One of the most exciting attractions at the St. Pete Pier is the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center, which offers visitors a chance to learn about the Tampa Bay estuary, the largest in Florida. Inside the center's expansive glass walls and at an outdoor "wet classroom," guests will find interactive exhibits, live marine habitats, tours and video presentations. Kids will love this hands-on experience!
The Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center has also launched M/V Discovery, its new 45’ Eco-Vessel which offers on-the-water nature tours and sunset tours daily on Tampa Bay. These 75-minute-long tours explore Tampa Bay’s history and the marine life found in and above the bay. Activities include a fisheries trawl, water quality sampling, dolphin identification, bird spotting, and visits to seagrass beds and mangrove shorelines. Buy tickets here.
If you're at the Pier after dark, don't miss Bending Arc, an enormous net sculpture created by world-renowned artist and Tampa Bay native Janet Echelman. It's impressive during the day, but at night, the sculpture is even more dramatic.