Tropicana Field#6 in Best Things To Do in St. Petersburg, FL
Located a few blocks from downtown St. Petersburg, Tropicana Field is the only professional sports facility that features a tank full of cownose rays. Thanks to a partnership with the Florida Aquarium, visitors can touch, feed and interact with more than 30 stingrays throughout a game. The dome-covered baseball stadium also features the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame. Admission is free to fans attending Tampa Bay Rays home games. And if you’d rather explore the facilities than attend a game, check the schedule and take a 90-minute tour. Highlights include the field, dugout, press box, tank and museum. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for children.
Recent visitors found the air-conditioned stadium to be a nice break from the stifling Florida heat and humidity. When the weather is too hot for the beach, a Rays baseball game is a good alternative. Ticket prices for baseball games vary depending on the time of year, the opponent and the seat location. For more information on upcoming games, visit Tropicana Field'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.