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  1. A.L. Anderson Park

    Tarpon Springs : 39699 U.S. 19 N , Tarpon Springs, 34689

    This 129-acre park on Lake Tarpon offers a boat ramp, a dog park, nine picnic shelters, a boardwalk, nature trail and playground. Just east of U.S. 19, Anderson Park is a hilly and wooded retreat, with unusual "picnic pads" along Salmon Bay and a nature trail through the cypress trees. …

  2. Demens Landing

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Named after Peter Demens, one of the founding fathers of St. Petersburg, this waterfront park along Tampa Bay offers a great views. With two picnic shelters and grills, it also makes a great picnicing spot that's often less-crowded than other parks. Demens Landing also has a playground and two b …

  3. 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  …

  4. Sulphur Springs Park and Sulphur Springs Pool

    Tampa : 701 E Bird St., Tampa, 33604

    Among its many amenities, Sulphur Springs Park offers views of the well-known springs, picnic areas and a sand volleyball court. There is a playground and observation areas for watching fish and manatees that sometimes swim in the Hillsborough River and the lagoon that feeds into the river from  …

  5. Morningside Pool

    Clearwater : 2400 Harn Blvd., Clearwater, 33764

    Morningside Pool, at Morningside Park in Clearwater, has one of the top children's water playgrounds and a great pool for teens and adults. The main pool has two lanes open to lap swim with two diving boards and one giant blue slide to appease adventure-seekers. Then, in the back, there is a fen …

  6. Anderson Park

    South Tampa : 821 S Rome Ave., Tampa, 33606

    Anderson Park is nestled in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood of Tampa, just west of Old Hyde Park Village shopping center. The neighborhood park offers children lots of playground equipment, picnic benches and shade trees. While not quite a true sprayground, kids love running through the foun …

  7. Highlander Park

    Dunedin : 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin, 34698

    Highlander Park, with approximately 70 acres, is Dunedin's second-largest park. The multi-use complex is the home of the Dunedin Community Center, the Dunedin Fine Art Center and an over-the-pond pavillion/stage. This eastern section, near Pinehurst Road and Michigan Bouvelard, hosts the popular …

  8. 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  …

  9. 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 …

  10. Helen Howarth Community Park Horse Arena

    Pinellas Park : 6301 94th Ave. N, Pinellas Park, 33782

    Pinellas Park is home to a lot of horse-lovers and Helen Howarth Community Park is home to the city's wooded Equestrian Trail, which winds around the park's perimeter. The Helen Howarth Park Horse Arena provides additional opportunities for riding practice and hosts a variety of equestrian event …

  11. Al Lopez Park

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa, 33614

    The park, just a punt and a bunt from Raymond James Stadium and Legends Field, thrusts a determined green jaw into Tampa's urban landscape. It features 126 acres of rest and relaxation, with 13 picnic shelters, nearly 2 miles of trails, two ponds and a dog park. The Cancer Survivors Plaza crowns …

  12. Biscayne National Park

    Editor's pick

    Homestead : 9700 SW 328 St., Homestead, 33033

    Biscayne National Park lies a few miles south of Miami. On weekends, the park's two main keys, Boca Chita and Elliott, fill with pleasure boaters trying to escape the hustle and bustle of one of Florida's largest cities. The bay, while not deep, is exceptionally clear. On a sunny day, you can se …

  13. War Veterans Memorial Park

    Editor's pick

    St. Petersburg : 9600 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg, 33708

    Adjacent to the Bay Pines VA Medical Center, this 122-acre park on Boca Ciega Bay was donated to the county as surplus federal property. A major feature is the lighted, six-lane boat ramp that can be used 24 hours a day. There are 112 parking spaces nearby and Boca Ciega Bay provides access to t …

  14. MacFarlane Park

    Editor's pick

    Stadium Area : 1700 N MacDill Ave., Tampa, 33607

    This large park in central Tampa has several large picnic shelters and tables, grills, a fitness trail and lots of open field for pickup football games, kite flying, setting up bounce houses and more. It also has Freedom Playground, a large handicapped accessible playground with a sand area and  …

  15. Henry and Ola Park

    Seminole Heights : 502 W Henry Ave., Tampa, 33604

  16. Sand Key Park

    North Pinellas beaches : 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, 33767

    Sand Key Park is actually a park and a beach, just like Fort DeSoto. The park part offers picnic shelters with grills and tables, a playground and a dog park. The beach area contains cabana rentals, beach wheelchairs, outdoor showers and bath houses with changing stalls and restrooms. There is  …

  17. Fred Howard Park

    Editor's pick

    Tarpon Springs : 1700 Sunset Drive, Tarpon Springs, 34689

    Fred Howard Park occupies 155 acres on the Gulf of Mexico in Tarpon Springs. A mile-long causeway links the main park area with a white, sandy beach popular with northern Pinellas and western Pasco residents. The beach reopened in December 2009 after two years of repairs to causeway bridges.The  …

  18. Honeymoon Island State Park

    Editor's pick

    Dunedin : 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the West end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin, 34698

    At Honeymoon Island State Park, you can swim, skimboard, bird watch, fish, snorkel, picnic or just catch some rays. Bring your pup, too, because there's a dog park on the south beach. Animals are also allowed on the marked trails and in the picnic area. Showers are available and the park´ …

  19. 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  …

  20. Caladesi Island State Park

    Editor's pick

    Dunedin : 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the West end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin, 34698

    Caladesi Island State Park contains one of the nation's best beaches. The 661-acre island is accessible only by boat or ferry. Caladesi has picnic tables and shelters near its sandy beach and a marina with electric and water hookups, as well as a snack bar and gift shop. Fishing is allowed, but  …

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