Chihuly Collection

#9 in Best Things To Do in St. Petersburg, FL
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400 Beach Dr NE

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Located on the waterfront, the permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly is displayed in a 10,000-square-foot building on Beach Drive. The entrance is dominated by the iconic 20-foot sculpture of cerise-colored rocks and the inside is brimming with intricate glass works. Pieces showcased in the building that are particular highlights include "Persians," "Tumbleweeds" and "Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier."

Recent visitors found the small museum stunning and highly recommend the glass-blowing demonstration. The demonstration is held at the Glass Studio & Hot Shop, located in the nearby Morean Arts Center. The studio also offers a 30-minute, one-on-one session with a demonstration artist where you can create your own masterpiece and view the collection for $19.95. Individual visits to the collection and gift shop cost $14.95 for adults.

The Chihuly Collection is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Morean Arts Center's official website.

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Spanning five small islands, the 1,136-acre Fort De Soto Park lies at the mouth of Tampa Bay and attracts more than 2.7 million visitors a year. The park features 7 miles of waterfront, two fishing piers, a 4-mile hiking and skating trail, picnic and camping grounds and a historic fort. Climb the stairs of the fort for a breathtaking view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, one of the world's longest cable-stayed concrete bridges. Then, stop by the Quartermaster Museum to learn more about the fort through historic photographs and Spanish-American War artifacts.

The park is also one of the best places in St. Petersburg to visit the beach. The popular North Beach is recognizable by the large pirate ship playground near its entrance and the myriad of seashells and white sand dollars along its sands. At the waterfront, travelers can also rent a canoe or kayak and navigate the 2-mile paddling trail or try fishing. Recent visitors raved about everything there is to enjoy at the park, especially the lengthy dog beach.

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