On your first day in St. Petersburg, you'll want to hit the beach-- or beaches, if you're into sampling various sandy shores. With five beaches in St. Pete, you'll be sure to find one that suits your style. Visit historic Fort DeSoto beach off of St. Pete's southern tip for acres of white sand.
After a full day in the sun, take a little break and immerse yourself in the artistic side of St. Petersburg. Start by wandering the galleries of the expanded Museum of Fine Arts; grab a bite to eat in the MFA Café to keep up your strength.
Today's a day to appreciate the natural side of St. Petersburg, beyond the beaches. For spectacular flora, visit the Sunken Gardens, with more than 500,000 tropical plants, before relaxing at the Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum, with examples of more than 150 different types of palms and cyclids.