Jen and Jim's Guidebook

Jen
Jen and Jim's Guidebook

Sightseeing

Beautiful museum, inside and out. The audio guides allow you to navigate the art in any order you choose. Grab a bit there or any nearby downtown restaurants.
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The Dalí (Salvador Dalí Museum)
1 Dali Boulevard
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Beautiful museum, inside and out. The audio guides allow you to navigate the art in any order you choose. Grab a bit there or any nearby downtown restaurants.
Beautiful location in Vinoy Park and at the entrance of our new St. Pete Pier (opening June 2020). Great artwork and gorgeous surroundings. Tons of places to eat/drink on beach drive, or just hang out under the banyan trees in the park.
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Museum of Fine Arts
255 Beach Drive Northeast
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Beautiful location in Vinoy Park and at the entrance of our new St. Pete Pier (opening June 2020). Great artwork and gorgeous surroundings. Tons of places to eat/drink on beach drive, or just hang out under the banyan trees in the park.
Take a nice, relaxing stroll through some pretty FL nature. Usually a very cheap Groupon ticket deal.
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Sunken Gardens
1825 4th Street North
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Take a nice, relaxing stroll through some pretty FL nature. Usually a very cheap Groupon ticket deal.
Just plain cool and on Central Ave, so many nearby places to hang out, eat and drink.
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Chihuly Collection
720 Central Avenue
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Just plain cool and on Central Ave, so many nearby places to hang out, eat and drink.
Probably our favorite beach to relax.
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Treasure Island Beach
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Probably our favorite beach to relax.
Not super close (1.5 hrs away), but a very memorable kayaking experience.
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Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
6131 Commercial Way
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Not super close (1.5 hrs away), but a very memorable kayaking experience.
This has been rated #1 best beach by Trip Advisor. And it is fantastic, but be warned if you're looking to just relax and check out by the sea, this is not your beach. It is huge tourism and not the easiest to get to or park.
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Clearwater Beach
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This has been rated #1 best beach by Trip Advisor. And it is fantastic, but be warned if you're looking to just relax and check out by the sea, this is not your beach. It is huge tourism and not the easiest to get to or park.
Old school bowling alley - very close to our home.
Sunrise Lanes
6393 9th St N
Old school bowling alley - very close to our home.
Excellent, small venue for super talented performers. We love it because there's really no bad seat in the house.
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Ruth Eckerd Hall
1111 North McMullen Booth Road
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Excellent, small venue for super talented performers. We love it because there's really no bad seat in the house.

