Frontdesk welcomes you to St. Petersburg, Florida! Part of the Tampa – Clearwater – St. Pete region, the Sunshine City offers the best of both worlds. It has a growing and bustling downtown, along with pristine beaches right along the Gulf of Mexico. You’re sure to be delighted by the vivacity of life in this destination. Read on to learn more about all that downtown St. Pete has to offer!
Places to go in St. Petersburg, Florida
The Dali Museum is located downtown St. Pete and is home to the largest collection of Salvador Dali’s artwork in the world. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, or simply want to experience a piece of history, this museum is a must-see while you’re in town.
If a day full of shopping is more your speed, a trip to John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk should be at the top of your list. Enjoy the cities infamous sunshine while browsing over 50 unique shops along the beautiful, 1,100+ feet of boardwalk.
Finish off the day by taking a tour of the Sunken Gardens, a botanical garden that is home to some of the area’s oldest plants. Rather than being what you’d expect from a public park, the garden is considered more as a museum as it is over 100 years old.
The Firestone Grand Prix is a popular event that draws thousands of IndyCar racing fans to the area every year. The weekend hosts a variety of events, including a 5k race and a fun movie event for families. There are many other great parades and festivals that the city proudly offers to locals and tourists alike. There’s always something going on in the Sunshine City!
Just minutes from downtown, you’ll enter a coastal ocean paradise where you can find a pristine sandy beach just about everywhere you look. St. Pete Beach is a popular option, with miles of beach and tons of restaurants, bars, and shops to enjoy. To the North is Madiera Beach, where you’ll find John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk. Last but not least and further North still is Clearwater Beach, a lively destination for people wanting to enjoy shopping, watersports, and more.
Restaurants and Bars in St. Petersburg
Found throughout the South, Maple Street Biscuit Company offers a wide variety of fresh takes on classic southern dishes. They have offerings for both breakfast and lunch, providing a little something for everyone. If you’re heading out to the beaches for the day, swing by The Frog Pond on the way for a bite to eat. This cute, diner-style restaurant is ranked highly by locals and tourists alike, which is why it made our list. You can’t go wrong with this classic breakfast joint!
Lunch and Dinner
Whether you’re looking for a quick, mid-day meal or a classy place to enjoy a dinner out on the town, we’ve got the hottest recommendations for you. 400 Beach Seafood & Taphouse offers an impressive list of amazing, fresh seafood options as well as lunch and dinner classics. If you’re hungry for more traditional fare, head over to The Avenue where you can enjoy some of their current weeknight specials. Spoiler alert: They have $5 burgers on Wednesdays!
For a trendy spot to unwind at the end of the day, we recommend checking out Room 901. Whether you enjoy classic cocktails or if you’re looking for something different, get a drink and enjoy the uniqueness of this space. If you’re looking for a crisp beer, head on over to Mastry’s Brewing Co. It is a fantastic place to grab an ice-cold IPA while enjoying the salty ocean breeze on their outdoor patio.
Frequently Asked Questions About St.Petersburg
St. Pete was established in 1988 by John C. Williams, of Detroit, MI, and Peter Demens, of St. Petersburg Russia. Williams purchased the land, and Demens brought the railroad through the Tampa Bay area.
The name “St. Petersburg” was the result of a coin toss between Williams and Demens. It was named as such when Demens won the toss and named it after his hometown of St. Petersburg, Russia. As consolation, Williams opted to name the first hotel built the Detroit Hotel after his hometown.
The Sunshine City is full of just that – sunshine! They currently hold the record for the city with the most consecutive days of sunshine, the record being 768 days straight. With the coming doom and gloom of the winter months, sign us up!