Dive into a world of active adventure in St. Pete/Clearwater
HONEYMOON ISLAND STATE PARK
For the past eight years, Honeymoon Island has been ranked the #1 most visited state park in Florida. This barrier island’s popularity is richly deserved, balancing natural beauty with an abundance of activities and amenities.
Nature trails and observation areas are great spots to observe osprey, shorebirds, armadillo and even gopher tortoises. Visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, snorkeling, shelling and sunbathing along prime Gulf beachfront. Bicycles and kayaks are available for rent, and showers are here as well.
CALADESI ISLAND STATE PARK
Located just a short ferry ride away from Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island State Park is custom-made for nature lovers. Beyond its famous white-sand beaches—named America’s Best in 2008—the barrier island boasts a three-mile nature trail through the island’s interior as well as a three-mile kayak trail through scenic mangrove tunnels. Swimming, shelling and fishing are popular year-round.
Picnic tables and shelters are located near the beach, and picnic pavilions and beach umbrellas can be rented for a fee.
EGMONT KEY STATE PARK
Located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, accessible by boat or ferry, Egmont Key lures visitors with equal parts natural and cultural history. During the 19th century, the island was a camp for captured Seminoles, and later occupied by the Union Navy during the Civil War.
After touring the historic sites—including a fort from the Spanish American War and a still-working lighthouse, visitors can take refuge in the park’s many simple pleasures, from snorkeling in beautiful blue-green waters to fishing and picnicking.
ANCLOTE KEY PRESERVE STATE PARK
Some 43 species of birds call Anclote Key Preserve State Park home, with prime viewing sites for the American oystercatcher, bald eagle, piping plover and other beach-nesting birds.
Comprised of four islands, this preserve is located three miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs, accessible by private boat or ferry. Once here, enjoy unbeatable swimming and sunbathing on sun-soaked sand, plus spectacular sunsets of purples, pinks and oranges lasting well past sundown.
SKYWAY FISHING PIER STATE PARK
Angling fanatics now have a line on the ultimate hotspot: Skyway Fishing Pier State Park. The world’s longest fishing pier, this former bridge is the ideal place to land that prized tarpon, grouper, mackerel, or red snapper (to name a few). Open 24/7 and lighted at night, it’s also a prime spot to catch a sunrise or sunset. Snacks, drinks and a bait shop are all nearby.
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