Visit the New St. Pete Pier During Your St. Pete Clearwater Vacation

When you’re vacationing in St. Pete Clearwater, Florida, you’ll have plenty to see and do. Between the incredible beaches, the fresh seafood, the fascinating history, and the stunning nature, there’s a little something for every interest! When you’re in town, there’s one new attraction you just have to see: the new St. Pete Pier! It’s a perfect spot for the family to explore, and it’s located just minutes from our St. Pete rentals.

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Grand Opening 

The St. Pete Pier had its grand re-opening on July 6, 2020, so it’s only been welcoming guests for a couple of months so far. However, it’s already proving to be a favorite spot of locals and tourists alike. The 26-acre attraction is full of shops, restaurants, entertainment spaces, and more. 

There’s truly a little something for everyone here, so the entire family can spend the whole day exploring the Pier. You’ve got plenty of places to pick up your souvenirs or grab a bite to eat, all with a stunning view of the water. There are a splash pad and playground for your kids to run around, and you can visit the St. Petersburg Museum of History to learn a bit more about the area.

If you’re into nature and wildlife, the St. Pete Pier is an incredible stop. There’s a large fishing deck for you to cast your line and try for the big catch! You’ll also love the Discovery Center and Wet Classroom, where kids young and young at heart can explore Tampa Bay’s unique ecosystem in an entertaining and hands-on environment.

Directions & Parking

The St. Pete Pier is located at 600 2nd Avenue NE in St. Petersburg. The pier opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes at 11 p.m. Marketplace hours are Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 

If you’re driving in from I-275, take the I-375 exit. This road merges into 4th Avenue N. You’ll turn right on 4th Street N, travel two blocks, then turn left on 2nd Avenue N. Travel four blocks to reach the pier’s entrance. 

When you arrive, you can park at either the Pelican or Dolphin parking lots. The Pelican lot includes a tram stop and is located south of the Pavilion and Pier Plaza. The Dolphin lot is located north of the marketplace. You may also park in the metered street parking nearby or in one of several downtown parking garages and lots.

Food & Drinks

Once you’ve explored the pier, you’re bound to get hungry! Luckily, you’ve got several places to choose from. Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille serves up authentic Florida fare in an exciting and welcoming atmosphere. For an incredible lunch or dinner with an even better view, check out Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro.

Looking for a lighter, healthier meal? You might want to try Spa Beach Bistro, where you can dine in or grab a bite to-go from the café. The Driftwood Café is a walkup spot for you to get a quick treat or a delicious ice cream cone. For an elegant eating and drinking experience, Teak is an excellent option. Finally, get a drink at St. Pete’s premier rooftop lounge, Pier Teaki.

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Places to Stay

St. Pete Pier is a must-do when you’re in town, but when you’re done for the evening, you’ll need a comfortable and relaxing place to return to. Luckily, our rental properties are right nearby! We are proud to maintain rentals all throughout the area, including our popular Indian Shores rentals. Contact us today to learn more and to plan your getaway to St. Petersburg.