St. Petersburg is located on the Pinellas peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
St. Petersburg was founded in 1888 by John C. Williams, who purchased the land, and by Peter Demens, who brought the railroad industry into the area. As a part of a coin toss bet, the winner, Peter Demens, named the land after Saint Petersburg, Russia, while Williams opted to name the first hotel built which was named the Detroit Hotel, both named after their home towns respectively. St. Petersburg was incorporated as a town on February 29, 1892 and re-incorporated as a city on June 6, 1903.
The city is often referred to by locals as St. Pete. Neighboring St. Pete Beach formally shortened its name in 1994 after a vote by its residents. St. Petersburg is governed by a mayor and city council.
With an average of some 361 days of sunshine each year! This is why St. Pete is loved by so many “Snowbirds” each year.
Things to do:
Tropicana Field- Home of the baseball team Tampa Bay Rays.
Fort Desoto-Fort De Soto park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys). These keys are home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and scores of native plants.
Enjoy swimming in the Gulf, bringing your dogs to the beach dog park or enjoying a walk or run around the park.
Skyway Fishing Pier and Park- At the mouth of the Gulf. It’s a great place to fish if you do not have a boat. You can even watch the cruise ships come and go into the Bay.
St. Petersburg is a city on Florida’s gulf coast, part of the Tampa Bay area. It’s known for its pleasant weather (hence its “Sunshine City” nickname), making it popular for golfing, boating, fishing and beachgoing. Its waterfront parks host the Dali Museum, featuring surrealist works of art; the Museum of Fine Arts, with works ranging from ancient to contemporary; and Mahaffey Theater, home of the Florida Orchestra.