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HONEYMOON ISLAND STATE PARK

#1 Causeway Blvd.
Dunedin FL 34698

PARK FEATURES | Honeymoon Island State Park is a Florida State Park located on Honeymoon Island, a barrier island across St. Joseph Sound from Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Ozona, and Crystal Beach. The park is 385 acres in land area with 2,400 acres submerged and 4 miles of beach. 

OTHER MUST KNOW INFO | 

  • Parking is $8

  • Bicycling

  • Fishing

  • Hiking/Nature Trails

  • Paddling

  • Surfing/Swimming

  • Picnic Tables 

  • Parks (Dog ones too!)

  • Beach nearby

  • Concessions/Restaurants

  • Restrooms & Shower Stations


Photo courtesy of Ana Soloviov

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ANCLOTE KEY PRESERVE
STATE PARK

Offshore
Tarpon Springs FL 34689

PARK FEATURES | Anclote Key Preserve State Park is a Florida State Park and historic site, located on Anclote Key three miles off Tarpon Springs along the Atlantic coastal plain. This state park is only accessible by boat.

OTHER MUST KNOW INFO

  • Open daily 8am to sunset

  • Bird Watching 

  • Boating/Fishing

  • Camping

  • Shelling

  • Swimming/Snorkeling

  • Beaches

  • Anclote Key Lighthouse

  • Restrooms


Photo courtesy of Florida State Parks

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FORT DE SOTO PARK

3500 Pinellas Bayway South
Tierra Verde, Florida 33715

PARK FEATURES |Whether you are sitting on the beach or kayaking near the still water’s edge at Fort De Soto, you find yourself absorbed in the abundance of natural beauty as far as the eye can see. The complexity of the ecology is not immediately apparent, but the park offers the greatest diversity of systems just about anywhere.

Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wildlife and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto.

The largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, Fort De Soto park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys). These keys are home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and scores of native plants. Each of these species plays a vital role in the preservation and protection of the natural environment.

OTHER MUST KNOW INFO |

  • $5 parking fee

  • 328 species of birds and more get added every year

  • Over 7 miles of waterfront, including over 3 miles of sandy beaches

  • Camping

  • 15 Picnic Shelters & Playgrounds

  • Swimming & Fishing (2 Fishing Piers)

  • Quartermaster Museum

  • Ferry Service to Shell Key & Egmont Key

  • 2.25 mile Canoe Trail

  • Multipurpose Trails

  • Restrooms


Photo courtesy of Pinellas County

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SAWGRASS LAKE PARK

7400 25th Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33702

PARK FEATURES | Sawgrass Lake Park is 400 acres in the Lealman community of unincorporated Pinellas County and is the result of a unique cooperative agreement between Pinellas County Parks & Conservation Resources and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. This park has one of the largest maple swamps on the Gulf Coast, which allows people to view a variety of wildlife. Thousands of birds migrate through the park during the fall and spring.

OTHER MUST KNOW INFO

  • Open daily 7am to sunset
    Boardwalk, Nature Trail for Hiking/Walking

  • Observation Tower

  • Parking

  • Restroom

    One Picnic Shelter and Grill


Photo courtesy of Pinellas Govement Website

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SAND KEY PARK 

1060 Gulf Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33767

PARK FEATURES | Sand Key Park is 95 acres with two distinct areas of beach and park in Clearwater. This park has a white sandy beach with seasonal lifeguards and sea turtles that nest from April – October. The park also provides benches for viewing the salt marsh that sustains the native wildlife.

OTHER MUST KNOW INFO |

  • Open daily from 7am to dusk

  • Concession

  • Boardwalk, Nature Trail

  • Two Beach Wheelchairs

  • Outdoor Showers

  • Two Bathhouses with Separate Changing Stalls and Restrooms

  • Pay stations require entry of vehicle tag number.

  • Pay stations only accept credit card payments – Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.

  • Pay-by-plate system replaces the need to display parking receipts.

  • Beach Parking – Automated Pay Stations with Daily Parking Fees of $5 – Annual beach parking passes are available.

