We have spent the last five months in St. Petersburg, FL, working at the St. Petersburg/Madeira Beach KOA.
During the winter season from November to April each year, the population of the area doubles when “snowbirds” move down from the north to enjoy the warmer winter in the area.
For us, that meant winter season jobs at the KOA! And that meant a full five months in St. Petersburg, FL, enjoying the sites and sounds of the area.
I’ve compiled a top 10 list of our favorite places to see and do in the area. Granted, it’s a bit on the foodie side. We like food. It’s a given.
10. Tarpon Springs
Tarpon Springs is the self proclaimed Sponge Capital of the World. And it was a favorite destination of ours while we were in St. Petersburg. This quaint little coastal town located about 45 north of St. Petersburg had lots of great little shops, handmade soaps, and awesome Greek food.
Oh, and sponges too!
It is a small port that houses the sponge industry. Very entertaining. It is worth the short drive. Be sure to check out the Spongeorama Sponge Factory for the free movie on how the sponge industry started in Tarpon Springs and the sponge museum.
To read about our adventure in Tarpon Springs – Click Here!
We love ice cream. So there was no way that we could just drive by this huge 20 foot tall ice cream cone without stopping to try out the menu. Twistee Treat is a Florida thing. They are located throughout the state, with two locations right in the St. Pete area.
They specialize in old fashioned soft serve ice cream, yogurt, and other tasty treats. The awesome part? They offer 66 different flavors of soft serve!
Of course this meant my challenge was to try all 66 of those flavors. I made through over half the list, I’m proud to say!