Orlando, Miami and Tampa might be the most touristic cities in Florida but there are other cities too that cast a unique spell on visitors. St Petersburg is surely one of those cities.
Why do we say so? Well, why wouldn’t you choose a holiday destination that holds the title for ‘most consecutive days with sunshine’; boasts award-winning beaches, a world-renowned museum and offers every other touristy treat that you would hope for – great options in shopping, restaurants and bars?
So, you see, there isn’t a valid reason to do so until you have kids who want to visit Orlando every time. So, let Florida Guru guide you about the top attractions in St Petersburg.
1. Dali Museum
The Salvador Dali Museum is created as a tribute for the eminent Spanish surrealist artist, Salvador Dali, which brilliantly showcases the artist’s artwork along with interactive gardens and striking building. You can also enjoy a plateful of luscious Spanish cuisine at Cafe Gala after going through the breathtaking gallery.
Address: 1 Dali Blvd, St Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
2. Sunken Gardens
This 4-acre attraction is a botanical paradise. You can feast your eyes on over 50,000 tropical plants and a wide array of exotic birds. There are well-paved pathways to help you explore the garden better. The Japanese Garden and Wishing Well are some other attractions of this 100-year-old garden.
Address: 1825 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704, USA
3. Fort DeSoto Park
Consisting of 5 keys and spanning across 1136 acres of space, Fort DeSoto Park is a beautiful way to spend your time on a holiday. The 5 islands were originally created for military fortifications. You can relive the history via remnants and a museum. Tourists visit the park to enjoy its beaches, picnic area, two piers, hiking trail, kayak trail and bicycling trails. You can also take a ferry to Egmont Key State Park.
Also, remember we were talking about award-winning beaches, this is it. It was ranked 8th in ‘Best Beach in Florida’ and ‘Best Family Beach’ by USA TODAY in 2015 and 2014 respectively. It was also ranked 4th in ‘America’s Top 25 Beaches for 2013’ by TripAdvisor.
Address: 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715, USA
4. Saturday Morning Market
This is not just any market (well obviously because it made to the list), but more like a celebration. This market is held weekly in the downtown St. Petersburg. What’s special here? This is a really great place to buy and browse through a WIDE array of fresh produce from local farms and lip-smacking food from 15 different countries.
What’s more? There’s live music and artists and performers in the centre of the market that keeps the market lively and visitors entertained. It really is spectacular and an incredible experience to be there. It is visited by over 10,000 people each Saturday from October to May.
Address: 101 1st St SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
5. St. Pete Beach
Soaked up brilliantly in the warm Gulf of Mexico waters and full of soft white sand, St. Pete will be the highlight of your holiday in the city. It is located just south of St. Petersburg and is surely one of the best beaches in Florida. Again, an award-winning beach and chock-full of top hotels, restaurants and awesome shops, St. Pete is surely a great choice anytime. Other attractions include Pier 60 and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Well, this definitely is not the end of it, there’s so much more in St. Petersburg that will fill your touristy heart with fulfilment. Also, visit the Mahaffey Theater, Weedon Island Preserve and Tropicana Field among others. Do not forget to visit the spectacular Sunshine Skyway Bridge located on I 275, crossing the waters at the entrance to Tampa Bay.
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