St. Petersburg, FL: Where to Live, Play & Eat

St Pete

Location of St. Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg, known to the locals as St. Pete, is located west of Tampa in Pinellas County. It sits on the west side of Tampa Bay and is connected to others areas of Tampa Bay through 4 main bridges: Gandy Bridge (south near MacDill Air Force Base), the Howard Franklin Bridge (central near the Tampa International Airport), the Counrtney Campbell Causeway (again near the airport but it takes you to the Clearwater area) and the Sunshine Skyway (takes you toward Bradenton/Sarasota). It’s sister city of St. Pete Beach is consistently ranked among the top beaches in the world.

st pete on the map

Real estate options in St. Petersburg, FL

You’ll have a variety of real estate options in St. Pete from single family homes to townhomes to condos, including some waterfront. Many of the homes near downtown St. Pete are older homes, some which have been completely updated.

Homes for sale in St. Pete

Homes for sale in St. Pete Beach

Best Things to Do in St. Petersburg, FL

St. Pete is a busy area with lots to see and do. In downtown St. Pete you will find museums, including the Salvador Dali and Imagine Museum, nightclubs, parks and the St. Pete Pier. There are lots of cute shops and restaurants in St. Pete as well. And of course the world-class beaches next door.

Parks in St. Petersburg, FL

There are so many options to enjoy the outdoors in St. Pete parks. Some of the parks have boat/canoe launches, some offer nature trails for bird watching and most have playgrounds and picnic areas.

A few parks in St. Pete, FL that we love:

  • Perry Bay View Park (playground)
  • Demens Landing (boat ramp, picnic shelters)
  • Vinoy Park (trails, open green space)
  • North Shore Park (dog park, playground, beach with volleyball)
  • Raymond Neri Community Park (paved lakeside trail, open green space)
  • Freedom Lake Park (dog park, fitness stations, fishing, playground, picnic with grills)
  • Maximo Park (boat ramp)
  • North Straub Park (trail, concert stage)

Biking & walking trails in St. Petersburg, FL

There is a beautiful trail that passes through several parks, past the St. Pete Pier.

  • Skyway Trail (mixed use trail)
  • Bayway Trail (mixed use between south 34th St. in St. Pete and 35th Avenue in St. Pete Beach)
  • Pinellas Trail (mixed use trail connecting St. Pete and Tarpon Springs)
  • Boy Scout Lake Loop Trail (1.9 mile loop trail at Weeden Nature Preserve)
  • Carillion Conservation Pond Trail (1 mile loop trail at Carillion Park)
  • Boyd Hill Nature Preserve (multiple walking trails)

Places to eat in St. Petersburg, FL

Foodies love the downtown St. Pete area, which is quickly gaining new restaurants. There is also a wide variety of food choices including Italian, Seafood, Chinese, Indian, American, Thai, Japanese, Fusion and more.

Some of our top choices in St. Pete, FL include:

  • Stillwaters Tavern
  • BellaBrava
  • Parkshore Grill
  • Datz
  • Social Roost
  • The Oyster Bar
  • Golden Bear Restaurant
  • Sea Salt
  • Doc Ford’s
  • Red Mesa Cantina

the dali

Places to have fun in St. Petersburg, FL

There is no shortage of things to do in the downtown St. Pete area. Some of our favorite entertainment options in St. Pete include:

  • Salvador Dali Museum
  • Imagine Museum
  • St. Pete Pier
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Sunken Garden
  • The Holocaust Museum
  • Great Explorations Children’s Museum
  • Chiluly Collection

Places to shop in St. Petersburg, FL

There are many options for shopping in the St. Pete, FL community including The Sundial (outdoor mall), Tyrone Mall and big box stores including Walmart, Target, TJ Maxx, Bealls and more.

The St. Pete Saturday Morning Market is a popular farmers market that runs every Saturday October through late May.

There are a variety of grocery store options in St. Pete as well including Publix, Target, Walmart, Aldi, The Fresh Market and Trader Joes.

Schools

Schools in St. Petersburg are run by the Pinellas County School District 

Elementary

  • Azalea
  • Bay Point
  • Bay Vista Fundamental
  • Bear Creek
  • Blanton
  • Campbell Park
  • Jamerson
  • Fairmount Park Elementary
  • Gulf Beaches Elementary Magnet
  • Sexton Elementary
  • Lakeview Fundamental
  • Lakewood Elementary
  • Lealman Ave Elementary
  • Lynch Elementary
  • Maximo Elementary
  • Melrose Elementary
  • Midtown Academy
  • Mount Vernon Elementary
  • New Heights Elementary
  • North Shore Elementary
  • Northwest Elementary
  • Pasadena Fundamental
  • Perkins Elementary
  • Sawgrass Lake
  • 74th Street Elementary
  • Shore Acres Elementary
  • Westgate Elementary
  • Woodlawn Elementary

Middle

  • Azalea Middle
  • Bay Point Middle
  • Johns Hopkins Middle
  • Meadowlawn Middle
  • Thurgood Marshall Fundamental
  • Tyrone Middle

High

  • Gibbs High
  • Holland High
  • Lakewood High
  • Northeast High
  • St. Pete High

Private

  • Admiral Farragut
  • Canterbury School
  • Our Savior Lutheran
  • Keswick Christian
  • Northside Christian
  • St. John Vianny Catholic
  • St. Jude Cathedral
  • St. Paul Catholic
  • St. Petersburg Catholic High

Colleges and universities

  • Eckerd College
  • St. Petersburg College
  • USF St. Pete
  • Fraklin University

Hospitals in St. Petersburg, FL

There are several hospitals based in the St. Petersburg, FL community as well urgent care centers, outpatient surgery centers and doctor’s offices. The main hospitals are:

  • HCA Florida St. Pete
  • Kindred Hospital
  • Bayfront Health
  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
  • St. Anthony’s
  • Edward White Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital

Ready to move to St. Petersburg, FL?

With its close proximity to downtown Tampa, MacDill Air Force Base and the world-class Gulf coast beaches, St. Petersburg is a popular community for commuters and growing families. It’s an excellent place to put down roots and enjoy all that Tampa Bay has to offer. Our real estate team, with more than 30 years working and living in Tampa Bay, is here to help you find the perfect home. Call or text us today: 813-541-5320

(813) 629-7083