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St Petersburg FL: Sightseeing in or Near Tampa Florida on the Beach...

Updated on March 26, 2011

St. Petersburg FL...

Near the City of Tampa in the great state of Florida is the slightly smaller town of St. Petersburg FL, located on the other side of Tampa Bay and closer to the Gulf coast beaches.  This is a very popular place for retirees from around the country to come and spend their last years on earth as they enjoy the sub-tropical weather and incredible scenery and beautiful sunsets…  There is so much to do in this area that it is constantly voted in the top 10 places to retire in the United States!

The twin cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg have an NFL football team, a major league baseball team, NHL Hockey, Arena Football, and other sporting events for those diehard fans.  In addition, there are many theatres and other venues for first class plays and shows, and an incredible variety of concerts held in the area.  The Florida State Fair is also held just across the Bay, on the City of Tampa side…

Salvador Dali Museum...

St. Petersburg FL has a very artistic side, as you would expect from having so many retirees here.  If its art and museums you are looking for, there are plenty here to choose from…  One of the most famous is the Salvador Dali Art Museum located in downtown St. Petersburg.  I’ve seen this exhibit, and it’s fantastic!  If you like the bizarre and unusual, you will like to explore the different paintings and creations by this Spanish artist.  They have recently moved the museum to a new location, to provide a more spacious and upgraded venue to show the artists paintings.

One thing you probably want to do is just park your car close to the famous St. Petersburg Pier, and walk around for a while looking at all the upscale waterfront shops and restaurants and parks…  It’s a very beautiful downtown area, and there’s a lot to do!  The St. Petersburg Pier is actually an inverted pyramid, and it has a very unusual look to it.  The Pier is close to a quarter mile of walking out to the end, but you can take a carriage ride if you are interested, or rent one of the many bicycle contraptions they have in the area.  St Petersburg FL has really designed the waterfront area well, and every couple of years they close down the streets for a Grand Prix race through the streets!  Awesome fun!

Clearwater Beach, Colgate Sailing School, and Sunken Gardens...

You can also learn how to sail in Tampa Bay, and they have several great schools including the famous Colgate Sailing School which has a facility on the St. Petersburg side… The Sunken Gardens is a must see while you are in the area, and it’s close to downtown. This has been around for many years, and used to be privately owned. However, the city of St. Petersburg FL purchased the property when the owner passed on, and it’s a very popular botanic gardens and wildlife attraction. Definitely one of my favorites in St. Petersburg FL!

There is plenty of great boating or dinner cruise opportunities, or even casino gambling if that’s what you’re into! Clearwater Beach is located just down the road, and is one of the top beaches in the country with its clear water and many incredible attractions. You can charter a fishing boat there, or hop on a speed boat that will take you on a dolphin sighting trip just offshore… Dolphin sighting is almost guaranteed here, because they love to play in the wake of the boat as it speeds up!

Interestingly enough, St. Petersburg FL was the site of the world’s first scheduled airline flight, when in 1914 a pilot flew the mayor and a bag of mail across the bay from St. Petersburg to Tampa! They have a museum close to the St. Petersburg Pier that celebrates this flight… Check out the many other museums in the downtown area, including the International Museum and the Holocaust Museum. Both are great! The University of South Florida Marine Science Campus is located on the waterfront in St. Petersburg, and so is one of the local Coast Guard Station for the area. Drive around and see everything while you are in St. Petersburg, you’ll enjoy it! The highest suspension bridge in the world is also located here, the Sunshine Skyway which covers the entrance to Tampa Bay… You will be amazed just by driving over the bridge, because of the height you are over the water! It is a toll bridge, so you will need to pay $1 each way, but its well worth it! There are many incredible things to do while in St. Petersburg, so plan your next vacation soon!

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    • scubadoggy profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      NP, I used to live there a few years ago, it was really a lot of fun! I love the waterfront area, very well designed. That's good news about property bargains, I know how expensive it was before...

    • FGual profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for this great hub on my hometown. The chain of parks along the downtown waterfront has got to be the best urban planning idea. Some things could be better, but it's easy to get around, and property is now a bargain.


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