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Saint Petersburg (Florida)

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Saint Petersburg (Florida)

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Located at the base of the Tampa Bay peninsula in Pinellas county, St. Petersburg enjoys a more subdued social atmosphere than its larger cousin, Tampa. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays baseball team play home games at the Tropicana Dome in St. Petersburg. With water on three sides of the city, St. Pete is a superb location for fishing, sailing, and wandering beaches. Primary consumer destinations include The Pier and Baywalk downtown and Tyrone Square Mall in the Gulfport area.

Sunken Gardens is a lush oasis of plant life in the heart of St. Petersburg. The garden offers a maze of paths through dense vegetation, with the lowest point in the garden at least 15 feet below street level. It was originally a lake drained by a plumber who charged nickels to enter, but became a roadside attraction for many years until falling into disrepair. In 1999 the city of St. Petersburg bought the property and began restorations. The Great Explorations Hands On Museum now inhabits a building on the property also.

Fort DeSoto Park is a grand stretch of beaches and wilderness at the southwest edge of St. Petersburg. Named for the historic Fort DeSoto, the park offers fishing, camping, recreation areas, and several miles of undeveloped beach area.