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is a small city in Pinellas County, Florida. Named after St Petersburg in Russia, it has a population of about a quarter million people, making it the fourth largest city in Florida, and the largest which is not a county seat. The city is located within the Tampa Bay Metropolitan Area, which has 2.7 million inhabitants.
The Pier, St Petersburg, Florida
St Petersburg is a popular tourist and retirement destination in Florida. This is due in part to it receiving sunshine for 360 days per year, making it attractive to people from colder cities such as New York City or Chicago.
St Petersburg was founded by John C. Williams and Peter Demens in 1888. It was named after Saint Petersburg in Russia, where Demens spent half of his youth. Demens is said to have won a coin flip to name the city, and in return Williams got to name the hotel built there, which he named the Detroit Hotel, after his hometown.
St Petersburg became a popular retirement destinations since the 1970's, causing its population to rapidly grow, reaching some 239,000 by 1980. In the past two decades the population growth has levelled out.
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Travel to St Petersburg
Saint Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) is the airport serving St. Petersburg. Arriving at the airport, you can catch a taxi or shuttle to downtown St. Petersburg.
Travel within St Petersburg
The bus system in St. Petersburg is managed by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA). The single-journey fare is $1.75. There is also the Daily Unlimited GO Card allowing unlimited rides for $4.00.
Places of Interest in St Petersburg
- Florida Holocaust Museum
Museum commemorating those who perished in the Holocaust.
- Museum of Fine Arts
Museum with a wide range of European, American and Asian artworks.
- Salvador Dali Museum
Museum with the largest collection of art by Salvador Dali.
- St Petersburg Museum of History
Museum showcasing the history of St Petersburg going back to prehistoric times.
- Sunken Gardens
A garden in the heart of St Petersburg, created from a drained lake.
- The Pier
Major tourist destination at the St Petersburg waterfront.
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