Beyond Brunch: 8 Fun Ways to Spend Mother's Day

There's no denying the delight of a delicious brunch...mmmm... pancakes! But, how about celebrating the woman who brought you into this world with something a little more adventurous, more relaxing or more creative? Make new memories with your mom on Mother's Day with a speed boat race, a day at the spa or a glass blowing class! 

 

1 Become One with Nature: Kayaking at Weedon Island Preserve

Get away from the hustle and bustle with an escape to Weedon Island Preserve's 1,046-acres of lush natural landscape. Rent two single kayaks ($17 per hour each) or go for the ultimate bonding experience and rent a double kayak ($25 per hour) from Sweetwater Kayaks. Trails will lead you through unique corridors of thick mangrove canopies. Pack a lunch and enjoy a day of paddling on the water! 

 

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2 Get Artistic: Glassblowing at the Morean Arts Center's Hot Shop

Discover the art of glass blowing at the Hot Shop in downtown St. Pete! Create a masterpiece to place on the mantel next to the ceramic you made for mom in third grade. This one-of-a-kind experience includes hands-on instruction from the pros. Classes start at $75 per person and 30 minute classes are available daily. 

 

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3 Race Across the Water: St. Petersburg Speed Boat Adventures

If your mom is the adventurous type, let her take the wheel and become the captain of her very own speed boat (or you can chauffeur her in a two-person boat) on this guided two hour, 15 mile tour around Tampa Bay and St. Pete's waterways. The witty yet historical narration is done through two-way communication systems mounted in each boat. Deal: get $10 off now!

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4 Work Up a Sweat: Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing

The first Sunday of each month Green Bench Brewing hosts an outdoor yoga session in the beer garden led by highly acclaimed yogis with a live DJ. Afterwards, enjoy the sunshine and a pint of craft beer. Sessions are at 11 a.m. and costs $10 in advance ($15 at the door). Mom not a beer fan? How about Yoga at the Dali Museum? Yoga + Dali is hosted every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the community room at the museum for just $15. For an extra$10, explore the galleries afterwards! 

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5 Explore a New City: A Day Trip to Tarpon Springs

Hop in the car and take a drive to one of St. Pete/Clearwater's most charming small towns! The journey is half the fun. Peruse the sponge docks, hop on a boat tour to spot dolphins, wander through quaint shops in the historic downtown area, stop into local museums and indulge in delicious Greek food. It's fun to discover new places and Tarpon Springs has a lot to offer. 

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6 Go Hunting for Antiques: Brocante Vintage Market

If your mom loves to shop and appreciates antiques, take her to this monthly vintage market that draws crowds from all around the state. Over 50 bocanteurs (vendors) spend their days picking and salvaging antiques, then setup shop in a giant warehouse for two full days (the first weekend of each month). Shop til you drop from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

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7 Take Time to Unwind: Spa Oceana at the Don CeSar Hotel

There's nothing like a day at the spa to help you relax and reset. Make it a Spa Oceana Girls Day with their special package featuring a 60-minute aromatherapy full-body massage, a blissful Soothing Scalp treatment and a Tropical Paradise Pedicure for $285 per person. Bonus: the spa is located at the historic Loews Don Cesar Hotel on St. Pete Beach with a beautiful terrace overlooking the gulf. Make mom feel like royalty! 

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8 Watch a Show Under the Stars: American Stage in the Park

Grab a blanket and head to Demens Landing Park in downtown St. Pete for an evening of live theater under the stars! American Stage Theatre Company presents this annual tradition, each year featuring a new production. The show happens nightly for two weeks each year. Check the schedule for details, including prices and show times. 

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1Weedon Island Preserve Cultural & Natural History Center

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Museums

Address
1800 Weedon Dr. N.E.
FL

Phone: 727-453-6500

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2Morean Glass Studio and Hot Shop

City: St. Petersburg

Address
719 Central Av
FL

Phone: 727-822-7872

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3Tampa Speed Boat Adventures

City: St. Pete Beach

Address
1901 Pass A Grille Way
FL

Phone: 727-744-3218

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4Green Bench Brewing

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Nightlife

Address
1133 Baum Av N
FL

Phone: 727-800-7836

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5Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

City: Tarpon Springs

Address
Dodecanese Boulevard
FL

Phone: 727-937-6109

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7The Spa at The Don CeSar

City: St. Pete Beach

Address
3400 Gulf Blvd.
FL

Phone: 727-360-1883

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8American Stage Theatre Company

City: St. Petersburg

Address
163 3rd St. N.
FL

Phone: 727-823-7529

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