At the Don CeSar we like to say, “always trust the locals.” And that means you can count on us to give you the lowdown on what’s downright fun to do in the area. From world-class museums to pro sporting events, our guide has everything you need to make your trip to St. Pete Beach and St. Petersburg an exciting and enriching one.
This is your source for the best information to help you plan your visit including: local transportation, top golf options, area attractions, first-rate museums like The Dali Museum, the sports teams of the greater Tampa Bay area, and annual events for every season. Looking to shop? Don’t miss our very own Shoppes at the Don.
At the Don CeSar, our expert staff can help make your stay even more memorable. Contact our concierge for even more things to do on your trip
John’s Pass Village
Located on the waterfront at John’s Pass, this quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village offers over 100 merchants, including unique retail shopping, a variety of restaurants, the local fishing fleet, dolphin watching and shelling tours, boat rentals, parasailing and Jet Skiing. Special events also take place at the Village, including John Levique Pirate Days in May, a Seafood Festival in October, and a transformation into a Christmas scene during December.
Egmont Key State Park
This 440-acre island is the home to one of the last government-operated lighthouses, built in 1858, in the nation. It is still an active navigational aide to all ships entering Tampa Bay. Now a wildlife refuge, Egmont Key was a camp for captured Seminoles during the Third Seminole War and was a Union Navy base during the Civil War. Several boats offer snorkeling excursions to this island, which is accessible only by boat. Egmont Key also has a variety of significant natural resources, including a large population of gopher tortoises, and its beach is used as a nesting area by loggerhead sea turtles.
Fort DeSoto Park
The largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, this park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands. The 12-inch mortar battery, located at the fort for which the park was named, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The park offers boating, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, bicycling, skating, running, nature trails, historical fort, fishing piers, doggy beach, shelling, birding, camping, and swimming.
The Pinellas Trail is a 47-mile fitness trail built on abandoned railways. One of the longest linear parks in the United States, it runs from Tarpon Springs to the north to its terminus in south St. Petersburg.
Everything is in bloom at this hidden gem inside city limits. Sunken Gardens has an exotic collection of more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers and features a butterfly garden, wedding lawn, a walk-through aviary with exotic species of birds, and an orchid arbor. This garden is open seven days a week.
The Florida Aquarium
Journey through the bay aboard the Bay Spirit, our 72-foot powered catamaran, and encounter the awesome animals that thrive in local waters. The only requirement is a sense of adventure. Located in Tampa, approximately 30 minutes away.
Known as Tampa’s Latin Quarter, Ybor City is an exotic blend of aromas, flavors, sights and sounds. From the scent of Cuban coffee roasting early in the morning to the rhythms of Latin music late into the night, Ybor is a feast for the senses. Choose from a variety of cuisines with a stroll down La Setima, the main street of the Historic District. Browse eclectic shops and art galleries, visit one of the museums, see a hand-rolled cigar being made or just relax and people watch. Red-brick buildings, wrought-iron balconies and narrow brick streets give it an old-world charm; a refreshing change of pace from the beach and the mall.
Entertainment, Dining & Shopping
Rays Baseball at Tropicana Field (MLB)
Home to the Tampa Bay Rays since 1998, Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, just 15 minutes away, features one of the largest cable-supported domed roofs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)
Catch all the action at Raymond James Stadium, for one of the most exciting game atmospheres in the NFL—just 45 minutes away.
Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
The 2004 Stanley Cup Champions play all home games in the spectacular St. Pete Times Forum in downtown Tampa. The St. Pete Times Forum also hosts over 100 concerts and events each year.
Professional Golf (PGA & LPGA)
Home to two pro events, Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club is one of many championship courses in the area. Copperhead Course is host to the PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship, an official 72-hole event. Held in March, the event features 144 PGA TOUR golfers, with proceeds from ticket sales benefiting area charities. The LPGA selected the extraordinarily picturesque Island Course as the site of its Legends Tour Open Championship, proving that women professionals appreciate Innisbrook’s golfing experience as much as their PGA TOUR counterparts.
Outback Bowl – NCAA College Football
The Outback Bowl is a college football game that is typically played on New Year's Day featuring teams from the SEC and Big Ten Conference (third pick from each). The game is a culmination of a weeklong schedule of events throughout the Tampa Bay.
Thoroughbred Racing at Tampa Bay Downs
Tampa Bay Downs is the only thoroughbred racetrack on the West Coast of Florida, and is known as one of America's oldest and most well maintained racetracks. Tampa Bay Downs added its 7/8th mile grass track, complete with a ¼ mile chute, in 1998, and has become one of the most popular turf courses in North America. Live racing December–May, the facility is open all year for simulcast and poker.
Enjoy fresh seafood, aged steaks and thin crust pizza in a casual bistro setting, plus a varied selection of fine wines imported from all over the world. Located two miles away from the Don CeSar.
Carino's Northern Italian Cuisine
Offering fine Italian food in a warm, friendly family atmosphere. Enjoy antipasti, farinacci, poultry, vitello, carni, fresh pesce, an extensive wine list, and a sumptuous dessert table. Located 3.6 miles away.
Gigi's Italian Restaurant
Quaint and bistro-like with traditional Italian Fare. Dine in and enjoy the giant aquarium or sup Alfresco among the herb garden. Situated on Gulf Blvd and 44th Avenue, one mile north of the hotel.
Beverly's La Croisette
Offering classic morning favorites and tasty new twists on the standards. Serving breakfast and lunch daily and located three miles north of the hotel.
MadFish is a casual, eclectic St. Pete Beach diner offering home-style Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Enjoy innovative new dishes, a twist on classic favorites and ultimate comfort food to locals and travelers alike. Located one mile away.
Snapper’s offers exceptional seafood, dry-aged steaks and delectable “in house”-made desserts in a big city bistro atmosphere. Located 1.6 miles away.
Jackie’s on Corey Bistro
Elegant indoor and outdoor bistro dining in a casual atmosphere on Historic Corey Avenue. Featuring seafood, vegan, bistro and healthy dining options.
Chill Restaurant & Lounge
A cozy, warm locally operated restaurant near Historic Corey Avenue serving tapas. Seafood, steaks and vegetarian specialties.
ELLENTON OUTLET SHOPPING
Located just 30 minutes away, this outlet offers shoppers impressive savings at stores like Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, J.Crew, Kate Spade New York, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Lucky Brand, Michael Kors, Movado, Nike, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and many more.
COREY AVE SHOPPING
For over six decades, Corey Avenue has thrived at the heart of St. Pete Beach. Enjoy the great stores, specialty shops, our theater, the wonderful restaurants, art galleries, clothing stores, imaginative gift shops, craft and hobby shopping, beachwear shops, and more. Visitors come to Corey Ave from every part of the world, and they return year after year for the friendly service, great sales, and fun atmosphere.]