St. Petersburg is a vibrant coastal city on the Tampa Bay that has a lively downtown district with hundreds of shops and restaurants. A hub of art and culture, it is also home to world-class museums and Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays. Several bridges connect St. Petersburg to Tampa and the gorgeous white sand beaches of the barrier islands along the Gulf of Mexico. St. Petersburg is known as Sunshine City for its world-record-holding status as the city with the most consecutive days of sunshine.
St. Petersburg has numerous distinctive neighborhoods with a variety of housing styles. The established neighborhoods of Snell Island and Old Northeast to the north and Baywater Isles to the south have grand Mediterranean-inspired properties and attractive single-family homes nestled within private gated neighborhoods along the waterfront. In addition, St. Petersburg also offers many mid-to-high rise condominium buildings.
• Diverse dining scene
• Art and museums
• Picturesque waterfront
• Varied housing options
St. Petersburg offers its residents an abundance of things to see and do. A short drive from the top tourist attractions in nearby Tampa, St. Petersburg boasts outstanding museums, craft breweries, and restaurants. The packed annual events calendar means there’s always something new to do and discover in this city of perpetual sunshine.
St. Petersburg has a fantastic craft beer scene. Book a brewery tour with Thirsty Pelican or make your own way to the taps at Cycle, 3 Daughters, Cage, Rapp, Arkane, and dog-friendly PAW. Guided walking tours also take in the many colorful murals adorning the walls of the Central Arts District. More than 70 total murals can be found enlivening St. Pete’s sunkissed streets.
The many unique businesses in St. Petersburg’s vibrant downtown district include Marazzo’s Italian Market. This gourmet market is a foodie’s paradise with specialty olives and cheeses, hand-crafted pasta, baked goods, and deli items.
Downtown St. Petersburg is one of the Tampa area’s premier culinary destinations. Standouts of the local restaurant scene include authentic Tuscan cuisine at BellaBrava, a lavish Sunday brunch buffet at 400 Beach Seafood, French-influenced twists on American classics at Cassis, ocean-fresh seafood at The Oyster Bar, flavorful Vietnamese fusion dishes at La V, grilled swordfish and Mexican-style shared platters at Red Mesa Cantina, and mouthwatering steaks and seafood paired with award-winning wines at Parkshore Grill.
St. Petersburg’s upscale resorts include the Marriott Vinoy Renaissance. The Vinoy has several sophisticated dining spaces on the waterfront close to downtown and overlooking its picturesque 18-hole Ron Garl-designed Championship golf course on Snell Island to the northeast.
St. Petersburg Pier was first constructed in 1889 but has undergone extensive renovation since 2014. The majestic New St. Petersburg Pier juts out over 3,000 feet into the ocean near downtown.
The downtown waterfront is also home to world-class cultural institutions and art displays. The Salvador Dali Museum contains the largest collection of the famed Spanish surrealist painter’s works outside Europe. The collection at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg spans 5,000 years of art history and represents all corners of the globe. Each year, around 100,000 visitors attend April’s Mainsail Art Festival at Vinoy Park. More than 250 artists compete for prizes totaling $60,000 during this art event that has been ranked among the best in the United States. The beautiful four-acre botanical gardens at The Sunken Gardens in the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood were built in the 1930s as one of the United States’ oldest roadside attractions.
St. Petersburg always has something going on, no matter the season. Tropicana Field in the heart of downtown is the home of the MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays. In December, the Sunken Gardens host a large LBGTQ+ Red & Green holiday party. The year’s biggest LGBTQ+ celebration is the Pride Festival in April, where around 250,000 people participate in the largest Pride event in the Tampa region.
Saint Petersburg is zoned to the Pinellas Public School District. Highlights include:
• Gulf Beaches Elementary Magnet School, Public (Magnet), K-5
• Plato Academy of St. Petersburg, Public (Charter), K-7
• Eckerd College, Private, Higher Education (Presbyterian Liberal Arts College)
• Stetson University College of Law, Higher Education (Florida’s oldest law school)