Downtown St. Petersburg
In downtown St. Petersburg, browse independently owned shops, unique restaurants, neighborhood bars and breweries, galleries and top art museums on Central Ave. Don’t miss the Chihuly Collection of stunning glasswork. Be sure to visit two new museums: the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art and the Imagine Museum’s collection of contemporary glass. Nearby, take a docent-lead tour of the Dalí Museum, which displays the largest collection of the surrealist’s work outside of Spain. As you explore, be on the lookout for St. Pete’s street murals, hundreds of which can be found throughout the city.
Events in St. Pete
St. Pete boast a full arts calendar with hundreds of exhibitions, events and festivals each year. Check out local favorites such as the Saturday Morning Market—the largest weekly fresh market in the Southeast USA. You’ll find local organic produce, ready-to-eat food from around the world and live music. Another fun year-round event is the Second Saturday ArtWalk, held 5 – 9 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month in downtown St. Pete.
June brings the St. Pete Pride Festival to St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District 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, find a list of event highlights for the month here.
St. Pete Nightlife
When the sun goes down in St. Pete, the real fun starts. Central Ave. is home to many clubs and bars including dance club Enigma, the Mandarin Hide and Emerald Bar. On Beach Drive, The Canopy Rooftop Lounge is the place to go for cocktails with an unbeatable view of St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront. For live music in an intimate setting, Jannus Live offers a constant lineup of touring bands.
Nature Near St. Petersburg
St. Pete’s nature attractions are pleasing, too: Walk some of the six miles of trails at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve to get a glimpse of what the city looked like before development. Weedon Island Preserve is a wonderful place to rent a canoe or kayak (on land, be sure to climb the observation tower for views of alligators and water birds).
Getting Around St. Pete
It's easy to get around downtown St. Petersburg, so ditch your car and head out on foot (metered parking is available and there are three downtown public parking garages, see here for details). Another great option is Coast Bike Share, which allows you to check out a bike and go for a spin around town. There’s also the charming (and free!) Looper Trolley in downtown St. Pete that runs seven days a week.