As SATURN 2012 approaches, look past the conference venue for a number of exciting things to do and see in St. Petersburg, Florida during your stay. Here is our take on the Top 5 Ways to Experience St. Pete:
1. Peek Out From the Pier
The St. Petersburg Pier, a five-story inverted pyramid 3000 feet from the water’s edge, houses specialty shops, bars and restaurants, and the Pier Aquarium. Rent a bike at Wheel Fun Rentals and glide past palm trees and docked sailboats. Dive into the water for dolphin cruises, fishing, and boat rentals, or hang out on the Pier for live music on Sundays from 1pm-4pm.
2. Discover Art with Abandon
Overlooking the Bay, the Dali Museum boasts the world’s most comprehensive collection of the surrealist’s work. You can also browse fine art and craft in inspiring galleries along scenic Beach Drive and Central Ave, highlights including the Florida Craftsmen’s Guild’s gallery and the Morean Arts Center. On the second Saturday of each month (including May 12) more than two dozen galleries open their doors for the “Second Saturday Gallery Walk,” giving visitors a peek at new collections and a chance to meet the artists behind the work.
3. Unwind on the Water
A short drive south from the Hilton, Fort de Soto Beach is rated Trip Advisor’s #1 beach in America and its white sands extend 6 miles down the coast. The 1200-acre Fort de Soto Park is a day’s worth of relaxation and exploration with picnic areas, fishing piers, and 7 miles of nature trails. Or, float through the water without getting wet – at the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina you can enjoy the calm bay waters at the helm of your own sailboat or motorboat, or hop on one of the many chartered day cruises for a waterside view of the St. Petersburg and Tampa coasts.
4. Explore Sunken Gardens
St. Petersburg’s oldest “living museum,” the Sunken Gardens are an afternoon’s escape from city hustle and bustle, with 50,000 tropical plants and flowers interspersed with cascading waterfalls. Wander on winding paths, or take a yoga or hoop dancing class in the middle of this botanical paradise.
5. Jam at Jannus Live and the Mahaffey Theatre
Soak up music, theatre, and comedy in some of St. Pete’s top entertainment venues. Jannus Live is an outdoor concert hall with rustic charm provided by stucco walls and a background of swaying palm trees. At the Mahaffey Theatre, home to the Florida Orchestra, you can enjoy a Broadway play, dance performances, or a comedy tour. Be sure to look into schedules and tickets for these popular venues ahead of time.
You can still register by April 9 to take advantage of early-bird savings, which include $250 off the regular full-conference rate. See you in St. Pete!