Named after St. Petersburg of Russia, the city was originally founded in 1888. St. Petersburg, Florida first became a popular tourist destination in the 1920’s, attracting people from all over to its beautiful weather, beaches, and culture. It wasn’t until the introduction of air conditioning in the 1950’s that the city first became a real estate hotspot. St. Pete continues to attract permanent residents, currently holding the spot as the fourth largest city in Florida.
With an average of 361 days of sunshine a year, St. Petersburg is also known as “The Sunshine City”. Miles of shoreline spanning along Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico perfectly pair with the ample sunshine to create a relaxing escape for both residents and vacationers. While there are plenty of beaches to enjoy right within city limits, many like to take a drive down to USA Today’s “Best Family Beach 2014”, Fort De Soto County Park. Visitors delight in its breathtaking beaches, the historic fort itself, wildlife, fishing, camping and much more.
For those that want to venture away from the coast, historic Downtown St. Petersburg has much to offer. One can experience the rich culture of the city while visiting popular attractions such as the Salvador Dali Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Sunken Gardens. Those with an appreciation for architecture will enjoy wandering the streets admiring the Mediterranean Revival stylings brought in by Perry Snell during the 1920’s. There are also a multitude of dining options in the area to meet every taste and preference.
Beyond the beaches and Downtown, St. Pete has something to offer everyone. The fabulous year-round weather makes it the perfect place to partake in any number of outdoor activities including tennis, golf, running, hiking, and fishing. If you are looking for the perfect tropical getaway that you can also call home, you will find it in St. Petersburg.
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