Blue and purple sunrise sky of St. Pete downtown skyline.

The downtown waterfront sparkles in St. Pete. For a real treat, check it out at sunrise or sunset.

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St. Pete

Visit artsy, ever-changing St. Pete, and you’ll see why Forbes just named it one of the "Best Places to Travel in the U.S. in 2023." St. Pete is no stranger to accolades – it was also recently named one of the “Best Street Art Cities in the World” and one of “America’s Hottest Cities to Live and Visit.” Even the pups love it – it was chosen as the #1 dog-friendly city by SmartAsset.

Tripadvisor has named St. Pete the #2 Trending Destination in the U.S. in its annual "Best of the Best Destinations" awards!

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St. Pete's Districts Are Amazing!

Each different, each a treasure in its own right: Check out St. Pete's districts to get to know the city like a local.

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St. Pete hosts hundreds of events and festivals each year. Check out local favorites such as the Saturday Morning Market - the largest weekly fresh market in the Southeast USA - or the Second Saturday ArtWalk, held downtown on the second Saturday of the month.

June brings the St. Pete Pride Festival throughout the city, while October boasts the SHINE St. Pete Mural Festival where visitors can see mural artists at work. No matter when you’re planning to visit, you'll find a variety of fun festivals and events, art exhibits, theater and musical performances.

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When the sun goes down in St. Pete, the fun keeps going. Central Ave. is home to many clubs and bars, including Enigma, the Mandarin Hide and Emerald Bar. There’s even a Dog Bar! Breweries such as Green Bench Brewing and 3 Daughters Brewing dot downtown - many of them with outdoor beer gardens, games and entertainment. On Beach Drive, The Canopy Rooftop Lounge is the place to go for cocktails with an unbeatable view of St. Pete’s waterfront. For live music in an intimate setting, Jannus Live offers a great lineup of touring bands. 

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Places to Stay

If you feel like a splurge, there’s no better place in St. Pete than The Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, a seashell-pink, circa 1925 luxury hotel on St. Pete’s iconic waterfront. For a smaller but still luxurious setting, check out the 1920s-themed Birchwood with its four-poster beds and oversized bathrooms with clawfoot tubs, or the award-winning 1921 Cordova Hotel near the St. Pete Pier. If you want to go more modern, there are a slew of new hotels such as Tru by Hilton to choose from.

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Magenta chairs and antique looking bedroom with french doors at The Birchwood boutique hotel

Nestled along St. Pete's stylish Beach Drive and home to rooftop bar The Canopy, the beautifully furnished Birchwood Inn is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway.

Getting Around St. Pete

It's easy to get around downtown St. Pete, so ditch your car and head out on foot (metered parking is available and there are three public parking garages, see this guide on where to park for details). Another great option is Coast Bike Share, which allows you to check out a bike and go for a spin around town. Scooters can also be rented throughout downtown (just download the Veo or Razor app). There’s also the charming (and free!) Looper Trolley in downtown St. Pete that runs seven days a week. Outside of the downtown area, you’ll likely want a car (or a rideshare from Uber or Lyft).