By Lauren Kmec
Saint Petersburg
Florida
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Fittingly dubbed “the Sunshine City,” due to its average of 361 days of sunshine per year, St. Petersburg, Florida, is one of America’s top warm-weather vacation destinations. Situated on the west side of Tampa Bay, Saint Petersburg is just minutes away from some of Florida’s finest beaches. In addition to the beaches, however, St. Petersburg offers a variety of activities for visitors, from museum visits to nature tours.

EscapeWizard.com encourages you to spend your next vacation in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Most flights to Saint Petersburg arrive at Tampa International Airport (TPA), located only about 20 miles from downtown Saint Petersburg; an alternate option is Saint Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), a smaller regional airport. Follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to book your flight. EscapeWizard.com can also help you find a Saint Petersburg-area hotel to suit all of your needs. Review our top hotel picks below, then book through us by visiting this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Saint Petersburg is perhaps best known for its pristine beaches. EscapeWizard.com recommends Fort DeSoto Beach, on the southern end of the Saint Petersburg peninsula. Consistently recognized as one of Florida’s top beaches, Fort DeSoto Beach takes its name from the nearby historic fort. The beach is part of Fort DeSoto Park, which includes five interconnected islands, nature trails, canoe paths, and a campground. The Fort DeSoto fishing piers offer stunning views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, a 4.1-mile-long suspension  bridge connecting Saint Petersburg with Manatee County. Other popular area beaches include Saint Petersburg Municipal Beach and Maximo Beach and Park, the latter of which includes the Tocobaga Disc Golf Course.

For baseball fans, EscapeWizard.com suggests watching a Major League Baseball game at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Before entering the field, stroll along Baseball Boulevard and examine the commemorative home-plate plaques lining the sidewalk. Inside the ballpark, the interactive Left Field Street area provides entertainment for fans of all ages. Play a baseball-themed game show, make your own personal baseball card, or try your hand at announcing play-by-play highlights. Another unique feature of Tropicana Field is the 10,000-gallon marine tank behind the right-center field wall. The tank is populated by the home team’s namesake, the cownose ray. Curious fans are permitted to touch and feed the rays.

Saint Petersburg is also home to the Salvador Dalí Museum, which is highly recommended by EscapeWizard.com. This fabulous museum boasts 14,000 original works by the famous Spanish surrealist, making it the largest American collection of Dalí’s works. Guided tours are offered daily, helping visitors navigate the vast permanent collection, as well as a rotating series of special exhibits.

Culture seekers will also enjoy a performance at Saint Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater, a 2000-seat facility located in the heart of the downtown area. First opened in 1965 and renovated in 2005, the Mahaffey Theater is Saint Petersburg’s cultural mecca, featuring a wide variety of acts, ranging from Broadway shows to classical performances to dance recitals.

EscapeWizard.com encourages outdoors enthusiasts to discover the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, spanning 245 acres on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Boyd Hill encompasses five unique ecosystems and features miles of hiking trails, an aviary, and an outdoor classroom. Explore the Preserve on your own or take a guided tram tour highlighting the area’s flora and fauna. Marvel at the wildlife in action, including alligators, gopher tortoises, bald eagles, and butterflies.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to experience the many tropical and urban wonders of Saint Petersburg, Florida. Let us help you plan your vacation today!
Hotels in Saint Petersburg
By Chrystyne Jackson
Hilton Saint Petersburg Carillon Park
950 Lake Carillon Drive, Saint Petersburg, FL
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When visiting Saint Petersburg, Florida, make your home away from home the Hilton Saint Petersburg Carillon Park. This hotel is conveniently located just 5 minutes from Saint Petersburg/Clearwater Airport and 10 minutes from Tampa International Airport. There is complimentary shuttle service to both airports, as well as to destinations within a five-mile radius of the hotel. Check in is at 3 p.m. and check out is at 11 a.m.

The Hilton features spacious and comfortable guestrooms and suites. Rooms come with your choice of one king size bed or two double beds. High speed Internet access is available.

The hotel offers many fine amenities. Relax and unwind at the heated infinity edge pool and spa. Maintain your fitness routine at the 24-hour fitness center where you will find state of the art cardio and strength equipment. Take a run on the jogging track. Enjoy a game of pool in the unique billiards room, which boasts a cozy fireplace. If golf is your game there are nearby golf courses. The Luna Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, and specializes in steaks, chops, prime rib, fresh seafood and pasta dishes. When exploring the local area be sure to visit Adventure Island Water Park, a 30 acre water park featuring slides, waterfalls, a wave pool and more, Busch Gardens, an exciting theme park and zoological park in one, the Salvador Dali Museum, featuring the artwork of surrealist Salvador Dali, Saint Petersburg Pier, Tropicana Field and the beautiful Gulf Beaches where you can enjoy sun and fun such as jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, scuba, snorkeling, fishing and more.

Make lasting memories of your visit to Saint Petersburg by staying at the Hilton Saint Petersburg Carillon Park. . EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today.