Nature parks and public art coupled with the shore and surf make St. Pete/Clearwater a destination for being outside.
Where there are incredible beaches (including Clearwater Beach, TripAdvisor’s top U.S. beach for two years in a row), there are great outdoor adventures, and St. Pete/Clearwater – ideally located on the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay – is no exception. Everything from serene discoveries to high-octane fun is possible. Explore Florida’s wild side in a mangrove-lined island preserve, take an urban adventure on two wheels, and hit the surf in a way you won’t forget. These are just a few outdoor activities in this beach-centered region.
Scenic Wildlife Escapes
Florida has a wild side and it’s closer than you think. Located just 15 minutes from downtown St. Pete, Weedon Island Preserve is made up of a low-lying peninsula and surrounding smaller islands, creating an expansive natural area with waterways, trails and even history to discover. Rent a kayak from an on-site outfitter to paddle the shores and mangrove tunnels, keeping an eye out for dolphins and manatees, as well as large wading birds, including reddish egret, roseate spoonbills and white ibis.
On land, hike trails through lush flora. The preserve’s interpretive trail is full of local knowledge on the native plants and animals. Accessible boardwalks extend through tidal flats and mangrove forests – important ecosystems that are teeming with life. Walk out over the water on the fishing pier, or climb the 14-meter observation tower and take in a stunning view. On a clear day, the entirety of the preserve, Tampa Bay and St. Pete are visible from the platform.
A peaceful afternoon kayak trip at Weedon Island Preserve
Downtown Explorations by Bike
Downtown St. Pete is the cultural heart of the region with something to see and do around every corner. Get an inside look at these buzzing streets on a Pedego Electric Bike tour, and get to know downtown’s eclectic art scene. Take advantage of the warm weather and soak in scenic urban views, while learning about the murals that dot the Central Arts District, a veritable feast for the eyes. Round out your experience with big and bold attractions, like the Dalí Museum and the Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center. But don’t miss out on local shops and restaurants, where you’ll find the real hidden treasures of downtown.
Touring the colorful murals of downtown St. Pete on Pedego Electric Bikes
Speed Boat Adventures
When you’re ready to get out on the Gulf of Mexico and coastal waters of St. Pete/Clearwater, search local marinas for a tour that fits your style, from high-octane boat tours and offshore fishing charters, to family-friendly eco-tours and sunset cruises. From St. Pete Beach, take off at top speeds and captain your own vessel with Speed Boat Adventures. Cruise through open waters and narrow passages, feel the wind on your face and look out for local wildlife. You might just see dolphins playing in the waves. A skilled guide leads the way and helps you navigate the waterways via radio communication, enriching each excursion with local history and pointing out landmarks and wildlife.
Zipping around the inland waterways of St. Pete Beach
The St. Pete/Clearwater area is served by two international airports, St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA). These gateways to paradise feature services from more than 30 airlines, competitive rates and efficient facilities packed with amenities.