St. Petersburg - "The Sunshine City"
Surrounded by water on three sides, St. Petersburg's shoreline meanders along 234 miles of lagoons, bays and bayous. The Sunshine City is home to six museums, dozens of galleries and a variety of performing art stages. Sunken Gardens, a botanical oasis, is part of the city's 2500 acres of park lands. St. Petersburg is home plate for MLB's Tampa Bay Rays and the United Soccer League's Tampa Bay Rowdies, this sports-crazy coast hosts national and international events and boasts award-winning golf courses.
Average temperature - 73.7 degrees. Average days of sunshine per year - 361. The "Sunshine City" holds a Guinness World Record for logging the most consecutive days of sunshine - a stretch lasting 768 days that began in 1967.
137 parks on approximately 2,300 acres of public land are dedicated to parks and recreation, including a seven mile preserved downtown waterfront -- the third largest urban waterfront park system in North America. Unique parks include the 245-acre Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, the botanical attraction Sunken Gardens, Treasure Island Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, and the historic Weedon Island Preserve. The Pinellas Trail , a 37-mile hiking/biking trail, connects St. Petersburg with central and north Pinellas County-the longest urban linear trail in the Eastern U.S.
Venues and Unique Facilities
St. Petersburg has a remarkable collection of special facilities including its landmark Pier, currently under redevelopment; Tropicana Field, an enclosed baseball stadium and home to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Mahaffey Theater, the Coliseum, a 1920s restored dance hall and event venue, the historic Shuffleboard and Lawn Bowling Complex, 18 recreation centers, six public libraries, the southeast's largest city marina with a ship store, the Port of St. Petersburg and the Albert Whitted Airport.
Arts & Culture
St. Petersburg has been ranked the No. 1 Arts Destination for cities its size for three consecutive years. Visit St. Petersburg's collection of world-famous museums and galleries, including the Salvador Dali Museum , Museum of Fine Arts , The Chihuly Collection , St. Petersburg Museum of History , Great Explorations , and Florida Holocaust Museum , Florida CraftArt , American Stage , The Morean Arts Center , and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum . In addition, St. Petersburg is home to the Florida Orchestra, and the Mahaffey Theater (a performing arts hall), the Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg Opera and residential theater companies including American Stage, freeFall Theatre, A Simple Theatre (at Eckerd College), and St. Petersburg City Theater.