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It’s more than just a PIER. It’s an exPIERience.

Welcome to the new St. Pete Pier! This gleaming new attraction on the city’s picturesque waterfront promises limitless fun for everyone, from first-time visitors to long-time residents. Its 26 beautiful acres seamlessly combine the peaceful blue waters of Tampa Bay with the vibrant greenery of downtown St. Petersburg’s parks, creating the ultimate place to stroll, bike, dine, drink, shop, swim, take in a concert and more. So get together with your family and friends and visit. It’s time to soak up some fun under the warm Florida sun!

RESERVATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO VISIT THE ST. PETE PIER

 

 

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Discovery Center and Wet Classroom

This must-experience facility is run by Tampa Bay Watch, a highly respected environmental organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tampa Bay estuary. In this unique learning outpost, you’ll interact with exhibits in a climate-controlled indoor classroom, as well as an outdoor wet classroom and observation deck.

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Bending Arc

Internationally renowned artist and Tampa Bay native Janet Echelman has created one of her famous billowing net sculptures to dazzle Pier visitors. “Bending Arc” measures a massive 76 feet at its highest point and 428 feet at its widest and is perpetually in motion with the wind. The artist titled the sculpture Bending Arc in reference to MLK’s words: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

Janet Echelman, who grew up in Tampa and was educated at Harvard, has several of her billowing net sculptures in prominent places around the world, including one in Seattle commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Guggenheim Fellow’s works of art meet at the intersection of sculpture, architecture, urban design and engineering, and are often on the scale of buildings and city blocks. They are revered for their ability to move and shape-shift in response to their natural surroundings. The hypnotically immersive “Bending Arc” — 76 feet at its highest point and 428 feet at its widest — required 84 miles of twine and more than a million knots. It represents Echelman’s largest permanent artwork to date in a portfolio that includes huge pieces in San Francisco, West Hollywood, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Porto, Portugal and elsewhere. In all, her work has been installed in 38 cities on four continents.

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Marketplace

Located just past the Pier’s Welcome Plaza, the Marketplace features an array of independent vendors selling unique items in kiosks and 10’x10’ tents. A solar roof structure provides shade as you browse the selections and meet the sellers.

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