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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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Hollander Boutique Hotel $105
Hollander Boutique Hotel

Hollander Boutique Hotel

421 4th Ave N, St. Petersburg
     
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    of 5, from 2,164 reviews
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    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 The Pier are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Ponce De Leon Hotel $83
    Ponce De Leon Hotel

    Ponce De Leon Hotel

    95 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
       
      3.4
      of 5, from 1,525 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 15 minutes.

      Hyatt Place St. Petersburg / Downtown $157
      Hyatt Place St. Petersburg / Downtown

      Hyatt Place St. Petersburg / Downtown

      25 2nd Street North, St. Petersburg
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 96 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Downtown St. Petersburg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jannus Live and Museum of Fine Arts. Salvador Dali Museum and The Pier are also within 15 minutes.

        Hampton Inn & Suites St. Petersburg/Downtown $144
        Hampton Inn & Suites St. Petersburg/Downtown

        Hampton Inn & Suites St. Petersburg/Downtown

        80 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 651 reviews
          2.5 out of 5.0

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

          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 372 reviews
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            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 Inn on Third $94
            The Inn on Third

            The Inn on Third

            342 3rd Ave N, St. Petersburg
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 872 reviews
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              Located in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palladium Theater and Museum of Fine Arts. Salvador Dali Museum and The Pier are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Cordova Inn $109
              Cordova Inn

              Cordova Inn

              253 2nd Ave N, St. Petersburg
                 
                3.9
                of 5, from 790 reviews
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                Built in 1921, this smoke-free boutique hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida is 3 blocks from Tampa Bay, and 9 miles from the Gulf.

                The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club $152
                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 826 reviews
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                  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 1 mi (2 km).