A THRIVING CREATIVE COMMUNITY
Across the city, seven distinct arts districts blend together to create a vibrant arts and cultural destination for visitors and residents alike. Central Avenue is bike, walk and scooter friendly. While street and some garage parking is available, use of public transportation options like the Downtown Looper and Central Avenue Trolley is encouraged. Most districts are highly walkable and flow into each other, punctuated by great restaurants, shopping, and small businesses.
WATERFRONT MUSEUM DISTRICT
From Beach Drive to 3rd St, between 7th Ave N. and 7th Ave S. is the Waterfront Museum District. Featuring some of St. Pete’s most fashionable dining and shopping destinations as well as independent galleries and museums, this district is characterized by The Dalí Museum, Mahaffey Theater, and St. Pete’s sparkling waterfront park system. The Waterfront Museum District also includes the St. Petersburg Museum of History, Museum of Fine Arts, Renaissance Vinoy Resort’s History Gallery, American Stage Theater Company, the Palladium, and the St. Pete Pier.
M.L.K. NORTH DISTRICT
Along Dr. M.L.K. Jr. St. N. from 5th Ave. N. to 34th Ave. N., a growing district comprises a variety of locally-owned retail, galleries, yoga studios, event venues, restaurants, and cafés. Newly designated bike lanes make two-wheeled travel to and from this district safer and more efficient and its proximity to neighboring parks make it an attractive destination for well-rounded outings. Local artist Chad Mize hosts rotating shows of local and visiting artists out of MIZE Gallery, an anchor in the district.
CENTRAL ARTS DISTRICT
Nestled between the 300 and 700 block of Central Avenue, the Central Arts District boasts a dense population of independent artists, studios, galleries, boutiques, handmade crafts, and live music. Visit the Central Arts District for Studio@620, Florida CraftArt, Art Lofts, the Morean Arts Center, the Florida Holocaust Museum, and the Chihuly Collection. Culinary options abound and several live music venues feature local and national talent seven nights a week in this walkable district.
THE EDGE DISTRICT
From Dr. M.L.K. Jr. St. to 16th St. between 1st Avenues North and South, the EDGE District offers a vibrant and eclectic collection of art, independent business, mural art, and frequent events. The 7-block district is easily walkable and features restaurants, a microbrewery, and a multitude of bars and craft beer pubs, as well as shopping for everything from fine art to folk art, designer apparel to bohemian couture, and curated coastal chic decor to the country's largest collection of mid-century modern furniture.
GRAND CENTRAL DISTRICT
Located just west of downtown from 16th to 31st Streets between 1st Avenues North and South, Grand Central District is a mix of museums and galleries, antique stores, and specialty retail. Imagine Museum, a contemporary glass museum, as well as Florida’s largest new and used bookstore, Haslam’s, can be found in this district alongside independent breweries, design studios, and boutique restaurants and cafés. Surrounded by historic homes and cobblestone streets, this district’s neighborhood feel is evident.
DEUCES LIVE DISTRICT
The area around 22nd Street South and 9th Ave South makes up the Deuces Live District. During segregation, this was the heart of a vibrant and prosperous African American community—the former hub of Black business, homes, and entertainment on St. Pete’s South Side. Surviving decades of blight caused by the construction of I-275, the heartbeat of this community is still strong and today the Deuces Live District embraces the city’s rich African American heritage with a mix of locally-owned service and specialty businesses, including art galleries and restaurants. Must-sees in this district include the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, the Manhattan Casino, and the African American Heritage Trail.
WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT
From 16th St. to 31st St. between 1st Ave. N. & 10th Ave. S., the Warehouse Arts District has transformed from a primarily industrial area to a community of emerging and established artists. The Pinellas Trail runs through the entire district, and the wide open warehouse spaces accommodate large-scale creative processes and projects, making big art creation accessible to more than a select few. Home to Duncan McClellan Gallery, Morean Arts Center for Clay, and ArtsXchange, the Warehouse Arts District invites visitors to come see where art is made.