Hey party people!
Today I wanted to share one of my favorite day trips from this summer, St. Petersburg, Florida! I love day trips, you can really learn so much about a place and explore a lot in just 24 hours. They can be just as fun as a vacation, (without breaking the bank) and allow you to find more about an area you are close in location to.
My parents live about 45 minutes away from St. Pete, and hadn't been before when we decided to spend the day there. Mid-morning we made our way to the beachy city and first stopped for lunch at Ciccio Cali. The restaurant describes itself as "Californian inspired." and has so many options! Their bowls are SO good I was blown away. I went with their Boom Boom Chicken bowl, made with sticky rice and topped with chicken and veggies in a Thai sauce. My dad got a steak wrap and also loved it! They also have pizza, salads, and stirfry. This spot gave perfect portion sizes for lunch, at a great price.
Our next stop was Sunken Gardens. After finding a Groupon, we were able to visit the hundred-year-old gardens built on a six-acre drained lake and enjoy all of its' botanical beauty! You forget you're in the middle of the city when you escape to the maze of flowers and plants. The garden is also host to some friendly parrots who will greet you with a few "hellos" and some chuckles every once and a while. This is definitely a must-see if you're visiting the city!
We then made our way to the 1st street alleyway, (sounds glamorous I know) which is home to St. Pete's famous murals! There are dozens of colorful murals made to brighten up the back streets of the city. We made a little walking tour of all of the murals, and had a blast snapping pics in front of them. My favorite was the shark cage!
Our final stop was at North Straub Park, home of a few Banyan trees and a beautiful walkway along the water. Banyan trees are unique in that their roots grow down from the branches. This makes them grow extremely wide over time. While visiting the park, we also indulged in some sweet gelato at Paciugo's, which was right across the street.
Are you heading to St. Pete anytime soon, or have you been before? Let me know in the comments!
From there we continued to explore and walk around on Central Ave and checked out the