To most people, the idea of a perfect trip to St. Petersburg, FL usually consists of adventures on the beach and open-air dining. But, sometimes, the weather just doesn’t agree.
Lucky for you, there are plenty of ways to make new memories and have fun on a rainy day in the city – you just need to know where to look! From breweries to museums, read on for our top 6 rainy day haunts, attractions, and indoor activities in St. Petersburg, FL.
1. The Dali Museum
Here’s the thing about going out on a rainy day in St. Petersburg: you’ll soon discover that it has some of the best museums in the entire FL area. That said, The Dali Museum is the crowning jewel of St. Pete, FL’s downtown waterfront.
For the uninitiated, Salvador Dali was a Spanish surrealist artist known for exploring themes of the subconscious through several mediums. His work included oil paintings, films, and even written works – with about 2400 of them residing in the Dali Museum at humble St. Petersburg, FL. And before you ask, it’s the second-largest collection of works by Salvador Dali in the world.
What should first-time visitors expect when finding shelter from the rain inside this three-story wonder in the heart of FL? Without spoiling too much of one of the dreamiest museums in the world, able-bodied travelers will experience climbing a beautiful, helical staircase leading up to the two galleries on the top floor. Like other museums in St. Petersburg, pieces are selected based on a particular theme, from sacred and spiritual to virtual reality.
2. Museum Of Fine Arts
If you’re looking for places that are a touch more cultural than breakout rooms and bars, look no further than the Museum Of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, FL. The museum has many things to do and see, with several types of activities and attractions for all sorts of people.
While The Museum Of Fine Arts has a permanent collection that’s become something of a legend among St. Petersburg locals, the rotating exhibits are equally enchanting to experience. Our favorite attractions from their website include fashion shows, an on-site cafe, live music, plus classes and activities for folks with the itch for more interactive things. Truly a standout among the many museums in St. Pete.
OutCoast tip: For folks looking for a historically-oriented museum attraction in FL, we recommend stopping at the nearby Florida Holocaust museum afterward. But if you’ve been to any of the Holocaust Museums in Washington, DC or LA, it’s pretty much the same experience.
3. The Floridian Social Club (Formerly The State Theatre)
If museums don’t quite make it onto your list of things to do on a rainy day in St. Petersburg, why not check out the newly renovated Floridian Social Club? As of 2021, the historical concert venue has been renamed and revitalized with brand-new art deco renovations, making it one of the most fashionable Great Gatsby-inspired places on the map when you want to hide from the rain.
However, that doesn’t mean the place has entirely left its historical roots behind. Long-time guests of this music and entertainment venue might recognize that the new open-air plan still keeps its charm intact. So if you’re looking for an attraction that mixes the opulent vibe of yesteryear with more modern cocktails and sound systems, the Floridian Social Club is more than worth your time!
OutCoast tip: The club has different acts performing all year-round, so you’ll want to check their website beforehand!
4. The Chihuly Collection By Morean Arts Center
Tucked away in downtown St. Petersburg, FL is the Chihuly Collection presented by Morean Arts Center. This permanent attraction has endured years of scrutiny by cultural and casual tourists visiting St. Pete, and its consistently high ratings on various travel websites reflect that. But what makes this place so unique, and why is it on our list of rainy day activities in St. Petersburg, FL?
Many museums have a large, colorful exhibit or two for all types of tourists, but few attractions measure up to Dale Chihuly’s wonderful forest of glass artworks and sculptures. Even the entrance leaves a lasting impression with its 20-foot glass “rocks” flanking the portal to Chihuly’s glass world, all in lively downtown St. Pete, FL.
Visitors can book a tour guide during the week or meander through the activities (like the hands-on art-making at the nearby glass studio) and attractions at their own pace. If you’ve never seen any of Chihuly’s work before, we recommend contacting the Arts Center for a primer on the artist’s unique vernacular and stylistic methods.
5. Caddy’s St. Pete Beach
If taking artsy photos at museums isn’t quite your speed, and you’re looking for something a little more relaxed and boozy, we recommend stopping over at Caddy’s on St. Pete Beach! Sure, a rainy day might not be the ideal way to experience it, but guzzling cocktails while looking out at Boca Ciega Bay is still a pretty good plan. It’s also a great halfway measure for folks that would’ve checked out St. Pete’s local breweries on a sunny day!
This St. Pete Beach staple has received consistently high ratings from tourists and locals alike, probably in part due to its bottomless mimosas & sangrias weekend. So if you’re looking for a bit of respite and spirits between your packed calendar of brewery visits and rainy day activities all over St. Petersburg, FL, consider going to Caddy’s for a beachy vibe while staying clean and dry.
6. Green Bench Brewing Company
Some people come to St. Petersburg, FL, for more cultured things like taking photos at intricate gardens or one of the many local museums, but others come to drink. A mere twenty-odd minutes away from scenic Tampa Bay, FL, is the Green Bench Brewing Company, known for its spectacular attention to detail when brewing. As a result, this brewing company manages to produce delicious beers for all its visitors and patrons to try.
So if you’re looking for a nice spot in FL to watch how beer is brewed while drinking it, we highly recommend giving this craft brewery a shot!
St. Pete has its fair share of breweries, parks, museums, and beachy activities to satisfy locals and tourists, but rainy days can really dampen the spirits when you’re looking for an exciting day full of adventures. Luckily, there’s so much more to do than hop between breweries or get a tan on the beach.
So don’t put your map away just yet! The folks at OutCoast have a long list of museums and indoor activities to keep the party going! Check out any (or all) of the fun activities we’ve picked out for you, and you’re bound to have a blast.
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