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St. Petersburg

Situated on a peninsula on Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, lies St. Petersburg, a town rich in history and lifestyle.  Begun in 1875 with the purchase of 2,500 acres by General John Constantine Williams from Detroit, the land was then purchased by Peter Demens who brought the railroad to the area in 1888.  Demens named the city after his hometown in Russia.  With more than 260,000 residents, the town known as “The Sunshine City” is filled with events and activities… from culture to sports to just enjoying the sun.

A diverse range of activities can be found here.  Museums are plentiful, with The Dali Museum, The Florida Holocaust Museum and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum just a few of the institutions calling St. Petersburg home.  The St. Pete Opera Company, The Florida Orchestra and the St. Petersburg City Theater all perform in venues throughout the city.

A mecca to baseball fans since the early 1900s, St. Petersburg is home to the Tampa Bay Rays and is a central location for many teams coming to the area for Spring Training.  The NASL Tampa Bay Rowdies also play their home games within the city.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Amalie Arena are just short drives across the bay.

With more than 50 miles of coastline around Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, St. Petersburg is a paradise for boaters, beachgoers, dive enthusiasts and fisherman. Nature preserves, parks, piers, golf clubs, recreation centers, boating charters, and homes with deepwater docks all lead to year-round enjoyment of Florida’s beautiful weather. 

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