Living in St. Petersburg

Children don't need to keep their hands to themselves at the Great Explorations Children's Museum. From tots to teens, this fascinating interactive facility is the place to learn and let the imagination go free. Sparking the natural curiosity of children, the Pier Aquarium will unveil the secrets of the sea in its unique marine exploration center. For a great weekend away, nearby Orlando offers world-famous attractions like Walt Disney World, for thrill-seekers in the family.

For a day of outdoor leisure, residents take advantage of the many parks sprinkled around the community. Nature trails, sports fields, boat ramps, and playgrounds, are just a few of the amenities featured, and the drop-dead gorgeous natural scenery is well-maintained and cultivated by the Parks Department. For wildlife photographers and explorers, the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve shows the wonders of the St. Petersburg area at its best. Take a tram tour, or stroll through the Sand Sea Trails or Swamp Woodlands; the Pioneer Settlement recreates pioneer life in the region and can be experienced through tours of buildings, crafts, and other living history experiences.

Home owners in St. Petersburg can step right outside their doors and experience the best in theater, music, galleries, shopping, and good old-fashioned family fun. The 'Sunshine City' is located on the waters of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, and with its superb location, endless waterfront views, and vibrant social scene, St. Petersburg is first-class.

History of St. Petersburg

General John Williams, the original founder of St. Petersburg, gazed with foresight into the future to see the attractive 21st century city of today. Desirous of gorgeous parks and wide lanes, the city reflects that original vision. St Petersburg Preservation works hard to honor and maintain the integrity of the past with careful attention to architecture and monuments.

Appreciation of the city begins with a visit to the St. Petersburg Museum of History to become acquainted with its roots. With awesome views of the marina outside, visitors can explore exhibits, take tours, and participate in events throughout the year. The African American Museum tells the tale of the history and contributions of the black Americans in the city. Jazz Appreciation Month, with its live music, chats, and educational opportunities, is just one reason to become acquainted with this St. Petersburg landmark. The astounding art work of Salvador Dali has a place of prominence in the city at the Dali Museum, where programs, summer camps, and a wide-variety of events will keep the artist's admirers inspired. Appreciation for the arts is promoted by city officials and includes the Arts Alive Free Museum Day for residents.

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