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Best Tourist Spots to Visit in Saint Petersburg

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You will always feel like too little no matter how much time you spend in Saint Petersburg. Reason is quite obvious to guess. The city is dappled with myriads of tourist-friendly locations that it is hard to get over it and its ever-lasting charm. If you are looking for a break from your monotonous life and planning a getaway but unable to decide on your next destination, then here is a good news for you all. Beauty, fun and excitement awaiting you in the lap of Saint Petersburg. Break the shell of your boredom and take some time out to read out this article on "Top Tourist Locations in Saint Petersburg".

Salvador Dali Museum

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Beautifully designed by the renowned architect Yann Weymouth of HOK, Salvador Dali Museum showcases the artworks of noted artist Salvador Dali. The collection includes bookworks,  96 oil paintings, sculpture, original drawings, photos, manuscripts, prints, and archive of documents. You can capture in your camera the beauty of the most-beloved chronological arrangement of Dali's paintings displayed in the Tom and Mary James Wing at the third floor galleries. The Hough Family Wing has been decked up with Dali's photographs, films, objects and other extensive works on paper. Its Mathematical Garden allows students to explore the nexus between math and nature. People can also make a great use of the Raymond James Community Room and utilize the space for weddings, conferences, and a lot of other private events. The mission of the museum is to educate people on significant events and exhibits that allow mankind to play its vital role in the cultural life of its community and the world as well.

Address: 1 Dali Boulevard, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701, United States
Phone: 1 727.823.3767
Website: www.thedali.org
Operation Hours: Sunday-Wednesday and Friday & Saturday (10:00 am-5:30 pm); Thursday (10:00 am-8:00 pm)

Florida Holocaust Museum

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Florida Holocaust Museum is famed as one of the largest Holocaust museums located in the United States. The world-reputed businessman Walter P. Loebenberg is the brain behind the settlement of this museum. It opened its doors for the visitors in 1992 with a clear motto of inculcating the dignity and inherent worth of human life and rope in people to prevent genocides in near future. The museum was built to honor the millions of innocent souls who suffered or lost their lives in the Holocaust. The collection of the museum includes the historical record and artistic work related to the Holocaust and other genocides. Its exhibition programs showcases the original artifacts, photos, and videos representing the history of the Holocaust, anti-semitism, the era prior to World War II, the rise of Hitler, the Nazis, anti-Jewish legislation, and the history of ghettoes.

Address: 55 5th Street S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701, United States
Phone: 1 727.820.0100
Website: www.flholocaustmuseum.org
Operation Hours: Opens daily (10:00 am-5:00 pm)

Sunken Gardens

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Sunken Gardens is famed as the oldest living museum nestled in Saint Petersburg. It is a remarkable outcome of the vision of George Turner, Sr. who was a plumber by profession. This 100-year-old botanical garden is marked with some of the oldest tropical plants in the city. The other eye-popping attractions of the garden are its exotic species of plants from around the globe, zigzag paths, cascading waterfalls, magnificent demonstration gardens, and over 50,000 tropical flowers and plants. Make your auspicious day of wedding a memorable experience by celebrating it in its Wedding Lawn or North Lawn or Oak pavilion under an oak canopy. If you are visiting the Sunken Gardens for the first time, you can avail its guided tours, horticultural programs, and field trips to explore the ins and outs of this historical setting.

Address: 1825 4th Street N, Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
Website: www.stpete.org/attractions/sunken_gardens/index.php
Operation Hours: Monday-Saturday (10:00 am-4:30 pm); Sunday (12:00 pm-4:30 pm)

Jannus Live

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Popular as Florida's oldest concert venue in Florida, Jannus Live got its name from the noteworthy aviator, Tony Jannus. He piloted the Benoist Model 14 (the first commercial flight which was heavier than air) that departed from Saint Petersburg to Tampa on January 1st, 1914. Today, Jannus Live has become the major multilevel entertainment complex cum concert venue in Downtown Saint Petersburg. It is popular as an "Outdoor Standing Room Only" concert venue. It is famed to host a wide array of talent shows, multitudes of performances by DJs & local artists, and plethora of private events and shows, namely, outdoor parties, wedding receptions, business functions, fundraisers, social parties, corporate events, non-profit galas, and community events. 

Address: 200 1st Ave North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701, United States
Phone: 727.565.0550
Website: www.jannuslive.com

Museum of Fine Arts

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Founded by Margaret Acheson Stuart, the Museum of Fine Arts remarkably showcases the her vision of world art. The museum opened its doors in 1965. It lures visitors by its unparalleled collection of art forms from around the world. Museum's original wing was designed by reputed architect John Volk. The museum also facilitates researchers by providing them with the opportunities and required help for research to go deep in the ocean of art and ascertain a pearl of knowledge and understanding of artworks.  and to offer instruction and opportunities for aesthetic enjoyment of art.

