St. Petersburg was co-founded by Peter Demens and John C. Williams in 1876. Local legend says following a coin toss, Peter won the naming rights to the city and named it St. Petersburg after the the Russian city where he spent most of his childhood. From 1906-1908 St. Pete dredged a deeper shipping channel which increased the population and in 1914, the first commercial airline travelled from St. Pete to Tampa and back. St. Pete continues to be a pioneer in new advancements.
Since the 1990's the downtown area has seen substantial growth specifically around the theater, arts, shopping and dining. From the Chihuly Glass Collection on the waterfront to the renovated Mahaffey Theater and all-new Salvador Dalí Museum, residents are never at a loss for a new experience.
Also. thanks to the several higher learning institutions within St. Petersburg including USF St Petersburg, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg College, Poynter Institute anyone can take advantage of the newest opportunities to grow and learn.
Central Avenue prides itself with ethnic and culinary delights including the Farmer's Market (October-May) located at Al Lang Field. Often the iconic Tropicana Field (The Trop) dome is front and center when depicting the city. This 1.1 million sq. ft. sports facility is home to the Tampa Bay Rays as well as real cownose sting rays that live in the touch tank (a favorite among the young fans).
Parks and recreation also are a focus for our community as we enjoy the native Florida plants and animals at Lake Maggiore as well as Weedon Island Preserve, where you can rent a kayak and explore the mangrove trails in Tampa Bay.
We're proud of the miles and miles of white sugar beaches, notably St. Pete Beach, which was selected as TripAdvisor's 2012 Travelers' Choice Winner as the best beach in the United States. Among the more popular water sports, kite boarding has recently gained much attention due to the perfect location of both currents and winds.
Connecting St. Pete to Bradenton to the south, the Skyway Bridge crosses the mouth of the Bay and is frequently used to identify the area.