It's no surprise that exploring unique museums tops the list of things to do in this district, and you'll have plenty to choose from. See surrealist art by one of the world's most recognized artists at the Salvador Dalí Museum, as well as impressive traveling exhibits.
Learn about St. Pete's beginnings at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, including the city's connection to America's favorite pastime (don't miss the exhibit of 4,800 autographed baseballs). Here, you can also see a replica of the aircraft that completed the world's first commercial flight from St. Pete to Tampa in 1914.
St. Pete/Clearwater's newest museum is the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, the only museum in the world solely dedicated to the work of artisans in post-industrial America from roughly 1900 to 1916.
The Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg offers stunning collections spanning millennia. If you're visiting in March, be sure to check out the southern end of the property, where an enormous kapok tree bursts with fiery red blossoms (adventurous kids will be tempted to climb the tree any time of year). On the northwest side of the property, you’ll find sprawling banyan trees – the perfect backdrop for a selfie or family portrait. (Pro tip: Relax with a cup of coffee and a delicious pastry at Cafe Clementine, a waterfront artisanal bakery at the museum; you don't even have to be a museum guest to stop by.)
The James Museum offers an impressive collection of western and wildlife art, and hosts a lively calendar of talks and other special events.
Just outside the Waterfront Museum District proper, you'll find poignant and important exhibits at the Florida Holocaust Museum.