South Straub Park is located in the downtown district of Saint Petersburg, FL. You can hear the birds chirping as you get closer to the park. It was a quiet, early and overcast Saturday morning when I decided to explore more of this tucked away, little park. “I’m hoping that the sun comes out today” is what I was thinking to myself. I knew that with some sunlight I could capture some of the park’s unique details. I was amazed that I had never noticed this gem. How could I? After all, it’s hidden behind the St. Pete Yacht Club and some of the tallest buildings in the area.
The park is 7.3 acres, surrounded by shops and faces the St. Pete Boat Marina. It features a recreation trail, water fountain, scenic views and a Petanque Court. It has it’s own unique qualities and it differs in size compared to North Straub Park located on the north side of downtown St. Pete. The location is perfect for those who may want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown noise. It is tranquil, maintained beautifully and clean enough that you can bring a blanket for a picnic or even take a nap.
There is lots to do and see near the park. You can grab a movie, go and check out one of our famous museums, do a tour of the city, go shopping or even grab a bite to eat at some of our local restaurants. The park hosts several events through out the year such as arts and crafts as well as boat shows.
The park is dedicated to William L. Straub by the City of Saint Petersburg, FL. “It’s been said that he saved 30 blocks and created a coastal waterfront” with views of the marina.
The main highlight of the park is the fountain (pictured below). Weddings are held at this location because of the backdrop of the fountain and views of the waterfront. As I went around the park taking pictures, I could hear the fountain’s cascading water and it felt so peaceful to hear it.
If you’re ever in Saint Petersburg, FL make sure you take a stroll along this beautiful and inviting little park. You can also sit at one of the benches along the pathway and admire the views the downtown area has to offer.
Have you ever discovered a park in the city that you live in? I would love to hear more about it.
Happy Travels ~ Ruthie
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