  • Dog Park

  • Playground Equipment

  • Restrooms

  • Two Shelters with Grills

  • Swimming

  • Umbrella and Cabana Rentals

  • Kayak Rentals


Photo courtesy of Pinellas Government Website

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LAKE SEMINOLE PARK

10015 Park Boulevard North
Seminole, Florida 33777

PARK FEATURES | Lake Seminole Park is 258 acres of designated wildlife habitat and sanctuary located in Seminole. The park is home to raccoons, alligators, hawks, eagles, turtles and more. Benches and swings offer a lakeside view, and the trails, playgrounds and boat ramps provide a variety of recreational activities both in and out of the water.
 

OTHER MUST KNOW INFO |

  • Open 7 days a week 7am to sunset

  • Boat Ramp & Fishing

  • Ball Field

  • Water Fountains & Restrooms

  • Playgrounds

  • 13 Picnic Shelters 

  • Multipurpose Trails 

  • Lake Seminole, Pinellas County: Open to Fishing.  Trotlines may be used from sunset until 9 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

  • No Bag Limit for Channel Catfish 
     


Photo courtesy of Pinellas Government Website

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FREEDOM LAKE PARK

9990 46th St N.
Pinellas Park, FL 33782

PARK FEATURES | Ranked by many residents as their favorite park, Mayors' Park's many pine trees offer dappled shade and a leisurely paved walking path around two small lakes. The park's three pavilions provide the perfect venue for family gatherings or company picnics.

 

A special feature of this park is the Korean War Memorial that includes a fighter jet display.  

OTHER MUST KNOW INFO |

  • Open 7 days a week 7am to sunset

  • Drinking Fountain

  • Exercise Equipment

  • Fishing Permitted

  • Grill (charcoal)

  • Military/Veterans Display

  • Model Boats Permitted

  • Picnic/Party Pavilion(s)

  • Playground

  • Restrooms

  • Walking Path (1 mile or less)

  • Water Views


Photo courtesy of City of Pinellas

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CALDESI ISLAND STATE PARK

PARK FEATURES |Whether it is a stroll along the island’s pristine beaches or a kayak trip through the bayside mangrove forest, a trip to Caladesi Island is an unforgettable experience.
 
Take a nature trail walk to the historic Scharrer Homestead through the island’s interior and listen to the ocean breeze whisper through old-growth slash pines and feel the embrace of expansive live oaks.

OTHER MUST KNOW INFO |

  • Open 8am to dusk every day

  • $6 per boat $ 2 per kayak

  • Ferry service to Honeymoon Island 

  • Boating/Fishing/Kayaking/Paddling

  • Camping

  • Shelling

  • Swimming & Beaches 

  • Picnic Area & Caladesi Cafe 

  • Restrooms & Shower Stations


Photo courtesy of FOX 13 Tampa Bay

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EGMONT KEY STATE PARK

4905 34th St. South, #5000
St. Petersburg FL 33711

PARK FEATURES | Accessible only by boat, Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. During the 19th century, the island served as a camp for captured Seminoles at the end of the Third Seminole War and was later occupied by the Union Navy during the Civil War. In 1898, as the Spanish-American War threatened, Fort Dade was built on the island and remained active until 1923.

Due to the remote nature of the island, there is no drinking water on the island and there are no stores. Please remember to bring water, food and sunscreen when you visit.

OTHER MUST KNOW INFO |

  • Open 8am to dusk every day

  • Boating/Fishing

  • Nature Trails/Hiking

  • Bird Watching

  • Shelling

  • Wildlife Viewing

  • Swimming/Snorkeling

  • Beaches

  • Historic Site

  • Restrooms


Photo courtesy of Parks Guidance

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WEEDON ISLAND PRESERVE PARK

1800 Weedon Drive NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33702

PARK FEATURESWeedon Island Preserve is an expansive 3,190-acre natural area located on Tampa Bay. This coastal system, comprised of aquatic and upland ecosystems, is home to numerous species of native plants and animals, an educational facility and a rich cultural history. Indigenous peoples occupied this site for thousands of years. Today, the preserve protects this wide diversity of natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. Weedon Island Preserve is also a well-known birding and fishing site.

