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Getting to the races

By Times staff

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 21, 2003

Follow routes on the map on this page to and from the course in downtown St. Petersburg. Parking prices will vary. Also, the Looper Trolley operates downtown.

What to bring

Ear plugs



Sun glasses

What you can't bring


Glass bottles or cans

Bikes, skates, skateboards or rollerblades


Pets (with the exception of service animals)

Ladders, stepstools


Lawn furniture

Ice chests larger than 14 inches



Non-motorized scooters

What to do between the races

BAYWALK: The shopping and entertainment complex is in downtown St. Petersburg at 151 Second Ave. N. Call (727) 502-0965.

BEACHES: Sand and surf dot the Pinellas County coastline. For locations and descriptions of nearby beaches, check the Times' area guide at

BUSCH GARDENS: The theme park is in north Tampa, about 45 minutes to an hour from downtown St. Petersburg. Follow Interstate 275 north and exit at Busch Boulevard. Call (813) 987-5082.

CONCERTS: Ticketholders for today will have access to a free concert by area band Barely Pink shortly after on track action ends. Better Than Ezra will play Saturday about 5 p.m. for that day's ticketholders. The stage will be on First Avenue next to Pioneer Park.

FLORIDA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM: The largest regional Holocaust Museum in the United States is at 55 Fifth Street S in St. Petersburg. Call (727) 820-0100.

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM: The permanent exhibits include the Cuban Missle Crisis and a major collection of John F. Kennedy memoribilia. On display currently are more than 100 motorcycles by 32 manufacturers in an exhibit called The Mystique of the Motorcycle. It is at 100 Second St. N in St. Petersburg. Call (727) 821-1448.

THE PIER: Shopping and precious views are at 800 Second Ave. NE in St. Petersburg. Call (727) 821-6164.

SALVADOR DALI MUSEUM: The largest collection of Dali works in the world are on display at 1000 Third Street S in St. Petersburg, along with an exhibit of sculpture by Joan Miro. Call (727) 823-3767.

YBOR CITY: In the heart of Tampa's Latin Quarter, Ybor is party central for the area. The entertainment district has more than 60 restaurants, bars and nightclubs and draws up to 30,000 people on weekend nights. Take I-275 north into Tampa and merge onto I-4 east. Exit at 21st Street and continue to Seventh Avenue and turn right. Parking can be expensive depending on how late you get there and enforcement of parking violations is strong.

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