Take a breath of pure Gulf Coast air and follow your culture-loving heart to discover historic forts, mysterious chambers, fishing piers and endless sands
If a passion for the past matches your cultural cravings, start with fascinating Fort de Soto county park, then go explore charming Old Florida on the shores of Pass-a-Grille.
Covering no fewer than five islands and 1,136 acres of the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, Fort de Soto county park has it all; from miles of sandy beach to a Spanish-American War fort. Kids will love exploring the fort’s mysterious rooms and making them echo. And if they’re up for a climb, the cannons at the top of the fort point directly at Tampa Bay, so the views are astonishing. Drop into the Quartermaster Museum to learn more. Or take one of the Fort de Soto e-bike tours for a really deep dive into the history.
Paradise for the culturally curious also comes in the form of Pass-a-Grille. Set in southern St. Pete Beach historic district, this chilled Old Florida beach town sweeps you up with its atmospheric streets, pretty stores, outdoor art markets, restaurants, rooftop bars, fishing piers and nostalgically delicious, traditional ice cream.
Want a change from beaches? Visit downtown St. Pete for icons like the Dali Museum and lively St. Pete Pier. Or pick up shuffleboard skills from locals at St. Pete Shuffle on Friday nights – all welcome, even rookies!
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