Quality Inn & Suites St. Petersburg - Clearwater Airport
3655 Hospitality Lane
Clearwater, FL 33762
Phone: (727) 577-9200
Fax: (727) 572-8931
Arts & Museums
If you are a vintage car enthusiast, then the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum is a must on your itinerary when visiting the city. Opened in 2005, their collection is a range of automobiles from the 1920s through to the 1930s that were known for their engineering marvel. These cars were the pioneers of that era that set a trend for the future of vehicles. It features cars from all across the world such as the E from France, Tatra T87 from Czechoslovakia, DKW Meisterklasse from Germany and the American Ruxton.
The Plumb House stands eloquent as a monumental home site in the Clearwater city of the U.S. State of Florida. Its construction dates back to 1896. It was basically used as a paint store on the ground floor. Further, the second floor of the house stood as apartments. It currently houses the Plumb House Museum. The museum is a host to an array of vintage furnishings, photographs and historical artifacts.
One hundred and twenty acres of lush gardens, natural wetlands and woods make the Florida Botanical Gardens a unique place to spend the day. Themed gardens, such as the Patio Garden with waterfall, Herb Garden with its fragrant scents, and Sculpture Gardens are a delight to visit. Stop by the peaceful Butterfly Garden, stroll along the Tropical Walk, then cool off in the shady Bromeliad Gardens. Observe wildlife such as raccoons, turtles, great herons and bald eagles along with numerous species, many of which are endangered. Enjoy works of art displayed throughout the gardens provided by the Gulf Coast Museum of Art.
Craftsman House is a gallery that showcases contemporary art works. The lush green lawns and beautiful garden welcome visitors in to this creative space. Owned and managed by Stephanie Schorr, it is a gallery-cum-working studio. Here, you will see umpteen art works displayed; jewelry, glass designs and much more work of local and national artists make for its splendid collection. It also has an on-site café serving delicious short eats and variety of beverages including beer and wines. Apart from the art works, Craftsman House also has a pottery studio that features colorful mugs, pots, vases and other wares that will adorn your living room. The innovative designs and art pieces are truly worth a look; so go ahead and visit the Craftsman House soon.
As an exclusive Dale Chihuly gallery, this venue features the gorgeous and breathtaking glass sculpture works. Unique to the field of blown glass, this man has single handedly pioneered the medium to what its become today. With his exhibits found all over the world, this particular gallery is a St. Petersburg gem.
This familiar downtown landmark with a classical-columned facade has a permanent collection consisting of classical and contemporary artistry in a variety of mediums. Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Bellows and O'Keefe are a few of the greats in the rotating collection. Antiques, historical furnishings, crystal, timepieces, photography, and a sculpture garden, all combine to create a collection designed to appeal to a wide range of viewers. Lectures, concerts, guided tours, and even tea in the garden, are available.
A center dedicated to the arts, Morean Art Center is located in downtown St. Petersburg. This multi-arts center strives hard to maintain a strong creative and artistic presence in the local community, by taking various initiatives that are unique and novel in their approach. This center's history began as the Art Club of St. Petersburg in 1917, and its commitment to the arts has not wavered through the decades. Contact for more information.
Founded in 1917, this art center provides opportunities to all, irrespective of age and cultural background. This 35,000 square feet facility offers six galleries of art space. Many award winning artists like Arturo Rodriguez, Luis Vega, Thomas Murray, Thomas Koole, Denis Gaston and Richard Beckman have been a part of this non-profit organization. Located on the Central Avenue, close to the Tropicana Field Sports Complex, the Art Center hosts many exhibitions and classes that feature painting, drawing, ceramics, photography and lots more.
Florida Craftsmen is a not for profit organization in St. Petersburg that patronizes local and emerging artists across the state. Showcasing mesmerizing fine art and craft creations by up-and-coming artists, in a vibrant and contemporary setting, most of the handcrafted items on display are up for retail. In addition, the gallery plays host to numerous cultural events and exhibitions, the coral reef crochet one will leave you dumbfounded.
The Ted Williams Museum & Hitters Hall of Fame located at Tropicana Field, is a memoir and tribute to the man himself, Ted Williams. The museum was originally located in Hernando and then moved here to its current location in 2006. The museum is an approximate 7,000 square foot facility, holds all the memorabilia of baseball that is connected to Williams during his playing days for the Bostan Red Sox and the United States Marine Corps, as well as his time off the field. The museum also has a Hitters Hall of Fame that was introduced in 2003 that features all big names in the games Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and more. Open to only those attending the games at the field, the museum is a great collection of the players, especially Williams’ personal, as well as career making tokens. Photographs, trophies, figurines, gloves, uniforms, shoes, bats and lots more bring hordes of fans during every game, to celebrate a lost baseball champ. Call ahead for timings and other details.
This gallery often highlights Florida or Southern artists and frequently hosts group shows. Any time of year you will find something interesting happening here. You can pick up a brochure for a Second Saturday Gallery Walk and tour the Central Avenue and Beach Drive galleries.
This downtown art gallery is presently featuring color photos by Amy Koontz Knippel, handsome oversized photographs of wild Florida entitled "The Loxahatchee River Series" by the Florida landscape photographer. These evoke the older, wilder back country of a state that is racing pell-mell into over-development. This gallery venue takes part in the Downtown Gallery Walk and stays open in the evenings every second Saturday of each month. Framing is also done here by the gallery staff.