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St. Petersburg

Boating In St. Petersburg, Florida

The Sunshine City

With a vibrant cultural life, some of the country’s best beaches, and more than 1,500 slips, St. Petersburg is the perfect destination for boaters looking to slow down and absorb the best that south Florida has to offer.

St. Pete sits snuggly between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It’s done a lot in recent years to revitalize its once dull reputation as both a spring break and retirement destination. Its waterfront parks host the Dali Museum, featuring surrealist works of art; the Museum of Fine Arts, with works ranging from ancient to contemporary; and Mahaffey Theater, home of the Florida Orchestra. It is also the home of a professional soccer team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

By redeveloping the waterfront, arguably the city’s best feature, and renewing interest in the historic district, the city is transforming itself into a bonafide southern holiday destination.

With weather so beautiful it earned the nickname “Sunshine City,” St. Petersburg has award winning beaches, highly rated restaurants, great state and national parks, excellent shopping, craft breweries, farmer’s markets and remarkable cultural experiences. It holds the Guinness World Record for ‘most consecutive days with sunshine,’ at 768 days.

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Dali Museum
With well over 2,000 works, showcasing every medium and moment of his artistry, it’s the largest Dali collection outside of Europe. It began as a private collection of the Morse family in the 1940’s and in 1982 they donated it, in its entirety, to the St. Petersburg community.
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Skyway Fishing Pier State Park
The world’s longest fishing pier is in St. Petersburg. Created when the new Sunshine Skyway Bridge was built connecting St. Petersburg with Sarasota, the existing bridge was turned into a pier. You can expect tarpon, grouper, cobia, snook, red snapper, pompano, Spanish and king mackerel, sheepshead and more. The park has a bait and snack shop and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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Fort De Soto Beach Park
It’s the largest park within the county system, with over 1,000 acres and five interconnected islands (or keys). Relax on the beach, jump in a kayak or stroll along the shore. No matter what you do, you’ll be absolutely entranced by the natural beauty of the place.
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The Chihuly Collection
You’ll find Chihuly’s work in places like the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and even the Louvre in Paris. But if you want to see his permanent collection, you have to go to St. Petersburg. Located in a simply wood and marble building that is part of the Morean Arts Centre, the exhibit was designed specifically to display this impressive collection.
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St. Pete's Beach
St. Pete's Beach was ranked number one in the United States and number five in the world by Trip Advisor in 2012. One of the only spots for surfing in the Gulf of Mexico is Upham Beach – at the tip of St Pete. Enjoy a day of shopping on historic Corey Avenue or dinner on the waterfront.
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Mill Restaurant
200 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Red Mesa Cantina
128 3rd St S St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Sea Salt
183 2nd Ave North St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Parkshore Grill
300 Beach Drive, NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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The Canopy Rooftop Lounge
340 Beach Drive, NE St. Petersburg, FL 33710
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Firestone's Grand Prix
Mainsail Art Festival
Saturday Morning Market
October - March
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St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show
Nearest Airport
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport
27.7676, -82.6403
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