORLANDO FORUM OF FEAR
Some of the masterminds behind your favorite haunts are pairing up for a first-of its-kind experience. - Allison Walker Torres


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: BUSCH GARDENS CHANGES
Reservations are required (Busch Gardens says make them early), and space is limited each night. - Virginia Johnson


A SWEEP FOR "SCHITT’S CREEK," "SUCCESSION" TOPS EMMY AWARDS
Winners accepted their awards virtually in the pandemic-safe ceremony. - Associated Press


ABC PREPS FOR HISTORY-MAKING VIRTUAL EMMYS
Cameras were sent out to 138 celebrities all over the world. - Bianca Rae


UNIVERSAL OPENS HAUNTED HOUSES TO DAYTIME VISITORS
The houses have been modified with new safety precautions. - Ashley Carter


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: SWITCHING SCHOOLS DURING PANDEMIC
Nine-year-old Lili Spurgeon is feeling OK about her start in distance learning, one that included a change in schools to accommodate online needs. - Virginia Johnson


5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT GOBLINS & GIGGLES AT GAYLORD PALMS RESORT
What you need to know about Goblins & Giggles at Gaylord Palms Resort - Allison Walker Torres


TWISTED SISTER SINGER TO ANTI-MASKERS: DON'T USE OUR SONG
Twisted Sister's Dee Snider took to social media to condemn anti-maskers using the group's hit “We're Not Gonna Take It." - Associated Press


CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST PREPS TO DO NOMINEE'S HAIR FOR VIRTUAL EMMYS
Celebrity hairstylist preps to do nominee's hair for the virtual Emmys. - Bianca Rae


EMMYS, LIVE AND VIRTUAL: “WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?”
It's the first big Hollywood ceremony to attempt a live — but socially distanced — broadcast amid the coronavirus pandemic. - Associated Press


CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST PREPS TO DO NOMINEE'S HAIR FOR VIRTUAL EMMYS
Celebrity hairstylist preps to do nominee's hair for the virtual Emmys. - Bianca Rae


DISNEY WORLD'S WATER PARKS TO REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 2021
Disney shared an update about the water parks Thursday. - Ashley Carter


HOMEGROWN HOLLYWOOD: VETERAN FILMMAKERS ANXIOUS TO RESUME FILMING HORROR SERIES IN TAMPA BAY
A group of veteran horror filmmakers can't wait to get back to creating a scary new series in the Tampa Bay area - Scott Harrell


SEAWORLD ORLANDO GIVES DRIVE-IN EVENT A HALLOWEEN TWIST
Visitors can enjoy Halloween films from their vehicle. - Ashley Carter


MAGIC KINGDOM GETS INTO THE HALLOWEEN SPIRIT
The theme park is decorated for fall. - Ashley Carter


UNIVERSAL ORLANDO TO OPEN 2 HAUNTED HOUSES THIS WEEKEND
The houses will be available during the day. - Ashley Carter


SEAWORLD ORLANDO ADDS MAZE, COOKIE DECORATING TO HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR
The event will kick off September 19. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY: MAGIC KINGDOM HALLOWEEN TO INCLUDE VILLAINS CAVALCADE
The fall festivities will begin on September 15. - Ashley Carter


BUILD-YOUR-OWN LIGHTSABER EXPERIENCE REOPENING AT DISNEY WORLD
Savi's Workshop will reopen later this month. - Ashley Carter


BUSCH GARDENS REVEALS HOWL-O-SCREAM SCARE ZONES
This year's event will feature 10 scare zones. - Ashley Carter


"TIGER KING" STAR JOE EXOTIC SEEKS PARDON FROM TRUMP
“Tiger King” star Joe Exotic is hoping President Donald Trump will spring him from prison. - Ryan Chatelain


SCREAM-A-GEDDON RETURNS TO DADE CITY WITH A FEW CHANGES
The attraction will implement a number of new safety measures. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY WORLD CANCELS VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY, EPCOT CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL FOR 2020
The resort will roll out new holiday offerings. - Ashley Carter


ZOOTAMPA GOES BROADWAY TO PROMOTE COASTAL CLEANUP DAY
“Alex of Hamilton Creek” is asking for your help. - Dale Greenstein


STRONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND FOR PARKS, BUT WHAT DOES FUTURE HOLD?
The sudden switch from booming tourism economy to months of closures have hit theme parks and Central Florida’s economy deep. - Rachael Krause


IAAPA CANCELS ORLANDO EXPO AMID COVID-19 CONCERNS
IAAPA will hold a virtual conference instead. - Ashley Carter


