ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — City leaders announced on Thursday the St. Pete Pier will open May 30, and they're inviting the public to a grand opening.
The pier has been under construction since 2017. City Architect for St. Petersburg Raul Quintana previously compared the pier to Disneyland.
“It will be better than Disneyland, because it’s free,” says Quintana. “You don’t have to pay any money to come on here. Whether you have 50 cents or 50 dollars, there will be something for you to do.”
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The 26-acre waterfront attraction is costing over $80 million to build. The city says it's more than just a pier, it's an "exPIERience."
"This gleaming new attraction on the city’s picturesque waterfront promises limitless fun for everyone, from first-time visitors to long-time residents," the website for the pier says. "Its 26 beautiful acres seamlessly combine the peaceful blue waters of Tampa Bay with the vibrant greenery of downtown St. Petersburg’s parks, creating the ultimate place to stroll, bike, dine, drink, shop, swim, take in a concert and more. So get together with your family and friends and visit. It’s time to soak up some fun under the warm Florida sun!"
You can click here for more information and to take a virtual tour of the pier.