Saint Petersburg, Florida was named by a Russian nobleman and entrepreneur, Pyotr Dementyev who came to Florida in 1881. Dementyev extended the Orange Belt Railroad from central Florida to the west coast, and built the area’s first hotel. He named the area Saint Petersburg after the capital city of his homeland and Dementyev is considered a founder of the city. There is a beautiful water front park in Downtown Saint Petersburg, Florida named in his honor.
There are a lot of green spaces in Downtown Saint Petersburg, with trees and shade and this in combination with it being on the waterfront of Tampa Bay, makes this downtown area one of the most scenic that I have ever seen.
The Downtown area of St. Petersburg is pedestrian friendly and offers stunning views of Tampa Bay, with plenty of places to stop and rest under a shaded tree to take in the scenic surroundings. If you prefer to ride rather than walk, take advantage of the free Downtown Trolley Looper, scheduled every 15 minutes with 20 stops, linking museums, shopping and hotels throughout the area.
Downtown St. Petersburg is also friendly to people who like to peddle themselves around town, with bike lanes and the North Bay Trail which is part of the larger system of St. Petersburg city Trails.
If you are staying on the beach in Pinellas County, there is a transportation system in place to get you from the beach to Downtown. To find out more info: https://www.psta.net/riding-psta/trolley-services/
Another great Downtown to visit is Downtown Tampa and you can easily get there via The Cross-Bay Ferry. A high speed ferry that connects Downtown St. Petersburg to Downtown Tampa with a 50 minute journey over the waters of Tampa Bay. For rates and schedules
If you like a day at the museum, Downtown St. Petersburg offers 4 different museum choices for visitors to take in. The Museum of Fine Arts, The St. Petersburg Museum of History, The Florida Holocaust Museum and The Salvador Dali Museum.
The Mahaffey Theater and the historic Palladium Theater are two places in Downtown St. Petersburg to take in the preforming arts and to enjoy the latest motion picture, there is the AMC Sundial 12.
The open air Mall at Sundial is downtown St. Petersburg’s premier destination to shop, and with a mixture of restaurants, markets and nightlife it is no wonder that the Sundial complex is so popular with locals and visitors alike.
Tropicana Field, home of the Major League Baseball’s, Tampa Bay Rays and Al Lang Stadium, home of the Professional Soccer Team, Tampa Bay Rowdies, are both located in Downtown Saint Petersburg.
There is no doubt that the future focal point of this Downtown area will be in the spring of 2020 with the grand re-opening of The Pier. This grand opening has been much anticipated ever since the closure and demolition of the old outdated pier in 2013 and the presentation to the public of the new modern design in 2015.
There are a good many of hotel selections in Downtown St. Petersburg but none more grand as The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club. With it’s beautiful waterfront location, it’s elegance, it’s convenience and all it’s amenities, it certainly has to be a travelers dream accommodation.
One day was just simply not enough to take in all of Saint Petersburg’s beautiful scenic splendor and John and I plan on going back again and again. We highly recommend that if visiting this Downtown area packed with activity at every turn, that you allow for, if at all possible, a couple of days on your vacation schedule.
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