Entrepreneurs. Artists. Beach lovers. Retirees. When you think of who calls St. Petersburg, Florida home, it is everyone and anyone who is drawn to a community that features front-porch neighborhoods, artsy buildings, a walkable downtown area, and the best in arts, parks, and recreation.

Where do you start? The beaches. The weather. The diversity. The museums and festivals and music and nightlife. The sports. Known as “The Sunshine City,” St. Pete is an eclectic mix of all the traits above, complemented by 244 miles of the most beautiful beaches in the country along Tampa Bay, Boca Ciega Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, and the breathtaking Intracoastal Waterways.

Loving the Arts

There is always something happening and always something to do. If you love the arts, you have museums and galleries like The Dalí Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Fairgrounds St. Pete, The Chihuly Collection, Florida Holocaust Museum, The James Museum, St. Petersburg Museum of History, The Morean Arts Center, Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum, Florida CraftArt, and Great Explorations. 

If you love music, there is The Florida Orchestra and St. Petersburg Opera, complemented by any number of post-pandemic artists playing live at the Mahaffey Theater, the Palladium, and at residential theaters such as Studio@620, freeFall Theatre, and American Stage. 

Play Ball

Are you a sports person? St. Pete is home to Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays and United Soccer League’s Tampa Bay Rowdies. The National Football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning are just a quick drive away.

Suppose you want to make your own sports memories. In that case, there are three award-winning public golf courses, a frisbee golf course, 60 lighted tennis courts, 25 pickleball courts, three skateboard parks, a historic shuffleboard and lawn bowling complex, 16 recreation centers, nine public pools, and an extensive network of trails and bikeways, including the Pinellas Trail, a 54-mile stretch from coast to coast and St. Pete Pier.

The Working Life

Quickly becoming one of the country’s fastest-growing areas, St. Pete continues to serve as a home for various businesses—including everything from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 500 enterprises.

St. Pete is also home to more than 150,000 students attending many public, private, and technical schools and universities. Schools include St Petersburg College, Eckerd College, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Pinellas Technical Education Center, and Stetson University College of Law. 

Plenty to Do

If you’re looking to tool around town, St. Pete offers hundreds of events and festivals each year. The Saturday Morning Market is the largest weekly fresh market in the Southeast. Or, check out the Second Saturday ArtWalk, held downtown on the second Saturday of each month. The Pete Mural Festival gives people a peek at murals from artists at work.

More of the outdoorsy type? The Coast Bike Share lets you check out a bike and cruise around town. Or, you can rent a scooter and zip through the downtown area. If you want a sense of the old town, try a trolley ride on the Looper Trolley, which runs seven days a week.

When day turns to night, many entertainment venues keep things happening, including Central Ave., which is home to scores of clubs and bars. There is even a Dog Bar. If you like to hang out and relax, check out St. Pete’s outdoor beer gardens, games, and entertainment.

So, if you’re looking for a city that adapts to your mood, St. Pete has it all. See why it has been named one of the “Best Street Art Cities in the World.”

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