It's not hard to believe that the New York Times named St. Petersburg one of 52 Places to Go in 2014. The city is something truly special—it has every amenity you can imagine, but has a quaint sense of community and fantastically Floridian appeal.
Downtown St. Petersburg is the city’s heart, replete with shops, restaurants, bars and attractions. The Dalí Museum is an obligatory stop, as is the Chihuly Collection of mind-blowing glasswork, the Museum of Fine Art and the Florida Holocaust Museum. Out-of-doors attractions are just as wow-inducing: Boyd Hill Nature Park is a glimpse of what St. Pete looked like before modern development; the observation tower at Weedon Island Preserve offers an expansive view of St. Pete’s surroundings; and Fort De Soto Park is more than just an award-winning beach—it’s a full-stop, get-outside park with every dry land and watersport activity you could ask for, including outstanding beach camping.
If you really want to wrap your brain around all that St. Pete has to offer, try a guided tour of the city. There are Segway tours, boat tours (including dolphin watching), ghost tours, photo tours and historic tours that will make you an almost-instant expert on this jewel of Tampa Bay.