The city is very easy to explore by foot and has a wonderful arts district. We went to the Chihuly Museum and saw some amazing glass art. We also toured the Florida Holocaust Museum which had a Virtual Reality experience where a survivor takes you back to the concentration camp where we was held and lost his family. It was very chilling as you felt physically like you were right there with him.
Staying in St Pete over the weekend meant we also were able to experience First Friday and the Saturday Market. For First Friday they shut down a few blocks downtown, get a couple of bands to play and offer food/beverages. It was good entertainment and equally good company as we met up with fellow Loopers on Late Harvest. The next morning we walked to the Saturday Market where we stocked up on fruit/veggies and some amazing olive tapenade. This was absolutely the best farmers market we have been to so far.
From St Petersburg we sought some shelter from the predicted 20 mph winds at Owl Creek near the St Armands Circle area of Sarasota. This area is a very upscale neighborhood where we spent 3 nights at anchor.
While in the Sarasota area we walked to the Mote Laboratory and Aquarium where we saw our first manatees and learned a lot about the fish and ecosystem of Florida. We also caught a Lyft into downtown Sarasota to walk the waterfront and visit the Ringling Museum of Art. John and Mable Ringling (think Ringling Circus) had a huge art collection that was donated to the state of Florida and it was required that it be open to the public for free once a week. Fortunate for us we were there on the free admission day.