St. Petersburg, Pinellas County FL
Not Your Grandma’s St. Pete!
With approximately 2.8 million residents, St. Petersburg is the second largest city in the Tampa Bay area. It is also a popular vacation destination for both American and foreign tourists.
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The city is situated on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It connects with the city of Tampa to the east by causeways and bridges that stretch across the mouth of the bay. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which is Interstate 275, serves as its connection to Bradenton, the next city south. Traveling by car or limousine, this route is the quickest and most convenient way to reach locations further south throughout the state.
St. Petersburg was founded by John C. Williams, formerly of Detroit, who purchased the land in 1876, and by Peter Demens, who played a major role in bringing a railway terminal to the area in 1888. It was incorporated 1892, with a population of only 300 full time residents.
Throughout the 20th century St. Petersburg’s population grew and major migrations from northerners occurred during the 40s and 50s through the 70s. Today, it is popular retirement destination.
Points of interest include many cultural attractions; Great Explorations Children’s Museum; The Museum of Fine Arts; The St. Petersburg Museum of History; The Holocaust Museum; and The Salvador Dali Museum, which is the largest collection of Dalí’s works outside of Europe.
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The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club (4.4 stars)
501 5th Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Hilton Carillon Park (4 ½ stars)
950 Lake Carillon Dr., Saint Petersburg, FL 33716
Hilton Carillon Park is on a lake and convenient to Feather Sound Country Club and Airco Golf Course. Amenities include a sparkling outdoor pool, spa, and a fitness center, free WiFi and billiards. A perfect venue for your event, the Hilton Carillon Park offers conference/meeting rooms and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided at no charge. The staff seemingly will spare no expense to make you happy.
Hollander Hotel (4 stars)
421 4th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
From stem to stern, this beautifully remodeled hotel simply reaches out and pulls you in. It features a stunning outside terrace, on-site restaurant and bar, live entertainment, salon and spa, free WiFi, and much more. Feel like taking in some culture? The Dali Museum and The Museum of Fine Arts are nearby. An extremely welcoming atmosphere with an attentive staff that go out of their way for you.
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront (3 ½ stars)
333 First St S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
You’re pretty much downtown St. Petersburg at this location and a heartbeat away from Demens Landing Park. If it’s culture you seek, you’re minutes from the Mahaffey Theater and The Florida International Museum. You’ll enjoy the convenience of a grocery store, CVS, and other nearby shopping. Many bars and restaurants are all just a few blocks away. The staff is friendly and helpful and the rooms are very comfortable and spotless.
Engine No9 (4 ½ stars)
56 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St N., St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Cuisine: Burgers, Sports Bars
Great place to watch the game with a cold one and any one of their creatively constructed burgers. Let’s see… you have the heart attack burger; the demi-god burger; the black flag and shrimp burgers; the cubby duck burger…and it goes on. They also have several tuna dishes. But for all intents and purposes, you are in burger heaven. Excellent wine and beer selection. Very friendly and helpful staff. All at excellent prices.
Alésia Restaurant (4 ½ stars)
7204 Central Ave, Saint Petersburg, FL 33707
Cuisine: Vietnamese, French
If Vietnamese cuisine is what excites you, do not pass this one up. It’s small and easy to miss your first visit. After that, you’ll have it programmed into your GPS. There isn’t anything on the menu that doesn’t burst with flavor. Be it the bún with pork skewer, the traditional banh mi, or the bok choy and tofu, you will be in for a treat. The service is excellent.
Red Mesa (4 stars)
4912 4th St N., Saint Petersburg, FL 33703
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex, Latin American
One of the finest Mexican eateries you will find anywhere. What Mexican restaurant doesn’t offer salsa and chips? Not many. So there is a lot of competition out there. Yet, something about theirs is very popular and folks tend to rave over them. Nonetheless, all their meals are prepared with authenticity. The enchilada trio – three different types of enchiladas (crab and shrimp, duck, and chicken) will give you a good cross-section of flavors you’ll experience. The margaritas are out of this world and the service is second to none.
Gateway To India (4 ½ stars)
8300 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Cuisine: Indian, Ethnic Food
This is by far the best Indian cuisine in the area, if not all of Florida. Patrons return time and time again for a complete Indian dining experience. Depending on your threshold for spice, dishes are prepared to specification based on a scale of heat ranging from 1 – 10 (1, being mild…10, being supernova) Regardless, traditional flavors of curries and cream sauce come through to excite your palate. The decor is colorful and elegant within a very comfortable atmosphere. The staff is professional, knowledgeable about their different food offerings, and hospitable.
Crescent Lake Park (5 stars)
1320 5th St N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
If there is one thing you can say about St. Petersburg it’s that there is no shortage of parks. So weighing one against another is a task. But Crescent Lake consistently comes out on top with 5 stars. There is something for everyone here…a dog park; a lake; and a playground for the kids; and plenty of places to walk and jog if you so desire. Very pleasant surroundings. Perfect for an weekend afternoon with the family and kids.
Vinoy Park (4 ½ stars)
501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
This park overlooks Tampa Bay. Want to go fishing? Just cast a line or net. Want to play ball? There are a couple of baseball fields available. Care to do some walking or jog? Done. You’ll have lots of company, but never over crowded. A delightful atmosphere for a picnic. There are plenty of restaurants and art galleries in the area to make the day complete. The park is the venue for many musical concerts and other events. Very clean restroom facilities that are conveniently located and easy to find. Just a beautiful place to spend time.
Sunscreen Film Festival
200 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL
This festival is supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and takes place in several cities around the country; St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, South Bay, and Los Angeles. In St. Petersburg, the festival ran from May 1 – 4 for 2014. From award ceremonies to seminars and courses, if you are involved in film production in any way, attending this festival is a must.
Tampa Bay Blues Fest
Vinoy Waterfront Park
Your baby don’t have to have dun-died and left you…to know the annual Tampa Bay Blues Fest features three days of blues on the Bay. Every April blues masters grace the stage at the Vinoy Waterfront Park downtown St. Petersburg to belt out soulful sounds of the Blues! There are plenty vendors on hand offering treats such as seafood, barbecue, Cuban cuisine and more. Other vendors offer crafts and fine wine and beer.
Speed Boat Adventures (5 stars)
200 Madonna Blvd., St. Petersburg, FL 33715
Want to drive our own speedboat? Speed Boat Adventures in St Petersburg will fix you right up. This is an adventure of a lifetime on a guided and narrated tour of the St. Petersburg waterways. Yes, it’s guided, but you will do the navigating and become the vessel’s captain. Guidance is given via a radio communication system mounted in each boat. Spot dolphin, manatee, sea birds, and more! Dipan P. – Manhattan, NY: “A must have on the bucket list if you’re in and around Tampa.”
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