From award-winning beaches, to the biggest pride celebration in Florida, to the incredible arts and culture scene, here’s why you should visit the Gulf Coast’s most diverse destination this year.
Whether it’s a bustling arts and culture scene, a larger-than-life party or simply a relaxing week in the sun you’re after, St. Pete/Clearwater on Florida’s west coast is the perfect spot for your 2022 travels.
Not only home to breath-taking beaches that have been voted some of the very best across the whole of America, St. Pete/Clearwater offers a a huge list of attractions that can be enjoyed by everyone, from the youngest to the oldest visitors.
To make your holiday planning a little bit easier, we’ve rounded up the top events and attractions in the destination this year.
The new St. Pete Pier – a waterfront playground for all ages
Opened in 2020, the new $92m St. Pete Pier offers the Southeast’s largest waterfront attraction.
Surrounded by the warm Tampa Bay waters, it brings entertainment, dining, shopping, and even an urban beach to the already vibrant downtown St. Pete area.
It has over 26 acres of space devoted to artworks and installations from local and international artists.
All that culture is sure to work up an appetite and luckily St Pete Pier has five dining options, including two large restaurants; Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, serving up fresh local seafood, and Teak, a Florida-themed family-friendly spot, serving local seafood as well as vegan and gluten free options.
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The St. Pete Pier is also home to the Tampa Bay Discovery Centre, operated by Tampa Bay Watch, featuring interactive displays, presentations and tours on conserving local wildlife.
The 20th anniversary of St. Pete Pride
While the city always throws an incredible party for St. Pete Pride, this year’s event marks the 20th anniversary and is sure to be bigger and better than ever before.
Already one of the biggest pride celebrations in the USA and the largest in Florida, and with over 250,000 people expected to join in on the fun, this year’s festivities will take place throughout the month of June.
Showcasing the best of the city, the month-long celebrations will feature over-the-top parade floats, lavish costumes, live performances, and a firework spectacular along St. Pete’s beautiful waterfront.
If there has ever been a year St. Pete Pride is not to be missed, it’s surely 2022!
SHINE® Mural Festival
Taking place in October and now in its eighth year, the SHINE® Mural Festival highlights art in public spaces, using the walls and streets around St. Pete as canvases.
This world-class outdoor gallery features murals from local, national, and international artists. Since its debut, SHINE® and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance have created more than 100 murals to inspire and delight communities and visitors alike. For arts and culture lovers, it’s certainly not one to miss!
Plenty of new hotels
Last year saw two new hotel openings in St. Pete/Clearwater, leaving you spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation in this part of the sunshine state.
The first to open was the new Hilton Garden Inn St. Pete Beach, providing the ultimate tropical retreat. Complete with 144 rooms, including six suites, the whimsical touches throughout the exterior showcase the work of local artists Alyssa Marie and Braden Everly of the Alyssa Marie Gallery.
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Also new to the region is the Bellwether Beach Resort,
which mixes vintage-Florida charm with a modern touch. The new hotel is complete with 156 bright and colourful rooms, including 16 spacious suites.
With a retro-feel throughout the hotel, the Bellwether is decorated with mid-century furnishings, vintage artworks and terrazzo tiles to set a nostalgic tone as soon as guests walk through the sprawling lobby that offers views across the Gulf of Mexico.
Revival of the museum
From immersive art-meets-tech experiences to unique museums, those looking for a dose of culture will not be disappointed on a trip to St. Pete/Clearwater.
If it’s an escape from reality you’re after, then the brand-new Fairgrounds St. Pete in St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District is a must see. The 15,000 ft artist-made environment allows visitors to choose their own adventure, celebrating the “weird, wacky, and wonderful of Florida”.
Take a step back in time at the world’s only museum dedicated to the American Arts and Crafts Movement - opened in September 2021. The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement (MAACM) showcases over 2,000 examples of fine and decorative art produced between 1890-1930, when the arts and crafts movement swept the US.
And if that wasn’t enough, in collaboration with the Musée national Picasso-Paris, the Dalí Museum St. Petersburg will host an exhibition, Picasso and the Allure of the South (29 Jan – 22 May) showcasing works influenced by the famous artist’s extensive journeys through northern Spain and France’s Mediterranean coast.Inside Harry Kane’s luxury summer holiday at billionaire Tottenham owner Joe Lewis’ incredible Florida resort
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