What are the best things to do with kids in St. Petersburg?

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Susan Barnes

Kids of all ages have loads of fun in St. Petersburg, from more sedentary activities like the beach to learning about science, dinosaurs and other subjects. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors have narrowed down the best things to do with kids during your Florida visit:
1. Hit the beach. Whatever time of year you visit St. Petersburg, the beach beckons. Head west of downtown, and in no time you’re building sandcastles and running into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. With 35 miles of powder-white beaches, there are plenty of spots to choose from. Be sure you and your kids keep your eyes peeled when searching for shells — some of the best shark tooth finds have been unearthed on these very beaches.

2. Meet a famous dolphin. Make a splash when you take your kids to see Winter, the star of Dolphin Tale. The dolphin with the prosthetic tail makes her home at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, along with other dolphins, sea turtles and more marine life. The aquarium also offers a boat tour of the Intracoastal — a wonderful way to spend an afternoon on the water.

3. Learn and explore. If your kids tire of the beach or a rainy day sets in, make your way to Great Explorations, The Children's Museum. Fun, hands-on and interactive things to do abound; check the museum’s website for daily planned activities for all age levels.

4. Get scientific. If your kids aren’t afraid of heights, they’ll love the Sky Trail Ropes Course at the largest science museum in the Southeast — the Museum of Science and Industry. Staying grounded more their thing? Check out any of the more than 450 exhibits, lots of them hands-on, or take a seat in the IMAX dome theater.

5. Dig the dinosaurs. Looking for larger-than-life fun? Dinosaur World, the world’s largest dinosaur attraction, is about 45 minutes east of St. Petersburg and has 150 life-size dinosaurs — replicas, that is — that make their home in the wooded park.

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