St Petersburg Tourism

St. Petersburg is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. As of the 2015 census estimate, the population was 257,083, making it the fifth-most populous city in Florida and the largest in the state that is not a county seat (the city of Clearwater is the seat of Pinellas County). St. Petersburg is the second-largest city in the Tampa Bay Area, after Tampa. Together with Clearwater, these cities comprise the Tampa–St. Petersburg–Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area, the second-largest in Florida with a population of around 2.8 million. St. Petersburg is located on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, and is connected to mainland Florida to the north. St. Petersburg was founded in 1888 by John C. Williams, who purchased the land, and by Peter Demens, who brought the railroad industry into the area. As a part of a coin toss bet, the winner, Peter Demens, named the land after Saint Petersburg, Russia, while Williams opted to name the first hotel built which was named the Detroit Hotel, both named after their home towns respectively. St. Petersburg was incorporated as a town on February 29, 1892 and re-incorporated as a city on June 6, 1903. The city is often referred to by locals as St. Pete. Neighboring St. Pete Beach formally shortened its name in 1994 after a vote by its residents. St. Petersburg is governed by a mayor and city council. With 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 is nicknamed "The Sunshine City". Due to its good weather and low cost of living, the city has long been a popular retirement destination, although in recent years the population has moved in a much more youthful direction. American Style magazine ranked St. Petersburg its top mid-size city in 2011, citing its "vibrant" arts scene.


Palm trees, blue waters, white yachts parked at harbors, and plush hotels dominate literally every vista of St. Petersburg. The sunshine capital of Miami, this city is a favorite of those who have a thing for opulence. Add in some laid-back vibes of the Tampa Bay and you have one city that is dwelled by the who’s who of the nation! But wait, wasn’t this also popular as a retirement destination? It is true that owing to the low cost of living here, several chose this city as their ultimate place to call it quits and enjoy the bonus life! Thus, it can be stated that St. Petersburg is a great blend of the humble and the opulent. So, look forward to some spectacular specialty museums, lots of outdoors in the form of parks and gardens having regional characteristics and plenty of beautiful boat tours that make for the St. Petersburg tourism scene! 


St Petersburg Trip Planner

Plan your customized day by day trip plan for St Petersburg. Choose from various experinces categories as adventure, romantic and family and kids friendly for your trip using using St Petersburg trip planner.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of St Petersburg