Day 4: St. Pete Day & Night

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Day 4: St. Pete Day & Night

After all that beach-bumming the time is nigh to inject a cool cosmopolitan vibe into your vacay. Next stop: St. Pete! You can haul an Uber or Lyft for the 40-minute ride to downtown St Pete. Or, if you don’t mind a slower pace, you could also catch the Suncoast Beach Trolley to St. Pete Beach, then connect to the Central Avenue Trolley to downtown St Pete.

It is brimming with superb restaurants, bars, boutiques, galleries, museums and local breweries with street art almost everywhere you turn.

Breakfast at Maple Street Breakfast Company (10 – 11:30am)

This place is all about comfort food (or shall we call it guilty pleasures?) and is so worthy of all its rave reviews. Think golden-brown succulent chicken, deliciously flaky biscuit that dissolves in your mouth, home-made jams and jellies and freshly roasted coffee from the local roastery. Throw in some fried green tomatoes and waffles, and you are all set. (Quite possibly with a slight food coma) Luckily, your next stop is just next-door! 

Visit the Chihuly Collection (11:30am – 12:30pm)

The totally captivating Chihuly Collection is a glass wonderland and makes for an immersive experience adding a memorable splash of color to your Clearwater Beach trip. We recommend starting out in the Theater, where you get to see how artists breathe life into glass – quite literally. Afterwards admire the sea creatures in the Sealife room and marvel at the out-of-this-world large-scale installations of the Macchia Forest. The Glasshouse and Garden also make for a nice walkthrough, mixing huge glass creations with real plants and flowers. Pass by the gift shop on the way out to pick something up for yourselves, and mom’s/dad’s/Bob’s/Sue’s birthday.

Check out the murals and try some local brews (12:30 – 2:30pm)

St. Pete Mural Map

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Depending on your hunger level, you could aim for a late lunch today and stroll west on Central Ave towards the edgy Edge District to catch some more awe-inspiring murals. Stop by Green Bench Brewing Company,  just a block away from Central Ave, for refreshments before you continue walking towards the Warehouse District. You’ll be spoiled for choice with street art and local breweries along the way, and we recommend 3 Daughters Brewing if you are in the mood for some boisterous, bold brews. 

Make a loop and turn back towards the Edge District for lunch  in direction Green Bench Brewing Company (either by foot, or jump on a trolley).

Grab lunch in the Edge District (2:30 – 3:45pm) 

Choose from two legendary food joints depending on your mood. Engine no. 9 possibly have the best burgers in town with a mouthwatering selection of juicy meats with irresistibly tongue in-cheek names. 

The award-winning Bodega packs more of a Cuban punch with something for everyone – to be washed down with their home-made thirst quenching juices. After food, jump on the trolley toward the waterfront, which stops right outside the Dalí Musem at the Bank of America high-rise.

Dally around the Dalí Museum (4 – 6:30pm*) 

[*Open 10am – 6pm on Sun-Weds & 10am – 9pm on Thur – Sat.]

Redeveloped in 2011, the striking concrete and glass Dalí’s Museum is hurricane-proof and kind of looks like two totally different structures have collided. Well inside, your eyes are immediately drawn to the spiraling staircase and pillar. The museum offers a comprehensive look at the artist’s eclectic work, which you can easily spend a few good hours to explore. Outside, the garden offers a nice little break with views over the marina along with the fascinating melting bench with its melting clock (which looks like its straight out of Alice in Wonderland!) 

Explore the Marina and Pier (6:30 – 7pm)

Next, walk over to St. Pete Pier. (It is only a 0.7-mile walk.) On your way to the pier, stop by the large fountain for a snap, then continue strolling along Bayshore Drive to enjoy the marina views with fishing boats bopping in the water and take in the awesome Floridian vibe. Continue out on the Pier for some amazing vistas. 

Rooftop drinks at The Canopy, The Birchwood (78:30)

Just a 5-minute stroll away, along Beach Drive North East Street, you’ll find swanky The Canopy rooftop perched in an advantageous position atop The Birchwood. It is the perfect place to retire for a drink after a day exploring downtown St. Pete, as the day turns to night in front of your eyes. 

Fine Dining & Lounging at Tryst Gastro Lounge (8:30 – end)

The award-winning Tryst Gastro is truly a destination on its own, offering a mouthwatering, creative menu of farm-to-table freshness and carefully handcrafted cocktails in an upscale environment. (If you manage to visit on a Wednesday, you and your gang can take advantage of their generous ladies’ night offers!) These guys are open until 2am most days, making it the ideal to cap off the day.

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madisonavenue
madisonavenue
14. January, 2021.
Relax a little Wonderful way to relax and enjoy the sun, surf and sand. The air is clean and fresh and people seem nice!
The Bis
The Bis
13. January, 2021.
Clearwater memories Super nice beach, I personally like to stay by Pier 60. Totally worth spending the day at the beach. Parking right at pier 60 by hour, or valet park at the hotels off Cornado (Hyatt, Springhill, and Residence Inn for less than $20 for day) You literally walk across to beach and Pier 60 area is right there. Many shops off the beach area that are worth browsing as well as local bars and restaurants Easy to get to , straight shot from Tampa airport, over the bridge and your there!
Nat C
Nat C
7. January, 2021.
Worth the parking wait What a gorgeous beach. Powder white sand. Plenty of space. Nice waves. Parking is a challenge. Parking is sporadic and hard to find.
Prizzis
Prizzis
7. January, 2021.
Endless beach An immense, wide beach where you can walk for hours or even days. It is lined with the dense row of big hotels, though.
Teresa K
Teresa K
4. January, 2021.
Clearwater Beach Beach was very nice. If you don’t have your own chairs you can rent some. There’s a lot of seagulls around . Be careful if you want to eat chips or anything they will surround you. Besides that you will be satisfied with the area.
Michael R
Michael R
3. January, 2021.
Very nice place First time here and i must say this is a very nice beach, i have no complaints and anyone planning to come to clearwater should definitely do so. I highly recommend ????
circlemfarms
circlemfarms
3. January, 2021.
Nice!! Simple review.. Crowded so show up early to park and get a spot.. But very worth at least a day or two of any vacation! Clean.. have to give Clearwater credit.. it was super clean!!
OKY M
OKY M
2. January, 2021.
Plage ???? tres belles ! La Plage est facile d’accès et très belle ! Le sable blanc magnifique! C est une grande plage idéale avec les enfants
Sandrinna8
Sandrinna8
1. January, 2021.
Clearwater beach review The sand is super soft it does not stick to the skin the water is very clear and cold the beach is very clean and organized.