With a population of 249,000, St. Petersburg is the fourth largest city in the state of Florida. It is the second largest city in the Tampa Bay Area, which is composed of roughly 4 million residents. (See the Map).
St. Petersburg's stunning city-wide renaissance has caught the attention of America. The downtown, located on one of our nation's most beautiful waterfront parks, is fast-becoming one of the most attractive, livable and viable downtowns in the country.
The city is a popular tourist and retirement destination, especially for those from colder Northern climates. However, in recent years the population has shifted in a more youthful direction.
Fort De Soto park, the largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys). These keys are home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and scores of native plants. Each of these species plays a vital role in the preservation and protection of the natural environment. Another amazing example of the importance of the park's natural ecosystems is the more than 328 species of birds. Fort De Soto was named America’s Top Beach for 2009 by Trip Advisor, the world's largest online travel community. In 2005, “Dr. Beach,” named Fort De Soto the nation’s #1 Beach.
The new St. Pete Pier will be an extraordinary new landmark that is representative of both the people and the city of St. Petersburg - a functional icon that is as much a public park as a breathtaking sculpture on the water.
The city hosts the annual internationally renowned St. Anthony's Triathlon & the Firestone Grand Prix of St. PetersburgSt. Petersburg's Tropicana Field is the permanent home of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team.
St. Petersburg, home to one of the world's finest year-round climates, offers a stunning array of attractions including world-class museum exhibitions, major league sports activities, boating, sailing, fishing and just pure enjoyment relaxing on our world-class beaches.
Tampa is known to have a lively and diverse culture. It is home to a variety of performance halls and theaters, including the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, the Tampa Theater, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Stageworks Theater Company, the Gorilla Theatre, and the USF Contemporary Art Museum. The Florida
Orchestra also is based in the Tampa Bay area. The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is the largest performing art center south of the Kennedy Center.
Tampa is also home to Busch Gardens Africa, a 335 acre African-themed park, Adventure Island, a 30 acre water park and the Florida Aquarium. The city is represented by teams in the NFL and NHL