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St Petersburg, Florida, is known as the “Sunshine city” because of its pleasant climate most of the year. Located in the famous Tampa Bay on the Gulf of Florida, St Pete is 40 km away from Tampa and just 1 hour 40 minutes drive from Orlando. The destination attracts many visitors in search of entertainment, culture and fun. It is a great suggestion for a city near Orlando to visit.
Tourists cannot miss the beautiful beaches of St Petersburg, take boat trips, fishing, golf, visit museums and parks by the sea, such as the Salvador Dalí Museum, with beautiful surrealist works.
St Pete offers many attractions and excitement during the day and at night, in ballads, bars and restaurants of the most varied cuisines (seafood, Japanese, Italian, among others), shops and entertainment, several unmissable public parks that must certainly be included in your travel itinerary.
Discover some of the main attractions that you must visit in St. Petersburg.
Salvador Dalí Museum in St Petersburg
For those who like history, art and culture, this museum is the perfect place. Inaugurated in 2001, it contains the largest collection, outside Europe, of the famous surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.
The exhibition follows the chronological order of the pieces, with about 100 paintings, beautiful sculptures, drawings, even photographs, drafts, letters and other important documents. Visitors can get to know seven of Dalí’s masterpieces up close, such as “The Toreador Hallucinogen” and “The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus”.
The exuberant futuristic building that houses the museum is undoubtedly a show on its own, which is worth seeing. The place has a beautiful view of St. Petersburg Bay.
At the museum, tourists can learn more about the life, artistic development and the most relevant works of the irreverent Catalan painter, through guided tours with an audio guide (in English and Spanish) that provides detailed explanations of all the works.
See the official website for complete information on opening hours, prices and learn about the next events that take place at the Museum: https://thedali.org/
Museum of Fine Arts
The cultural and historical riches in St Petersburg are hallmarks of the city, so another museum worth visiting is the sophisticated Museum of Fine Arts, which brings together more than 20,000 works by artists like Bourdelle, Hassam, Andrew Wyeth, Monet, among other icons of the world arts.
In addition to the exhibition galleries, the site has beautiful gardens that undoubtedly deserve records.
The museum has visiting programs for families and children. Visit the official website to learn more: https://mfastpete.org/
Great Explorations – Children’s Museum
This fun museum is the perfect place to entertain the little ones, with a lot of novelty, learning and fun.
The Great Explorations museum offers interactive science-oriented exhibits where children learn while playing. It is similar to Miami Children’s Museum in a way.
There is a two-story treehouse that stimulates the skills of kids and adults for creative design, construction, carpentry and engineering activities.
For the most courageous and adventurous, there is the “Touch Tunnel” tunnel, which is 100 meters long with several slopes and obstacles to be explored in the dark.
Discover all the fun attractions, values and opening hours on the official website: https://greatex.org/
Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg Florida
Of the diverse cultural attractions of St Pete Florida, the Morean Arts Center Museum is one of the most interesting places, combining innovations with the arts, from talented local and foreign contemporary artists.
This museum has a famous theater, and also offers arts classes and cultural programs for all ages.
Learn more about the Morean Arts Center: https://www.moreanartscenter.org/
The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art
This museum was recently opened in 2018, its imposing architecture is a spectacle apart, with more than 400 works of art that transport visitors to the rich and diverse heritage of American West history and culture.
The museum’s founders did an interesting and broad artistic curation, bringing together works by emerging and other famous artists, resulting in a complete collection of elements of tribal traditions in perfect synergy with classic refinements.
The James Museum is undoubtedly a recommended tour for those seeking more knowledge and incredible experiences about American history.
See the complete information on the official website: https://thejamesmuseum.org/.
St Pete Beach
Visit this magical expanse of sand and you’ll understand why Trip Advisor’s community of travelers love St. Pete Beach, naming it the No. 2 beach in America in 2020.
North Beach and Soto Park Fort
This famous North American municipal park brings together 5 islands that are connected by bridges between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
North Beach is a lush beach with white sand and an artificial lagoon, considered in 2014 by USA Today as the best beach for families. The place is also pet friendly, so pets are very welcome.
In addition to this beautiful beach, fun is guaranteed with attractions that will liven up children and adults, such as canoe, kayak, fishing, trails, playground, picnic spaces and much more amidst preserved nature.
