St. Petersburg, Florida: Arts, Culture and Cool
It's not hard to believe that the New York Times named St. Petersburg, Florida one of 52 Places to Go in 2014. The city of St. Petersburg is something truly special—it has every amenity you can imagine, still with 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. While exploring, be sure to visit the Museum of Fine Arts and the Florida Holocaust Museum. Out-of-doors attractions are just as wow-inducing: Boyd Hill Nature Park is a glimpse of what St. Petersburg 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 an outdoor lover's park with every dry land and watersport activity you could ask for, including outstanding beach camping.
It's easy to get around downtown, so ditch your car and head out on foot, or sign up to Coast Bike Share to check out a bike and go for a spin around town (ay as you go options are available). But if you really want to wrap your brain around all that St. Petersburg, Florida 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.
When the sun goes down in St. Pete, the real fun starts. Central Avenue is home to numerous clubs and bars including Enigma, a dance club, The Mandarin Hide and Emerald Bar. On Beach Drive, The Canopy Rooftop Lounge is a hotspot for cocktails overlooking the marina, and for live music in a small and intimate setting, Jannus Live is a top choice with a constant lineup of touring bands.