St. Petersburg Airplane Playground
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Across the street from the Salvador Dali Museum, next to the St. Petersburg Airport and adjacent to the South Yacht Basin you’ll find the Albert Whitted Playground. This playground is transportation themed and provides views of airplanes and boats. My kids were in heaven!
Wander down the path that runs adjacent to the airport for views of airplanes or take the waterside path for views of boats. Plane side you’ll find a historical marker for the World’s First Regularly Scheduled Commercial Flight. You’ll also find bathrooms.
I wish I could say that I planned this outing to coinside with the Big Little reading First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers. It was fun though to discuss how airlines developed from the first flight, to regular service to the flight we were able to take to Tampa for our trip.
There is parking at the playground. I did not notice if it was free or paid. We walked since our car was parked at the Dali Museum.
We were really there though to burn off some energy and enjoy the views from the playground.
The lower playground is designed like a helicopter. It has two control panels in the front with yolks and plenty of buttons to press and move around.
The control tower provides sweeping views of planes taking off and boats leaving the harbor. It also has the best view of the playground.
The larger play structure is a jumbo jet. The back side has a bunch of small slides, including my kid’s favorite roller slide.
This was a perfect quick stop to run off some energy after the Dali Museum. We were at the park about 45min and watched a number of planes take off and one drop its trailing banner.
What can I say? We love a good playground.
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