We visited the new Pier!

The St. Pete Pier has been a staple in the community since the 1800’s, when the old pier was shut down in 2013 we were all devastated. But sometimes, one door will close so that another may open. The new and improved St. Pete Pier opened on July 5th and this past weekend we got to experience it for the first time. There is something for everyone at the new pier. If you want to have a meal, entertain the kiddos, go shopping, or even fish this is the place for you. Here is your guide to the new St. Pete Pier!

When you first arrive at the pier there are two parking lots available, the Dolphin and the Pelican lots (as well as metered street parking). Parking is pretty cheap but there is a maxim of 6 hours per-day. The first four hours will run you $2/hour, the 5th is $3, and the 6th is $4. There will be stops to dock boats, but that will be finished later in 2020. Now that we’ve got the boring stuff out of the way, let’s move on to why you came!

What we did at the new St. Pete Pier!

We started out by getting lunch at Fresco’s, located near the pier entrance. Fresco’s specializes in fresh seafood and has a wrap around deck for outdoor dining on the water. You can find the menu here. And if you’re looking to just grab a drink I recommend checking out Pier Teaki, a rooftop bar with great drinks and even better views. After lunch we headed to the Marketplace to blow some cash. There was everything from custom t-shirts to home decor from around the world. We picked up some gourmet popcorn to snack on and thought about getting caricatures drawn but decided to save it for next time.

The pier also features awesome playgrounds and splash pad perfect for entertaining, and wearing out the kiddos. The play grounds are located in between the Spa Beach Pavilion and the Pier Plaza and the Tilted Lawn. It’s perfectly designed with a nautical or marine theme for kids of all abilities. The playgrounds include 2 play areas for kids  2-5 and a separate area for kids up to the age of 12.

Aside from just playtime there is also some learning opportunities! Located on the walkway approaching the Pier Point, the Discovery Center will teach you and your kids everything you need to know about the unique ecosystem of Tampa Bay in a way that is engaging and hands-on. It offers interactive exhibits, video presentations, a touch tank, and docent-led tours. The center also houses a classroom space and an open-air wet classroom perfect for school field trips and summer camps. The wet classroom is bordered by walkways with railings and includes a covered observation deck. You can learn more about it here.

Overview of the new St. Pete Pier

Overall, the pier is a great way to spend the day with the whole family and is going to be a quick staple and hot commodity of the St. Pete community. We will 100% be back to revisit and indulge in anything we may have missed. What are your suggestions for MUST do’s at the new St. Pete Pier?