Coming to Florida? Don’t leave before you try some of our famous outdoor adventures. If you’re in St. Petersburg, snorkeling is a great way to see the watery side of the world.
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St. Petersburg Snorkeling Opportunities
Island Boat Adventures offers a fun, relaxing snorkeling trip from St. Petersburg’s Tierra Verde Marina to one of Florida’s most beautiful state parks: Egmont Key. You’ll cruise out of the marina on a brand new, 45-foot catamaran (the Calypso Cat), and make your way to the emerald Gulf waters surrounding the island.
Along the way, you can relax and soak up the warm Florida sunshine, all while keeping an eye out for pods of dolphins hunting and playing in their natural habitat. If you’re really lucky, you may even see a huge manatee swimming past the catamaran!
Their first stop is over the sunken ruins of Old Fort Dade. There, you can hop in the beautiful water and explore the old fort. You’re sure to see plenty of native wildlife, including tropical fish, starfish, sand dollars, seahorses, and even the occasional octopus!
After everyone’s returned to the boat, they’ll sail around to the opposite side of the island for further exploration. There, you have the option of exploring old Spanish-American war forts, hunting for megladon teeth, or even hopping back in the water for another snorkeling experience.
In short, it’s a great way to spend for you and your family to spend a sunny Florida day! The tours fill up in advance, so reservations are required to secure your spot(s). Cruises are $39.50 for adults, $28 for children ages 4-12, and free for children 3 and under. Those prices include all of your snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, and fins).
Swimming With Manatees
If you want something a bit different, why not venture over to the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge? Crystal River is a refuge dedicated to protecting Florida’s manatees. River Ventures offers several different adventure options to see these beautiful, gentle, friendly creatures up close, such as swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, or even airboat rides through the crystal clear waters.
This is a truly unique experience you won’t find in other parts of the country. West Indies manatees need the warm waters (68-plus degrees) of Florida and southeastern Georgia in order to survive, and Crystal River provides the perfect place to see them out in their natural habitat.
It’s worth noting that these tours are conducted ethically. The animals are not caged and are free to come and go as they please, so they can leave if they feel threatened. Additionally, harassing (chasing, for instance) manatees is illegal, and is punishable with hefty fines and jail time.
After your day out on the water, why not return to the Historic Peninsula Inn for a delicious dinner? Our on-site restaurant, Isabelle’s, offers delicious New Southern cuisine. Rand McNally awarded us their Best of the Beaches and Best of the Road awards. The restaurant also offers live music four nights per weeks (Wednesday through Saturday), so come out and join us!
And then, following a delicious meal, return to your beautiful suite for a comfortable night’s rest. The Historic Peninsula Inn offers a variety of accommodations, which are suitable for the solo business traveler, a romantic weekend getaway, or even a family vacation. We hope to see you soon!
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