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A Vibrant Lifestyle

If you haven't been to St. Petersburg lately, get ready to be pleasantly surprised! From cool, new nightclubs, galleries and shops to the latest dining sensations, there's a whole new city to explore. Our arts scene, recognized as the nation's best by American Style magazine, just keeps getting better — with an all-star lineup of performing arts, the Dali museum and so much more.

“#1 Arts Destination,” American Style magazine, 2010 – 2012

Visit downtown for a waterfront festival, one of many top-level sports events, the Saturday Morning Market, or just stroll Beach Drive or Central Avenue's 600 block to experience the transformation. And while much has changed, you'll still find what has always made St. Petersburg a favorite in Tampa Bay — charming waterfront parks, pedestrian-friendly streets and an eclectic mix of establishments you won't find anywhere else.


Downtown St. Petersburg is home to many world-class museums, including:

Salvador Dali Museum
The world's largest collection of works by the Spanish surrealist.

Museum of Fine Arts
Known for having six Monet oil paintings, the museum owns one of the most prestigious permanent collections in the southeastern United States.

Great Explorations: The Children's Museum
A participatory educational/entertainment institutions.

St. Petersburg Museum of History
St. Petersburg's local historical museum, featuring a permanent exhibition on the Benoit airboat, America's first commercial airliner.

Florida Holocaust Museum
The fourth largest Holocaust museum in the U.S, feats art and cultural exhibits.

Art Galleries

There are more than 20 commercial art galleries and a monthly art walk.
To learn more, visit the Downtown Arts Association.

Performing Arts

American Stage
Tampa Bay's oldest professional theater, providing a five-play mainstage season, children's theater, educational outreach, and the annual "American Stage in the Park" festival.

Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater
St. Petersburg's major performing arts center, presenting the Florida Orchestra, Broadway shows, jazz series, dance, opera, "Class Acts."

The Palladium
Mid-sized 800-seat "community" performing arts facility, transformed from an historic former
church building.

Florida Orchestra
Discover thrills you never knew existed. We Play The Bay, concerts in St. Petersburg,
Clearwater and Tampa.

St. Petersburg Opera Company
Presenting fully staged professional opera productions of the highest quality.

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is the only 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to raising money and advocating for our entire creative community — artists, arts and cultural organizations, and creative businesses.

Hotels and Inns

Downtown hotels and inns provide accommodations and services for business and leisure travelers, group meetings and conventions, ranging from intimate bed & breakfasts to a luxurious, historic golf and tennis resort. For a listing of Inns and bed & breakfasts visit Discover Downtown Guide & Map.

St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Information for visitors, meeting planners, media and more.

Sports and Leisure

The City of St. Petersburg is home to more than 1,000 events each year held in the city's parks and downtown facilities. Whether it's the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the Mainsail Arts Festival or Festival of States, each spring, home games with the American League Champion Rays in the summer, the sun and fun never sets on festivals and special events in downtown St. Petersburg

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