Think big: Enormous, even cavernous, structures line the streets here in the Warehouse Arts Districts, housing eclectic studios, galleries, breweries, event spaces and a few shops with one-of-a-kind souvenirs made right in house. Here, the art is not just for viewing, it's for experiencing and participating. In fact, many studios invite the public in for classes and demonstrations.
Then there's St. Pete's Second Saturday Art Walk, the perfect chance to gallery-hop. Find live music, food and drink along the way – as well as a chance to rub elbows with the artists themselves. Don't miss the Duncan McClellan Gallery, a local landmark, or the ArtsXchange, featuring the work of more than 25 artists. Stroll, bike or scooter from gallery to gallery, take the free trolley between clusters of artist studios. Find a handy downloadable or printable Art Walk map here.
The Factory is a shared space featuring The Fairgrounds St. Pete, an art installation that's been described as a psychedelic immersive dreamscape, as well as the super-popular Daddy Kool Records and a space for rotating art shows.
Though the name suggests it, not all of the studios and galleries are in warehouses. The Morean Center for Clay, for example, is located in a historic freight train depot. It's an interesting spot that offers clay classes as well as handcrafted wares from more than 50 clay artists.