6 Super Cool Ways to Beat the Heat at the St. Pete Pier
As temperatures rise in St. Pete, it’s imperative you find ways to cool down — especially at an outdoor attraction like the St. Pete Pier. As we approach the summer months, here are a few suggestions on how to beat the heat during a visit to downtown St. Pete’s premier waterfront attraction.
Make a Splash
About midway up the Pier walk, you’ll find a large space that showcases a state of the art Majeed Foundation Splash Pad. On warm days, little ones squeal and come running at the sight of water shooting into the air. It’s a delight to watch kids frolicking amid the jets — but there’s nothing that says adults can’t join in and cool off as well. The Pier splash pad includes 40 “Splashlights” that include two programmable spray effects. At night, the splash pad becomes a light show, with the jets joining together for a dance. And just so you know, the facility uses the latest sterilization technology to ensure a safe environment for water play.
Take a Dip in the Bay
As part of the Pier’s remake, Spa Beach, which extends northward from the Pier structure, was expanded and given a naturalized shoreline. The sand is now soft and white. It’s the perfect spot for a refreshing dip into the calm waters of Tampa Bay. Lounge on a beach blanket and soak up some sun. Then slip on those flip-flops and walk a few steps back to the Pier, cooled off and rejuvenated. If you want to rinse off the saltwater, outdoor showers are located right off the beach!
Who Wants Ice Cream, Iced Tea, or Something Else Cool?
Out at Pier Point you’ll find Driftwood Cafe, where a cold treat awaits. The restaurant serves seasonal selections of homemade ice cream. That’s right, homemade. Choose from scoops, waffle cones or milkshakes, with a variety of toppings. But that’s not all. Driftwood Cafe also has an impressive selection of shaved ice, including such signature flavors as Banana Split, Key Lime Pie and Guava Goddess, along with basics like cherry and blackberry. You can also get flavored iced teas, iced coffees and smoothies. In all, the restaurant has a vast array of ways to cool you down and give you an energy boost for your exPIERience.
Time Out For an Adult Beverage
It doesn’t get much better than sipping a craft cocktail at Pier Teaki, the rooftop bar on the building at Pier Point. Stake out a cozy chair under a canopy, and look out over Tampa Bay or back toward the St. Pete skyline. The bar’s wraparound balcony offers 360-degree views. Choose your libation from their impressive menu: four frozen drinks — Frozé (Stoli and Rosé), Piña Colada, Frozen Margarita, Strawberry Daiquiri — as well as signature cocktails and a generous selection of wine (by the glass or bottle) and draft or bottle beer. Pair your drink with a tasty selection from the restaurant’s Bar Bites. And when it comes to downtown St. Pete sunsets, this is the place to be.
We highly recommend that you stay hydrated during your exPIERience. Floridians rarely go anywhere outdoors without a trusty water bottle, especially during the warmest months. And that should go for visitors, too. That’s why the Pier has strategically placed stations throughout the park where people can refill their bottles with fresh, chilled H2O.
Go For a Paddle
Here’s an idea for a terrific side trip: Take a kayak cruise in Tampa Bay and paddle around the Pier for a water’s-eye view. You can also venture off into other areas along St. Pete’s beautiful coastline. A convenient place to launch is a couple of blocks south at lovely Demens Landing, which has a boat ramp allowing kayakers to shove off into calm waters. After your trek is done, stroll on over to the Pier, where more fun beckons.