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Set on the peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, St. Petersburg offers a wide array of water activities and tours, whether you want to explore nearby islands and mangroves, are looking for a relaxing paddle, or are ready for a leisurely cruise. Here are our top recommendations for a day on the water in St. Petersburg.
 
Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, and Pedalboarding
The calm waters of Tampa Bay are well suited for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Take a kayaking tour to the mangroves and waterways of Weedon Island, or take a SUP tour along the waterfront or to Coffee Pot Bayou or Bird Island Sanctuary. Pedalboards, a new type of very stable board that you pedal while holding handlebars, offer another fun option. Whatever you choose, be sure to look out for dolphins, manatees, and other wildlife along the way.
 
Sightseeing Cruises
A sightseeing cruise aboard a luxury yacht, sailboat, or catamaran is a fun, relaxing option. Typically lasting from one to three hours, tours run during the day, at sunset, and in the evening to cruise around the waters of Tampa Bay or the Gulf of Mexico. Some offer optional food and beverage upgrades, while others include live entertainment with music and dancing. Cruises also run out to the Shell Island wildlife preserve or Egmont Key Island, where you can swim, snorkel, dive, and look for dolphins, manatees, and rays. For a customizable experience, choose a private charter.
 
Jet Skis, Speedboats, Banana Boats, and Parasailing
Those looking for a little speed in their water play can rent a Jet Ski and zip along the waves, or learn to drive a speedboat by following an instructor in another boat with 2-way communication. Those who would rather not drive can choose a longer speedboat tour, then sit back to enjoy the passing scenery and hopefully see some dolphins playing in the wake. For even more excitement, opt for a tour that tows you behind a speedboat on a banana boat, or take to the skies parasailing. Wild or mild, it’s all up to you.
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Shared 2 Hours Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key

Shared 2 Hours Dolphin Watch Cruise with Snorkeling to Shell Key

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Look for dolphins around Boca Ciega Bay in St. Pete Beach on a cruise in the Tampa Bay Area. Continue into the Gulf of Mexico to visit Shell Key island, a wildlife preserve where you can snorkel, swim, or collect shells on the beach. Depending on the season, you might spot dolphins, manatees, rays, and a variety of seabirds. This family-friendly tour offers both a late morning and afternoon departure, making it easy to suit your schedule.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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St Petersburg Speed Boat Adventure

St Petersburg Speed Boat Adventure

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Experience the thrill of driving a speedboat across the crystal blue waters of Tampa Bay on this sightseeing tour. Hop on board an F-13 mini speedboat and get ready for adventure. Follow a trained guide in a separate boat with a two-way communication system installed to talk back and forth. Check out the beautiful Florida coast and look for pods of dolphins and other wildlife swimming below or gliding down and around from above.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area
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Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area

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Get out on the water and see Tampa Bay from a new perspective with this kayaking tour. Ride in a clear kayak—which has the advantage of greater visibility of the underwater world. Along the way look out for coastal birds, marine life, and the beautiful mangroves. No need to worry about missing out on photo opportunities—the trip includes photo stops and a break at Shell Key to enjoy its beach and sandbars.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Sunset Cruise over the Gulf of Mexico
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Sunset Cruise over the Gulf of Mexico

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If you're looking for a place to watch the sun set over Florida's stunning water, but don't want to just sit dockside, this Gulf of Mexico Sunset Cruise from Madeira Beach takes you out on the water to do just that. Bring your own alcohol (or non-alcoholic drinks) and enjoy the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Evening Yacht Cruise with Optional Dining in St. Petersburg

Evening Yacht Cruise with Optional Dining in St. Petersburg

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Spice up any Florida vacation with a cruise on the Gulf of Mexico. Beginning in St. Petersburg, enjoy a beautiful sunset (depending upon the time of year) and listen to live music on board the elegant 'StarLite Sapphire' yacht. Choose from the open-air observation deck or the climate-controlled cabin inside. Either way, the view is spectacular. Then dance the night away or take a romantic stroll along the deck.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Sharkey's LED Illuminated Night Tour on Glass Bottom Kayaks in St. Pete Beach
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Sharkey's LED Illuminated Night Tour on Glass Bottom Kayaks in St. Pete Beach

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If you want to explore the waters near St. Pete Beach at night, but are too intimidated to journey out on your own because the area is home to a lot of marine life, this tour is a great choice. This St. Pete Beach Glass Bottom Kayak LED Night Tour lets you go out with a guide who knows the area and its ecosystem well and who can easily lead the way even in the dark.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Shared 1-1/2 Hr Small Group Sunset Cruise of St. Pete Beach