OTHER MUST KNOW INFO

  • Opens at 7am and closes at dusk

  • Cultural & History Center 

  • Guided Tours and Nature Hikes

  • Preserve Ecosystems

  • Variety of Trails 

  • Boardwalks & Obersvation Tower

  • Exhibits, educational center

  • Gift Shop

  • Fishing Pier

  • Canoe Rentals & Paddlig Trails


Photo courtesy of Weedon Island Preserve Website

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WALL SPRINGS PARK

3725 Desoto Boulevard
Palm Harbor, Florida 34683

PARK FEATURES | Wall Springs Park is 210 acres that connects to the Pinellas Trail in Palm Harbor. This park provides a viewing area and boardwalk of the natural spring that once was used as a spa and bathing area. There is also a 35-foot observation tower to enjoy views of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Wall Springs Coastal Addition, which was added to the park, includes a picnic shelter, restrooms, parking, elevated observation deck, both natural and paved trails, and a 5-foot wide sidewalk connecting Alt. U.S. 19 to the park. The separate entrance to the Wall Springs Park Coastal Addition is 621 Wai Lani Road, Palm Harbor.

OTHER MUST KNOW INFO |

  • Open 7 days a week from 7am to sunset 

  • Bike Racks

  • Boardwalk, Nature Trail

  • Butterfly Garden

  • Educational and Informational Displays

  • Fishing – Saltwater License

  • Historic Interest

  • Multipurpose Trail

  • Observation Tower

  • Parking

  • Pier

  • Playground Equipment

  • Restrooms

  • Six Picnic Shelters with Grills

    Photo courtesy of Pinellas Government Website

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JOHN CHESTNUT SR. PARK

2200 East Lake Road South
Palm Harbor, Florida 34685

PARK FEATURES |John Chesnut Sr. Park is 255 acres of multiple nature trails that sits adjacent to Lake Tarpon in Palm Harbor.  Lake Tarpon can accommodate boats with combustion engines. This park is home to a variety of wildlife.
 

The canoe trail is a landlocked waterway connected to an interior lake, but can only accommodate non-combustion engines.

Swimming is prohibited inside the park.



OTHER MUST KNOW INFO |

  • Open 7 days a week 7am to sunset

  • Boat Ramp (Fee Charged)

  • Two Playgrounds

  • Horseshoe Pits

  • Softball Field

  • Water Fountains & Restrooms

  • 13 Picnic Shelters with Grills

  • Dog Park

  • Lake Tarpon, Pinellas County: Open to Fishing.  Trotlines may be used from sunset until 9 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

  • No Bag Limit for Channel Catfish 
     


Photo courtesy of City of Pinellas

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PHILLIPE PARK

2525 Philippe Parkway
Safety Harbor, Florida 34695

PARK FEATURES | Philippe Park is 92 rich-in-history acres. This is the oldest park in Pinellas County and is located in Safety Harbor. The majestic shade trees and the Native American mound welcome visitors to the park.  The Temple Mound was built by Native Americans known as the Tocobaga. It is the largest remaining mound in the Tampa Bay region and is listed in the National Register of Historic Landmarks.

OTHER MUST KNOW INFO |

  • Open 7 days a week 7am to sunset

  • Eight Picnic Shelters with Grills

  • Boat Ramp (Fee Charged)

  • Fishing – Saltwater License May Be Required

  • Historic Interest/Native American Mound

  • Two Playgrounds

  • Softball Field

  • Water Fountains

  • Restrooms


Photo courtesy of Pinellas Government Website

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EAGLE LAKE PARK

1800 Keene Road
Largo, FL 33771

PARK FEATURES | Eagle Lake Park is 162 acres set in the heart of Largo. This park provides a wetlands section that has been restored with native plants. In keeping with the tradition of the land’s former use of citrus growing, many of the amenities have a citrus grove theme.

OTHER MUST KNOW INFO |

  • Open 7 days a week 7am to sunset

  • Six Picnic Shelters

  • Three Restrooms

  • Playground

  • Dog Park with Two Areas for Large Dogs and One for Smaller Dogs – Follow dog park rules.

  • Paved 12-Foot Wide Recreation Trail

  • Numerous Shell Paths for Walking and Enjoying Nature

  • 2,000 Feet of Boardwalks over Restored Wetlands

  • Catch and Release Fishing Permitted from Designated Areas Only; No Bank Fishing Allowed


Photo courtesy of Pinellas Government Website

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