The Tarpon Turtle Restaurant on beautiful Lake Tarpon in Tarpon Springs Florida is always a wonderful destination for lunch. One of the things that makes this restaurant so special is it’s location, directly on the northern shores of Lake Tarpon.
Accessible by boat as well, this great restaurant offers seating out on the docks, at the Tiki Bar or inside where you can enjoy air conditioning. Since the restaurant is located directly on the shore of this five mile long lake, there is always a refreshing breeze blowing. You can sit outside and enjoy the wildlife that frequent the lake which includes not only a wide variety of birds but also alligators. Please remember NOT to feed the gators since feeding them makes them associate people with food. That is definitely not a good idea.
The Tarpon Turtle Restaurant is great for large gatherings, meetings and parties. The friendly staff goes out of it’s way to accommodate in every way so your event is really perfect. With a large selection of great dishes, there is something for every pallet. Be sure to check out the Tarpon Turtle Restaurant located at 1513 Lake Tarpon Avenue in Tarpon Springs Florida. Just one more reason why living here in the Tarpon Springs Florida area is truly wonderful.
North Anclote River Nature Park was purchased in 1996 through the Florida Communities Trust. This 77 acre park has both a fishing pier and an observation deck located right on the Anclote River. Remember that if you are fishing, whether from shore or in a boat, you do need a Florida fishing license.
Here you will also find playground facilities, restrooms, nature trails, picnic tables and a trail that connects to the Pinellas Trail for both biking and hiking. The Pinellas Trail can take you all the way down to St Petersburg and is one more way you can make the trip up to North Anclote River Nature Park in Tarpon Springs.
Both kayaks and canoes can be launched from North Anclote River Nature Park into the Anclote River and there is a small beach area where you can cool your feet off or splash away at the shoreline. I probably wouldn’t go swimming here since it is a river and I wouldn’t want to be surprised by a gator.
Just one more great park here in northern Pinellas County. This is why I love living in the Tarpon Springs and Palm Harbor Florida area.
The park is 155 acres of tropical paradise that includes nine picnic shelters and six restroom facilities. If you are interested in reserving one of the shelters for a birthday party or other event, be sure to make your reservations early since our local parks are popular venues for such events. That is due to our year-round blue skies and sunshine. Everyone loves taking advantage of the excellent weather. Two playgrounds, a ball field and launch areas for your kayak are also available in this family orientated park.
The beach offers pure white sand and bathing in the sparkling waters of the gulf. There are shower and restroom facilities on the island as well as plenty of parking. Fishermen enjoy fishing off the south side of the island, where there are rocks. Please be sure not to disturb the sea oats as they are protected by law.
Back on the mainland, you can enjoy hiking through the park where you can observe many native animals and birds in their natural habitat. It is not unusual to see osprey, eagles, fox squirrels and tortoises in the park. Naturally, the shoreline is teaming with fish and many varieties can be found in the nurseries among the mangroves that are native to this section of Florida. Please remember that if you are going to be fishing from shore, you will need a Florida fishing license to be in compliance with the law. A license can be purchased at any driver’s license office or on-line. The Fred Howard Park is open from 7 am to dusk and you want to remember to bring your camera! You will be glad you did. This is indeed a fantastic park for the entire family to enjoy.
A.L. Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs Florida is located on Lake Tarpon’s western shore and offers excellent boating access to this magnificent 3.906 square mile lake. Opened in the mid-1960’s, this 135 acre waterfront park offers the perfect destination for the active family. Here you can enjoy nature trails and boardwalks through the natural fauna. Your camera is a must since the views of Lake Tarpon are breathtaking. What better place to bring the family to grill and enjoy a picnic. There are playgrounds for the very young and for the older children as well. The park does require reservations for the picnic shelters and you want to make those party reservations in advance since this is an extremely popular destination.
The public boat ramp opens at 5 am, so the early bird can launch and be out on the lake catching bass while others are still sipping their coffee. Naturally, the ramp stays open late as well, closing at 10 pm.
There is a great doggie park as well, so you can bring poochie to romp with friends in the enclosed area. Owners are required to supervise their pets and clean up after them as well. All dogs must be on a leash when outside of the enclosed doggie park area. The enclosed areas include water fountains and showers to cool your pets off during those hot summer months.
Anderson Park is accessible via US Hwy 19, just south of Tarpon Avenue, on the east side of the road. The park is open 7 am to dusk, year round. It is a wonderful destination whether you are spending a few hours or the entire day. This is one of the numerous beautiful parks available to residents of northern Pinellas County, which includes the areas of Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor and Dunedin Florida.
This amazing coastal forest is one of the last remaining examples of how West Central Florida looked before the land development companies moved in. From tiny hummingbirds to the graceful osprey, from fox and raccoon to wild tangerine and orange trees, this park offers a real learning experience.
You can enter the park on San Mateo Drive and park just beyond the Butterfly Garden that is the latest addition to Hammock Park. The Butterfly Garden is home to more than thirty-five species of butterflies!
Next to the Butterfly Garden and directly on San Mateo Drive is historic Andrews Memorial Chapel, which has it’s own interesting history and was built in 1888.
There are also areas to park your car and enter the park on Harvard Avenue and off McCarty Street. The Harris Woods Entrance off McCarty Street has limited parking. There is a foot trail entrance off Mira Vista Drive and San Mateo (the Sugarberry Entrance) as well but there is no place to park at this entrance.
No matter where you enter the park, Hammock Park is a real treat with well maintained trails that meander through the lush vegetation. This is just one more example of the beautiful parks and nature preserves in and around the Dunedin Florida area!
Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs Florida covers approximately 8700 acres and is the largest natural area within Pinellas County. Established in 1992, Brooker Creek Preserve is located off of Keystone Road and consists mostly of forested wetlands. It is one of my favorite places to visit since your chances are excellent of running into wildlife here. With over four miles of hiking trails and well over nine miles of horse trails, this is a great place to connect with nature.
Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center offers educational classes, exhibits, workshops, presentations, public outreach activities and guided hikes through this vast natural setting. The physical Center is a three building complex with over 25,000 sq ft which includes indoor and outdoor classrooms, a 6,000 sq ft exhibit area and an auditorium that can handle two hundred visitors. The Center also offers the public assistance with such things as identification of local plants, landscaping with local plants and retention pond reclamation. There are educational programs for the entire family and also specifically for children of various age groups. Schools also take advantage of all that Brooker Creek Preserve’s Environmental Education Center has to offer by bringing children out on field trips from the local public and private schools.
One of my personal favorite things that the Education Center does is offer various summer camps for the local children. What better way to become familiar with the habitat and have a great time doing it?
Looking for something to do on the weekend? Brooker Creek Preserve also offers guided tours on Saturdays. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and pre-registration is required. The winter months are a wonderful time to take advantage of these tours and those weeks when the kids are off for the Holidays lend plenty of time to take advantage of this great opportunity to get to know more about Brooker Creek Preserve!