Shared 1-1/2 Hr Small Group Sunset Cruise of St. Pete Beach

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See the perfect sunset over the Gulf right from St. Pete Beach. We take a leisurely cruise through the residential canals, where you get to see the homes and the mansions. We always see dolphins too! Our small-group tour leaves one hour before sunset, 7 days a week. All of our rides are semi-private, with a maximum of 6 persons per boat, so you get to avoid the crowds when you ride with us. Our boats are all Social-Distance compliant.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Calypso Breeze Tropical Party Cruise

Calypso Breeze Tropical Party Cruise

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Step aboard an evening cruise for dinner and drinks while you take in views of St. Pete Beach. Watch over the landmarks of St. Pete and munch on food from the tropical-themed buffet. Open bar means you won't go thirsty while jamming to island music from the onboard DJ and other entertainment.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small Group Kayak Tour of the Shell Key Preserve
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Small Group Kayak Tour of the Shell Key Preserve

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Discover St. Petersburg's undeveloped Shell Key Preserve on this exciting kayak excursion. Join a small group and gear up for your adventure through mangrove tunnels and shallow seagrass meadows. While you paddle, observe local wildlife like sea turtles and seabirds and stop at Shell Island to collect seashells or go for a swim.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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large group Sunset Cruise

large group Sunset Cruise

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Cruise into the sunset aboard this small-group boat trip. You'll hop aboard the WildSide, an 18-passenger catamaran, and head out to sea, passing by beautiful coastal houses along the way. Your captain will narrate part of the experience. Best of all, you're welcome to bring your own drinks, and there will be a cooler and ice on board to keep things fresh.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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St Pete Art and Mural Biking Tour

St Pete Art and Mural Biking Tour

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St. Petersburg is packed with a rich art culture, but if you’re not familiar with the city, you may not know where to go to see the city’s art. Take this St. Petersburg Art Biking Tour and follow a guide who shows you more than 30 murals and talks art and a bit of food. You’ll ride at a casual pace with stops to admire murals and to taste some treats like truffles.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Suncoast Sailing's Sunset Sailing Experience!

Suncoast Sailing's Sunset Sailing Experience!

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If you’re looking for a romantic experience, dinners can be overrated and not very exciting. This Treasure Island Sunset Sailing Experience is a great thing for couples to do, as well as anyone looking to relax. You’ll take in sunset views as you sail, and bottled water and soda are provided. If you’d like to bring your own drinks, you also can. Plus, a restroom is on board for convenience as you sail.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Clear Kayak Tour in Shell Key

Small-Group Clear Kayak Tour in Shell Key

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Shell Key Preserve is home to 1,800 acres (728 hectares) of natural space, which can be easy to get lost in if navigating alone. This Shell Key Preserve Small-Group Clear-Bottom Kayak Tour takes you in the intimate setting with a small group and guide to lead the way through the protected waters and it mangrove tunnels. Plus, your kayak is clear, so you can see what's swimming under you as your go.
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  • 2 hours
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Suncoast Sailing's Day Sailing Experience!
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Suncoast Sailing's Day Sailing Experience!

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While in Treasure Island, see the beautiful area without getting caught in the crowds on land. This Treasure Island Sailing Experience lets you go on a small-group cruise around either the Gulf of Mexico or Boca Ciega Bay. You can bring your own drinks as a cooler is provided for cruiser goers to use, or you can enjoy the included soda and bottled water.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Shell Key Clear Kayak Glow in the Dark Tour
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Shell Key Clear Kayak Glow in the Dark Tour

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Take a unique spin on a regular kayak tour with this Shell Key Preserve Glow-in-the-Dark Kayak Tour from Tierra Verde that lets you explore the water in a clear kayak with LED lights. You’ll get basic paddling instructions, and then hit the water to search for manatees, fish, sharks, birds, and more wildlife from the area.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Parasail Flight at Madeira Beach

Parasail Flight at Madeira Beach

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If you’re looking for a Florida adventure on the water, but don’t want to have to plan out a daring activity yourself, leave it up to this Madeira Beach Parasail Flight. You’ll go out on the water aboard a boat with a group, and then take to the skies on a parasail. Plus, GoPro and photo packages are available (for an additional cost).
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  • 1 hour
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St. Pete Beach Dolphin Racer Speedboat Adventure

St. Pete Beach Dolphin Racer Speedboat Adventure

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Speed past beaches, skylines, and wildlife on this Dolphin Racer Speedboat Adventure from St. Pete. Take in the views and keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins that are known to reside in the area. Listen to informative commentary from your guide throughout the ride and enjoy the scenery as you zip around. This short tour easily fits into most schedules and is ideal for families with children.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Dolphin Watching Nature Cruise and Eco Tour in Hubbard's Marina

