Downtown St. Pete, Florida
Located on a nice little peninsula fit snugly between Tampa and the Gulf of Mexico, St. Pete’s is a sweet town with so many things to love. The weather is pleasant most any time of year, thanks to the almost endless sunshine and proximity to the water. It is a diverse city with great restaurants and a great live music scene. It is both bike friendly and dog friendly. Below you can find some of the things that make St. Petersburg awesome, and tips on how to plan a trip here.
But first, a bit of history…
St. Petersburg has resort town roots. Established in 1875 by General John Williams of Detroit, MI, he purchased the 2,500 acres of land that would become the beginnings of the town. A little over a decade later, Russian aristocrat Peter Demens brought a railway into the area, and he named the town after his birthplace of St. Petersburg, Russia. The city was incorporated in 1903. From the outset, the town drew many tourists with its location on the water and good weather.
Today, much of that resort feel remains despite the many changes over the last century. For a more in-depth history, visit http://www.stpete.org/history_and_preservation/index.php
The World’s Longest Fishing Pier is Here. This happened when the new Sunshine Skyway Bridge was built, connecting St. Petersburg with Sarasota to the south. There is room to park your car right on the bridge, next to your fishing spot.
Fort De Soto Beach. As the area’s largest park, it is comprised of over 1,000 acres and five interconnected islands (or keys.) You can explore the wetlands with its mangroves, palm hammocks and lots of native plants. Stroll along the beach, or kayak around the bay.
St. Pete Beach. Ranked as the number one beach in the U.S. and number five in the world by Trip Advisor in 2012, St. Pete Beach remains number one on many a beach list. It is a great surf spot, along with jet skiing and skim boarding. Nearby historic Corey Avenue is great for shopping.
Downtown St. Pete’s. Eclectic nightlife and emerging breweries take the stage in the downtown area. Ruby’s Elixir is just one example and also downtown’s longest running music venue, with live music every day of the week and no cover! Fans of jazz, rock, blues and more will enjoy not only great music, but a full bar with specialty cocktails, beer and wine.
Art lovers unite. There are many street murals scattered throughout the city, giving the town an artistic vibe. The Salvador Dali museum is here, as well as the Morean Arts Center and Museum of Fine Arts. The waterfront museum district has many dining and shopping options as well as independent galleries and museums.
Seafood is King. With restaurants like Harvey’s Fourth Street Grill, 400 Street Seafood and Tap House, and Mid Peninsula Seafood, you can’t go wrong for a great meal from the water. Not into seafood? Grab that mouth-watering burger at Stillwaters Tavern or Park Shore Grill. The Wooden Rooster is great for breakfast.
Tips for a Trip to St. Petersburg:
- Although the weather is great much of the year, summers can be especially hot, so book your trip for other times of the year if you’d rather avoid the heat and humidity!
- If you can, book your accommodation in or near downtown. That way, you can walk to many of the attractions and the beach, without having to look for a parking space and/or feed a parking meter.
- If you’re taking the kids, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium makes for a great day trip. The Great Explorations Children’s Museum is also be a hit.
Here are some things to do: https://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/cities/st-petersburg.html
Here is a little history: http://www.stpete.org/history_and_preservation/index.php
Here is a calendar of our ever-growing markets: http://marketmafia.com/events/
A little local flavor and spotlighting: http://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/