Located at the southern end of Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg’s gem is the Pinellas Trail, but there are also many hikes that are relatively short, and paddling opportunities. Pinellas County is the most densely populated county in Florida, and most of those residents live at its southern end. These are urban getaways, often interpretive, great for families, and frequently along a body of water.
Trails and Parks in St. Petersburg
- Arrowhead Nature Trail - Explore coastal habitats on the Arrowhead Nature Trail at Fort De Soto Park, an interpretive walk where you'll learn about salt-dependent plants along Mullet Key Bayou.
- Barrier Free Trail - The 0.4 mile Barrier Free Trail at Fort De Soto Park has a graded path wide enough for two wheelchairs to pass and six touch-activated interpretive speakers along the path.
- Boca Ciega Millennium Park - With its highlight an observation tower providing you a sweeping view of Boca Ciega Bay, Boca Ciega Millenium Park is a popular family-friendly getaway in Pinellas County
- Boyd Hill Nature Preserve - Once a zoo in St. Petersburg, Boyd Hill Park has 3 miles of trails looping through a mosaic of natural habitats and tropical landscapes along Lake Maggiore.
- Egmont Key State Park - In Tampa Bay, Egmont Key, an island that was once a Civil War refugee camp, is now a bird rookery and historic site, with trails accessible only by boat.
- Florida Botanical Gardens - Walk through the garden gates into a wonderland of sensory stimulation. With nearly 180 acres in the heart of Largo, the Florida Botanical Gardens is a place for peaceful immersion.
- Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum - Once a miniature golf course, this two-acre waterfront park just north of the Vinoy in St. Petersburg became the Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum, a lush showcase of palms, in 1976.
- Soldier’s Hole Nature Trail - The interpretive Soldier's Hole Trail at Fort De Soto State Park offers a close look at the three varieties of mangroves that grow in Florida plus some gorgeous views of Bunce’s Pass.
- Sunken Gardens - One of Florida's oldest roadside attractions, Sunken Gardens is now a county park reaping a century's worth of botanical bounty in St. Petersburg.
- Terra Ceia Preserve State Park - Home to a plenitude of wading birds, Terra Ceia Preserve State Park is an aquatic preserve protecting the ragged northern shoreline of Terra Ceia, open for exploration by water.