St Petersburg Flights:
Flights to St Petersburg
Nicknamed Florida’s Sunshine City, St Petersburg is certainly a warm and sunny destination, just two reasons why this has become such a popular place for tourists. Situated just to the south west of Tampa, St Petersburg is on the peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico in Central Florida.
The local airport is the St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (airport code: PIE), but it mainly handles domestic flights to St Petersburg. Your next best choice would be the Tampa International Airport (code: TPA) which isn’t that far from the city. Only British Airways has a 1-stop flight to St Petersburg from Johannesburg, with a connection in London. Otherwise you could transfer in London and Chicago, with either South African Airways or British Midland.
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The Tourist Attractions in St Petersburg:
Regardless of the fact that the city of Tampa and all its attractions are just minutes away, St Petersburg has plenty of its own attractions for a fun-filled family holiday. The wonderful Gulf of Mexico beaches are all reachable via a short car drive, and here you can spend the day relaxing on the white sands and dipping in to the warm and calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, plus there are beaches closer to the city too. When you want more activity, here are just some of the things you can see and do in St Petersburg.
Museums in St Petersburg
St Petersburg is home to a large and varied selection of museums, suitable for many different tastes of tourists. The Salvador Dali Museum is renowned as it contains the largest collection of Dali’s work in the world including some very large scale pieces as well. If the obscure works of Dali don’t interest you then perhaps the Museum of Fine Arts is more to your taste. Amongst the other museums in St Petersburg is one for the children, called Great Explorations. There is also the moving Florida Holocaust Museum.
Next door to the children’s museum is the Sunken Gardens. This historical attraction started life as a ‘roadside commercial attraction’ run by a local who started charging admission from 1935. The gardens became very popular in the decades between the 1950’s and 70’s. Now there are over 500 species of plants both tropical and subtropical, totalling more than 50,000 actual plants and flowers. There is also a butterfly garden, flamingos, water features, a cactus garden and more.
St Petersburg Pier, simply called The Pier by locals, is in downtown St Petersburg and is one of the city’s main tourist attractions. The multi-purpose pier offers lots to see and do including an aquarium, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, fishing and boat rentals.
Along a similar line to The Pier is St Petersburg’s BayWalk. This newer attraction was opened in 2000 and features a large retail and entertainment complex where you can enjoy shopping, dining, cinemas, and restaurants by day, and nightlife by night.
When Should You Visit?:
Despite the distinct rainy season from June to September St Petersburg attracts visitors throughout the year. The weather is warm to hot all year round thanks to the humid subtropical climate – in the hottest months, July and August, the average high is 33C and low is 25C. January is the coolest month but with an average high of 22C, it’s hardly cool!