Station House is a place for fun and work in the heart of Downtown. Photo courtesy of Eillin Delapaz/Connect.

Welcome new University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) students! There’s so much to see and do in the sunshine city of St. Pete, especially close to campus. Whether you’re looking to explore, grab a quick bite, hang with some friends or even learn something outside the classroom, here are the top 10 places to see in St. Pete.

Sunken Gardens a botanical garden in the city St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo courtesy of Eillin Delapaz/Connect.

The Salvador Dali Museum

This museum is the number-one spot because it’s literally in the backyard of USFSP. The museum houses more than 2,000 works of art by the Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali.USFSP students with ID get in free. This price includes admission to all galleries, free audio guide and public tours. In addition to Dali’s permanent collection, the museum periodically displays exhibits from other artists. The museum has featured \ collections from Frida Kahlo, Eduardo Chillida and even surrealist art from students in Pinellas County. The Dali also contains a gift shop, a surrealist-style maze and a garden to explore.

Hours: Daily: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.  
Address: 1 Dali Blvd. St. Petersburg, FL 33701

The original Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg opened in 1982 after a community rally asking to house the collection. Photo courtesy of Eillin Delapaz/ Connect.


The Locale Market is a unique, must-see spot in St. Pete. It features various food stations to choose from plus a grocery department all under one roof. This chef-driven market offers everything from sushi and slow-cooked meats and fish to flatbreads and desserts. You can shop around for produce and gourmet items while you wait for your food. If you’re looking to dine at a full-service restaurant, head up to the second floor and try Farmtable Cucina. It’s an Italian-inspired style of dining with fresh, seasonal ingredients for brunch, dinner and dessert.

Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday through Saturday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Address: 179 Second Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Station House

Station House offers a variety of unique spaces with a little bit of everything. It’s a cozy yet industrial and hip historic building that used to be a fire station and train station. It’s the perfect place to relax or study off-campus, socialize, interact professionally, eat, drink and do yoga. The Station House serves Kahwa Coffee, offers over 100 loose leaf teas from Te Bella Tea Company and rents conference rooms to customers. The restaurant, Ichicoro Ane, is located in the basement. It’s a Japanese-style eating and drinking den serving Asian infused cuisine.

Hours: Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: closed
Address: 2601 First Ave. S. St. Petersburg, FL 33701

The Cider Press Cafe

If you’re vegan or just looking to try delicious, plant-based modernist cuisine in a chic casual setting, then look no further. The Cider Press Cafe is an award-winning and completely raw vegan restaurant. The menu includes daily specials with foods like waffles, empanadas, burgers, soups and salads.

Hours: Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Address: 601 Central Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33701 

Chief’s Creole Cafe

Chief’s Creole Cafe on historic 22nd Street is another great spot in St. Pete. Choose to eat out on the patio or in the homey dining room area to enjoy authentic Creole style cooking — just as if you were in New Orleans. The menu offers creole gumbo, spicy jambalaya, shrimp and grits, and so much more.

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Address: 901 22nd St. S. St. Petersburg, FL 33712

A mural with a staff and jazz musician on the side of Chief’s Creole Cafe depicts the history of 22nd Street South. Photo courtesy of Eillin Delapaz/Connect.

Park and Rec

Enough about food, here’s a place where “youth has no age.” Park and Rec is right in downtown St. Pete. It’s an adult playground full of arcade games like PAC Man, pinball and air hockey. You can also head outside for some lifesize games: giant beer pong, Jenga and Connect 4. You don’t need to entirely forget about food. There are snacks, pizza, sweets and alcoholic drinks. You can even bring your dog, just not past 10 p.m.

Hours: Monday through Thursday: 3 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Friday through Sunday: 12 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Address: 100 Fourth St. S. St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

Sunken Gardens

This is four-acres of pure botanical paradise. Sunken Gardens is over 100 years old and loaded with over 50,000 exotic tropical plants and trees. There’s also a beautiful butterfly garden, a koi fish pond, cascading waterfalls, flamingos and trails with benches along the way. It’s the perfect place to relax and admire nature right in the heart of St. Pete. Admission for adults is $10 and parking is free.

Hours: Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Address: 1825 Fourth St. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33704


Chilean flamingoes at Sunken Gardens, St. Petersrburg. Video courtesy of Haley Jordan/Connect.


2105 Central Avenue

Dessert bar. Need I say more? Decadent cakes, cupcakes and drinks for you and your pup. There are enough to go around with two locations now on Central Avenue. There are so many delicious flavors to choose from like chocolate hazelnut cheesecake, peanut butter chocolate cake, coconut, carrot, red velvet etc. All of which you can pair with your drink of choice. And did I mention the dogs? They also make delicious desserts for your pup! Dogs are allowed at both locations.

Hours: Monday through Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday through Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Address: 2105 Central Ave. St. Petersburg, FL 33713 and 625 Central Ave. St. Petersburg, FL 33701

The first location of the first dessert bar in St. Pete. Photo courtesy of Eillin Delapaz/Connect.


Intermezzo is another great place to study off campus. Its modern 1950s and 60s inspired style creates the perfect vibe for a specialty coffee and cocktail bar. The Cafe menu includes espresso, cold brew, matcha and Kyoto teas. From the cocktail menu, you can order specialty cocktail drinks as well as red and white wines. Intermezzo also participates in an oyster program. They work with different oyster farms from around the country to prepare fresh unique oysters Wednesday through Saturday from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Hours: Daily: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Address: 1111 Central Ave. St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Pour Taproom

If you’re over 21 and into beer, then this is the place for you. Pour Taproom adds a twist to beer drinking. Guests can serve themselves at the tap and pay by the ounce rather than the pint. This allows you to test a variety of beers without making any commitments. And if you don’t know much about beer, no need to fear. Their staff members are nearby to teach you about any of their beers. Although they don’t serve food, they often invite food trucks for “food truck night.” You can find other events such as trivia night, yoga on tap, and crafts and drafts on their Facebook page.

Hours: Daily 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Address: 225 Second Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Bonus Spot

Beans & Barlour

Ice cream and alcohol are coming to St. Pete! This is an all-new craft coffee bar and dessert lounge that will serve alcohol-infused ice cream. The grand opening is scheduled for July 27. Here are a couple of the flavors they will feature: strawberry mimosas with a scoop of Champagne-infused strawberry sorbet or the Pina Colada Dole Whip Float with rum, cream of coconut and pineapple juice.

Hours: Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Address: 538 First Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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1 comment

  1. Sue Hoffman 18 July, 2018 at 19:48 Reply

    Hi! Just a correction – The Cider Press Cafe is not completely raw. It IS all vegan but they have plenty of hot choices including award winning burgers, mac n cheese and more! Vegan comfort food!

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