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per year here than anywhere else in the world! A perfect place for a perfect
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St. Petersburg Florida Facts
St. Petersburg is located on Florida’s southwestern
coast, just southwest of Tampa on Tampa Bay. The city is the fourth largest
in Florida and beaches, professional sports teams, and a vibrant downtown
area are just a few of the attractions that can be found in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg is known as the “Sunshine City” with an average of 361 days
of sunshine per year and an average temperature of 73.7 degrees Fahrenheit.
St. Petersburg has a rich history dating back as far as the 16th century
when it is believed that Narvaez and DeSoto both explored the Pinellas
Peninsula where St. Petersburg is located. The first known settler was
Antonio Maximo in 1843. The true beginning of St. Petersburg was in 1875 and
is linked to General John C. Williams who purchased a great deal of land in
the area and started to make a town with a railroad. The city was officially
founded in 1888 and incorporated in 1892.
St. Petersburg is known for its beaches and outdoor activities. Popular
beaches include Fort DeSoto Beach, Maximo Beach and Park, Spa Beach, and
North Shore Beach. Deep sea fishing, scuba diving, windsurfing, and
parasailing are all popular water activities. Parks abound in St. Petersburg
as well. Sunken Gardens is a botanical garden full of tropical plants while
Kopsick Palm Arboretum houses over 500 palms and cycads. Birding is another
outdoor pastime in St. Petersburg. There are many unusual birds found there
including the brown pelican and cormorant.
Downtown St. Petersburg is “must-see” for vacationers. Museums, shopping,
dining, lodging, and many other attractions are located there. Museums
include the Salvador Dali Museum, Florida International Museum, Florida
Holocaust Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Great Explorations
Children’s Museum. Performing arts are offered at the Mahaffey Theater,
American Stage, and the Palladium. Downtown St. Petersburg is also the home
of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays who play at Tropicana Field.
Some special attractions in downtown St. Petersburg are The Pier and BayWalk.
The Pier has been in St. Petersburg since 1899 and was renovated in 1988
when shops, restaurants, galleries, and more were added. There is an
inverted pyramid building at The Pier with five stories which houses a
variety of shopping and eating establishments as well as The Pier Aquarium.
Fishing and boating is also possible on The Pier. BayWalk is also a downtown
location for various vendors such as a gourmet market, a spa, and a bistro.
A range of lodging is available to travelers visiting St. Petersburg. Hotels
include America’s Best Inn, St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater, Hotel
Indigo, Hilton, Holiday Inn, and more. The Pier Hotel is the oldest
continuously running hotel in St. Petersburg and is located in the downtown
area. Bed and Breakfasts, such as Mansion House, Inn at the Bay, and Beach
Drive Inn are also lodging possibilities. Rentals such as cottages, condos,
and vacation homes are also plentiful in the St. Petersburg vicinity.
For a vacation full of beaches, outdoor fun, museums, shopping, and more,
St. Petersburg, Florida is a great pick!
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