After Fun In the Sun — Fun Out On the Town
No matter what your idea of fun is, St. Pete Beach has it. Our area is home to several professional teams including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), Tampa Bay Rays (MLB), and Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL). If you’ve already visited our Maritana Grille and Sea Porch, try some of the area’s other hot spots. Since we’re close to the action, many great dining options are only steps away. Or head to St. Petersburg for even more choices.
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.
MLB Spring Training
The St. Pete/Clearwater area has a 90-plus-year history of Spring Training. The area features the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin and the New York Yankees in nearby Tampa. There are also nine other teams within a two-hour drive. Spring Training provides a rare treat for the area's three big-league teams to practice in the beautiful, warm outdoors.
Tampa Bay Rowdies
The Rowdies are a professional soccer team that competes in the NASL from April to November. Rowdies matches are held in Downtown St. Petersburg at the historic Al Lang Stadium. Matches take place at 7:30 PM with gates opening 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Rowdies matches have a family-friendly atmosphere, with fans of all ages in attendance. For the most affordable ticket prices, call the Rowdies Front Office at 813-287-1640.
St. Anthony’s Triathlon
St. Anthony’s is a season-opener on the professional triathlon circuit, attracting some of the sport's biggest names and 3,000 competitors with a purse of $30,000. Athletes converge on the downtown waterfront each April for the Olympic-distance event—a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run.
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.
For schedules, tickets, and more information about sports in Tampa, please speak with our concierge.
Beach Area Restaurants
Sola Bistro and Wine Bar
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 Don.
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 Don.
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.
Chill Restaurant & Lounge
A cozy, warm locally operated restaurant near Historic Corey Avenue serving tapas. Seafood, steaks and vegetarian specialties.
Restaurants & Nightlife In Downtown St. Petersburg
Tastes to satisfy every palate can be found throughout downtown St. Petersburg's restaurants. Whether you seek a romantic dinner for two, a memorable fine dining experience, St. Petersburg nightlife, or fun for the family, there are a variety of options in downtown St. Petersburg. Click here for a list of restaurants and nightlife.
Visit our concierge desk for even more options and for specific recommendations.