Weedon Island Preserve - Gandy Ave, St Pete
Weedon Island Preserve is located just off Gandy Blvd about equal distance between St. Pete and Tampa. The park has several miles of trails, mostly boardwalks along the swamps, a 45-foot tall observation tower with views of both major cities, kayak launch and trails, picnic areas, and more. Long home to Native Americans, Weedon Island became home to early Florida settlers in the 1700s, and by the 1900s the island had an airport, speak easy and more.
We spent a good hour and a half here wandering the trails and boardwalks as sunset approached. We walked up the observation tower as the sun dropped out the sky, and we circled two of the boardwalks before spotting a raccoon near the visitors center just prior to dark. It was a great experience except for the bugs.... we can't wait to come back and kayak.
Island in da sun...
EGMONT KEY STATE PARK
The island of Egmont Key has unique natural and cultural histories which have made it a valuable resource since the time settlers first arrived in Florida. Named in honor of John Perceval, the second Earl of Egmont and member of the Irish House of Commons in 1763, Egmont Key has had Spanish conquistadors and nuclear submarines pass its shores as they entered Tampa Bay
Visitors can spend the day on the beach sunbathing, swimming in the warm bay waters, walking through the historic ruins of Fort Dade, or walking the brick paths that remain from the days Fort Dade was an active community with 300 residents. A gopher tortoise can be seen at almost every turn as you walk the historic paths. Many visitors are treated to the sight of hummingbirds as well as other seabirds.
January through May guided walks are conducted on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month from 10:30 AM until 3:30 PM. These walks allow the participants to view the wildlife and natural environment of the island, learn the history of the island and tour the historic lighthouse.
Access to the island is by boat only. The park is located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach. To visit Egmont Key State Park, contact one of the following ferry services for schedules and fees.
Capt. Franks (727) 345-4500
Dolphin Landing (727) 360-7411
Hubbards Sea Adventures (727) 398-6577. (departs from St. Petersburg area)
Or call (727) 893-2627 for more info.
- Adventure Travel
Pass-A-Grille, old school Florida
Going across Pinellas Bay to the beaches, take a left and eventually Gulf Boulevard will turn into Pass-A-Grille Way, and around the intersection of 8th and Pass-A-Grille is the little downtown of Pass A Grille. This is old school Florida at its best, no cheesy high rise condos, all the businesses are family owned. Everything is open air, including bars and restaurants. Some nice quaint galleries and coffeehouses. This is what Key West was 15 years ago before it become over-commercialized. This is what Jimmy Buffet was thinking of when he wrote alot of his famous songs I bet. Oh yeah, it also boasts the best beach in the St. Pete area. The beach is much wider and the sands are much whiter than the condo areas of St. Pete Beach. A true laidback vibe. You can park in the village area on 8th street for two hours free, otherwise bring quarters. Oh yeah, on the plaza by the beach there are always artists selling their wares in booths almost everyday.
- Budget Travel
Geocatch on Honeymoon Island
This is a modern day treasure hunt.....
Geocaching is a game for GPS users and is a wonderful way to explore an area and learn about your GPS.
Geocaching is a relatively new phenomenon. Therefore, the rules are very simple:
1. Take something from the cache
2. Leave something in the cache
3. Write about it in the logbook
Honeymoon Island is in Dunedin Florida and is one of my favorite state parks...and it has 6 Geocache sites. Expect the total walking distance to be 3-5 miles long so please treat this as a hiking trip and bring the usual hiking gear (I.E. Backpack, water, snacks, poncho or rain cover, extra clothes depending on the weather, good walking shoes or boots)
Park Fees to Honeymoon Island:
Admission Fees $5.00 for up to 8 people per car. Single occupant fee of $3.00.
The park has bathrooms, a small restaurant and of course a beach and an Osprey trail (my favorite). You might want to bring your binoculars and I would definitely bring a camera!
The location and information of the 6 geocache sites are as follows:
Size: Size: Micro Difficulty: 1.5 out of 5 Terrain: 2 out of 5 (1 is easiest, 5 is hardest)
N 28° 03.337 W 082° 49.136
Traditional Cache Observation deck
Size: Size: Micro Difficulty: 1 out of 5 Terrain: 1 out of 5 (1 is easiest, 5 is hardest)
N 28° 03.408 W 082° 49.299
Mother Nature's All Around, Not Just In the Center
Size: Size: Micro (Micro) Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Terrain: 1.5 out of 5 (1 is easiest, 5 is hardest)
N 28° 03.629 W 082° 49.368
Mother Nature Honeymoons in the Groves of Man
Size: Size: Regular (Regular) Difficulty: 1.5 out of 5 Terrain: 2 out of 5 (1 is easiest, 5 is hardest)
N 28° 03.698 W 082° 49.444
Between a wall and a grape
Size: Size: Micro (Micro) Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Terrain: 1 out of 5 (1 is easiest, 5 is hardest)
N 28° 03.783 W 082° 49.895
GatorBruce Is Out Standing In The Field
Size: Size: Regular (Regular) Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Terrain: 2.5 out of 5 (1 is easiest, 5 is hardest)
N 28° 04.570 W 082° 49.832
Largo Florida Heritage Village - FREE
This is a 21 acer living history museum that brings to life over 100 years of local history.
