I start my St. Petersburg visit on Central Avenue, a neighborhood of art shops, galleries, restaurants, and bars.
Art on Central Avenue
At the waterfront, there is a mixture of old and new, with construction of high rise residential buildings with views of Tampa Bay towering over beautiful historical structures.
Old and new
On Tampa Bay, the waterfront is full of parks and piers for fishing, sailing, boating, swimming, and generally relaxing and having fun.
Signs in the parks describe seven of the piers, opened between 1889 (built as a terminus for the Orange Belt Railway) and 1973 (built to house restaurants, snack bars, miniature golf, and an aquarium).
Piers of St. Petersburg
Several museums are scattered along the waterfront, including the Salvador Dali Museum, the St. Petersburg Museum of History, and the Museum of Fine Arts. Random sculptures and works of art are located in the parks to delight visitors as we run across them.
Sculpture along the waterfront
Heading away from the waterfront, I find the Locale Market, a culinary experience created by Chefs Michael Mina and Don Pintabona. The market has fabulous shop areas for all the major food groups and tempting meals to enjoy on the spot or take home and groceries to take with you.
A few blocks away from the water, there is more of the old St. Petersburg architecture, including the old post office built in 1916 as the nation's first open-air postal office, with post office boxes outside and deliver bicycles ready to go.
Great architecture, especially the post office
PO boxes, postal delivery vehicles
A little further down Central from the water, the arts district flourishes and I wander into a hotshop where one can blow glass or purchase glassware already blown by artists.
All along Central Avenue, there are murals painted on the buildings, decorating the city and the neighborhoods.
Murals along Central Avenue
St. Petersburg has it all, a beautiful waterfront, a thriving artist community, a vibrant entertainment district, and weather that can't be beat!