It’s not your grandparents’ St. Petersburg, that’s for sure! Once known for retirees lounging on green benches along Central Avenue, and once referred to as “home of the newly wed or the nearly dead,” St. Petersburg has experienced a renaissance that makes it now one of the most popular, vibrant destinations in Florida. In fact, the ‘Burg, as it is affectionately referred to by its residents, has garnered numerous recognitions worldwide over the last several years.
St. Petersburg is being lauded around the globe for its vibrancy in the arts, craft beer and the foodie scene, in addition to the more traditional appreciation of its tourism virtues. Redbook magazine named St. Pete one of the most romantic fall getaways for 2015, the Huffington Post calls it one of the 5 up-and-coming tourism cities, and AAA Living says it’s one of Florida’s Hot Spots. The recognition keeps going; visit the City’s web site for more positive press.
There’s more to do in St. Pete than you can imagine – shopping, dining, galleries, museums, festivals, theatre, concerts, night clubs & bars, and the list goes on. We like to use www.iLoveTheBurg.com to keep track of what to see and do. And you can’t beat our downtown waterfront parks system, which is reported to be the third largest contiguous system in North America, behind Chicago and Vancouver, B.C.
At a population of around 200,000, St. Petersburg is a “little big city,” just big enough but not too big. It’s the 5th largest city in Florida, which is the 3rd largest state in the country. Built over 100 years ago, it has a proud sense of history but a keen sense of forward-thinking vision. Check out the Chamber’s Relocation Guide to learn more about this great city.