Safety Harbor Things to Do
Veterans Park, in Safety Harbor next to the Marina and the Spa, is dedicated to all of the town's residents who have fought in America's wars. Five granite plaques surround the main flagpole and recognize local residents who served during the country's wars. A bronze plaque near the flagpole recognizes Safety Harbor residents killed in wartime.
The park was dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2001. This is also the location of Safety Harbor's annual Veterans Day ceremony.
John Wilson Park is located in the heart of Saafety Harbor's downtown and features a huge gazebo in its center. This park is like a traditional New England town common, where community concerts and events like farmers markets draw locals and visitors.
The third Friday of each month, the town hosts its 3rd Friday Music Series with concerts at the park. This free event takes place from 6 to 10 pm at the park and at some other venues in town. Besides music, there are food and crafts available around John Wilson Park.
The Farmers Market is held each Thursdays 8am to 1:30pm from November through May. Its vendors offer fresh and organic produce, plants and cut flowers, gourmet foods, baked items, other snacks, and crafts such as jewelery.
The gazebo can be rented for $50 an hour for residents and $75 an hour for nonresidents.
This 100 foot tall Baranoff Oak, also called the Safety Harbor Oak, has a circumference of 20 feet at the base. The park around the oak -- Baranoff Park -- was established in 2004, and it was then that both the park and the tree were named after Dr. Salem H. Baranoff.
Baranoff was born in Kiev, Russia to a Jewish family and he came to the US in 1904. He became a doctor, practicing in New York City prior to starting his first health spa in Spring Valley, New York. When he came to Safety Harbor, the site of the spa was a natural spring and a rehabilitation sanitarium for alcoholics. Baranoff bought the town's five waterfront springs in 1945 and formed the site into Florida's first health spa and a major destination for visitors and celebrities. Baronoff also used his wealth to help the local community, donating the land for the library, helping purchase the American Legion building, and providing scholarships for local youth. Baraonoff died in 1977 at his home in Safety Harbor.
The plaque at the base of the mighty oak reads:
“The Baranoff Oak”
This tree is reportedly the oldest living
Live Oak Tree in Pinellas County and is
estimated to be between 300 to 500 years
old. This grand oak tree is registered with
The Live Oak Society of the Louisiana
Garden Club Federation, Inc.
Erected by the
Safety Harbor City Commission
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Safety Harbor Restaurants
Brady's Backyard BBQ, located on Main Street in Safety Harbor, is one of numerous small, local restaurants in this quiet, compact town. Brady's offers most of your standard barbecue dishes such as smoked chicken, slow-cooked ribs, smoked sausage, brisket, and pulled pork. Their sides include cole slaw, green beans, black eyed peas, collard greens, baked beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, garlic red potatoes, applesauce and corn bread pudding.
In 2011, Brady's BBQ had a booth at the annual "Taste of Pinellas" music and food festival, held at Vinoy Park, along the water in St. Pete. We tried their great pulled pork slider, which was served on a bun with your choice of spicy or sweet barbecue sauce. Great juicy meat and tasty sauce, and for just $3 it was well worth the money!
I made a reservation and had a romantic dinner for a new girlfriend set and even spoke to Kris the owner. Unfortunately, nothing we discussed was remembered, we waited 45 minutes, the food took another 45 minutes and was cold and the owner, Kris was incredibly rude. There are so many great places to impress a woman and I wouldn't risk taking someone for a special occasion here. Save your time and money and find another place that respects romance:)
Favorite Dish: Terrible!Related to:
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A neat little bistro adjacent to the town square park. It is in a former house that has a quaint feel to it and includes an outdoor patio. They typically have an acoustic musician playing during dinner.
Favorite Dish: I had the duck breast and it was delicious. They have many excellent seafood entrees on the menu as well as steaks.Related to:
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Safety Harbor Nightlife
The Safety Harbor Grill is owned by the Shala family, refugees from the Serbian War in Kosovo. The grill serves American, Greek, and Italian Foods from morning to night. They also have live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on their covered deck.
We stopped in one Friday before having dinner at a nearby restaurant. We grabbed two of the bar stools and enjoyed some Yuenglings and Bacardi Sangrias while listening to the live music. The beers were reasonably priced--4 drinks for around $15. Many people in the somewhat older crowd seemed to stop in for dinner and stay for the fun entertainment.
Parking might be their biggest negative, as the restaurant probably seats 100, but they have just 15 or 20 parking spots.
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