Best Waterfront Park in Downtown St. Petersburg

Vinoy Park is St. Petersburg Florida’s most popular waterfront destination for fitness, events  and recreation. Walking distance from Historic Old Northeast and Downtown St. Petersburg it is considered the central park of St.Petersburg. Vinoy Park offers beautiful views of the city's skyline and is home to some of the best live music venues in the St. Petersburg area. Vinoy Park has a variety of activities to offer visitors including paddle boarding, kayaking, biking trails and an outdoor fitness zone. Vinoy park  has the perfect spot for taking in the beautiful views of both the city and Tampa Bay. Vinoy Park is named after one historic hotel that sits adjacent to it The Vinoy, built back when this area was just beginning its turnaround from abandoned warehouses into modern day gems!

The renovated hotel named The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club still offers visitors their classic Florida getaway experience with lush greenery surrounded by incredible architecture all within walking distance. You can also find near the park the Museum of Fine arts, local restaurants, cafes, shops and of course the St.Pete Pier.


As stated already, Vinoy Park is one of the city's most scenic parks and a great place for family outing, reading in shaded areas with friends, taking pictures and a great place to workout. Vinoy Park  is a perfect spot for an early morning or late night jog with awesome views of the sunrise and sunset. The park has its own outdoor gym where you can use different equipment to stretch, tone or work out different parts of your body while using your own body weight to do so.The park is super dog friendly so you will see adorable little dogs that run alongside you as you walk will make your day.The two-mile stretch offers views from downtown St. Petersburg as well as Tampa Bay which can't be seen anywhere else!

Northshore Dog Park 

We all know how much our furry friends love to play, so it's only natural that they would want an area of their own where they can run around without being on the leash.That prayer has been answered with the Northshore dog park. This park is right next to one of the main parking lots so easy access along with restrooms and the waterfront is less than a 2 minute walk as well. There is a small and large dog area so bring them all to have some fun in the sun!

Vinoy Park Events 

Vinoy Park is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. In the summertime, you can enjoy some free concerts, shows and various smaller events. Another fun attraction during the winter time is the ice skating rink and snow conning at “The Cooler” which also serves as an event venue! Don’t forget about celebrations like Fourth Of July party, waterfront jazz concerts and The Starfest in May! The local events are year round with every weekend being something different and unique happening to Vinoy park like the sailboat festival or other various water sports.


If you want to catch a glimpse of dolphins swimming around, or just relax and watch the clouds turn pink at sunset then you have found your special place. If you enjoy bird watching you will get a kick of pelicans flying around searching for their next meal and then later diving down underwater ready to eat whatever lies beneath! The squirrels, pigeons and of course the furry ones are abundant here so no lack of wildlife. 

Vinoy park also has its own Volleyball Courts called the Vinoy Park Beach volleyball court, and as the name suggests; this area sits on beautiful beaches that offer spectacular views of Tampa Bay!

The baseball complex is located nearby as well. Plus it is only steps away from the North Shore Aquatic complex public pool - perfect for escaping the summertime heat in Florida.This aquatic complex hosts classes, tournaments and even aerobics for all age groups. 

For anyone who loves plants or who has a “green thumb”, this is the perfect spot called Gizella Kopeck Palm Arboretum near Vinoy park that is dedicated for flowers, plants and greenery. As the name suggests, this place is PACKED with palms of all kinds and other various species to keep you busy looking for hours. 


If you’re looking to just relax and close your eyes for a minute then find a shady spot to relax and bring your blankets or hammocks. You will also find plenty of people with a  book in hand sitting under a shaded palm tree. 


Park Features:

  • Multipurpose trail
  • Children's Playground  
  • Free Parking Spaces
  • Dog Park
  • Pool area
  • Baseball field
  • Outdoor Gym
  • Dog Friendly
  • Waterfront
  • Water sport events
  • 11.6 Acres of open green space for recreation and events
  • Multiple benches 

In summary, the waterfront, park and wildlife are all beautiful here and will bring you out of the hustle of life to enjoy the simple things. Come take a visit and explore something new here at Vinoy Park.

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