Death-Defying Stunt Comes to St. Petersburg, Florida

In light of the recent announcement by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to end its 146-year run, it only seems fitting that one of their own institutions will carry on a death defying (and purely entertaining) stunt in nearby St. Petersburg on February 11.

If you’re staying at Beso Del Sol Resort, you might want to take a trip over to the St. Petersburg Sundial.

There you will be witness to Rick Wallenda (of the world-famous tight-rope performers the Flying Wallendas) performing a harrowing tight-rope walk across the St. Petersburg Sundial courtyard on a cable no bigger than an index finger, with no safety net or harness.

Rick is the third generation of the Flying Wallendas to walk tight ropes. Founders Karl and Jenny Wallenda brought the act from Germany to the Ringling Brothers Circus in the 1920s.

In addition to the tight-rope walk, there will be other circus performers and activities beginning at 4 p.m. Rick is scheduled to perform at 5 p.m.

The event is free to the public, and participating retailers will donate proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County.

Rick Wallenda will tight rope walk across the St. Pete Sundial in a family friendly circus event on February 11.
There’s plenty of shopping and dining around the St. Pete Sundial. Photo courtesy of Sundial

Visit the SUNDIAL anytime and make a day of it! The Sundial is a beautiful shopping and dining destination in downtown St. Pete. The plaza’s centerpiece is a nearly three-story working sundial, a nod to St. Petersburg’s history as the Sunshine City, and was designed to keep accurate solar time.

Just steps from the waterfront, Sundial offers a special collection of shops, restaurants and spa experiences unique to the Tampa Bay area, including:

Whether you catch the amazing Rick Wallenda or not, a visit to St. Pete is always worthwhile and just a half hour from Beso Del Sol Resort.

Have you visited St. Petersburg? What are some of the must-see-or-do attractions?

Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actor (and active) with local community and city theatre.