Address: 255 Beach Drive NE, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701, United States
Phone: 1 727.896.2667
Website: www.fine-arts.org
Operation Hours: Monday-Saturday (10:00 am-5:00 pm); Sunday (12:00 pm-5:00 pm)

Mahaffey Theater

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Nestled in Downtown Saint Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater can accommodate up to 2,031 visitors. Its splendid ballroom space, European box-style seating, and breathtaking waterfront views have become its centerpiece of attraction.  and . The Mahaffey Theater is famed for hosting the incredible performances by national as well as international artists. Here, you can indulge into mesmerizing Broadway, dance, pop, rock, classical, family, and comedy acts and performances. The world-famed Florida Orchestra also perform here. Its Class Acts program allows school children to delve into the performing arts and get deep insights thereof through in-school outreach and extension programs and in-theater performances. The theatre also facilitates differently-abled visitors with wheelchairs and provides special accommodations for visually-impaired visitors. The theatre is also marked with handicapped accessible restrooms.

Address: 400 1st St. South, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701, United States
Phone: 1 727.892.5798
Website: www.themahaffey.com
Operation Hours: Monday-Saturday (11:00 am-5:00 pm); remains closed on Sundays

Great Explorations Children's Museum

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This non-profit organization has been serving the community of Tampa Bay area since 1987. Keeping in mind the educational needs of children during their impressionable age, Great Explorations Children’s Museum has been designed to meet the needs of stimulating and promoting the learning capability in children through play-way and creative mode of teaching. Here, children are posed to the exploration-method of learning where they are free to make optimum use of their minds and explore and learn about the world surrounds them. This 24,000 square feet AAM–Accredited museum also organizes community outreach programs, preschool, field trips, and camps.

Address: 1925 4th Street N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33704, United States
Phone: 1 727.821.8992
Website: www.greatex.org
Operation Hours: Monday-Saturday (10:00 am-4:30 pm); Sunday (12:00 pm-4:30 pm)

State Theater

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Built in 1924, the State Theatre has successfully earned a worldwide reputation due to its jaw-dropping Beaux-arts style architecture. All credit goes to the noted architect Neel Reid who optimized his expertise to the core and gave birth to this spectacular theatre. The building was remodeled by famous architect Archie Parrish. you will fail to refrain yourself from entering through its whopping facade which is a composition of three bays. The most jaw-dropping feature of these bays is the series of quoins placed above a water table base, which is topped by a capital with a swag. A projected cornice atop the facade. A parapet is placed above this which is further divided into three corresponding bays by projecting pilasters. Each of the three main bays incorporates a pair of ionic columns to underpin a banded arch with an acanthus motif. You could see glass blocks paced at the two side arches. 

Address: 687 Central Avenue, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701, United States
Phone: 1 727.895.3045
Website: www.statetheatreconcerts.com/index.php

Saint Petersburg Museum of History

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A visit to Saint Petersburg Museum of History will educate you on the history and heritage of Saint Petersburg and the Pinellas Peninsula. The St. Petersburg Museum of History is engaged into collecting, preserving and propagating the history and heritage Saint Petersburg and the Pinellas Peninsula via its splendid collection of archival documents, papers, more than 30,000 artifacts, natural history specimens, and photographs. Its educational tours and programs include guided tours, school tours, community classes, summer camps, youth docents, junior historian league, youth board, history exchange program, fellowship program, and educator's forum.

Address: 335 2nd Avenue Northeast, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, United States
Phone: 1 727.894.1052
Website: www.spmoh.com
Operation Hours: Monday-Saturday (10:00 am-5:00 pm); Sunday (12:00 pm-5:00 pm)

The Pier Aquarium

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The Pier Aquarium is famed as a non-profit aquarium cum marine education science center. Its “Fresh Fish Theater” showcases live creatures which belong to Tampa Bay and other regions of the world. To raise the bars of fun and excitement, indulge into Touch Tank Experience and fish feeding. You can also deepen your knowledge about various fish species and their habitats with the help of scientists appointed there. With the help of their mobile hydrophone which have been installed underneath The Pier, you can hear the different sort of sounds and voices in the sea. Their specialized hands-on discovery programs will make you understand the oceans and technology existing all around the world. 

Address: 800 2nd Avenue NE, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701, United States
Phone: 1 727.895.7437
Website: www.pieraquarium.org
Operation Hours: Monday-Saturday (10:00 am-8:00 pm); Sunday (12;00 pm-6:00 pm)

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