St. Petersburg – Things to do with your Team

You might have already known that Florida’s nickname is “The Sunshine State”, but if your team is heading to St. Petersburg for a tournament you will be doubling up on sun.  Located in The Sunshine State is “The Sunshine City”.  St. Petersburg has been awarded this nickname because it holds the Guinness world record of having the most consecutive days of sunshine at 768!  Remember to bring your sunscreen and a hat and work on your tan while exploring all that St. Petersburg has to offer.

Fort De Soto Park

Florida is a state famous for its white, sandy beaches; it only makes sense that you spend some time at one.  Voted the number one beach in the United States, Fort De Soto Park is less than a half hour away from downtown St. Petersburg.  You won’t be able to resist lounging in the soft, warm, white sand or splash around in the bright, blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  The park’s three miles of beaches are meticulously maintained so regardless of what part of the beach you end up at, it will be pristine.  Make a day out of it and bring a bagged lunch and eat on the beach or one of the park’s 15 picnic areas.  After stopping at Fort De Soto Park, your team won’t want to leave because of the outstanding beach.  You might just have to visit more than once during your trip. 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715

Sawgrass Lake Park

A little less beach and a little more nature, Sawgrass Lake Park gives your team the opportunity to observe some of Florida’s wildlife in their natural habitat.  Venture on the mile long boardwalk and keep your eyes peeled because what you find might surprise you.  Winding throughout the park are thickets of trees, canals, and lakes, all teeming with animals.  Perhaps you will spot an elegant heron or fluttering butterfly, or maybe encounter something of the coldblooded variety like an alligator or turtle.  A boardwalk isn’t all Sawgrass Lake Park has to offer; check out their observation tower and education center to learn more about the park and the animals that inhabit it.  A picnic area is provided for relaxation and eating. 7400 25th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702

St. Petersburg College Planetarium and Observatory

Take a trip through time and space and engross yourself in traveling among the constellations.  Explore the night’s sky from the comfort of your seat.  St. Petersburg College Planetarium and Observatory gives you the chance to view bright stars and revolving planets closer than you ever thought imaginable.  Depending on the time of year you visit, the planetarium will have one of three shows playing on their 24ft domed ceiling: Stars of the Summer, Legends of the Fall, or Yuletide Skies.  Try and get there Friday night if you can because the planetarium offers two free showings.  Because the auditorium only seats 46, it is advised you call ahead if planning to bring a large group.  Their observatory is also open to the public.  Here you can look through a reflecting telescope and gaze at real stars and planets. 6605 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Tropicana Field

Home of the Tampa Bay Rays, Tropicana Field is located right in St. Petersburg.  You may think that a major league baseball game is out of the price range, but you’d be surprised.  The stadium has a lot of seating options that are quite affordable for your team.  This is one event they won’t forget for a long time.  Group tickets are the best option if you are bringing 20 or more people to the game.  Tropicana Field requires you call ahead if requesting group tickets to assure they can accommodate you. 1 Tropicana Dr, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

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Ten Pin Lanes

Even though St. Petersburg is the Sunshine City, Florida weather is fickle and at some point in the day it will most likely rain.  Ten Pin Lanes is a perfect place to wait out the storm and have some fun while doing it.  A brightly lit regular bowling alley by day and a glowing, music filled one by night, Ten Pin Lanes will bring some guaranteed joy to your team on a rainy or sunny day alike.  The prices are extremely cheap for a bowling alley, and their staff is attentive and excellent at what they do.  Stop in for a few games, some great food, and some good times at Ten Pin Lanes. 1453 Pasadena Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33707

Tyrone Square Mall

Another smart spot to find refuge from the rain or a place to go if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, Tyrone Square Mall has over 110 stores your team can shop at to pass the time.  A cool place to check out is PlayLive Nation.  This social gaming lounge is stocked with the newest games for your team to play.  The mall has plenty of other stores and food options that everyone will want to visit.  Separate restaurants like Red Robin or Ruby Tuesday are available, or you can head to the food court for something a little quicker. 6901 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Cobb Tyrone Luxury Theatres

Chances are, at the end of a long day you and your team are going to be fairly tired.  If there’s still some time before you plan on hitting the hay, a movie could be just the nonstrenuous activity you are looking for.  Cobb Tyrone Luxury Theatres is the premiere movie theater in St. Petersburg; it has luxury in its name for crying out loud!  Unfurl in one of the theater’s reclining seats and enjoy the show.  Typically, 10 movies are running at Cobb, giving the team a lot of options.  The concession selection is above average for the movies and a restaurant is attached, so you have even more alternatives for a great meal. 2998 Tyrone Blvd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Outerlife Studios

Have you always wanted to be the hero?  Outerlife Studios has you covered.  An escape room for ages 12 and up, Outerlife Studios immerses you into a high stakes, explosive situation.  Its themed room, Disarm, locks you in an apartment with a bomb, armed to explode.  It seems you cannot escape the locked apartment.  That means the only way you will get out alive is to disarm the bomb.  Find clues to help you figure out how to deactivate the bomb before it’s too late. 1942 2nd Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

A beautiful city situated right on Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg is home to some spectacular beaches.  Some might be able to spend their entire trip relaxing on the coastline, but St. Petersburg has too many exciting things to do for you to spend the whole time at the beach.  Your team will make some great memories when visiting.