Dolphin Watching Nature Cruise and Eco Tour in Hubbard's Marina

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Cruise with us on "The Big Blue Boat," the largest, safest, and most stable dolphin watch boat in the Tampa Bay area. You will be cruising in the beautiful, calm and protected back bay waters while seeing dolphins perhaps manatees, lots of seabirds, bird nesting island, commercial fishing village and million dollar homes.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Half Day Fishing Experience in Madeira Beach, FL - 5 Hours

Half Day Fishing Experience in Madeira Beach, FL - 5 Hours

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Despite being our shortest trip and closest to shore, expect to catch Grey Snapper, Porgies, Black Seabass, Hogfish, Mangrove Snapper and may even a Mackerel or Kingfish. A trip fun for the whole family and every level of fishing experience! Your catch will be perfect for taking home to cook or even stop next door at The Friendly Fisherman Seafood Restaurant to have them prepare your fish for you. Rod rentals available at Hubbard's Marina that will include all the equipment needed for your excursion. If bringing your own gear, please check with crew for recommended tackle and bait.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kayak Tour at Shell Key with Capt Yak

Kayak Tour at Shell Key with Capt Yak

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Veteran Owned. This 3 hour guided tour will take you through a vital eco-system known as Shell Key Preserve. Having conducted field research through out the world and working at various US Zoos for nearly 30 years, Capt Yak has acquired a vast amount of knowledge regarding the animal and plant life you will encounter. You will paddle with ease on the some of the most comfortable and best paddling Sit-on-top single or tandem kayaks. We will venture through mangrove tunnels, over beds of seagrasses and sandbars while encountering wildlife. Midway we will stop on Shell Key. You can take a stroll, swim, find that perfect shell or just relax and take in the surroundings. On the return trip Capt Yak will continue to share his knowledge and you will be mesmerized by the stories he shares with you. We have multiple departure times daily that vary between 9:00am-3:00pm based on tides and weather. Feel free to message me for tour times prior to booking if you are looking for a specific time.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Saint Petersburg Paddle Board Tour
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Saint Petersburg Paddle Board Tour

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Discover Floridian wildlife and St. Petersburg on a 2-hour paddle board tour. No need to get your paddle board past TSA, as all equipment is convenient provided for you. Enjoy a basic rundown of paddle boarding before the tour begins.  Once you feel comfortable, follow your guide into the bayou and past the Historical Snell Isles. Enjoy narration about the local flora and fauna with stops at Bird Island and manatee hotspots.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Egmont Key Snorkeling Dolphin Tour

Egmont Key Snorkeling Dolphin Tour

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Call to book 7279021124 Tour and snorkel Beautiful and Historic Egmont Key! This runs on Bad Dog boat! We offer a fun educational experience the entire family can enjoy. Captain will give you a history narration of the island when we approach the island. Snorkel the ruins or grass flats, they both have unique differences (SNORKELING GEAR INCLUDED). Excellent customer service. Our boats are Luxury and new, with a 45 minute cruise to the BIG ISLAND. Our Captain's specialize in encouraging the Dolphin to jump behind the boat. This is not a guarantee to see wild dolphin however we almost always see them. Other wildlife is prevalent in the era, MANATEES, sea turtles, fish, land turtles, and of course birds. All of our tours are semi-private to private group charters. Awesome location with better quality equipment than our competitors.
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  • 4 hours
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Daytime Yacht Sightseeing Cruise with Optional Dining

Daytime Yacht Sightseeing Cruise with Optional Dining

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Add some adventure to any Florida vacation with an entertaining and educational sightseeing cruise on Tampa Bay. Beginning in St. Petersburg, relax, enjoy the beautiful scenery and listen to the captain’s live commentary on board the elegant StarLite Sapphire yacht. Choose from the open-air observation deck or select the air-conditioned dining cabin inside. Upgrade to include a delightful lunch; there are six delicious meals to choose from, plus a variety of beverages to purchase from the onboard bar.
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  • 2 hours
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Barrier Island Beach Day on the Gulf of Mexico

Barrier Island Beach Day on the Gulf of Mexico

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NOTE: PLEASE CALL US DIRECTLY IF THERE ARE ONLY 1-3 PEOPLE IN YOUR PARTY! This all-inclusive 3hr tour includes a Bottlenose Dolphin and Marine Life Tour, an Island Architecture Tour of Celebrity Mansions and other waterfront mansions, casual cruising in and around many different Islands, Keys and Bridges in the Tampa Bay area and stop on a secluded Barrier Island on the Gulf of Mexico for shelling, swimming and relaxing. With (2) Vessels in our fleet, you can also be creative and stop at one of our many oceanfront restaurants for drinks and food. Eat in or take it on the boat, we have tables that mount in either boat so you can enjoy! In addition, if you have other ideas for your private boat trip and want to be creative with your experience, all tours are 100% customizable, just let us know what you want and we will accommodate you! See you on the ocean! Captain Joe Salt and Mist Sea Tours
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  • 3 hours
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