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St Petersburg Introduction


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Facing placid Old Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Florida, attracts visitors with a vibrant downtown of pastel art-deco buildings and cultural attractions such as the Salvador Dali Museum, the symphony at Ruth Eckerd Hall and theater at American Stage.   Click here to see the full St Petersburg travel guide on Travel42 »

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St Petersburg Geography


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St. Petersburg occupies the peninsula that forms the west side of Tampa Bay (the city of Tampa is across the water to the northeast). St. Petersburg's numbered roads and directional addresses make it relatively easy to negotiate. Avenues run east and west; streets run north and south. Central Avenue is the main dividing line between north and south. The avenue numbers increase as you move from the center of town in either direction, and the "north" or "south" in the address indicates whether the destination is north or south of Central Avenue. The streets are also numbered, beginning at the Tampa Bay waterfront and increasing as you go west.  Click here to see the full St Petersburg travel guide on Travel42 »

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St Petersburg History


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Spanish conquistadors were the first Europeans to visit the peninsula they named Pinellas—Ponce de Leon even searched for the fountain of youth there. It wasn't until the mid-1800s that settlements began to take shape in the St. Petersburg area. The arrival of a railroad built by Peter Demens in the late 1800s spurred the area's growth. The city was named in honor of Demens' birthplace, St. Petersburg, Russia. By the late 19th century, the area was being promoted by the American Medical Association for its health benefits.  Click here to see the full St Petersburg travel guide on Travel42 »

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St Petersburg Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The sightseeing action in St. Petersburg is downtown. All of the city's notable museums are found there, close to where Central Avenue meets Tampa Bay. The Salvador Dali Museum is one of the city's best, offering an extensive collection of paintings, prints and photographs. The Pier, the city's signature downtown entertainment center, closed for redevelopment in June 2013.  Click here to see the full St Petersburg travel guide on Travel42 »

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St Petersburg Nightlife


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Although the ultrachic, high-tech dance clubs are found in Tampa, St. Petersburg does not lack a nightlife. Whether it's dancing to the hottest tracks, enjoying an after-dinner cognac or talking about the big game over a few drafts, this city has it. Bars and clubs generally close their doors at 2 am.  Click here to see the full St Petersburg travel guide on Travel42 »

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St Petersburg Restaurants & Dining


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Although St. Petersburg can't compete with the number and variety of restaurants in nearby Tampa, it has several innovative establishments worth seeking out. There are also plenty of international eateries.  Click here to see the full St Petersburg travel guide on Travel42 »

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