The Dalí Museum has 130 free parking spaces, but they might be hard to snag given the expected crowds at the beginning. A city parking garage and lot are adjacent, with spaces for $5 per day. Space may be restricted during events at the Mahaffey Theater next door.
It makes a lot of sense to park in other city parking garages nearby (see map) and walk or hop on one of the trolleys that circle downtown and make frequent stops along their routes. Everything in the downtown nucleus is less than a mile apart.
Rates vary according to the garage and when you park. Generally, they're cheaper on nights and weekends. Go to stpete.org/parking and click on "Public Parking Lots and Garages" for specific information.
There is also street parking, most of it metered. Read the signs carefully. Time restrictions vary, and city meter readers are vigilant.
You can feed the meter by cell phone or BlackBerry, Droid or iPhone app. Create an account in advance by linking a credit card number to your license plate number at parkmobile.com or register from the parking space by calling the posted, toll-free number. For information about that service, go to stpete.org/transportation.
Park your car in a downtown city garage (remember, there's a fee) and take the trolley around downtown. The system is an easy, economical way to travel. The trolley makes frequent stops, so almost every venue listed is within easy walking distance. There are two routes: the Looper, which takes riders along the waterfront, and the Central Avenue Shuttle, which takes them along that main downtown artery. The trolleys stop every 15 to 20 minutes at spots clearly marked with red and yellow signs. Drivers can advise you on the best connecting stops. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with service until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Bring quarters: Each ride is 25 cents, exact change. Seniors ride for 10 cents; it's free for children under 5. For information, go to stpete.org/looper.asp or loopertrolley.com.