The former Soto Park Fort, built in the late 19th century, was active until 1910. It is located in North Beach and is part of the country’s National Register of Historic Places. This iconic fortress brings a lot of history of the Spanish-American dispute in the region, with incredible cannons, photographs, artifacts and military documents of the time. It is worth checking the information on the website: http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/05_ft_desoto.htm
Sunken Gardens Botanical Gardens
This luxurious botanical garden is considered a true tropical paradise in the heart of St Petersburg. Sunken Gardens is one of the oldest tourist attractions in the United States, over 100 years old.
For those who like to appreciate the beauty of fauna and flora, the walk to this garden should not be out of the script.
The place has more than 16 thousand m2, gathers about 50.000 exotic plants and flowers, besides a fauna full of flamingos and other beautiful birds. The visitor can also appreciate waterfalls with waterfalls and manicured gardens.
Sunken Gardens also offers horticultural activities, event space, weddings, excursions and more. It is worth mentioning that on rainy days, the place may undergo changes in its opening hours.
See more information: http://www.stpete.org/attractions/sunken_gardens/index.php
Egmont Key State Park
This beautiful park has been part of the United States National Register of Historic Places since the late 1970s, and is also officially considered an important National Wildlife Refuge.
Egmont Key State Park has a lighthouse and historic ruins, from the time of the dispute between the Spaniards and Americans.
Access to the park is quite restricted, made only by boats and ferries that depart from Fort de Soto, so it is a great tour tip for those who like to explore different places of preserved nature.
Weedon Island Preserve
If you prefer to go for a walk outdoors, be sure to visit the Weedon Island Preserve which offers an indescribable experience in the midst of nature and breaks a breathtaking view of Tampa Bay.
At the site visitors can make incredible trails with the family, meet and photograph the beautiful birds that inhabit the place.
Learn more about this important St. Petersburg preservation park: https://floridahikes.com/weedon-island-preserve
Skyway Fishing Pier State Park
Another beautiful and extensive city park is the Skyway Fishing Pier State which is located at the southern tip of St. Petersburg, just 15 minutes from Downtown.
The place has a strip of sand in the Bay of Tampa that is ideal to rest, enjoy the sun and enjoy the beautiful scenery. In this park, visitors find the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier, which is very suitable for those who like to fish and in its vicinity there are several stores with fishing articles.
Learn more about the park: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/skyway-fishing-pier-state-park
Sawgrass Lake Park in St Petersburg
This famous and peaceful St. Petersburg park is a nature reserve that houses several species of alligators, birds, butterflies, turtles, fish and other animals, as well as beautiful flowers.
The tour is undoubtedly unforgettable, especially to take children who can go hiking, picnic and get to know the animals that live there.
See the official Sawgrass Lake Park website: http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/16_Sawgrass.htm
Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St Petersburg
It is worth crossing the cable-stayed Sunshine Skyway bridge, which is suspended by steel cables and crosses Tampa Bay. This beautiful 6.5 km long architectural work connects St. Petersburg to Tampa.
The bridge was opened in the late 1980s and guarantees an incredible view of the ocean. There tourists can enjoy the pier, the beauty and calm of the sea.
Duke Energy Center for the Arts in St Petersburg
A place worth visiting in St. Petersburg is the Duke Energy Center concert and arts venue. Located in the heart of the city, this space was opened in 1965 and completely revitalized in 2013.
With imposing and sophisticated architecture, many must-see shows of the highest quality take place at the Duke Energy Center. It stands out for offering national and international performances – Broadway, classical, pop, rock, comedy, dances and an orchestra that is a reference in Florida.
In addition, the space offers more than 2000 seats, function rooms and an unparalleled view of the seafront.
See the full schedule of shows and events that take place at the Duke Energy Center: https://www.themahaffey.com/
Petersburg Saturday Morning – Farmers Market
The traditional open-air fair that takes place every Saturday morning in the center of St. Petersburg offers visitors a wide range of interesting products and experiences. It is considered one of the main in the country.
The site receives around 10,000 visitors every Saturday who enjoy fresh and organic products, varied and quality cuisine, crafts, as well as lively shows, music and lots of entertainment from 9 am to 2 pm.
This tour is very nice to do with the family and get to know the local culture of Saint Petersburg. See all details on the official website: https://saturdaymorningmarket.com/