Places to see on your next trip to St. Petersburg, Florida

In 1875, St. Petersburg was founded by General John Williams, who came down from Detroit buying 2,500 acres of land that would be the site of this great city. His goal was to construct a unique and beautiful waterfront city with graceful green parks. Thirteen years later, a Russian aristocrat named Peter Demens brought the Orange Belt Railway into St. Petersburg. It was after this success, Demens named the city after his birthplace, St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

Today the Sunshine City is divided into five districts and is home to attractions like the Dali Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Mahaffey Theater. Green spaces dot the waterfront, with festivals at Vinoy Park, a marina, and picnic sites at Demens Landing Park.  

 

Undoubtedly, St. Petersburg is a hot spot for dining and entertainment. So when you visit, here are some places you should visit!  

Red Mesa is a favorite place for delicious authentic Mexican cuisine with a one-of-a-kind Latin touch.  

 

At The Mill, their objective is to provide top-notch dining with A1 service while giving you the unique flavors in their delicious entrees and the delectable desserts you crave.  

 

Cassis American Brasserie serves American and French fare and is known for fresh ingredients and specialty cocktails. Visitors will enjoy simple, hearty food and drinks at affordable prices in a vibrant but friendly atmosphere.  

 

Bodega was initially opened by founders Debbie and George Sayegh when they themselves were hungry for something different. So they created a restaurant for themselves! Bodega is a Latin-style eatery that offers Cuban sandwiches, Latin American platters & specialty juices & smoothies.

 

Now that your stomach is full let’s talk about fun in Downtown St. Petersburg! Love live music in an upscale trendy music lounge? Check out Mandarin Hide and visit the bar while enjoying old-school and specialty cocktails in a retro-style atmosphere.  

 

If you’re looking for a bar with guaranteed fun and games, then Park & Rec is for you! This nostalgic adult playground is stocked full of arcade games from days gone by. Pac Man, Skeeball, NBA Jam, pinball, air hockey, and much more. Sign up to compete in beer pong tournaments, cornhole games, giant Jenga and Connect 4 and billiards. Grab a snack or quench your thirst with specialty cocktails.

 

Where can you find modern fare served in a Victorian-accented space? Delight your gastronomic senses at Tryst Gastro Lounge. Their unique creations set them apart from the other upscale eateries on Beach Drive.  

 

Want to dress up for a bougie night on the town? The Canopy Rooftop Lounge is the perfect hotspot for those heels and sports jackets! As a bonus, you’ll be treated to the most spectacular waterfront rooftop with views of the Bay.

 

On 1st Ave lies Mac Dinton’s and Yard of Ale. This is where college kids and millennials pack in like sardines on the weekends. These are the area’s two most popular bars for happy hour, drink specials, live entertainment, and soccer/sporting events.

 

Enjoy this treasure! The Salvador Dali Museum houses more than 2,000 works of art, making it the most extensive collection of Dali’s works outside of Europe.

The Imagine Museum houses a unique collection of American glass art created by various artists working in the field of studio glass.  

 

If you are in the EDGE District, you must check out the EDGE District Mural Walk! You’ll be treated to beautiful, vibrant, and colorful murals that are guaranteed to make fabulous backgrounds for your next selfie or photoshoot!   

 

Looking for live music in Downtown St. Petersburg, there’s no better place to go than Jannus Live Concert Hall. The atmosphere is unmatched, complete with an old oak tree in the middle of the courtyard and a variety of bars that line the border of the venue. This is the ultimate outdoor concert for all genres of music! 

It’s easy to see how The Sunshine City is also the place for vibrant fun, cultural dining, and art appreciation. But, of course, it’s also a beautiful place to live and work!