Food scene

Love this local chain, also one on St. Pete beach. Killer views, comfortable outdoor seating and excellent food.
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Caddy's
3128 Beach Blvd S
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Love this local chain, also one on St. Pete beach. Killer views, comfortable outdoor seating and excellent food.
Amazing food, downtown, killer ambience (indoor and outdoor options), affordable and stellar margaritas.
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Red Mesa Cantina
128 3rd Street South
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Amazing food, downtown, killer ambience (indoor and outdoor options), affordable and stellar margaritas.
A casual eatery that is very close to our home. Simple, fast, great drink specials.
Salty J's
5625 4th Street North
A casual eatery that is very close to our home. Simple, fast, great drink specials.
A bit pricey, but fantastic food and drinks, happy hour specials and great service. Very close to our house.
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Noble Crust Of St. Petersburg
8300 4th St N
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A bit pricey, but fantastic food and drinks, happy hour specials and great service. Very close to our house.
It's all about the ambiance. Right on Tampa Bay and only a few minutes from our house. Usually packed on the weekends as a local hangout, live music, awesome bloody marys and pretty good food (tuna nachos). A perfect tourist experience. Sometimes we take our boat there for Sunday brunch.
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The Getaway
13090 Gandy Blvd N
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It's all about the ambiance. Right on Tampa Bay and only a few minutes from our house. Usually packed on the weekends as a local hangout, live music, awesome bloody marys and pretty good food (tuna nachos). A perfect tourist experience. Sometimes we take our boat there for Sunday brunch.
Beautiful views, awesome happy hours (Thursdays are ladies night), great island-style food and excellent service. We love this place, oftentimes boat to it, and the nearby Salt Shack is very impressive. Try one or both!
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Hula Bay Club
5210 West Tyson Avenue
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Beautiful views, awesome happy hours (Thursdays are ladies night), great island-style food and excellent service. We love this place, oftentimes boat to it, and the nearby Salt Shack is very impressive. Try one or both!
YUM, YUM, YUM! This is by far one of Jen's favorites. If you love ceviche, tapas and Sangria you'll never forget, then you must try Ceviches. Indoor and outdoor seating and a super cool speak-easy style bar beneath the restaurant, usually with live music (jazz or latin). Perfectly located in downtown and not far from the house. Highly recommend for our foodie guests and a very nice date night.
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Ceviche Tapas St. Pete
10 Beach Drive Northeast
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YUM, YUM, YUM! This is by far one of Jen's favorites. If you love ceviche, tapas and Sangria you'll never forget, then you must try Ceviches. Indoor and outdoor seating and a super cool speak-easy style bar beneath the restaurant, usually with live music (jazz or latin). Perfectly located in downtown and not far from the house. Highly recommend for our foodie guests and a very nice date night.
By far, one of our favorite seafood joints. Very casual with indoor and outdoor seating. It's simple, it's affordable and it's super fresh and delicious. Great happy hour pricing as well. We go here often and tend to take our out-of-town family and friends at least once during their visit. There are a few other fancier seafood restaurants out near the beach (Leverock's, Salt Rock Grill (grilled crablegs!), but for convenience, location and excellent food, CC is a go to.
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Casual Clam Seafood Bar & Grill
3336 Dr Martin Luther King Jr St N
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By far, one of our favorite seafood joints. Very casual with indoor and outdoor seating. It's simple, it's affordable and it's super fresh and delicious. Great happy hour pricing as well. We go here often and tend to take our out-of-town family and friends at least once during their visit. There are a few other fancier seafood restaurants out near the beach (Leverock's, Salt Rock Grill (grilled crablegs!), but for convenience, location and excellent food, CC is a go to.
Super good German food (huge pretzels) and beers. Live music and if you order the right shot, you'll get a spankin' from the waitress!
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Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg
123 4th St S
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Super good German food (huge pretzels) and beers. Live music and if you order the right shot, you'll get a spankin' from the waitress!
Feeling lucky? This hard rock has grown immensely over the past couple of years and is a mecca for fine dining and fun times. About 30-40 minutes away.
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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
5223 Orient Road
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Feeling lucky? This hard rock has grown immensely over the past couple of years and is a mecca for fine dining and fun times. About 30-40 minutes away.
One of our favorites! In a typical FL strip mall on a busy street, but the food is soooo fresh and amazing (and affordable).
Ha Long Bay Restaurant
5944 34th Street North
One of our favorites! In a typical FL strip mall on a busy street, but the food is soooo fresh and amazing (and affordable).
Classic St. Pete! Likely the BEST grouper sandwich ever made. Cool, old-school patio style outdoor seating and very sweet wait staff.
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The Chattaway
358 22nd Avenue South
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Classic St. Pete! Likely the BEST grouper sandwich ever made. Cool, old-school patio style outdoor seating and very sweet wait staff.
#1 burger in the world! A super simple, very casual joint that has other food too, but seriously, if you leave St. Pete without putting one of these burgers in your belly, you're FOMO is going to be very hard to deal with.
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El Cap Restaurant
3500 4th Street North
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#1 burger in the world! A super simple, very casual joint that has other food too, but seriously, if you leave St. Pete without putting one of these burgers in your belly, you're FOMO is going to be very hard to deal with.
Solid, nearby breakfast joint. Simple and casual, but great weekend breakfasts that sometimes change out. You'll see the locals bellied up at the bar as early as 9 am.
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Harvey's 4th Street Grill
3121 4th St N
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Solid, nearby breakfast joint. Simple and casual, but great weekend breakfasts that sometimes change out. You'll see the locals bellied up at the bar as early as 9 am.

