10 Romantic things to do in St Pete for date night

Rachel HannahApril 3, 2024

I have lived in this beautiful city with my partner for the last 4 years and although it’s hard to go wrong with grabbing dinner we have made it a point to explore the other romantic things to do in St Pete!

Whether you live in the area and want to spice up date night or are a couple on vacation, this list takes you through 10 romantic date ideas in St Pete.

1. Island Sunset and Skyway Bridge Light Show Cruise

st pete coastal cruises custom 50 ft boat anchored at outback key
rachel and daryl kiss in front of lit up sunshine skyway bridge

Each night, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge lights up in an array of colors, valued at 14 million dollars. There’s something about witnessing this spectacle that is sure to ignite romance!

St Pete Coastal Cruises, the exclusive provider of the Island Sunset and Skyway Bridge Light Show Cruise which won TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award.

This 3-hour tour starts by heading to Outback Key to watch the sunset and then continues to see the illuminated Skyway Bridge before returning to the dock.

The custom 50ft catamaran has its own restroom, satellite TV, and beer and wine bar onboard. You can carry food and snacks on board but outside alcohol isn’t allowed.

couple enjoys canned beer and seltzer on outback key st pete florida
couple watch sunset from outback key st pete

During our brief anchor at Outback Key, we savored the sunset with our drinks in hand. As the journey continued our captain set the mood with some music which we enjoyed until the stunning view of the lit-up bridge captured our full attention. While I have driven over the Sunshine Skyway countless times it was a completely different experience seeing it from the water!

After cruising beneath the bridge, the boat paused for photo opportunities on the other side and we appreciated that the crew was eager to capture memories of our date night.

We loved this relaxing experience because it combined two romantic sights into one for an unforgettable date night! Do yourselves a favor and book this cruise which starts at $65 USD per person, or check out their other tours here.

2. Plan a staycation at the charming Peninsula Bed & Cocktails in Gulfport

mint mojito themed room peninsula b&b gulfport
bar elevator peninsula bed & cocktails
daryl sitting on pink couch at peninsula room bed and breakfast gulfport
Real men love pink!

The charming waterfront town of Gulfport is only 15 minutes from St Pete. The newly renovated and renamed Peninsula Bed & Cocktails is the perfect place for a romantic staycation.

This historic bright yellow hotel stands out from the street and as soon as you walk through the French doors you’ll receive a complimentary cocktail from the lobby bar upon check-in.

The most unique thing about Peninsula Bed & Cocktails is that each room is themed after a cocktail and no two rooms are alike. We stayed in the Moscow Mule room and our mini bar had canned Moscow Mules!

Note: If you don’t like the cocktail in your room just let the staff know and they will bring you something else.

We adored the wrap-around front porch and enjoyed playing card games there in the evening. I know that we both plan on staying here again. You can book your staycation here for an average cost of $175 per night.

Some of our personal favorite things to do in Gulfport include an authentic Italian dinner at Pia’s Trattoria, grabbing a coffee from GulfPerk Coffee Bar, checking out the different shops, and enjoying the view from the fishing pier.

3. Take the Cross Bay Ferry and explore Tampa

couple playing risk strike on cross bay ferry to tampa
selfie or rachel and daryl on cross bay ferry tampa skyline

If you’re looking for a longer-lasting date idea, book tickets on the Cross Bay Ferry and spend the better half of the day exploring Tampa!

A change of scenery is always nice and not having to drive is a welcome bonus! The travel time to Tampa on the Cross Bay Ferry is just under an hour so we passed the time by learning to play a new card game inside the air-conditioned main cabin.

When we were around 10 minutes from docking we went onto the open-air deck to take in the Tampa skyline.

nana middle eastern street food tampa florida
historic trolley tampa florida

We had a few hours in Tampa to explore so we grabbed lunch at Nana’s Middle Eastern Street Food, did some wedding planning at Kahwa Coffee, and walked around a little before riding the trolley back to the port.

Other fun ways to spend an afternoon would be to book a pool day pass at Hotel Haya, walk the Tampa Riverwalk, have lunch at Armature Works, or hang out at Sparkman Wharf.

So far, taking the Cross Bay Ferry has been one of our favorite date ideas! You can check the schedule and book tickets here for around $25 USD.

4. Get a couples massage

In this busy day and age, you have to make it a priority to relax or else it won’t happen. This is your sign to schedule couples massages for your next St Pete date night!

Getting couples massages is something I wish we did more frequently because we always feel so relaxed and rejuvenated afterward.

We go to The Massage Spa, and yes, it looks a bit run down from the outside but the inside is a different story. The lounge is clean and comfortable and both masseuses give an excellent deep-tissue massage. The prices are really reasonable compared to other massage studios in the area.

