The Mahaffey Theater

#5 in Best Things To Do in St. Petersburg, FL
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400 1st Street South

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Entertainment and Nightlife Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.2

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  • 4.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, The Mahaffey Theater is a cultural jewel that seats up to 2,031 visitors. Top-quality national and international artists, such as the renowned Florida Orchestra, grace the theater’s stage. The chock-full calendar includes everything from the Clifford the Big Red Dog musical to the Shut Up and Laugh comedy event. Recent concertgoers raved about the seats at the theater, finding them all, including the least expensive ones, to be fantastic in terms of views and acoustics.

The Mahaffey offers on-site parking for $10 and a dinner delivery service, where you can order food from certain restaurants to be delivered before select shows and enjoy your meal in the plaza or atriums. Patrons should plan to arrive at least 45 minutes before showtime. Tickets vary in price depending on the event and seat. For more information on upcoming shows, visit the official website.       

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