Dalí Museum#3 in Best Things To Do in St. Petersburg, FL
The waterfront Dalí Museum holds the largest collection of Salvador Dalí's works outside of Spain. The building is just as impressive as the masterpieces displayed inside. One of the architectural elements is called the "Glass Enigma" — it's composed of 1,062 glass triangles that are visible from the outside. On the inside, a free-standing spiral staircase dominates the entrance. Architect Yann Weymouth had the staircase tested for strength by having two rugby teams dance on it to disco music. The museum also features a labyrinth and the Fountain of Youth.
On free hourlong tours, visitors can admire surrealism art of all kind, everything from watercolors to sculptures. Highlights include "Eggs on a Plate without the Plate" and "The Hallucinogenic Toreador." Recent travelers found the building as artistic and strange as Dalí himself, adding that it made the experience enjoyable for children and those not particularly interested in art. Admission is $24 for adults, $17 for teens and $10 for children. The Dalí Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays. For more information on hours and exhibits, visit the museum's official website.
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#1 Fort De Soto Park
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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