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  1. Bayhead Action Park

    Largo : 375 Seminole Blvd., Largo, 33770

    A 7,000 square foot lighted concrete skate and freestyle bike park with a 7-foot dry pool, grind box, mini ramp, rails and steps.

  2. Crews Lake Wilderness Park

    West Pasco : 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills, 34610

    Opened in the 1990s, Crews Lake Park is 113 acres of wild area surrounded by oak and cypress trees in Pasco County. The park features a tent camping area, boardwalk, bike trails and observation tower. There are four picnic shelters with grills ($25 for four-hour blocks) and two pavillions with  …

  3. Largo Central Park Nature Preserve

    Largo : 150 Highland Ave., Largo, 33771

    Largo Central Park Nature Preserve is a nature center offering fishing, a kayaking/canoeing route, butterfly garden, observation tower, boardwalks, and walking/skating/biking trails. The preserve is home to wildlife such as otters, American alligators, marsh rabbit, red fox, wild turkey , bats, …

  4. Flatwoods Wilderness Park

    New Tampa : 14302 Morris Bridge Road , Thonotosassa, 33592

    This 5,400-acre park is part of the Lower Hillsborough County Wilderness Preserve and was developed in cooperation with the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Its 7-mile paved loop road is enjoyed by in-line skaters, bicyclists and runners. Flatwoods Park provides a welcome getaway fro …

  5. Helen Howarth Community Park

    Pinellas Park : 6031 94th Ave. N, Pinellas Park, 33782

    The 60-acre Helen Howarth Park is a planned park, being developed in phases. Amenities include: three lighted little league baseball fields, a two-story scorekeeper/concession building, a ball field for senior players, 12 lighted racquetball courts, a two-third-mile nature trail, two volleyball  …

  6. Oscar Scherer State Park

    Editor's pick

    Osprey : 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, 34229

    This is one of the best places in the state to see the elusive Florida scrub jay. Hike 15 miles of trails through the pine flatwoods or rent a canoe or kayak and paddle South Creek, a tannic stream that flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Fish the creek or Lake Osprey, which is also open to swimming. …

  7. Myakka River State Park

    Editor's pick

    Sarasota : 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, 34242

    It is one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks, and as a result, there is no shortage of things to do. The Myakka River, designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, flows through the heart of the 58-square-mile wilderness playground. Tour the lake on one of the world's largest airboats …

  8. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

    Lake Buena Vista : 2901 Osceola Parkway, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

  9. Lettuce Lake Park

    Tampa : 6920 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa, 33637

    Opened in 1982, this park is a hub of activities. The 240-acre site offers wooded picnic areas and a playground. A bicycle path/jogging trail, complete with a fitness course, meanders through the park. Lettuce Lake is also a haven for nature study. An interpretive center, featuring exhibits, lea …

  10. North Anclote River Park

    Editor's pick

    Palm Harbor : 550 Old Dixie Highway , Tarpon Springs, 34689

    North Anclote River Park offers a great place to relax, boat, and grill. A swimming zone is available and monitored by a lifeguard for safe family fun. The park also features a multi-lane boat ramp, picnic area, playground, fishing, and biking/walking trails. Trail is locked at dusk.

  11. Lake Park

    Lutz : 17302 N Dale Mabry Highway, Lutz, 33548

    This 589-acre park is a sanctuary for birds and wildlife, and features five lakes, cypress swamps, pine flatwoods and hardwood hammocks. Lake Park is also home to an archery range, a BMX bicycle track, two equestrian arenas and a radio-controlled car track (see photo), making it one of Hillsboro …

  12. Edward Medard Park and Reservoir

    Plant City : 6140 Turkey Creek Road, Plant City, 33567

    Tucked away in eastern Hillsborough County between Brandon and Plant City, the park is a popular one for people who like to camp, fish, mountain bike, boat or hike. The park extends along 1,284 acres owned by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, where a reservoir offers flood protect …

  13. Lowry Park

    Seminole Heights : 7525 N Boulevard , Tampa, 33604

  14. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and Campground

    Live Oak : 3076 95th Drive , Live Oak, 32060

  15. Crystal River Preserve State Park

    Citrus County : 3266 N Sailboat Ave. , Crystal River, 34428