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  1. Phillippi Estate Park

    Sarasota : 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 34231

  2. DeSoto Park

    Tampa : 2617 Corrine St., Tampa, 33605

    Located on the shores of McKay Bay in southeast Tampa, Desoto Park is home to one of two skateparks in the city. Along with a playground, basketball court, ball fields, bike trail, jogging path and fishing pier, it is the location of the popular Spicola Family Pool.The Desoto Activity Center off …

  3. Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park

    Downtown Tampa : 601 Old Water St., Tampa, 33602

    One of the best parks in downtown Tampa because of its location and amenities, Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park lies between the Tampa Bay Times Forum and the Hillsborough River. It includes a memorial to those lost in the Seminole Wars of Florida. Cotanchobee Park offers a pier, canoe launch and tr …

  4. Anclote Gulf Park

    West Pasco : 2305 Baillies Bluff Road , Holiday, 34691

  5. John Chesnut Sr. Park

    Editor's pick

    Palm Harbor : 2200 East Lake Road , Palm Harbor, 34685

    Adjacent to Lake Tarpon in northern Pinellas County, John Chesnut park is a launch site for several local fishing tournaments. Boats with combustion engines may use the lake, a fun place for water skiers and jet skiers. A canoe trail for craft with non-combustion engines leads to an interior lak …

  6. Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve North

    Oldsmar : 423 Lafayette Blvd., Oldsmar, 34677

  7. Dell Holmes Park

    St. Petersburg : 2741 22nd St. S , St. Petersburg, 33712

    Dell Holmes Park is located along the north shore of Lake Maggiore in St. Petersburg. The 21-acre park features an accessible and lighted fitness trail, year-round fishing in the lake and fishing pier, gazebo, picnic shelters, and a golf driving range and putting green. The playground includes a …

  8. Skyway Fishing Pier State Park

    St. Petersburg : 4905 34th St. S, #5000, St. Petersburg, 33711

    Skyway Fishing Pier State Park is home to great fishing opportunities as it is the longest fishing pier in the world. The pier is open 24 hours a day and contains a snack bar. Fees are as follows: $3 per car, $10 per RV/camper, $2 per adult, $1.50 for seniors and children ages 6 through 12.

  9. 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  …

  10. Picnic Island Park

    Editor's pick

    MacDill Area : 7404 Picnic Island Blvd., Tampa, 33616

    The mack daddy of city of Tampa waterfront parks, Picnic Island has it all, if you don't mind driving past gypsum plants, gasoline silos and other gritty industrial buildings. In addition to a long swimming beach, the park has a boat ramp, fishing pier, canoe launch, dog beach, restrooms, childr …

  11. Weaver Park

    Dunedin : 2750 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, 34692

    Waterfront park with fishing pier.

  12. The Pier

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    The Pier is one of St. Petersburg's most prominent landmarks, dating back to 1926, when pledges of $300,000 were raised throughout the community and a $1,000,000 bond issue paid for the Million Dollar Pier to replace the old Municipal Pier. With that, it became the first city-owned pier in St. P …

  13. Josiah Cephas Weaver Park

    Dunedin : 1249 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, 34698

    The park's 14 acres, split by Bayshore Boulevard, stretch to the shore of the Intracoastal Waterway and the grassland along the Pinellas Trail. Oaks and Sabal and Washingtonia palms form a canopy over portions of the park, which is dotted with picnic benches, grills and walking trails. A 1920s b …

  14. Anna Maria Island and Holmes Beach

    Editor's pick

    Manatee beaches : Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, 34216

    The island just south of Tampa Bay is split into three quaint towns. Bradenton Beach is home to condos, resorts and waterfront rentals. Holmes Beach, a collection of small-beach houses and hotels, sits in the middle. It's most familiar spot is Manatee County Beach, which is the first thing most  …

  15. Pier 60

    Editor's pick

    Clearwater Beach : 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach, 33767

    This is one of Tampa Bay's best tourist attractions. In addition to being a great place to fish or just relax during the day on Clearwater Beach, Pier 60 turns into a daily festival of sorts two hours before sunset and two hours after. Weather permitting, locals and tourists alike can gather to  …

  16. Fort De Soto Park

    Editor's pick

    South Pinellas beaches : 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, 33715

    The park comprises 1,136 acres of dry land on five interconnected islands. It is the largest of the county's parks and, while it has parking lots and snack shops, it also has large portions that are virtually undisturbed from the time indigenous people and Spanish explorers trod its shores. Its  …

  17. Clearwater Beach

    Clearwater Beach : 1 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater, 33767

    Just across the Memorial Causeway from downtown Clearwater, Clearwater Beach's 2.5-mile shore stretches from north to south. Its white sand stretches nearly uninterrupted along the Gulf of Mexico.The shore provides access to countless water sports -- jet-skiing, WaveRunners, parasailing, dolphin …