Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Sunshine Skyway Bridge
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This bridge, which you'll cross on the drive from St. Petersburg to Bradenton, is one of the longest cable-stayed concrete bridges in the world offering breathtaking panoramic views of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Park at the lots at either end of the bridge to capture postcard-worthy photos. The piers are a popular fishing spot—you can rent fishing gear and join in the fun. Stay for sunset and watch as the scene changes when the bridge lights up at night. Sunshine Skyway Bridge is occasionally closed off during inclement weather, so check ahead before you begin your journey. – Tripadvisor
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  • Joann M
    Punta Gorda, Florida99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Bridge
    Many reviewers say it is just a bridge and yes that is true but when you come upon it unexpectedly it makes you say “wow”. A little scary if you are afraid of heights but pretty cool. It has a Rest Area near it which people go fishing, watch the boats go by & swim. I personally would not swim where people are fishing near a bridge (think sharks). It is a scenic stop if you are passing through.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written June 5, 2023
  • amarino953
    Punta Gorda, Florida4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique tour
    This was a unique birthday gift for our son. We had never done this before and it was fabulous! It is a weather dependent experience but our captain made up for it by taking us to a beautiful bridge and parking underneath it for photos. The price is reasonable for the 3 hour trip. Always looking for something a bit different and this fits the bill.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 12, 2023
  • Yanjun H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A stop at the fishing pier is a must
    A great place to see the sunset and the constant sights of pelicans diving between the old highway bridges. If you were lucky, you could see the interactions between the sea birds and the fishermen. The view of the Sunshine Skyway bridge would be an added bonus.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 24, 2023
  • Impala guy
    862 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Every year….at least one trip
    Once or twice every year. We always stop at the rest stop to elongate the experience. They even have an ATM machine in there. Rest stop is quite busy. Noticed higher fencing this trip on the bridge……
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 9, 2024
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Lisa K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
First time visitor. We had amazing weather (sunshine and no rain) and had a great time. Traffic wasn’t too bad. I’m already dreaming of when we can return.
Written March 12, 2024
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Impala guy
Grant, Michigan862 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Once or twice every year. We always stop at the rest stop to elongate the experience. They even have an ATM machine in there. Rest stop is quite busy.

Noticed higher fencing this trip on the bridge……
Written March 9, 2024
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Suzanne C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We made a point to drive over this bridge while we were in the Sarasota area. It is a cool bridge. If you are in the area it was a nice drive over.
Written February 29, 2024
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AvI
Valencia, Spain7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Amazing views beautiful architecture - the architecture from the sky bridge is AMAZING I would surely recommend to drive over it.
Written January 16, 2024
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Nicholas & Sarah
St. Petersburg, FL35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I go over this bridge every month and still love it. My daughter loves guessing what colors will be glowing each night.
Written January 5, 2024
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Yanjun H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A great place to see the sunset and the constant sights of pelicans diving between the old highway bridges. If you were lucky, you could see the interactions between the sea birds and the fishermen. The view of the Sunshine Skyway bridge would be an added bonus.
Written December 24, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

amarino953
Punta Gorda, FL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This was a unique birthday gift for our son. We had never done this before and it was fabulous! It is a weather dependent experience but our captain made up for it by taking us to a beautiful bridge and parking underneath it for photos. The price is reasonable for the 3 hour trip. Always looking for something a bit different and this fits the bill.
Written October 12, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Katherina K
SPRINGFIELD208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
The view was amazing. Driving was not a challenge - plenty of shoulder room. During peak times, heavy traffic results in slower speeds.
Written July 8, 2023
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
I remember when you had two choices to travel from St. Petersburg, Florida, to the St. Armands Circle shopping center in Sarasota, Florida. Either you drove through Tampa and around Tampa Bay or you took a ferry from St. Petersburg to Bradenton, then on to Sarasota. The ferry ran from 1929 to the opening of the first Sunshine Skyway bridge in 1954. The original bridge, a two-lane beam bridge with a central truss bridge, was built directly to the west of the current structure with a second span added in 1971. But the original bridge was the site of two major maritime disasters over a four-month period, the second of which resulted in the bridge's partial destruction and eventual replacement. On May 9, 1980, a freighter collided with a support pier near the center of the bridge during a sudden squall, resulting in the catastrophic collapse of the southbound roadway and the deaths of 35 people when several vehicles, including a Greyhound bus, plunged into Tampa Bay. The current bridge, the world's largest cable-stayed concrete bridge, opened in 1987. It spans Tampa Bay and connects St. Petersburg to Terra Ceia, covering a distance of 4.4 miles. The four-lane bridge carries I-275 and U.S. Route 19, passing through Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee counties, all for a toll fee of $1.50. It offers a magnificent view of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico and is the most beautiful architectural structure of its kind that I have ever seen.
Written July 5, 2023
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Joann M
Punta Gorda, FL99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Many reviewers say it is just a bridge and yes that is true but when you come upon it unexpectedly it makes you say “wow”. A little scary if you are afraid of heights but pretty cool. It has a Rest Area near it which people go fishing, watch the boats go by & swim. I personally would not swim where people are fishing near a bridge (think sharks). It is a scenic stop if you are passing through.
Written June 5, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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