St. Petersburg City Guide
Not to be confused with Saint Petersburg, Russia, St. Petersburg, Florida was founded in 1888 by John Williams (not the film composer) and Peter Demens after bringing the railroad industry here. After winning a coin toss, Demens named the Florida town after the Russian one. And that’s where the similarity ends. The American city holds a Guinness World Record for most days of sunshine in a row (768, which earned it the nickname “The Sunshine City”), while the Russian city has a daily average temperature of 42 °F and has “long, cold, wet winters.”
The Burg, as all the cool kids call it, used to be known as the senior citizen magnet of the country, but is now a thriving metropolis with plenty of fun things to do. The Salvador Dali Museum has the biggest exhibit of Dali paintings outside of Europe, The Ale and the Witch is considered a hipster sanctuary with its vast collection of craft beer, and with 609,751 lights (not to mention a $4,200 electricity bill), the Oakdale Christmas House is a spectacular light show.
Do you know where the owner of the Christmas House puts those half a million lights? In a safe and secure St. Petersburg, Florida self-storage facility, of course!
With a record of over two straight years (years!) of sunny days, you’ll find yourself heading to the beach in all seasons, and there’s no better place to get sunstroke than the Fort De Soto Park beach where you can also camp, boat, and fish. When you’ve had all the Vitamin D you can handle, wash the sand out of your hair and head over to Push Ultra Lounge, a downtown nightclub which boasts two floors of dancing and a rooftop deck with a cityscape view. Speaking of music, check out Jannus Live, an outdoor concert venue in the downtown Historic District.
For those who prefer solitary activities, you’ll have a scream at Hellview Cemetery which, according to paranormal experts, is indeed haunted (how could it not be with a name like that?). Once you’ve seen enough ghosts, get the “hell” out of the graveyard and relax at Haslam’s Bookstore, Florida’s largest indie book shop. If you’re feeling arty, visit the Morean Arts Center where you can admire local and international works or take an art class yourself.
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