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A signature icon for downtown St. Pete, the St. Pete Pier is now the anchor of the highly anticipated St. Pete Pier District which spreads out along 26 acres of Tampa Bay waterfront. Filled with green spaces, eateries and activities, the St. Pete Pier is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

The St. Pete Pier operates 30 minutes before sunrise and closes at 11 p.m. The marketplace hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The pier has 500 parking spots as well as extensive bike parking and access via the Downtown Looper and Central Avenue Trolley. There is a tram that runs back and forth along the pier with four stops throughout. paved wide paved paths make the pier accessible for all.

Families will enjoy the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center with unique interactive exhibits that educate about Tampa Bay's unique ecosystem in a hands-on fashion. Then, the splash pad is the perfect spot for kiddies to play and cool-off on a hot summer day. Enjoy the pavilion next-door and load up on snacks and cold drinks, or head to Spa Beach for some toes in the sand fun without having to leave the pier.

If you have an appetite there's plenty of restaurants to savor. Pier Point restaurants include the fine dining eatery Teak, a more laid back and tropical tiki bar Pier Teaki and the Driftwood cafe. All three are on different levels of the Pier Point at the very end of the pier and all have amazing views of Tampa Bay and the city as you feast. But those aren't the only options, Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille is the place most apt to find a party!

The Pier has several other fun activities for all visitors to enjoy. Fisherman have numerous spots along the structure to throw out a line and see what's biting. Be sure to also purchase a souvenir at the Marketplace, with has an array of independent vendors selling artwork. There's also several other playgrounds, art installations and picnic areas you'll want to check out!

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ExPIERience the New $92 Million St. Pete Pier District on St. Pete's Beautiful Bayfront

The St. Pete Pier was recently named the #2 new attraction in the country by USA Today. Come explore its 26 acres of sparkling Tampa Bay waterfront! Visitors will find waterfront restaurants, interactive areas for families, a marketplace of local artisans and vendors, a fishing deck, stunning public art and much more. Even more exciting: You can exPIERience almost all of it for free.

Things to Do at the St. Pete Pier

Touted as the Southeast's largest waterfront playground, the St. Pete Pier District offers plenty to do - and so much room to roam in its beautiful public green spaces. Swim, stroll or read a book at Spa Beach. Walk, bike or rollerblade along the waterfront and enjoy great views of the marina and city skyline. Shop for local goods at The Marketplace. Let the kids try for a big catch at the fishing deck, or spend time at the family playground and splash pad. There's even a totally cool tilted lawn that your little ones (and maybe you) are going to want to roll down. And don't miss "Bending Arc," an enormous net sculpture created by world-renowned artist (and Tampa Bay native) Janet Echelman. Tip: At night, the sculpture is even more dramatic.

Local Artisan Marketplace at the Pier

If you're looking for a great momento of your visit, local artisans and vendors will sell St. Pete-made goods at shaded stalls and market-style tents. Look for them Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

The St. Pete Pier was recently named the #2 new attraction in the country by USA Today.

ExPIERience the New $92 Million St. Pete Pier on St. Pete's Beautiful Bayfront

The St. Pete Pier was recently named the #2 new attraction in the country by USA Today. Come explore its 26 acres of sparkling Tampa Bay waterfront! Visitors will find waterfront restaurants, interactive areas for families, a marketplace of local artisans and vendors, a fishing deck, stunning public art and much more. Even more exciting: You can exPIERience almost all of it for free.

St. Pete Pier Parking & Transportation

Two parking lots are available for guests at the St. Pete Pier (the large Pelican lot is found south of the Pier Plaza and Pavilion, and the Dolphin lot is north of the Marketplace). Limited metered street parking is available near the Pier complex and there are several downtown parking garages within walking distance. In addition, there are trams to help move visitors around, with stops near the Pelican lot, the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center and at the Pier itself. As you explore, look for message boards with maps and other information.

Where to Park

Waterfront Dining at the St. Pete Pier

Love waterfront dining? This is your place! The St. Pete Pier District offers several restaurants with expansive views of Tampa Bay. From fresh seafood to casual fare, tropical drinks and ice cream treats, there's a restaurant at the St. Pete Pier for whatever you're hungry for.

Enjoy St. Pete Pier Dining

The Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center

One of the most exciting attractions at the new St. Pete Pier is the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center, which offers visitors a chance to learn about the Tampa Bay estuary, the largest in Florida. Inside the center's expansive glass walls and at an outdoor "wet classroom," guests will find interactive exhibits, live marine habitats, tours and video presentations. Kids will love this hands-on experience!

Brand New: The Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center recently launched M/V Discovery, its brand new 45’ Eco-Vessel which offers on-the-water Eco-tours and educational field trips daily on Tampa Bay. These 75-minute long tours explore Tampa Bay’s history and the marine life found in and above the bay. Activities include a fisheries trawl, water quality sampling, dolphin identification, bird spotting, and visits to seagrass beds and mangrove shorelines.

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