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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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Lodging Near Pioneer Park

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Ponce De Leon Hotel $106
Ponce De Leon Hotel

Ponce De Leon Hotel

95 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
     
    3.4
    of 5, from 1,478 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Located in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pioneer Park and Museum of Fine Arts. Salvador Dali Museum and The Pier are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Hollander Boutique Hotel $109
    Hollander Boutique Hotel

    Hollander Boutique Hotel

    421 4th Ave N, St. Petersburg
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 2,081 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Located in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Coliseum and Museum of Fine Arts. Salvador Dali Museum and Sunken Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Hyatt Place St. Petersburg / Downtown $159
      Hyatt Place St. Petersburg / Downtown

      Hyatt Place St. Petersburg / Downtown

      25 2nd Street North, St. Petersburg
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 53 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Downtown St. Petersburg, this hotel is steps from Jannus Live and Pioneer Park.

        Cordova Inn $109
        Cordova Inn

        Cordova Inn

        253 2nd Ave N, St. Petersburg
           
          3.8
          of 5, from 771 reviews
          2.5 out of 5.0

          Built in 1921, this smoke-free boutique hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida is 3 blocks from Tampa Bay, and 9 miles from the Gulf.

          Avalon Hotel Downtown St. Petersburg $99
          Avalon Hotel Downtown St. Petersburg

          Avalon Hotel Downtown St. Petersburg

          443 4th Avenue North, St. Petersburg
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 329 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Coliseum and Museum of Fine Arts. Salvador Dali Museum and Sunken Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club $186
            The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

            The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

            501 5th Ave Ne, St. Petersburg
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 810 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in St. Petersburg, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Chihuly Collection and Museum of Fine Arts. Salvador Dali Museum and The Pier are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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

              Hampton Inn & Suites St. Petersburg/Downtown

              80 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 641 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Situated in Downtown St. Petersburg, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Fine Arts and Sundial St. Pete. Al Lang Stadium and Chihuly Collection are also within 10 minutes.

                The Birchwood $283
                The Birchwood

                The Birchwood

                340 Beach Dr Ne, St. Petersburg
                   
                  4.6
                  of 5, from 143 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg, this hotel is steps from Chihuly Collection and Museum of Fine Arts. St. Petersburg Museum of History and Sundial St. Pete are also within 10 minutes.