The St. Pete Pier

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Sunshine Skyway Bridge

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.

Heading over the bridge
  If you like to fish they left parts of the old bridge and you can walk out on them and do some fishing.  They catch shark grouper, trout, snook, drum, and red fish. All good eating if you like fish. Back in the early 1980's a freighter the "Summit Venture" was coming into Tampabay during a bad thunderstorm and struck the old bridge collasping one span of the bridge and killing 32 people.

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 old Sunshine Skyway Bridge after being hit by a freighter during a bad thunderstorm.
  We took the trolley up to the Pier, nice little ride. They have cleaned it up since the last time we visited. The shops were all open and there are plenty of places to eat. We went outside to the back and took a few pictures and then headed up to the 5th floor for some more great pictures of the bay and downtown St. Pete. We then headed back down to the 2nd floor for the Aquarium. It's only $2.50 to get in. It's small and very nice.  Back in 1921 the original Pier was destroyed by a hurricane. It was rebuilt in 1925. The Pier you see today was built in 1973.

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.

The Pier
It is also served by Interstates 175 and 375, which branch off of 275 into the southern and northern areas of downtown respectively. The Gandy Bridge, conceived by George Gandy and opened in 1924, is the first causeway to be built across Tampa Bay, connecting St. Petersburg and Tampa cities without a circuitous 43-mile (69 km) trip around the Bay through Oldsmar.

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.

The Pier

 

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.

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Sunshine Skyway Bridge
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Heading over the bridge
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Heading over the bridge
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The Pier
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The Vinoy Hotel
The Vinoy Hotel
The Vinoy Hotel
The Vinoy Hotel
The Vinoy Hotel
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Typical Florida
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The Pier
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Mike
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Trolley
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The Pier
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Mike inside
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The Pier
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A picture of Florida from space.
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The Pier Aquarium
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Green Moray Eel
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Florida Lobster
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The Pier Aquarium
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Lion Fish
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Lion Fish
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The Pier Aquarium
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Lion Fish
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Hide and Seek
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Clown Fish
Clown Fish
Clown Fish
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Yellow Tang
Yellow Tang
Yellow Tang
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Yellow Tang
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Sailboat on the bay
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Looking out from the top of the p…
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Black bird
Black bird
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Having fun!!
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Looking back at downtown St. Pete
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Hey, do you mind can I have a lit…
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It is a hot day!!!
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The Pier
The Pier
The Pier
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Were we ate lunch
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Window shopping
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Wanna take a bike ride?
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Inside the Trolley
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The Vinoy Hotel - Five Star Hotel
Tropicana Field
Tropicana Field
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Captian Al's Seafood Resaurant
I had a cheeseburger with mushrooms and my friend had a fried grouper sandwich both came with homemade fries. Everything was delicious and the service… read entire review
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