10 Best Museums for First Dates in St. Petersburg, FL

What better way to get to know someone than spending a few hours walking around a museum together? Whether your date is into art, history, or nature, there’s a type of museum for every interest, especially in sunny St. Petersburg. 

Take a break from the heat and surprise your special someone with something unexpected, instead of another beach date. We’ve taken the time to review some of the best, first-date-worthy museums in The Sunshine City. In no specific order, these 10 St. Petersburg museums are the winners of our prestigious Healthy Framework’s Best Award.

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Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg

If your date loves history and art, you must book tickets for St. Petersburg’s Museum of Fine Arts. Housed in a beautiful, Spanish-style building, this museum is located along the waterfront close to nearby restaurants and bars (perfect for a post-date drink). Featuring African art, European paintings, and American photography, this museum has several permanent exhibitions and frequently welcomes traveling exhibits. If you or your date gets hungry, the museum even has a bakery that’s open Thursday – Sunday. 

  • Address: 255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Ticket Price: Starting at $22 with discounts for seniors, military, educators, and college students.
Imagine Museum

Located on the east side of St. Petersburg, the contemporary Imagine Museum is a romantic spot to meet your date for the first time. This museum is known for its collection of contemporary glass artwork, including sculptures and installations. If you and your date can swing it, we recommend visiting on Tuesdays for $10 admission or Thursdays for $5 admission. Enjoy viewing the exhibitions together — you can even book a private tour to learn more about the history of each piece.

  • Address: 1901 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
  • Ticket Price: Starting at $15 with discounts for seniors, military, educators, and college students.
Museum of the American Arts & Crafts Movement

If your date is local to St. Petersburg, chances are they haven’t visited the Museum of American Arts & Crafts Movement, which recently opened in 2021. The perfect place for anyone who appreciates architecture and art, this 137,000-square-foot museum features pieces from architect Frank Lloyd Wright, interior designer Gustav Stickley, and much more. Conveniently located in the downtown waterfront arts district, grab dinner afterward if neither of you wants the date to end.

  • Address: 355 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Ticket Price: Starting at $25 with discounts for seniors and military.
Fairgrounds St. Pete

If your special someone is the adventurous type, plan a date to visit the Fairgrounds St. Pete. This immersive museum features interactive art and technology exhibits. It’s a great spot to let loose, have fun, and snap a few fun pictures to commemorate your first date! The Fairgrounds is open every day except Tuesday and Wednesday, so keep that in mind when planning your date. They’re even open late on some nights, like 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Friday, and Saturday.

  • Address: 2606 Fairfield Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
  • Ticket Price: Starting at $27 with discounts for seniors, military, students, Florida residents, and first responders. 
Morean Arts Center St Petersburg

Impress the new artist or art lover in your life by taking them to the Morean Arts Center for your first date. The main center has a contemporary art gallery that’s free and open to the public every day, Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. If the date goes well, plan to see each other again at the center’s Chihuly Collection, Center for Clay, or Glass Studio. Or, sign up for one of the center’s classes, like drawing or painting, and bond over your new shared experience!

  • Address: 719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Ticket Price: Admission is free
Florida Botanical Gardens

Do you and your special someone want to bring your four-legged friends on your first date? The Florida Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to bring your pet (just make sure they’re leashed). Plan the date for a sunny Florida day, and enjoy walking your pups along the garden’s landscaped trails while getting to know each other. The best part? The botanical garden offers free admission and is open every day of the week from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Address: 12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33774
  • Ticket Price: Free admission
St. Petersburg College Planetarium and Observatory

Impress your science-loving date by planning an evening out to see a show at St. Petersburg College Planetarium and Observatory. We highly recommend this date spot because there’s nothing else like it in the area! The planetarium public shows are free and offered on Wednesday and Friday evenings when college is in session. Each show is only 45 minutes, so maybe grab dinner before or after the show to keep the conversation going.

  • Address: 69th Street North at 5th Avenue, Petersburg, FL 33710
  • Ticket Price: Free admission
The Florida Holocaust Museum

If your date likes learning about history, take them to The Florida Holocaust Museum. The museum honors the memory of men and women who died in the Holocaust and features multiple permanent and traveling exhibitions. This museum is open every day except Monday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

  • Address: 55 5th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Ticket Price: Starting at $20 with discounts for seniors, students, veterans, and people with disabilities. Free admission for active military and educators. 
St. Petersburg Museum of History

Are you and your sweetheart new to the St. Petersburg area? Learn more about your city’s history together at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. The museum is open every day of the week, making it easy for you and your date to find a time to visit. After your date ends, walk around the St. Pete Pier and enjoy picturesque waterfront views. 

  • Address: 335 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Ticket Price: Starting at $15 with discounts for seniors, military, students, and teachers. 
The Studio @620

Last, but certainly not least, Studio @620 is a space that features concerts, films, art exhibitions, and more! If you and your date have visited many of the well-known museums in St. Petersburg, consider attending a one-time exhibition or performance. Many of the studio’s events are free to attend. Check their website for the latest shows and exhibitions, and find one that piques your date’s interest. 

  • Address: 620 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Ticket Price: Some events offer free admission
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