Breweries

Excellent beer and hard seltzers. Super fun event space and bar, often with live music (including our son's band) and yoga classes on Wednesdays.
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3 Daughters Brewing
222 22nd Street South
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Excellent beer and hard seltzers. Super fun event space and bar, often with live music (including our son's band) and yoga classes on Wednesdays.
Very fun, creative and collaborative beers. You could walk to about 6 breweries from this location.
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Cycle Brewing
534 Central Avenue
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Very fun, creative and collaborative beers. You could walk to about 6 breweries from this location.
Solid IPAs and other brews. Often food trucks and live music. Excellent outdoor venue.
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Cage Brewing
2001 1st Ave S
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Solid IPAs and other brews. Often food trucks and live music. Excellent outdoor venue.
Superb space! Jen's not the hugest fan of their beers, but the locals love this place. Lots of music and other events happening all the time.
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Green Bench Brewing Company
1133 Baum Avenue North
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Superb space! Jen's not the hugest fan of their beers, but the locals love this place. Lots of music and other events happening all the time.
It's more of a restaurant, with great food, but I put it in the brewery category b/c there's a beer wall you can sample all kinds of craft brews. Convenient downtown location. Great for watching sports with lots of tvs.
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Oak & Stone Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701
199 Central Ave
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It's more of a restaurant, with great food, but I put it in the brewery category b/c there's a beer wall you can sample all kinds of craft brews. Convenient downtown location. Great for watching sports with lots of tvs.

Bar scene

Super fun beach bar! Music, volleyball, bikinis, strong drinks...
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The Toasted Monkey
6110 Gulf Boulevard
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Super fun beach bar! Music, volleyball, bikinis, strong drinks...
Like a smokey dive bar? Slizzy's has you covered. They also have stellar chicken wings, super stiff and cheap drinks and plenty of darts, pool tables and games. Just a few blocks away too!
Slizzy McGee's
6201 12th Street North
Like a smokey dive bar? Slizzy's has you covered. They also have stellar chicken wings, super stiff and cheap drinks and plenty of darts, pool tables and games. Just a few blocks away too!

Neighborhoods

This is our 'hood. It's pretty quiet and full of water-loving folks. The park behind us is perfect for a nice stroll and an outdoor exercise gym. Very zen to walk along the side of the canal. We love this area because it's easy to get to Tampa via Gandy or Howard Frankland or go South over the Skyway bridge to Brandenton and Sarasota.
Riviera Bay
This is our 'hood. It's pretty quiet and full of water-loving folks. The park behind us is perfect for a nice stroll and an outdoor exercise gym. Very zen to walk along the side of the canal. We love this area because it's easy to get to Tampa via Gandy or Howard Frankland or go South over the Skyway bridge to Brandenton and Sarasota.
This is where the action is at! And growing by the second. While St. Pete used to known as a sleepy, retiree town, the median age is now 41 and we feel old when going to DTSP. So many amazing restaurants, breweries, bars etc. Lots of unique shops and things to gaze at. Take a $12 uber ride from our house and spend an entire day/evening checking it out. Maybe your a baseball fan and want to check out the Tropicana Field - home of the Rays. Pretty interesting watching a game inside an air-conditioned dome that also has a stingray petting tank.
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Downtown
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This is where the action is at! And growing by the second. While St. Pete used to known as a sleepy, retiree town, the median age is now 41 and we feel old when going to DTSP. So many amazing restaurants, breweries, bars etc. Lots of unique shops and things to gaze at. Take a $12 uber ride from our house and spend an entire day/evening checking it out. Maybe your a baseball fan and want to check out the Tropicana Field - home of the Rays. Pretty interesting watching a game inside an air-conditioned dome that also has a stingray petting tank.

Shopping

A sizable, upscale mall, not too far over the bridge - near Tampa airport. Lots of fun restaurants and an Apple store (for when you drop your phone in our hot tub!)
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International Plaza and Bay Street
2223 N Westshore Blvd
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A sizable, upscale mall, not too far over the bridge - near Tampa airport. Lots of fun restaurants and an Apple store (for when you drop your phone in our hot tub!)