Many visitors to the St Pete Beach forum ask if there is enough to do for 2 weeks at St Pete Beach, or what to do if it's raining.

As well as the attractions on and around the beach and St Petersburg itself, if you feel like a drive, there is plenty to do and see.

For example, if you head north on the 19 to Tarpon Springs you will find a completely different experience- with the world famous Sponge Docks, which have a Greek atmosphere fuelled by about 15 restaurants and over 100 shops, You can take a cruise down the Anclote River, enjoy a lunch or dinner cruise to the Gulf, take a 5 hour casino cruise, or experience a live, sponge diving exhibition There is also a 120,000 gallon salt water aquarium. A mile south of the Sponge Docks is downtown Tarpon Springs, which is a mixture of antique shops, art galleries, specialty shops, and restaurants. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, a replica of St. Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople, is open daily.

Try heading south from St Pete Beach, over the Sunshine Skyway, to Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key, for more beautiful beaches. In Bradenton there is another aquarium you could visit.

Carry on to Sarasota and visit St. Armand's Circle for shopping and dining. While in Sarasota, you could visit the Ringling Museum, the official State Art Museum of Florida, which has 21 galleries of European paintings as well as Cypriot antiquities, Asian Art, American paintings, and contemporary art. The Circus Museums, display the world's largest miniature circus, costumes, wagons, performance equipment, and other artifacts chronicling the history of the Circus. The estate is set in landscaped grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay.

Then jump back in the car and go further south to Venice, head out to the beach and watch the dolphins and manatees. Again, the area has great shopping and dining options.

On the way back to St Pete Beach, instead of the scenic route, try stopping at the Prime Outlets at Ellenton on the 75, for great discount shopping.

 Closer by, you can spend a fun hour or two at Osgood Point/Clam Bayou Nature Park in Gulfport.   It's well worth a stop to see "Old Florida" close up.  Osgood Point is in between the Gulfport Marina and Clam Bayou.  What had been a busy boat yard in the 1960s, then a dump, was cleaned and restored in the 1990s.   The resulting 10-acre nature preserve now called Clam Bayou Nature Park is located south of 29 th Avenue South, on Miriam Street.  Go walk the park nature trails at Osgood Point,  just east of the Gufport Marina. The harbormaster staff can direct you there--drive past the boat launch and around the east side to the end, where there is parking.  The nature preserve lets you see several environments, including oak and palmetto vegetation, mangrove forests and "mangrove islands,"  oyster bars and mud flats at low tide, and the estuary ecosystem of the bayou opening to Boca Ciega bay.  Birds abound and manatees and dolphins can be sighted.  There are crushed shell paths through sea grapes and mangrove stands, with decks out over the water.  The paths are very accessible and a nice way to see water birds, bald eagles, mangrove islands close up, and the oyster-laden mud bay bottom.  Egrets wade the waters, looking for fish.  Mullet jump.  This is the way it was here in Florida before development. It's nice to see the restoration and preservation of this area. It was the Osgood family's boat building area maybe 30-50 years ago, then was cleaned up and made into a park. There is good fishing in the pass out between the marina and Boca Ciega Bay.