Parks in Pinellas County, Florida

Parks in Pinellas County, Florida
Pinellas County is located along Florida's Gulf Coast and is home to St. Petersburg. The county maintains more than 4,000 acres of park lands for residents and visitors to enjoy. From beaches to native habitat, Pinellas County offers a variety of parks from which to choose.

Fort De Soto Park

Fort De Soto Park is located at the southern tip of Pinellas County. In 2009, the park was recognized as America's Top Beach for the second consecutive year by TripAdvisor, the world's largest online travel community. Encompassing 1,136 acres over five interconnected islands and the park's namesake, 12-inch mortar battery, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. With more than seven miles of waterfront, an 800-foot boat launch, two fishing piers and nearly three miles of white sand beaches, this park is one of Pinellas County's most popular, attracting more than 2.7 million visitor annually. It has a seven-mile paved trail for biking, hiking, rollerblading and jogging, nature trails, a doggy park and a 2.25-mile canoe trail through the mangroves. The on-site campground has 238 sites with electricity and water and features a bathhouse with showers, a laundry facility and dump station.

Fort De Soto Park
3500 Pinellas Bayway S.
Tierra Verde, FL 33715
727-893-9185
pinellascounty.org/park/05_Ft_Desoto.htm

Lake Seminole Park

Centrally located in Pinellas County in Largo, Lake Seminole Park encompasses more than 250 acres. The park is a wildlife sanctuary and habitat and home to a variety of animal species, including alligators, snakes, tortoises/turtles, various waterfowl, black vultures and bald eagles, among others. It has a boat ramp, picnic pavilion, restrooms and a softball field and volleyball court. Visitors can enjoy boating and fishing on the lake and a two-mile multi-purpose nature trail for hiking, bicycling and jogging.

Lake Seminole Park
10015 Park Blvd. (74th Ave. N.)
Seminole FL 33777
727-549-6156
pinellascounty.org/park/08_Seminole.htm

Sand Key Park

Located in Clearwater, Sand Key Park encompasses 95 acres on Sand Key, a barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and Florida's mainland. The park is home to the base of operations for the area's artificial reef program and has two areas, a beach and a park. It has nine boardwalks leading to the beach where visitors can rent cabanas and beach wheel-chairs, as well as enjoy swimming in gulf waters. Sea turtles lay their eggs in this park, and birdwatching is a popular activity. The park has a picnic area, showers and restrooms.

Sand Key Park
1060 Gulf Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33767
727-588-4852
pinellascounty.org/park/15_Sand_Key.htm

Article Written By A.C. Bauer

A.C. Bauer is a seasoned adventurist with explorations spanning four continents, including hiking Machu Picchu, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, running the Ice Age Trail and road biking out of her front door. She has written marketing materials for eight years and worked for Red Bull, Disney and Dick's Sporting Goods, and received a master's in recreation and sport science from Ohio University.

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