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Outdoor Family-Friendly Holiday Activities

8 Outdoor Family-Friendly Holiday Activities to Try This Year

By: Meagan Young, Health Program Supervisor

The holiday break is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with family while enjoying the great outdoor spaces St. Petersburg has to offer. If you are looking to start a new outdoor holiday tradition this year, look no further as our city has many options to get you out in the fresh air. Check out these outdoor activities to spark ideas for creating new holiday traditions this year.

  1. Attend Snowfest at North Straub Park

Head to North Straub Park for some jolly holiday fun at Snowfest. There will be toboggan slides for adults and children, inflatables, arts and crafts tents, food trucks and more. Click here for more information about how to purchase your Snowfest wristbands.


  1. Play a Round of Holiday-themed Mini Golf at Putt the Pier

Enjoy a 360-degree water view as you and your family play putt putt golf. The 18-hole course features holiday-themed obstacles surrounded by holiday decorations all enjoyed while you listen to classic holiday tunes. For more information check out the St. Pete Pier event page here.


  1. Go for a Family Bike Ride

No better way to enjoy the beautiful St. Pete scenery then on two wheels. Take advantage of the many bicycle and pedestrian friendly trails throughout the city to help you get away from the holiday hustle and bustle for a while. Bonus points if you wear a festive outfit while doing so.


  1. Go on a Holiday Lights Stroll

Once the sun sets, bundle up and take a stroll along the St. Pete waterfront to be transported to a magical winter wonderland. See thousands of holiday lights and decorations in North Straub ParkSouth Straub ParkPioneer Park, and the St. Pete Pier.


  1. Learn to Play Disc Golf

If you don’t know what disc golf is, then you are in for a real treat! This cross between frisbee and golf is an enjoyable outdoor activity the whole family can participate in. St. Pete has two disc golf locations which can be found at Azalea Park and Maximo Park.


  1. Find all the Giant Festive Holiday Cards

Get your detective hats on and go searching for the giant greeting card display made by local teen participants from the St. Petersburg recreation centers. You can find all the giant greeting cards along Bayshore Drive and at Vinoy Park.


  1. Visit a Nature Preserve & Environment Education Center

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is unique nature experience located in the heart of St. Petersburg. The preserve and education center bring an abundance of nature activities the whole family will enjoy. While you are visiting you can also join Santa for some holiday cookie decorating.


  1. Build a Holiday-Themed Sand Sculpture at Treasure Island Beach

St. Petersburg’s Municipal Beach at Treasure Island is one of our city’s hidden gems. Pack your beach bag and be sure to check the weather ahead of time. Then enjoy a festive day at the beach making holiday-themed sand sculptures like a merry hot-weather “snow” man.