How to Explore St. Petersburg and Clearwater Beach

By Kara Franker From downtown St. Petersburg to the white sands of Clearwater Beach, there's much to do in this sunshine-drenched area of Florida. Vibrant Scene in Downtown St. Petersburg Downtown St. Peterburg boasts a vibrant waterfront dining and nightlife scene with new eateries and rooftop…

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Driving to Florida: Philadelphia to St. Petersburg-Clearwater

Kevin McGeever Yo, Philly. As your tour guide for the drive from the City of Brotherly Love to the Florida vacation destination of St. Petersburg-Clearwater, I first want to assure you that the Sunshine State can provide satisfying equivalents to your daily cravings. No scrapple with breakfast? We…

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Driving to Florida: Boston to Tampa-St. Petersburg

By Kevin McGeever The I-95 odyssey from Boston to Tampa-St. Petersburg is a 1,400-mile commitment on concrete. But this Florida vacation on the central Gulf coast is worth the drive. Beaches and ballgames. Culture and craft beer. Nature and neighborhoods. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. And if that…

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Florida Stories: A Walking Tour of St. Petersburg

Tom Scherberger Want to explore the cultural, historical, and architectural treasures of St. Petersburg and Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.? There are apps for that. Just go to Florida Stories Walking Tours, and download the apps created by the Florida Humanities Council. With these apps you can learn…

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Grand Central District & Grand Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, Fla.

By Saundra Amrhein The late morning sun is cascading through the windows of the Craftsman House in St. Petersburg as Chris Lanitis enters to make one of his routine favorite pit stops. Inside the restored 1918 bungalow, across its gleaming hardwood floors and under its tall ceilings, are rooms…

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Romantic Things to Do in Downtown St. Petersburg

By Dalia Colon So your heart is full, but your wallet? Not so much. Don't sweat it. There are so many things to do in St. Petersburg that it's possible to impress the object of your affection without cashing out your 401(k). Here's a list of date ideas that come in around $25 or less per person…

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Visit the Don CeSar Hotel in St. Petersburg

By Kara Franker Situated on the sugary white sands of the Gulf of Mexico, the Loews Don CeSar Hotel was built in the Great Gatsby era of the 1920s. Today the Mediterranean-style castle by the sea, also known as the Pink Palace, is a luxurious landmark on St. Pete Beach. The resort was the dream of…

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St. Petersburg-Clearwater Ecotourism Attractions and Activities

By Janet K. Keeler St. Petersburg is in the middle of a renaissance that’s brought craft breweries, art galleries, sidewalk cafes and lots of young people to the city to live, work and play. The downtown St. Petersburg waterfront area draws vibrant crowds to its restaurants and museums year-round…

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Coolest Block in St. Pete: Central Ave

By Janet K. Keeler The 600 Block of Central Avenue is St. Petersburg’s coolest. It’s here that a slug of strong java at Brew D Licious or a bowl of vegan pad thai from the Cider Press Café reflects the renaissance that's happening here. Fair trade duds at Illume Organic Apparel pile on the…

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Driving to Florida: New York to Tampa, St. Petersburg

By Kevin McGeever Let me introduce you to Travel Math. Here’s the formula: For every day spent driving to your Florida vacation destination, spend the same number of weeks staying in the destination. So, driving from New York City to Tampa-St. Petersburg takes two days? Spend two weeks in Florida…

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