Saint Petersburg, FL
Florida
By Lauren Kmec

Located on the east side of a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, Saint Petersburg (or “St. Pete” for short) is the fourth-largest city in Florida. With an average of 361 sunny days per year, it’s no wonder that Saint Petersburg is widely regarded as on of America’s best vacation spots. A beach-lovers paradise, Saint Petersburg also offers a wide range of entertainment and culture that is sure to please all travelers.

WhatsCheaper.com invites you to consider Saint Petersburg when planning your next vacation. Saint Petersburg is best accessed via Tampa International Airport (TPA), a major U.S. hub located minutes from the downtown area. Alternately, travelers may elect to arrive at Saint Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), which handles smaller, regional flights. Booking your flight is easy when you book with WhatsCheaper.com (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). To ensure comfort during your stay, check out WhatsCheaper.com’s top hotel recommendations (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

Most famous for its miles of shoreline and beautiful beaches, Saint Petersburg (aka the “Sunshine City”) is the place to be for lovers of sun, sand, and surf. WhatsCheaper.com encourages travelers to relax on one of the local beaches. We recommend Maximo Beach Park on the southern end of Saint Petersburg. Much more than just a place to sunbathe, Maximo Park includes three boat ramps, two beachfront playgrounds, and the novel Tocobaga Disc Golf Course. Ft. DeSoto beach is another local spot that is highly recommended by WhatsCheaper.com. Taking its name from the historic Ft. DeSoto, this beach’s five islands include fishing piers; a campground; and nature paths accessible by foot, bike, or canoe. The fishing piers provide unparalleled views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, an impressive suspension bridge spanning more than 4 miles across the Tampa Bay.

Nature lovers will feel right at home at the Weedon Island Preserve, a 3000-acre expanse in north Saint Petersburg that was once home to Florida’s Seminole Indians. Wander the nature trails, test your luck at the fishing pier, or visit the interactive exhibit gallery at the Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center. WhatsCheaper.com also suggests ascending to the top of the 45-foot-high observation tower for breathtaking views of Saint Petersburg and Tampa.

For travelers with little ones in tow, WhatsCheaper.com recommends spending an afternoon at Saint Petersburg’s Great Explorations Children’s Museum. This hands-on, discovery center is generally regarded as one of America’s best interactive children’s museums. Highlights include a child-size simulated fire house, a robot lab, and a giant tree house. More mature vacationers will want to check out the Saint Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, a stunning compilation of more than 14,000 works, including six original Monet pieces, a remarkable collection of Steuben crystals, and two interior gardens. Originally opened in 1965, the museum opened its new wing in 2008, which houses special exhibit spaces, a museum store and café, and much more.

Fans of America’s pastime should make time to visit Tropicana Field, home to the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball. The Tampa Bay Walk of Fame, located at the west entrance of the field, honors local sports legends. Inside the stadium, WhatsCheaper.com recommends playing a friendly game of stickball at the Mountain Dew Extreme Zone, an area modeled after a New York City alley for a truly authentic experience. Curious young fans are sure to enjoy the 10,000-gallon marine tank filled with cownose rays, located just behind the right field wall. Visitors can touch and feed the rays, and if a player hits a home run into the tank, $500 is donated to charity.

As you can see, Saint Petersburg offers something for everyone in the family, and WhatsCheaper.com can help to make your vacation truly unforgettable. So why wait? Make your travel plans today with WhatsCheaper.com.

MUST SEE IN Saint Petersburg, FL LIST:

  • 1. Florida Holocaust Museum
  • 2. Museum of Fine Arts
  • 3. Tropicana Field
  • 4. Sawgrass Lake Park
  • 5. The Pier Aquarium
  • 6. Salvador Dali Museum
  • 7. Ted Williams Museum
  • 8. Mahaffey Theater
  • 9. Saint Petersburg Museum of History
  • 10. Pioneer Park

Saint Petersburg, FL EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Festival of Speed - February
  • 2. Cajun-Zydeco Crawfish Festival - March
  • 3. International Folk Fair - March
  • 4. Honda Grand Prix - March/April
  • 5. Green Thumb Festival - April
  • 6. Mainsail Arts Festival - April
  • 7. Pier Fest - April/May
  • 8. Festival of Reading - October
  • 9. Florida Pirate Festival - November
  • 10. RibFest - November

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Hilton Saint Petersburg Bayfront
333 1st Street South, Saint Petersburg, FL
By Chrystyne Jackson

Create wonderful memories of your visit to Saint Petersburg, Florida, by staying at the Hilton Saint Petersburg Bayfront. The hotel offers spacious and comfortable rooms. Check in is at 3 p.m. and check out is at 12 p.m. Pets are allowed.

The Hilton features lovely guestrooms. You can choose between one king size bed or two double beds. High speed Internet access is available.

The hotel boasts many outstanding amenities. Enjoy a swim in the heated outdoor pool. Relax and unwind in the whirlpool. The fully equipped gym, featuring state of the art cardio equipment, strength machines and free weights, is the perfect place to maintain your fitness routine. The Corner Pantry provides sundries 2 4 hours a day. The on site Starbucks is a great place to linger over coffee and snacks. Tangerine offers great food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Socialize over appetizers and cocktails at the Dali Bar. Spend a day in the sunshine at Saint Petersburg Beach where you can partake in a number of water related activities including jets skiing, parasailing and wind surfing. Take a trip to Fort DeSoto Park, boasting one of the nicest beaches in the country, Take in a Tampa Bay Rays game at Tropicana Field. Take a trip across the bridge for a Buccaneers game at Raymond James Stadium or the Tampa Bay Lightning at Saint Pete Times Forum. For a cultural experience be sure to stop in at the Dali Museum, the Saint Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, the Great Exploration Museum and the Florida Holocaust Museum. Jannus Live is a unique outdoor venue for great live music.

Make lasting memories of your time in Saint Petersburg by staying at the Hilton Saint Petersburg Bayfront. WhatsCheaper.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to get started today.

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