In Downtown St. Petersburg is the world-famous Dalí Museum, boasting the most comprehensive collection of the Spanish surrealist's works outside of Spain. The fact that the second largest collection of Dali's work is to be found in Florida is surreal in itself!
Fort de Soto Park
Spread over five small islands where a ruined American-Spanish War-era castle looms large out of the sands, this is somewhere you'll want to come back to. Here are just a few of the highlights: hiking and skating trails; a kids' playground (as if the fort wasn't enough!); kayaking through mangrove channels; pristine beaches; I could go on...
Go Shell Collecting
Take the short ferry trip over to unspoilt Shell Island, a sanctuary for nesting, migrating and wintering birds. Relax on the spotless white sand and let your mind drift, while the waves lap at your toes; or stroll along the shoreline, searching for beautiful shells to collect and dolphins at play out in the water.
Play a round
There are some spectacular golf courses in and around St.Pete/Clearwater, so you'll have no excuse for letting your swing lose its mojo. The Mangrove Bay Golf Course is one of the top fifty municipal courses in the US, and you can even rent a set of clubs to get you round.
Take the trolley
You can ride the Suncoast Beach Trolley all the way from Pass-a-Grille in the south up to the beautiful beaches of Clearwater. The bus travels along Gulf Boulevard, with panoramic views over the ocean, and stops at a multitude of places along the way. It's the perfect way to explore this stunning area.