Introducing St Petersburg
St Petersburg – Tampa's more arty and youthful sibling – has a bawdy reputation as a party town, where they like to say the sun shines, on average, 361 days a year. But in fact, the bay area's two cities are more alike than they are different. For the last decade, both have been strained by unrelenting urban sprawl, and today both are working hard to revitalize and restore their historic neighborhoods and waterfront districts. Both are also succeeding admirably and are worth visiting.
The Salvador Dalí Museum is St Petersburg's headline attraction, yet the museum's world-renowned and dazzling new home is just the most high-profile addition to St Pete's lively cultural scene. In contrast to Tampa, St Pete's main sights form a single compact district, making it easy to explore on foot. Day or night, the historic downtown and waterfront is a delightful, communal place to stroll, and seemingly each step passes spiffy new museums, galleries, restaurants and bars.
Indeed, if you prefer sleeping in a city and making day trips to the beach, St Pete is a good choice, as it's a quick drive to the barrier islands, and it's also close to the cultural sights in Tampa and Sarasota.
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St Petersburg destination guides
St Petersburg Segway Nature Tour
Spend a morning in Florida’s amazing nature on this fun, scenic and educational Segway tour. Following your small group and knowledgeable guide through St Petersburg, discover the area’s diverse nature and wildlife as you cruise along the palm tree-lined Tampa Bay seawall to view manatees and dolphins in their natural habitat.