Don’t simply say it with flowers, hope candy can convey your love or bet that a favorite perfume or wine will be all that’s needed to make mom feel special on Mother’s Day in St. Pete, Clearwater, and the rest of Pinellas County. Why not step up your game and give her the gift of time together? Find an entertaining way to spend the day, enjoy a memorable meal at a local restaurant or share a special gift to show you really care.
Need a little inspiration? Here’s a select list of ways to spend the day, things the two of you can do and special ways to remember this special day!
Sunken Gardens may seem a little old school but this lushly landscaped, four-acre attraction overlooking busy 4th Street can be a welcome escape from the surrounding concrete jungle. Visitors booking Mother’s Day brunch reservations here will dine al fresco on a buffet created by Delectables Fine Catering, sip refreshing mimosas and enjoy a live jazz performance by Henry Ashwood. Be sure to take time to stroll through the botanical gardens to soak in the sights of Royal Palms, pink-hued flamingos and picturesque ponds.
The Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop in downtown St. Petersburg is a hotbed of artistic creativity. Take in the live demonstrations by resident glass artists perfecting their glassblowing skills, register for a one-on-one, 30-minute glassblowing lesson for the two of you (available daily) or show your support for this art, and the artists, by buying mom a gift of glass at the adjoining Hot Shop Store. Choose from jewelry, vases, ornaments and all sorts of colorful shapes, sizes and decorative pieces that are all handmade. You can do both your shopping for Mother's Day in St. Petersburg, as well as spend some quality time together!
Sky's the Limit
Want to treat mom to a getaway but don’t have the time or money for that dream trip? Indulge in flights of fancy while dining at downtown St. Petersburg’s The Hangar and enjoy watching aircraft coming and going from Albert Whitted Airport. The restaurant provides an elevated view of the private air terminal that is bordered by Tampa Bay. Choose from a prix fixe Mother’s Day Brunch, plus complimentary mimosa for mom, or order a la carte while you both fantasize about future travels to faraway places. Just be sure to return your seatbacks and tray tables to their upright positions before taking off!
A Treat to Eat
The classic steakhouse is a throwback to the past, so let Mom enjoy her a traditional treat at Bascom's Chop House. Their special Mother's Day brunch includes a carving station with striploin, ham, prime rib, and porchetta. There's also a delectable seafood station, and plenty of other options for those looking for something a bit more refined. At Bascom's your "white-shirted and bow-tied server will move quietly and efficiently, anticipating every need you might have. Steak knives are immediately provided, napkins either black or white are offered according to your clothing, drinks will be refilled and each server is your knowledgeable guide through the menu, the wines and the specials." That's the kind of amazing service Mom deserves on her special day.
She's Got Game
Maybe you felt mom got a little pushy at times while growing up, always getting on you to get good grades, clean your room and eat your veggies. Isn't it time you pushed back? Surprise her with a membership to the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club and then challenge her to a match. There’s a certain closeness and camaraderie that comes from friendly competition, so let the games begin and may the best shuffler win!
The majestic Museum of Fine Arts located along the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront features a world-class collection and fascinating exhibits of artworks from around the world. It also boasts delightful views of the city’s waterfront from its on-site cafe. Order from the weekend brunch menu, select a seat indoors or outside and enjoy the art of fine cuisine. Before or after dining, explore the museum’s main attraction, masterpieces from antiquity to current works of art. Of course the museum’s gift store can also be a great source for a special gift that will serve as a reminder of mom’s visit, whether it is a book about a famous painter, photographs by local or international artists or designer jewelry.
Mother’s Day in St. Petersburg this weekend coincides with the final performances of The Producers, this year’s featured event presented at Demens Landing by American Stage in the Park. General lawn admission allows theater-goers to bring their own chairs or blankets. Spring for premium blanket seating or really make a big impression by going all out for mom when you reserve seats already placed in the park. Food and drinks are sold on-site so bring funds for concessions as you celebrate local stars of stage practicing their craft under the starry skies.
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