5. Rooftop cocktails for sunset at Hotel Zamora

couple enjoying cocktails during golden hour 360 rooftop lounge hotel zamora st pete beach
happy hour well cocktails from 360 rooftop hotel zamora st pete beach is one of my favorite ways to spend a st pete date night
360 rooftop bar at golden hour with view of the don cesar in background st pete beach fl

One of the most stunning places to grab drinks for your date night in St Pete is Hotel Zamora’s 360 Rooftop. With uninterrupted views of the ocean and intercoastal waterway from the 5th-story lounge, you’ll be content to hang out for a while to take it all in.

I’d strongly recommend planning your visit around sunset to make the setting as romantic as possible.

360 Rooftop has a daily Happy Hour for well liquors between 4 and 6 pm. This coincides with the sunset during the fall and winter so make sure to take advantage of it.

My Finding’s Tip: Valet parking is free for paying customers.

Check out my guide on the best rooftop bars in St Pete Beach for more ideas!

6. Slow down time with Tampa Bay Sunset Sail

portrait of rachel and fiance on sailboat on tampa bay
rachel and fiance hugging on private tampa bay sunset sail

Booking a private sunset sail with Tampa Bay Sunset Sail is the ultimate romantic date night in St Pete!

Disconnect from reality and connect with your special someone out on the water. The slow pace of the sailboat makes it easy to relax and enjoy the views of downtown St Pete and Tampa Bay, we even spotted dolphins and saw a rainbow! The beautiful sunset was a sensational way to end our 2-hour cruise on a first-class boat.

Captain Andy and Kathryn were the most attentive and friendly hosts, giving us a VIP experience! We brought our own snacks and drinks and there was a cooler for us to store everything until needed.

Make your next St Pete date night one you won’t forget by booking this private sunset sail with Tampa Bay Sunset Sail.

7. Connect with nature at Weedon Island Preserve

weeden island preserve sign st pete florida
view of mangroves and kayaker in bayou from weeden island observation tower
turtle in grass as weeden island preserve

One of the best romantic things to do in St Pete is to explore one of the area’s many parks and nature preserves. Weedon Island Preserve is one of my favorites because they have 4.5 miles of hiking trails and 4 miles of mangrove kayaking trails. You won’t be able to see it all in just one visit.

We enjoy walking on the different boardwalks and there is one that leads to an observation tower. From the top, you can see the mangrove channels and the St Pete and Tampa skylines.

There are hundreds of different plants, animals, and creatures that call Weedon Island home, so keep a lookout because you never know what you might find.

In the future, we want to plan another date here to go kayaking!

8. Take a romantic stroll through Sunken Gardens

flamingos in water pool sunken gardens st pete
strolling the sunken gardens as a couple is one of the classic date ideas in st pete
koi pond sunken gardens st pete

The Sunken Gardens are St Pete’s original tourist attraction dating back 100+ years. This spot does see a lot of foot traffic so don’t expect to have it all to yourselves, however, we found the park to be spacious enough that we could find pockets of solitude when we wanted to.

There are so many beautiful plants and flowers, most native to Florida. I don’t think it would take more than an hour to make your way through the gardens but to really them, take the time to slow down, take pictures, learn about the history, and relax.

Tickets are normally $15 USD for adults but you can often get a big discount for two tickets on Groupon!

9. Set up a picnic

rachel and daryl on romantic picnic date vinnoy park st pete
setting up a picnic at vinnoy park with gateway subs and wine is one of the best romantic things to do in st pete

One of our most repeated date ideas in St Pete is setting up a picnic. We love that it can be as creative or laid back as we want depending on the day, and with so many parks and beaches to choose from, we can always mix up our view.

Gateway Subs is our go-to grab-and-go picnic meal. We’ve yet to find another sub-shop that compares! They have three locations in St Pete so give them a try if you haven’t yet.

10. Plan a Double Date to Watch a Rowdies Game

one of the most romantic things to do in st pete is to plan a double date at tampa bay rowdies game right in downtown st pete

What’s better than getting together with another couple for date night?

From spring through early fall you can catch the Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer team at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St Pete.

The fan base is very passionate which makes for a great atmosphere! Plus, tickets are reasonably priced and there are options for chairs with backs.

Inspired to plan your next St Pete date night?

Exploring this list of romantic things to do in St Pete with your partner can turn any ordinary day into an extraordinary adventure. From the breathtaking Island Sunset and Skyway Bridge Light Show Cruise to cozy staycations and engaging experiences like the Cross Bay Ferry to Tampa, there are countless date ideas in St Pete.

Cheers to celebrating love!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Prev Post

15 Things to do for a girls weekend in St Pete