Scroll down for activities around the Tampa Bay area that involve animal encounters or critters! Animal lovers will be glad to know that most of these are just a short drive of Saint Petersburg. Some though might be considered a day trip. From the Tampa Zoo to the Clearwater Aquarium and free nature parks with animal exhibits. There are so many options in this area of Florida and I’m always adding more. I’d suggest navigating to my LovingStPete blog as it’s easier to filter! You can then choose from for instance ‘beach fun’, ‘kids activities’, ‘sweet treats’, ‘nature parks’, ‘boating’ and much more. All of my recommendations for animal encounters have 4+ stars on Google Reviews at the time of posting!

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The Friendly Green Parrots around the Tampa Bay Area


The Friendly Green Parrots around the Tampa Bay Area Anyone familiar with these parrots that hang around the Tampa Bay Area? Or maybe the better question is, who isn’t familiar? 🦜 If you look up in the trees, or listen for them, they’re hard to miss! They may blend in with the trees a bit, but their [...]

The Friendly Green Parrots around the Tampa Bay Area2022-06-21T14:22:44-04:00

Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach


Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach - Free Has anyone been to the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach! We don’t normally have two ‘over the bridge’ adventures in such close succession, however this one is cool temperature sensitive, so posting it now. For my Wild Roots giveaway winners from @LovingStPete on Facebook and Instagram, [...]

Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach2022-05-14T09:09:29-04:00

Zoo Tampa Christmas in the Wild


Zoo Tampa Christmas in the Wild If you’re looking for something a bit different, ZooTampa at Lowry Park has “Christmas in the Wild” going on until December 30th. I just confirmed they have ticket availability between Dec 26th-30th. Cost is $29.95, though if you’re a member of the zoo, it’s free. So whether you attend [...]

Zoo Tampa Christmas in the Wild2022-05-15T20:24:06-04:00

Alligators in Madeira Beach – Discovery Center


Alligator & Wildlife Discover Center in Madeira Beach Working to get back into adventure form! Has been a busy 2 weeks as we adjust to Colt’s school schedule, transition back to the NE area of St. Pete & catch up on home maintenance after being away this summer. Now slowly resuming what makes our family [...]

Alligators in Madeira Beach – Discovery Center2022-05-12T15:30:16-04:00

Dolphin Racer Speedboat Review


Dolphin Racer Speedboat - Dolphin Tour! Dolphin Racer was a blast! First, we have two pairs of tickets for two lucky followers to watch dolphins wake surf! To enter, simply comment on Facebook or Instagram (@LovingStPete) with your favorite local water activity! We would also love if you tagged who you might bring along if [...]

Dolphin Racer Speedboat Review2022-05-10T11:04:47-04:00

Boca Ciega Park in Seminole


Boca Ciega Park in Seminole, Just North of St Pete After a memorable summer, we’re now working to blend our ‘adventure’ schedule into the school routine, thus slow on posting. One of the easiest afterschool adventures has been to visit the local nature parks. We’re fortunate that #PinellasCounty has so many well maintained parks, with [...]

Boca Ciega Park in Seminole2022-05-10T20:24:00-04:00

McGough Park aka The Narrows


McGough Nature Park aka The Narrows and Turtle Park Ziplining with an owl in Pinellas County? Sounds like something my wife might dream up. She loves anything to do with animals, so far as even working the land animal show at SeaWorld Orlando years ago. In this case however, Colt and I really did zipline [...]

McGough Park aka The Narrows2022-05-10T00:39:37-04:00

Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf


Smuggler’s Cove Mini Golf in Madeira Beach Do YOU call it Goofy Golf or Mini Golf? Well, either way, this is one of Colt’s favorite activities and living on the beach side has certainly provided us more opportunities w/ two courses nearby. And to be clear, we don’t post about every place we visit (golf [...]

Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf2022-05-10T00:25:23-04:00

Rainbow River Tubing and Springs Daytrip


Rainbow River and Springs Daytrip - Tubing When friends ask if you can join them on a float down the Rainbow River, say “YES!”, as we did on Sunday. While it’s a 2 hr drive from St. Pete, we’re talking about a Registered National Landmark, Aquatic Preserve and an “Outstanding Florida Waterway”. Each day, 400 [...]

Rainbow River Tubing and Springs Daytrip2022-05-08T14:40:50-04:00

Medieval Times in Orlando – Unique and Fun


Medieval Times a Unique Day Trip for Entire Family As you know, we occasionally explore activities up to 2 hrs away through our #LovingStPeteDayTrips series. With a 6 yr old who’s enthralled by Ninjago and other ‘warrior’ shows, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Kissimmee seemed like a solid fit for this series. And it [...]

Medieval Times in Orlando – Unique and Fun2022-05-08T14:26:15-04:00
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