Tarpon Springs
Anclote Key


Accessible solely by boat, this island off the coast of Tarpon Springs is given due reverence by folks who appreciate its lonely, four-mile-long stretch of coastal terrain and its exclusion from developers and commercialism. Home to a range of...  Read More

Boyd Hill Nature Park


South of St. Petersburg, this nature preserve sprawls across 245 acres of terrain, encompassing marshlands, lake shores, and forests. Wildlife, from birds to alligators, populates the area, which is crossed by boardwalks and nature trails. Tours...  Read More

Tierra Verde
Fort De Soto Park
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Located in the boating community of Tierra Verde, Fort De Soto Park is more than just a beach. It's a drop-dead gorgeous park spanning five islands and more than 1,000 acres on the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Voted "Best Beach for Families" by...  Read More



This lovely, beachside county park, inexplicably, doesn't pull in the crowds that some of the area's other beaches do – which is just fine with those who like its relatively quiet surroundings. Surfers, in particular, head to Sand Key when...  Read More

Brooker Creek


Brooker Creek Preserve is one of the top parks in the St. Petersburg, FL area. Whether you're a nature lover who likes the idea of experiencing Florida almost exactly as it was 150 years ago or a fitness buff looking for some challenging trails,...  Read More

Pinellas Park
Sawgrass Lake Park


One of the parks in St. Petersburg, FL that is most conducive to leisurely strolls, Sawgrass Lake Park offers 400 acres of maple swamps, serene boardwalks and phenomenal wildlife viewing. Pop up to the observation tower for some truly...  Read More

St. Petersburg
Vinoy Park


Of all the parks in St. Petersburg, FL, Vinoy Park offers perhaps the best and most unobstructed view of Tampa Bay. This is a great place to take in the scenery, enjoy a picnic, toss the pigskin around, or go for a walk or jog. The park is...  Read More

Weedon Island Preserve


Among St. Petersburg, FL parks, the Weedon Island Preserve styles itself as the distinguished "ecological jewel within an urban landscape." Sprawling across 3,700 undeveloped acres, the preserve offers a versatile range of enticing activities....  Read More

Skyway Fishing Pier State Park


If you're searching for an off-the-map spot that's significantly less traditional than the typical parks found in St. Petersburg, FL, pay a visit to Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier State Park. First-time fisherman and professional anglers alike...  Read More

Caladesi Island State Park


Although a causeway connects Honeymoon Island to the mainland, Caladesi is accessible only by boat. Nevertheless, both islands are undeveloped, boasting incredible natural scenery and plenty of opportunity to observe native flora and fauna....  Read More