New Date Night Experiences at the St. Pete Pier

The wait is finally over! On July 6, the reimagined 26-acre waterfront St. Pete Pier opened at last in Downtown St. Petersburg. This much-anticipated new pier, situated along the waters of Tampa Bay, is a spacious new attraction ideal for picnicking, biking, relaxing, waterfront dining and so much more. Here’s just a taste of what this new pier has to offer for date night.

Waterfront Dining

Take date night to the next level by dining at one of the pier’s six brand new restaurants. If you are looking for the perfect spot for a double date, check out Doc Ford’s Rum & Bar Grille. Covering 10,000 square feet, this restaurant and bar serves up Florida classics with a Caribbean twist.

Teak is another top pick for date night. Located at The Point on the third floor, the bright and colorful upscale restaurant features scenic views of the water and Downtown St. Pete. After dinner, head upstairs to the rooftop tiki bar, Pier Teaki, for a tropical nightcap.

Want to settle in and enjoy happy hour or watch the sunset? Visit Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro, which boasts a wrap-around deck and waterfront views. This eatery also serves up weekend brunch. And finally, if a laid-back picnic in the park is more your speed, pick up provisions to go from Spa Beach Bistro (grab-and-go) or Driftwood Cafe (snacks and ice cream). 

Get more details on the dining options here.

Dining options at St. Pete Pier
Image credit: Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro

Beach Time

Soak up the sun on a beach without leaving Downtown St. Pete. The Pier’s Spa Beach is a newly-expanded beach area where you can launch your kayak or paddle board, play in the sand or just soak up some sun while reading a good book. 

Walking Paths + Picnicking

With over 28 points of interest throughout, the St. Pete Pier has a lot of options for date nighters. For a totally free date, just head to the Pier for a stroll hand-in-hand along the water. The St. Pete Pier features a continuous sidewalk plus a shady boardwalk landscaped with native plants. Also check out the eco-friendly Bioswale and picnic area, a park with plenty of green space and shade for setting up a romantic picnic.

Want to sip on an adult beverage while strolling? Take your drink to-go in a Pier-approved cup from one of the eateries.

PS: The St. Pete Pier is conveniently located within walking distance of The Dalí, Vinoy Park and tons of restaurants and breweries along Central Ave (including one of our personal favorites, Bodega on Central). Extend your date by checking out these nearby spots.

St. Pete Pier walkway
Image credit: St. Pete Pier

Public Art

One of the most unique aspects of the St. Pete Pier is the artwork. Stroll over to the Bending Arc, an impressive aerial sculpture that’s more than 400 feet wide and up to 72 feet tall at it’s highest point. Fun fact: it’s completely made of lightweight fiber. Other works include a huge colorful mosaic comprised of crocheted mandalas and several sculptures. Make sure to also peruse the Marketplace where local vendors sell their goods. It’s open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm.

Know Before You Go

Admission to the Pier is free, but you’ll have to pay to park. Metered parking is available in two designated lots for $2 per hour for the first 4 hours. Download the ParkMobile app before you go which makes it super easy to pay for a spot once you arrive.

The St. Pete Pier is dog-friendly (but make sure your pup is on a leash!) and bike-friendly.

Hours are daily from 30 minutes before sunset to 11pm.

Visit stpetepier.org for more information.

Feature image credit: St. Pete Pier


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