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Around the back of the center, you’ll discover their Glass Studio and Hot Shop. For $8.95 you can see resident glass artists performing this ancient art form, from furnace to cool down. As you watch the gaffer blowing the glass, an assistant will give you the lowdown on the artistic vision, science and steps of the process. The adjacent Hot Shop sells all of the glass creations made in the studio, including ornaments, jewelry, vases and more. (You can also shop at the Hot Shop without purchasing a ticket to the Glass Studio.) The Glass Studio also offers a “Personal Glass Experience” for $75, where you can work oneon-one with a demonstration artist to learn the fundamentals of glass blowing and create your own masterpiece.

Glass Studio and Hot Shop

Continue down Central Avenue to a variety of galleries (plus plenty of great shops and cafés) between 7th and 6th Streets, home to the historic Crislip Arcade, which has been renovated and offers low-rent studio and gallery space to bolster the city’s thriving arts community. Just one of the gallery/shops to check out is Strands of Sunshine, offering beautiful handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings and more. (Here you’ll also find a souvenir St. Pete t-shirt that you’ll actually want to wear.) To finish the perfect afternoon of gallery-hopping, walk one more city block to the corner of 5th Street and Central, where the Florida CraftArt gallery (free admission) awaits. The shop is filled with a wide variety of handmade works from Florida artists in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, paper, mixed media and more.

Strands of Sunshine

Crislip Arcade

Florida CraftArt

Strands of Sunshine

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Located directly on the white sands of St. Pete Beach, consistently rated as one of the Top Beaches in America by TripAdvisor, the TradeWind...

GETAWAY Magazine 2016 Travel Agents  

Located directly on the white sands of St. Pete Beach, consistently rated as one of the Top Beaches in America by TripAdvisor, the TradeWind...