St. Petersburg in Pinellas County, Florida, is home to about 250,000 people and is the fourth most populous city in the state. It is nicknamed the Sunshine City because it has an average of 361 days of sunshine every year. For this reason, too, the city has become a popular vacation and retirement destination. And just as its sunny weather, there is no shortage of arts and entertainment in St. Petersburg.
Needless to say, a trip to Sunshine City would be really fun and exciting. So why not hop on a bus rental in St. Petersburg, Florida, and have the time of your life?
St. Petersburg has lots of great venues and attractions that will make for a memorable and enjoyable getaway. There are so many arts and craft stores, beaches, landmarks, museums, galleries, boutique food shops, restaurants, hotels and resorts to choose from!
You can get a 24-, 49-, and 56-passenger bus rental in St. Petersburg, depending on how big your group is, to take you to these places.
St. Petersburg has one of the best arts and culture communities in the country. Arts and culture has significantly improved the city's quality of life and has also brought great economic impact. In fact, arts and culture has generated hundreds of jobs, attracts 1.3 million visitors to the city every year, and generates tens of millions of dollars.
So get on a bus rental in St. Petersburg and explore the city's arts and culture scene!
You may want to start with the Museum of Fine Arts, which is a combination of a Mediterranean villa and a classic art museum. This elegant Palladian-style structure has twenty galleries and it boasts a very comprehensive art collection spanning antique works to modern masterpieces. Its collection includes the works of Monet, Renoir, and Cezanne. There is also a sculpture garden, a photography collection, and a Steuben gas gallery.
The Dali Museum is another must-see art museum. It is home to what is known as the world's most comprehensive collection of Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali's original works. You can see oil paintings, watercolor paintings and drawings, sculptures, holograms, graphics, photographs and other objects of art.
You can also visit these galleries:
The city is also continuously developing the Warehouse Arts District, which is home to more than 23 businesses and organizations centered on the arts and provides artists with large equipment storage, special events space and loft studios.
If performing arts is your thing, then check with the American Stage Theater Company, which is Tampa Bay's best professional regional equity theater and which aims to create a satisfying live theatre in the area. American Stage performs at the Raymond James Theatre.
You can also check the Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center and see what's showing, or catch a performance by A Simple Theatre at the Bininger Theatre.
There's also freeFall Theatre Company, which promises to give you an intimate theatrical experience at its two recently renovated stages.
Other theatre companies and performing art venues worth checking out are:
And when you happen to be in St. Petersburg on the last Saturday of October, then you can join the annual Circus McGurkis, which is a celebration of community, love, and the power of non-violence in changing the world in a bazaar-like atmosphere.
You can also take part in these other events:
If you want a peek into St. Petersburg's past, you can visit the following sites:
You should also visit the North Shore Historic District, which houses close to 3,000 historic buildings. Aside from residential buildings, the district has some parks, landmarks, retail stores and dining places.
Roser Park is also another historic district, known for its stately architecture.
Another St. Petersburg landmark you should not miss is the 100-year-old Sunken Garden. Known as the city's oldest living museum, Sunken Garden was originally a lake that was drained and was transformed into a roadside attraction, housing lush tropical vegetation and exotic plants from around the world. There are cascading waterfalls too.
Make sure you have a bus rental in St. Petersburg so you can visit the city's many landmarks and historical sites.
With the many restaurants and dining options in St. Petersburg, you will never go hungry. Whatever cuisine or type of food you are craving for, there is always a place in the city that serves it. There are also budget restaurants, mid-range, and high-end ones.
Budget dining places include El Cap's Burgers and Sandwiches, Evos, and Taco Bus.
If you want to splurge on a special dining experience, you can go to these mid-range to high-end restaurants:
When it comes to shopping in St. Petersburg, it is very easy to get lost – or to lose yourself – because of the overwhelming number of shops, stores, and boutiques.
Central Avenue has the 600 Block Arts District, which has Bohemian art and clothing stores.
Downtown, you have The Shops at St. Pete, which is a shopping complex with high-end retail shops, cinemas, and chain restaurants.
The city's main shoping mall is Tyrone Square Mall, where you can find stores like J.C. Penney, Dillard's, Sears, and Macy's.
You can also visit Agora on Central Avenue for Chinese and Indian furniture and other unique items. And if you want Italian linens, lovely object d'art, and quality candles and body products, you can hit Fig. For great jewelry, you can go to Bernies & Son Jewelers.
Other shops and shopping areas worth checking out include:
For fresh fruits and vegetables and other items, The Saturday Morning Market is the place to go. For fresh seafood, go to I.C. Sharkets Seafood Market.
You will get your fill of the outdoors in St. Petersburg. There are many beaches and parks that are family-friendly and where you can do a variety of activities.
First, you must go to the Fort DeSoto Park at the southern tip of the city. It is known as the number one beach on the country was named after the historic fort on the 900-acre county park. The place has nature trails, a campground, canoe trails, a boat launch, fishing piers, and picnic pavilions among others.
St. Petersburg has two public beaches, Spa Beach and North Shore Beach. Both offer white sand beaches on Tampa Bay's shores. You can enjoy jet skis, paddleboats and other watercrafts at Spa Beach, while North Shore Beach has tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a palm arboretum.
Other beaches you may want to check out are:
If you want green spaces instead of sand and skies, you can visit Wildwood Park, Bay Vista Park, Crescent Lake Park, Lake Vista Park, Roberts Park, Fossil Park, Brooker Creek Park, Azalea Park, Bartlett Park, Gladden Park, Lake Maggiore Park, and several others. In fact, the city has over 150 parks. Most of these places have trails, ball fields, athletic fields, picnic areas, and playgrounds, among others.
You can tee off at Mangrove Bay Golf Course, which is an award-winning regulation 18-hole championship golf course and which is a fave for golfers of all skill levels. There's also the challenging and well-maintained Twin Brooks Golf Course, and Cypress Links at Mangrove, which is a 9-hole, par-3 course that was designed for golfers of all playing levels and ages.
If you want to catch a baseball game especially with the Tampa Bay Rays, then visit the team's home at the Tropicana Field. If you want to play, you can also check out the city's other sports facilities:
If you want to take the kids to an aquarium, go to the Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center and Aquarium, where you can see and even interact with marine mammals.
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