About St Petersburg Fl
St. Petersburg is a Florida city, which is located in Pinellas County. It is the 5th most populous city in the state, and the biggest that doesn’t serve as a County seat. It is important to note that Clearwater is the county seat of Pinellas County. St. Petersburg is the 2nd biggest city in the Tampa Bay area, and part of the Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater Metropolitan region. It was incorporated as a city in 1903, but was co-founded by John C Williams and Peter Demens in 1888. The first bought the parcel of land that became the site for the future city, while the second helped bring the terminus of the Orange Belt Railway to the area.
According to popular legend, William and Demens flipped a coin to see who would have the privilege of naming the city. Demens won the bet and chose to name it after St. Petersburg, Russia, where he had spent most of his youth. As a consolation, William got the honor of naming the very 1st hotel in the city, which he christened Detroit Hotel, after his hometown. The building of the Detroit Hotel still exists, but has since been converted into a condominium.
St. Petersburg is also home to the first Tampa area Major League Baseball team; the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The preparation for this team commenced in the city in the 1970s. The designs for a ballpark were presented in 1983, and the construction for a permanent dome stadium went underway in 1986. This stadium was finally opened in 1990, and was christened the ‘Florida Suncoast Dome.’ After frustrating attempts to attract a team to the new stadium, the MLB granted St. Petersburg a franchise in 1995. In the following year, the stadium was re-christened as the ‘Tropicana Field.’ The Tampa Bay Devil Rays were ultimately established in the city in 1998. St. Petersburg enjoys an average of 361 days of sunshine on an annual basis. This has earned it the nickname of ‘Sunshine City.’ Due to its fair weather and low costs of living, this Florida city is one of the top retirement destinations in the United States.
St. Petersburg is one of the finest weekend tourist destinations in the state of Florida and even the whole country at large. To this end, it boasts of a wide range of attractions including world class museums, popular performing arts venues, outdoor recreation parks to name but a few.
The Dali Museum is housed in a building, which was designed by the famous architect Yann Weymouth. This St. Petersburg museum is highly noted for being in possession of the biggest collection of Salvador Dali’s artwork in the country. Some of the most prominent of which are 96 oil paintings, sculptures, original drawings and prints. The Dali Museum was first opened to the public in 2011, and has emerged as one of the trendy hot spots in the city. While, at the same time, having a fundamental role in the cultural scene of St. Petersburg.
Morean Art Center
Situated on Central Avenue, this St. Petersburg museum is renowned for its ingenious community oriented approach to the field of art and art education. The Morean Art Center is committed to showcase the works of art of local, national and even international artists. Some of the highlights of visiting here include exploring its glass studio and hot shop that comes complete with a workshop for glass artists. Not to mention the teaching facilities and the Bank of America Children Learning Center. This St. Petersburg museum is also acclaimed for housing the Chihuly Collection, which is a permanent exhibit of the globally renowned artist; Dale Chihuly. The setting in which the Chihuly Collection is located has won a number of awards, and was designed by Alberto Alfonso.
The Sunken Gardens are, without question, one of this city’s top attractions for people of all ages. It is situated right at the heart of St. Petersburg, and is a serene haven in the midst of the hustle and bustle of city living. It also has the distinction of been the oldest living museum in the city, and boasts of over 50,000 specimens of tropical plants and flowers. The Sunken Gardens feature winding paths, hidden groves and even cascading waterfalls. All of which create a very tranquil setting where visitors can explore and learn more of the exotic and tropical plant life that have been sourced from all over the globe. The pleasant ambience of the Sunken Gardens makes it a trendy venue for special events including weddings.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
This is an award winning nature park, which sprawls over a 245 piece of land. The Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is characterized by a vast array of natural landscapes and miles upon miles of boardwalks together with walking trails. All of which essentially make this park to be an outdoor recreation paradise. The Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is home to a variety of distinctive ecosystems like swampy woodlands along with willow marshes. Here thousands of dancing viceroy butterflies species have found a home. Tall pine trees shade the walking trails transitioning in pine flatwoods and a broad leafed forest. The over 6 miles worth of walking trails are noted for providing fantastic bird watching and even wildlife spotting opportunities to visitors. The Boyd Hill Nature Preserve comes complete with a sheltered picnic area and a children’s playground.
The Mahafley Theater is a trendy performing arts venue that is located in downtown St. Petersburg and housed in the Duke Energy Center for the Arts. It was first opened to the public way back in 1965, and has been subjected to a number of improvements since then. The Mahafley Theater has a seating capacity of 2,030, and features a splendid ballroom and European style private box seating. Over the years, this theater has successfully hosted a variety of acts including rock, pop, Broadway, classical music, comedy and dance shows.
Florida Holocaust Museum
Here is a fascinating St. Petersburg museum, which was the brain child of acclaimed philanthropist Walter P Hoebenberg. It opened the doors of its new building just before the turn of the century, 1998 to be more specific. The Florida Holocaust Museum serves as a memorial to the millions of men, women and children who lost their lives during the Holocaust. Its primary mission is to help prevent such atrocities occurring again. It carries out this objective by educating people of all races and cultures on the shared dignity and innate worth of all human life. The Florida Holocaust Museum’s permanent exhibits showcase original historical artifacts, photos and documents associated with this tragic event. It also has 2 galleries, which are devoted to showcase temporary exhibits and the largest genocide and Holocaust library in the Southeastern region of the US.
St. Petersburg Museum of History
The St. Petersburg Museum of History has the distinction of being the oldest museum in the entire Pinellas County. It was first established under the name of the St. Petersburg Memorial Historical Society in 1921. Mary Wheeler Eaton was its head, and together with other members, she began collecting historic artifacts, rare photos, original documents and natural history items. The tenacity of this society paid off in a grand manner when it was converted into a history museum in 1922. The St. Petersburg Museum of History is committed to showcase the city’s rich and eventful history via its exhibitions. This includes stories of the Orange Belt Railway, the 1st commercial airline, the women’s town improvement league to mention but a few.