3 Outdoor Locations Near St. Petersburg Worth Exploring This Summer
Founded in 1888, St. Petersburg, Florida, is one of the Sunshine State’s most popular tourist destinations and the fifth-most populous city in the state. While the city has plenty of indoor attractions such as the Dali Museum, Tropicana Field, and the Museum of Fine Arts, there are also tons of things to do outside over the summer. For some fresh air and an experience unlike any other, check out these outdoor attractions around St. Petersburg.
Located in the Historic Old Northeast section of St. Petersburg, the Sunken Gardens contain four acres of botanical gardens that showcase both local and exotic plant life. Although the gardens were opened in 1903, they didn’t become popular until a local business owner built signs to advertise the attraction to tourists. In total, the park has over 50,000 tropical plants and flowers, cascading waterfalls, and walkways that guide you through the serene setting. Don’t forget to meander by some of the small ponds in the park that are home to hundreds of flamingos.
Admission is $10 for adults (ages 12-61), $8 for seniors (age 62+), and $4 for children (ages 2-11). Children under 2 are free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Nestled inside a courtyard and surrounded by St. Petersburg’s downtown skyscrapers, Jannus Live is the best music venue you’ve probably never visited. Founded in 1984, this 2,000-capacity concert venue plays host each summer to some of the top national and regional acts across all types of genres. The most infamous concert held here was a 1989 show by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which received so many noise complaints that the venue was almost closed for good.
Fortunately for you and other music lovers, Jannus continues to operate at 200 First Ave. N. with concerts almost every week. Some upcoming summer shows include Dashboard Confessional, Steel Panther, and a variety of tribute acts.
Fort De Soto Park
If the idea of being on a sparsely crowded beach with a drink in your hand appeals to you, head to Fort De Soto Park, just south of St. Pete Beach. Established in 1962, this 1,100-acre estate has some of the top-rated beaches in the country, thanks to white sands and crystal clear waters. On weekdays, the size of the park lends itself to almost total seclusion, and you’re free to sunbathe, take a dip, or have a few cocktails.
Before or after you’re done relaxing, check out the original fort that helped stave off invaders during the Spanish-American War. On certain days, you can catch a guided tour that outlines the history of the fort and its importance during the battle. Fishing, kayaking, and canoeing are also available at the park throughout the summer.
Admission to the park is $5 per vehicle. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. until dusk.
Whether you want to lounge around on a beach, get rowdy at a concert, or wander through a magical botanical garden, you’ll find it all in St. Petersburg.