downtown hotspots

Explore St. Pete's Districts

Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida is a thriving hub of arts, shopping, food and drink experiences. Explore the ever-growing individual districts of St. Pete and plan a day of fun in the Sunshine City.

St. Pete, one of the top cities to visit in America by Conde Nast Traveler (2020), is a different place that you might remember if you haven't visited in a while. As noted in Forbes, after the opening of the Dali Museum in 2011, St. Pete transformed from a sleepy, small downtown to a never-ending patchwork of craft breweries, artist enclaves and galleries, boutique clothing/coffee/wine bar concepts and multi-million dollar state-of-the-art museums. Did we forget to mention the St. Pete Pier, one of the top two new attractions in the country?

No longer can the entire downtown experience be done in a single day. Visitors can plan out and spend an entire vacation enjoying the different districts of St. Pete. Explore our guide below and get a taste of downtown before you visit.

The St. Pete Pier spreads 26 acres along the Tampa Bay waterfront. Filled with green spaces, eateries and activities, the St. Pete Pier is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

Families can enjoy the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center for an educational experience, or the splash pad as a perfect spot for kiddies to play and cool-off on a hot summer day. Then load up at the pavilion next-door on snacks and cold drinks, or head to Spa Beach for some toes in the sand fun without having to leave the pier.

With restaurants, fishing hot spots and so much more ... there's plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy at the pier and plenty of space to do so.

The Waterfront Museum District, spanning along a gorgeous waterfront space with lush green parks, has some of the major attractions of St. Pete, including The Salvador Dalí Museum, the Mahaffey Theater, the Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, The James Museum and the iconic hotel, The Vinoy.