Two men and two women relax in colorful adirondack chairs on Spa Beach with the bay and the St. Pete Pier behind them

Spa Beach is a great spot to relax by Tampa Bay, with views of the St. Pete Pier.

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The St. Pete Pier District

It's time to experience the beautiful $92 million St. Pete Pier District on St. Pete's sparkling 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 experience almost all of it for free.

What's There 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 artwork and goods at shaded stall and market-style tents at The Marketplace (open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.).

Let the kids try for a big catch at the fishing deck, relax at the family park and picnic area, or spend time at the 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.

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

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! 

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 sunset tours 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. Buy tickets here.

If you're at the Pier after dark, don't miss Bending Arc, an enormous net sculpture created by world-renowned artist and Tampa Bay native Janet Echelman. It's impressive during the day, but at night, the sculpture is even more dramatic.

What Events are Happening at The Pier?

The new St. Pete Pier has an exciting roster of events each month - with everything from free yoga and fitness classes to free Latin dance classes to fabulous festivals! 

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Where Can I Park at the St. Pete Pier?

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.

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