JOHN BOYEGA CLAIMS DISNEY “PUSHED TO THE SIDE” NON-WHITE ACTORS IN “STAR WARS”
Boyega starred as "Finn," a former Stormtrooper, in the most recent three movies in the franchise. - Rachel Tillman


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: TAKING YOGA TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH HORSES
Caba Yoga is an experience that combines the art of yoga and rescued horses. - Caitlin Wilson


REPORT: ROBERT PATTINSON TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, “THE BATMAN” PRODUCTION HALTS
The movie had just resumed filming after a months-long pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. - Associated Press


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: SEBRING SODA AND ICE CREAM WORKS
In Highlands County, a soda fountain and ice cream shop is still going strong, with dozens of vintage sodas that will invoke childhood memories. - Caitlin Wilson


DISNEY: CINDERELLA’S ROYAL TABLE, OTHER RESTAURANTS TO SOON REOPEN
Visitors will soon have additional dining options. - Ashley Carter


CAROLE BASKIN OF "TIGER KING" ON SEASON 28 OF DANCING WITH THE STARS
Some big news for all you "Cool Cats and Kittens" who love Dancing With the Stars. - Spectrum News Staff


LEGOLAND FLORIDA TO HOLD HEROES WEEKEND THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND
The event will feature safety - Ashley Carter


GAYLORD PALMS TO OFFER POP-UP CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE
Visitors will be able to walk through various holiday movie scenes. - Ashley Carter


SEAWORLD, BUSCH GARDENS OFFERING DEAL ON 2021 FUN CARDS
The Fun Card will also include entry for the rest of 2020. - Ashley Carter


BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY BRINGS BACK BIER FEST IN LIMITED CAPACITY
The seasonal event begins September 12. - Ashley Carter


HARRIS, OBAMA, "AVENGERS" CO-STARS PAY TRIBUTE TO CHADWICK BOSEMAN: "YOUR LEGACY WILL LIVE ON FOREVER"
The "Black Panther" star died Friday at the age of 43. - Spectrum News Staff


ORLANDO COMIC BOOK STORE CO-OWNER HONORS LEGACY OF CHADWICK BOSEMAN
Featured display, donation pay tribute to actor's "depth and honesty" of Black Panther portrayal - Emily Braun


"BLACK PANTHER" STAR CHADWICK BOSEMAN DIES OF CANCER AT 43
Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side. - Associated Press and Spectrum News Staff


ZOOTAMPA TO OFFER MODIFIED HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES
The annual event Creatures of the Night returns. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY REVEALS FALL, HALLOWEEN OFFERINGS FOR MAGIC KINGDOM
The park will celebrate the fall season Sept. 15 through October 31. - Ashley Carter


KENNEDY SPACE CENTER OFFERING DRIVE-IN MOVIE EXPERIENCE WITH LAUNCH
Visitors can watch the launch and a movie from their car. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: GRAB A BEER WITH YOUR DOG AT TWO SHEPHERDS TAPROOM
Here are five things to know about Two Shepherds Taproom: - Caitlin Wilson


GULFPORT CANCELS GECKOFEST 2020
The annual Labor Day weekend festivities have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic - Scott Harrell


HBO MAX, AARON SORKIN ANNOUNCE HISTORIC “WEST WING” REUNION SPECIAL
The special will benefit When We All Vote, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization co-chaired by Michelle Obama. - Spectrum News Staff


RAPTOR ARRIVES FOR UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S UNANNOUNCED “JURASSIC” COASTER
Construction continues on Universal's new roller coaster. - Ashley Carter


SEAWORLD, AQUATICA NOW OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK WITH EXPANDED HOURS
o get into the park everyone, including Fun Card and annual passholders, must make reservations ahead of time. - Spectrum News Staff


BRICK OR TREAT RETURNS TO LEGOLAND FLORIDA IN OCTOBER
The annual event will feature new safety measures. - Ashley Carter


UNIVERSAL'S VOLCANO BAY WILL BE CLOSED TWO DAYS EACH WEEK
The schedule change will begin September 8. - Ashley Carter


IT'S SHOWTIME! BEETLEJUICE THEME EXPANDS UNIVERSAL HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS STORE
Here are 5 things you need to know about this retro shopping experience. - Allison Walker Torres


CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S DRAWN TO LIFE DELAYED AGAIN AT DISNEY SPRINGS
No new opening date has been announced. - Ashley Carter


"MULAN" PREVIEW COMING TO DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
The film will stream exclusively on Disney+ starting September 4. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: GO ON A SCAVENGER HUNT AROUND YOUR CITY
If you're looking for something fun to do outdoors, our Caitlin Wilson shows us a new scavenger hunt experience in today's Florida on a Tankful. - Caitlin Wilson


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