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Pioneer Park

This scenic area by the water is ideal for a peaceful stroll in the shade. Its centerpiece monument pays homage to the city’s founding residents.

St. Petersburg is a city bathed in sunshine almost every day. When you want to find some shade, one of the best places is oceanfront Pioneer Park. Here, you’ll find 1.8 acres (0.7 hectares) of neatly landscaped shrubbery and flower beds. It’s a nice spot to come and relax with a coffee or picnic and people-watch.

Pioneer Park’s landscape and pathways were refurbished in 2011 to make it a pristine space for everyone to enjoy. Paths weave in and out of immaculately kept gardens. Oak trees, sable palms and crape myrtles give the park its welcome shady spots. Relax under a tree, sit down on a bench or stroll past the green lawns.

The park’s centerpiece is a grand stone memorial, which is a tribute to St. Pete’s pioneers. As part of the park’s renovation, the space around the white obelisk was paved with a brick plaza. The red bricks date back to the early 20th century, adding to the historic character of the place. The bricks were once part of the old St. Petersburg street network.

The Bayshore Drive side of the park faces out onto the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Marina. This is an idyllic spot to sit back and watch boats move in and out of their moorings. While on this side of the park, seek out the old stone birdbath and watch pigeons splash around and take a drink to cool off.

If you come here in the late afternoon, end your stroll with dinner on Beach Street where there are some excellent tapas and seafood restaurants.

Pioneer Park is located between Central Avenue and Beach Drive in central St. Petersburg. It’s a popular spot with locals in the early morning during the week and during the day on the weekends. Come here during working hours if you are looking for some peace and quiet. The space is not fenced and is accessible at any time.


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Hyatt Place St. Petersburg / Downtown

25 2nd Street North, St. Petersburg, FL
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of St. Petersburg, this hotel is steps from The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art and Jannus Live. Salvador Dali Museum and Mahaffey Theater are also within 15 minutes.

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      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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      Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront $114
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      Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

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        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club $219
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          The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

          501 5th Ave Ne, St. Petersburg, FL
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Hampton Inn & Suites St. Petersburg/Downtown $152
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            Hampton Inn & Suites St. Petersburg/Downtown

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              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Avalon Hotel Downtown St. Petersburg

              443 4th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Cordova Inn

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                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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