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Want to know where St. Petersburg locals head for staycations? Find out where to stay to join in-the-know natives at top St. Petersburg attractions.
Interested in eco-tourism? Take the family to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. Located on the shores of Lake Maggiore, this 245-acre park gets you up close and personal with bird life and some impressive alligators. At only $3, it's an affordable way to experience Florida wildlife. Afterwards, stop by Dell Holmes Park on the other side of the lake for a free afternoon at the newly opened splash park and huge playground. Stay at the Holiday Inn Sunspree for easy access to the park.
Every Friday night, locals and vistors gather at St. Pete Shuffle to enjoy the classic St. Petersburg pastime shuffleboard. Enjoy 65 courts in vibrant downtown St. Pete. Bring a cooler, bring the kids and enjoy live music. Stay at the historic Pier Hotel or any of the downtown St. Pete hotels.
Fort De Soto Park is frequently named one of America's top beaches. This untouched paradise offers visitors a chance to see what Florida's coastlines looked like hundreds of years ago. Enjoy the natural dunes, pure white sand and pristine wetlands. Pack a lunch or visit the park's quaint snack shack for hot dogs and ice pops. Be sure to visit the historic forts and ruins while you're there. Stay at the Grand Plaza Beachfront Resort Hotel.