What is the best way to see St. Petersburg in one day?

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Susan Barnes

One of the great things about St. Petersburg is that it’s a fairly compact area — though the best way to see it in one day will depend on which activities appeal to you most. If beach time is your idea of the perfect day, you have it easy — with 35 miles of coastline to choose from, you have ample opportunities to pop an umbrella, spread a blanket and soak in the Florida sunshine.
If the art scene is more your speed, our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend that, after a leisurely breakfast, you start in downtown St. Petersburg at the Dalí Museum, followed by the Museum of Fine Arts, or perhaps the Chihuly Collection, presented by the Morean Arts Center. If after all that you’re still up for more, cross the bay and have lunch at the Tampa Museum of Art before finishing with the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.
If you’re looking for thrills and spills, plan on spending a day at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. After you’ve spun, tumbled and sped to your heart’s content, go on a ‘safari’ and enjoy dinner in the park before leaving for the day. Or if you have young kids with you, a day at LEGOLAND Florida may fit the bill.

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