The St. Pete Pier
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We had both planned on getting up early this morning. I did not wake up until 10:00am. Oh well, I needed the sleep. Took a shower, got dressed, and ate some cereal. Oh course I had to sign on the Travbuddy and check my page....habit.
We left around 11:00am. We had two choices on getting there. Take I-275 north and go thru Tampa then St. Pete or head south on I-75 to I-275 and take the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over tampabay into south St.Pete. We decided on the later because we wanted to go over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. It's a nice drive over and the bridge is looking so good. It's getting a nice coat of yellow paint. They have neglected it for awhile. We stopped at the south end at the rest area and took a few pictures.
We got back on I-275 and headed on into St. Pete. We passed Tropicana Field home of the Tampa Bay Rays (number one in their division). We exited I-375 and followed the signs to the Pier. You can pay at meters or pay $3.00 and park in a lot and take a free trolley up to the Pier. It was a beautiful day and so hot!!!
September is a dry month for Florida so there is not to many clouds or in the sky to keep the heat down.
The city is located on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It is connected to the mainland to the north, connected with the city of Tampa, Florida to the east by causeways and bridges across Tampa Bay, and to Bradenton, Florida in the south by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (Interstate 275), which traverses the mouth of the bay.
With a purported average of some 360 days of sunshine each year, it is nicknamed "The Sunshine City." For that reason, the city is a popular tourist, and retirement destination, especially for those in the United States from colder Northern climates – particularly New York City, Detroit, and Chicago. However, in recent years the population has shifted in a more youthful direction.
By this time our stomachs are talking to us, so we headed back down to the 1st floor and headed over to Captain Al's seafood restaurant. I had a hamburger w/provolone and mushrooms and homemade fries. Mike had a grouper sandwich w/homemade fries. It was all good!!!!
Over all it was a nice day!! There is a lot to see in St. Pete and we are going to make another trip here to see the rest.
Here is a few more places to see and visit:
1. Florida Holocaust Museum - You get assigned a name and at the end you get to see if you live or die. 2. The Salvador Dali Museum - Get a guide to explain the art work. 3. Sunken Gardens - botanical gardens 4. The Florida International Museum - They have exhibited: The Czars, Alexander The Great, JFK, Titanic, Princess Diana and Egypt.