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FAQ

What are the hours of operation?

Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

These hours may be extended seasonally – watch this site for updates.

How much is admission and do you have discounts?
  • Adult (Age 13-61): $5
  • Child (Age 4-12): $3
  • Senior (Age 62+): $5
  • Active Military (with ID): $3
  • Florida Teachers (with ID): $3
  • Toddler (Age 3 and under with an adult): FREE

Is there handicap access?

Parking for disabled guests with approved handicap access cards is available at The Pier’s Pelican Parking lot (details below) on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Discovery Center is wheelchair accessible, but our eco-tour vessel will not be. A guest will need to be lifted and carried onto the boat or walk a short distance and leave the wheelchair on site.

Scripts of the presentations will be available to hearing-impaired guests.


Sign language

With two-weeks notice, sign language interpreting services can be arranged at no charge. Contact Guest Services at: guestservices@tampabaywatch.org


Assistance Animals

Certified Service animals are welcome. They must remain leashed and/or harnessed and under the control of the owner at all times.


What transportation and parking are available?

Parking is available at The Pier’s Pelican Parking lot on a first-come-first-served basis. For directions and fees see Pier Website Here.

The Pier District offers three ADA-compliant trams that run continuously, stopping at the entrance plaza, the Pelican Parking lot, the Tampa Bay Discovery Center and the Pier head. The city’s bike share program will also be available throughout the Pier.

Visitors can also use available on-street parking and nearby parking garages. Those who have parked a considerable distance from our facility should consider using the free St. Petersburg Downtown Looper, a trolley that makes regular stops. 

For more information on transportation click here.


How long does a tour take and how much does it cost?

Docent-guided tours are free and will take approximately 1 hour.


What kind of marine life will I see?
  • The Estuary Habitat features a variety of species, including tarpon, red fish, snook, hogfish, trunkfish, cowfish, sheepshead and a wide variety of other fish common to the Bay. 
  • Our Lionfish Tank explains the impact of this invasive species.
  • Seahorses and pipefish will be featured next door to the Lionfish tank.
  • Our Touch Tank features smaller species that can be handled or touched.

What kind of programs can I attend?

A variety of programs — for students, adults and families — are offered throughout the year. Please continue to check this site for the latest offerings. 


Do I need reservations?

Not for general admission. School groups should contact us for advanced ticketing options and programs. 


Can I explore on my own without being on a tour?

Absolutely. A map and information for self-guided tours are free at the admission desk.


Where can I eat lunch or dinner?

There are a variety of restaurants on the Pier. Downtown St. Pete near the Pier boasts a terrific variety of dining options.


Can I, or my family, take part in a volunteer effort?

Tampa Bay Watch offers several ways that groups and individuals can volunteer their time to restore and conserve the bay. Find details under this website’s “Conserve and Restore” tab or visit the Tampa Bay Watch website, tampabaywatch.org, for details.


What else is available on the Pier?

There are a variety of restaurants on the Pier. Visit: newstpetepier.com.

Downtown St. Pete near the Pier boasts a terrific variety of dining options. For ideas, click here.


What else is there to do nearby?

For ideas, click here.


How can I help?

Become a member! click here.