Treasure Bay Resort and Marina is one of the top St Pete beach hotels and is in the perfect location to soak up all that Treasure Island and St Pete have to offer vacationers. Hotels on Treasure Island are a great place to relax and soak up the Florida sun, but nearby by St. Petersburg, affectionately referred to as St. Pete, is the perfect destination for a fun and exciting day trip away from Treasure Island beach. While staying at Treasure Bay Resort and Marina, one of the premiere St Pete beach hotels, do yourself a favor and spend some time in St. Petersburg proper. Wondering what to do? Check out the following destinations that crack TripAdvisor’s list of top attractions in St. Petersburg to have one of the best Florida vacations ever.
Soak up Some Culture in one of St. Pete’s Many Museums
St. Petersburg is home to a perhaps surprising amount of worldclass museums all worth a visit. If you are trying to take a break from being outside and lounging on the beach by your hotels on Treasure Island, a museum visit may be in order. From inspirational art at The Salvador Dali Museum, Morean Arts Center, and Museum of Fine Arts to the haunting history at the Florida Holocaust Museum and more, there is a museum for everyone in St. Petersburg.
Marvel at the Beauty of the Tropics at Sunken Gardens
Most of your time on Treasure Island Beach will likely be spent, you guessed it, hanging out on the beach. Perhaps the best break from this is to wander the botanical wonderland of Sunken Gardens. This century old garden has some of the oldest tropical plants in the area, beautiful waterfalls, peaceful trails, and provides the perfect shaded escape from the hot Florida sun. Sunken Gardens is always hosting or putting on special events as well, so be sure to check their website to see if there is anything special in store during your visit.
Soak up the Beauty of Florida’s Natural Landscape
For another drastic change from the beaches near your St Pete beach hotels, pay a visit to the 400-acre Sawgrass Lake Park. This park is home to one of the largest maple swamps in Florida and has been recognized as a premiere destination for bird watchers as thousands migrate through the park in the fall and spring. Even if you’re not a birder, this park is the perfect place to reconnect with the natural world around you.
While many of the best Florida vacations include lazing around on the beach, they can be so much more than that. All it takes is one visit to St. Petersburg to realize that The Sunshine State has so much more to offer than just sunshine! Less than a thirty minute drive from Treasure Bay Resort and Marina and other hotels on Treasure Island, St. Pete is well worth a day trip!