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Pier Perfection: The St. Petersburg Pier

Landmark is centerpiece of downtown.

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St. Pete Pier Welcome Sign
Compliments of DC Stultz

The St. Petersburg Pier closed May 31, 2013. The pier is slated for demolition and replacement, but its future is uncertain due to opposition to that plan.

Simply known as The Pier, it is anything but simple. That is evident as you enter the fascinating inverted-pyramid design. A breathtaking centerpiece of giant tubes, bubbling with wonders of the sea, leads to the second floor aquarium filled with native and tropical fish. That is just the beginning. There are five stories of fun, food, shopping, and more.

Play host or play tourist, spend the day or an evening, bring the family or make it a date – there is something for the whole family to enjoy. As their brochure puts it so perfectly. . . come play the waterfront way!

Shop for everything from the latest fashions, jewelry, and handcrafted treasures to our favorites – fudge and ice cream. Visit the Pier Aquarium, tank up at the expansive food court, feed the pelicans at the Baithouse, fish, rent surrey bicycles or solar-surrey boats, dine in style at several up-scale restaurants, dance the night away under the stars, or simply enjoy the fantastic views.

What to Do

  • Fishing - Fishing takes place along the approach to the pier and the sea walls. Fishing poles and bait can be purchased at The Pier Bait House.
  • Fun Wheel Rentals - Rent surrey-type two-, four- and six-seater bicycles and chopper-style bikes to ride around the pier and downtown St. Petersburg.
  • Dolphin Queen Sightseeing Tours - Board a 70-person, 38 ft. Catamaran for a tour of the waters of Tampa Bay and guaranteed dolphin sighting. Tours begin at 11:30, 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 daily. Cost is $17 for adults, $14 for seniors (over 54), military (with ID) $14, $9.50 for children 3-12 and under 3 ride FREE.
  • Pier Aquarium - Located on the second floor of The Pier, admission is $5 per adult, $4 for students (age 7+) and seniors (65+), and free to children age six and under. Sunday admission is $2.50 for adults, students and seniors. The Pier Aquarium is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am until 8 pm and Sunday from noon until 6 pm.
  • The Electric Marina - The 21-foot eletric boats are safe, fumeless and so quiet you'll swear you can hear the dolphins rave! Bare boat or captained, picnic-style or catered are available too. Located at the approach to The Pier, behind the Museum of History. Seats up to 10 people.

Where to Eat

  • Captain Al's Waterfront Bar & Grill - Casual, fun dining on the water's edge, featuring All-American food. Indoor seating and outdoor patio and tikki bar area.
  • Cha Cha Coconuts Tropical Bar & Grill - Tropical Bar and Grill serving inside and outside dining. Sandwiches, salads, cocktails, sodas and more. Cha Cha Coconuts is available for private functions on the 5th level.
  • Columbia Restaurant - Sit-down restaurant featuring a panoramic fourth floor view of Tampa Bay which complements the savory Spanish/Cuban cuisine. Open 365 days a year serving lunch and dinner daily. Reservations are accepted, but not necessary.
  • Fresco's Waterfront Bar & Grill - Fresh Medetteranean fare served with a waterfront appeal.

Information and Directions

The Pier is open 365 days a year. Hours are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Attraction and restaurant hours vary. Parking is available at special parking lots - the Dolphin and Pelican Parking Lots for $3 ($5 for special events). Trolleys will transport you from the parking areas. Valet parking is available for a nominal charge of $4 per car ($6 for special events).

Located on the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg, The Pier extends a quarter-mile into the waters of Tampa Bay and the straights of the Gulf of Mexico. It is just minutes from Tampa and Florida's famous gulf beaches.

From I-275, take exit 10 to Beach Drive. Turn South to 2nd Avenue N.E. The Pier is located at the end of 2nd Avenue N.E.

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