More than 25 historic structures and features, some dating back to the 19th century, include a school, church, sponge warehouse, railroad depot and store as well as a variety of historic homes.
They have a lot of special events too and this is really the best time to see the museum. Favorites include Civil War and other reenactments.
Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Treasure Island drum circle every Sunday
One of my favorite places to go on a Sunday afternoon to late evening is the Treasure Island drum circle which usally starts at around 2 pm and goes till late in the night. Whether you are into relaxing and listening to the music or bringing your own crazy instruments made or bought this place is a good place to check out.
Great place to relax on a Sunday before you have to head into another long work week.
- Arts and Culture
Sand Key Park
Just south of the public beaches in Clearwater cross a bridge over Clearwater Pass onto Gulf Boulevard, and turn right into Sand Key Park.
This 95 acre beachfront county park tends to be less crowded than the Clearwater beaches to the north.
There are picnic shelters and tables with grills, a playground, a dog park, public restrooms, water fountains, cabana rentals, showers. The beach is lifeguarded from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM every day for your safety.
1060 Gulf Blvd.,
Clearwater, FL 33767
Marina Park in Safety Harbor
There is a small park by the Marina in Safety Harbor, a town in Northeastern Pinellas County bordering Old Tampa Bay.
The park holds a fountain with birds and wildlife figures underneath spigots of streaming water.
Just beyond the fountain is the marina, where many boats are housed. There is a trail here along Old Tampa Bay that many enjoy running along to enjoy the water scenery.
Oh so Meaty.
Awww, doesn't this just whet your appetite?!
Haven't you always wanted to go to a "Meat House"? Ha. Now I don't know what kind of meat they're selling here, but I certainly would rather not find out. I might be traumatized for life.
Oh by the way, food stamps are accepted here. Just in case you're broke and have the desire to eat deer instead of tuna for dinner.
Take in a museum or two
Saint Petersburg has some interesting museums for you to visit.
1.The Salvator Dali Museum
2.The Museum of Fine Art
3.The Holocaust Museum
4.The Great Explorations Museum
Each museum is unique in it's own way and very informative. They also offer a museum pass for $ 29.95 that will let you into any one of the museums in a two week period.
Find a local park and take a...
Find a local park and take a stroll by the water. It's amazing how many different birds you'll see, and you could catch a glimpse of a jumping dolphin, a manatee lumbering through the water, people of all ages and descriptions fishing, even little alligators may stick their noses up for a visit. Very relaxing!
My favorite city park is across from where we stay each year on Northshore Drive. There are tennis courts, a sandy beach, a swimming pool and block after block of sidewalks along the water with many benches in case you need a breather.
A county park, Fort De Soto...
A county park, Fort De Soto Park consists of a string of five small islands (keys) off the coast of St. Petersburg. The fort for which the park is named was built during the Spanish-American War in the late 1890's and is open to the public. The last brickwork fort built in the United States, the fort never saw action and was turned over to the county for use as a park in the 1940's. The beaches in the park are enormous, and numerous visitors stroll and sun themselves along their expanse while feeling totally isolated. North Beach faces the Gulf of Mexico, and East Beach offers a stunning view of the St. Petersburg Skyway. Massive picnic shelters are located at both the North Beach and East Beach areas.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Sunrise to sunset, 365 days per year
Camping, swimming, fishing, picnicking, hiking, nature study, museum
From St. Petersburg, take the Pinellas Bayway (SR 682) to ST 679 and follow it south to the park for six miles. Turn right at park headquarters for North Beach, and left for East Beach.
Highly Recommend, very...
Highly Recommend, very beautiful place. I mess these kind of a historical creations.The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which is affiliated with Florida State University, is the largest museum/university complex in the nation. Recognized as the Art Museum of the State Of Florida, the estate encompasses an internationally recognized museum of Western European, Asian and American art; the Circus Museum; Cà d'Zan, the Ringlings' 32-room mansion; the Original Asolo theater, the Rose Garden and more than 60 acres of landscaped grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay
Hours are from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. seven days a week. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. For hours, events and services, call the recorded information line at 941-351-1660.
Directions: Located off I-75, Exit 213; west on University Parkway to Ringling Museum estate at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Parking is free for buses and cars at the FSU Asolo Center for the Performing Arts.
Skydiving is a popular sport...
Skydiving is a popular sport in Florida. On this picture friend of mine Steve (left) and his girlfriend are jumping from 13,000 ft.
See more skydiving pictures in my travelogue (Compliments to Alexis Nahama).
We went to this great park a...
We went to this great park a couple of mornings to walk and enjoy nature. It was a much welcomed break from the fast pace of some of the other places we visited. We saw many birds, snakes, and 'gators! The park has a nice raised wooden walk way through out the park - it was wonderful!