Museum of Fine Arts#10 in Best Things To Do in St. Petersburg, FL
Discover 4,500 years of civilization in the Museum of Fine Arts, located in the heart of downtown. Highlights include masterpieces from Monet and Renoir, a sculpture garden and a Steuben glass gallery. The traveling exhibits and events, such as the Smartly Dressed Fashion Show and Stuffed Animal Night, make multiple visits to the museum worthwhile.
Travelers describe the museum as a hidden gem and recommend visiting on Thursday nights when admission is reduced. And many especially enjoyed the on-site cafe and live music. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.to 5 p.m., with extended hours to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for college students, members of the military and seniors, and $10 for children ages 7 to 18. For more information on the permanent collection and upcoming events, 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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