St Petersburg Neighborhood Guide

  • St. Petersburg, often referred to by locals as “St Pete”, has an average of some 361 days of sunshine each year, and a Guinness World Record for logging the most consecutive days of sunshine (768 days). It has also been nicknamed “The Sunshine City”.
  • St. Petersburg has the third-largest dedicated public waterfront park system in North America, with a waterfront park system that stretches 7 miles and is used year round for public events, festivals and other activities.American Style magazine ranked St. Petersburg its top mid-size city in 2011, citing its “vibrant” arts scene.
  • St. Petersburg’s downtown has been rated among the best in the South. The area’s beaches are a 10-mile drive from downtown.
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  • Downtown St. Petersburg is the Central Business District, containing high rises for office use, most notably the tallest building in the city, One Progress Plaza. The Tampa Bay Times newspaper is headquartered in the downtown area as well.  Downtown also contains the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and a downtown branch of St. Petersburg College
  • In St. Petersburg alone, more than 1,000 events happen annually. In March, the city of St. Petersburg hosts the annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The annual Grand Prix is located downtown and is the first round of the IndyCar Series.
  • The month of April brings the most of the cities major events. Bluesfest is the earliest event which is hosted in the Vinoy Park. Bluesfest hosts multiple live blues artists, views of the Tampa Bay waters from the park, and free food.  One of many art festivals, called the Mainsail Art Festival, is a free entry art exhibition which takes place at the Vinoy Park and offers attendees quality art they can purchase from local artists. The art festival also provides live music, awards, and food vendors.  The triathlon event, which takes place downtown, is hosted by St. Anthony’s Hospital and involves a 1.5k swim through Tampa Bay, a 40k bike along the waterways, and a 10k run through the neighborhoods.
  • Downtown is the location of the Sundial shopping complex which opened in May 2014. It contains an IMAX Muvico 20-screen movie theater, as well as many chain restaurants and retail shops. Restaurants serving ethnic and domestic culinary specialties can also be found throughout the downtown area.
  • Every Saturday morning, from October to May, the downtown area hosts a farmers’ market. Local vendors sell the fruits of their labors (whether edible or decorative) alongside artists of all kinds including live music.
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