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Everything You Need to Know About the New St. Pete Pier

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The wait is over – the St Pete Pier is officially open and welcoming guests. This new attraction offers stunning views, delicious food, shopping, swimming, and so much more. It’s more than just a pier, it’s an exPIERience.

Keep reading for everything you need to know to plan your visit to the new attraction in Tampa Bay!

About the pier

St. Pete has officially welcomed the ultimate place to stroll, bike, dine, drink, shop, swim, and more. These 26 beautiful acres bring Tampa Bay and downtown St. Petersburg together. From art installations and markets to a beach and an epic playground, there are many incredible things to see and do.

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Food

Enjoy some Mojito’s and Yucatan Shrimp while listening to live music. This casual sports bar has a  stunning view of downtown St. Pete and Tampa Bay!

Hours:
11AM-10PM daily

Cocktails and a delicious meal on the St. Pete marina sounds like the perfect day! At this restaurant, you can come for lunch, brunch, or dinner. Whether you’re craving breakfast tacos, a lobster roll, or a new york strip, this spot has it all.

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 11AM-10PM (Lunch until 4)
Friday 11AM-11PM (Lunch until 4)
Saturday 9AM-11PM (Brunch until 4)
Sunday 9AM-10PM (Brunch until 4)

This spot is a bar and cafe that offers lighter fare and pizza. It’s a grab-and-go outdoor cafe that overlooks the splash pad and is feet away from the beach. 

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday 10AM-9PM
Friday – Saturday 10AM-11PM

If you’re looking for something a little more casual, check out this walk up spot. It’s at ground level, connected to the tilted lawn, and offers ice cream and snacks.

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday 7AM-9PM
Friday – Saturday 7AM-10PM

This is a fine dining restaurant at the end of the pier featuring breathtaking views. It’s nautical themed and has a menu with several shared plates and entrees. Some of the dishes include teak-spiced fish spread with plantain chips, a pan roasted grouper, mahi tacos, and so much more.

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday 11AM-10PM
Friday – Saturday 11AM-11PM

This is one of our favorites! It’s a Polynesian inspired rooftop tiki bar and restaurant with a beautiful view that overlooks Tampa Bay and Downtown St. Pete. They have fire pits, tiki torches, and totems to add to the theme. Their menu has tiki classics like mai tais and rum runners. They also serve snacks to go with your drinks like popcorn coconut shrimp and mahi ceviche.

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday 10AM-12AM
Friday – Saturday 10AM-2AM

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Shopping

Marketplace

This pier really has everything. If you love buying unique items, check out the marketplace. It features independent vendors selling their one of a kind products under a solar roof structure. It’s the best way to support local artisans.

Hours:
Friday – Sunday 10AM-6PM

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More things to do

Admire the Art

As if the St Pete Pier wasn’t beautiful enough, they’ve added public artwork around the facility. Here’s a list of the pieces you can admire:

Bending Arc by Janet Elchman
Myth (Red Pelican) by Nathan Mabry
Morning Stars by Xenobia Bailey
Olnetopia by Nick Ervinck

Kid Friendly things to do

The St Pete Pier is family friendly! There’s tons of things for kids to do.

Splash Pad – This is designed  to keep the kids cool and entertained with big and small water jets. It’s perfect for a hot day.

Playground – This big, colorful playground has swings, slides, obstacle courses, and more. Can adults play there too? We’re asking for a friend.

Education – At the Discovery Center kids can learn about marine life and our local environment. It is run by Tampa Bay Watch and they’ll be holding educational programs.

Enjoy the Beach

You can’t have a pier without a beach! Lay out on the shoreline and soak up that Florida sun. You can also head over to the fishing platform if you prefer to drop a line or take a scenic stroll through the walking waterfront. The St Pete Pier has every option to enjoy the beachy side of Tampa Bay.

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Where to park

Parking lots:
Pelican Parking Lot located south of the Pavilion & Pier Plaza
Dolphin Parking Lot located north of the marketplace
Rates – First 4 hours=$2/hour, 5th hour=$3/hour, 6th hour=$4/hour (6 hour maximum parking per day)

Metered street parking:
Available outside the pier complex
Rates – First 3 hours=$2/hours, 4th hour=$4/hour (4 hour maximum parking per day)

There are several downtown parking garages and lots within walking distance.

More Things to do in Tampa Bay

If you’re looking for more fun stuff to do in Tampa Bay, we’ve got you covered. Check out our other blogs to start planning out the perfect weekend:

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Dunedin Street Art and More Murals in Dunedin, FL
7 Best Downtown Tampa Happy Hours
5 Best Seminole Heights Breweries
Thing to do in South Tampa: Explore Hidden Gems

Natalie Monzon

Natalie Monzon

Natalie is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Orlando City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Orlando area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinOrlando on social.

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