Philippe Park is indeed Safety Harbor Florida’s Historical Park! This 160 acre park is on the National Register of Historic Landmarks due to the fact that it was once home to both the Tocobaga Native American tribe and later the home of Count Odet Philippe. Remains of the Tocobaga’s time here can be found not only from the fact that they left a large mound in the park but that there were numerous other mounds that have been excavated. The archaeological remains of these mounds are now contained in the Safety Harbor Museum.
Count Odet Philippe, once chief surgeon to Napolean and born in Lyon France, made Safety Harbor Florida his home back in 1821. Here he settled with his family and introduced the citrus industry to Hillsborough County (today’s Pinellas County belonged Hillsborough County until 1921). It was also Odet Philippe that originally brought the cigar making industry to Florida. He passed on in 1869 at the age of 100 and was buried on his estate, in what is today Philippe Park.
Philippe Park has miles of trails, picnic shelters, restrooms, boat ramps and of course the Tocobaga mound. It is a popular destination for children’s birthday parties, family picnics, morning jogs and a favorite with everyone interested in local history. Here locals love to put their kayaks into Old Tampa Bay for a day out on the water and you will often find people fishing from shore.
Philippe Park is a wonderful addition to Safety Harbor Florida and one park you need to check out!
Eagle Lake Park located on Keene Road in Largo Florida is a beautiful 163-acre park that once belonged to the Taylor family. This pioneering family raised cattle and had orange groves. Many of these trees are still growing in the park.
Pinellas County purchased two sections which now comprise the park back in 1998 and 2006. Now county park-goes can enjoy the picnic shelters, playground, fishing piers and miles of hiking trails. The fishing is catch and release only.
Here you can also bring man’s best friend and let your pet romp in the enclosed dog park with other visitor’s pets. Outside of the enclosed dog park, dogs must be on a leash at all times.
This natural habitat includes over 2,000 feet of well maintained boardwalks over beautifully restored wetlands. Convenient to both north and central Pinellas County, Eagle Lake Park is a popular destination for locals to hold birthday parties, family outings and even morning yoga classes. One of the things I love about Eagle Lake Park is how the turtles come swimming up to the piers, obviously awaiting handouts. That makes photographing these marvelous creatures ever so easy!
Eagle Lake Park runs from Belleair Road to the north all the way to Rosery Road to the south and is a real treasure for the neighboring communities!
Upper Tampa Bay Park is a gem of a park located just east of Oldsmar Florida, off Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa. The park offers kayak rentals, picnic and grilling facilities, fishing piers, miles of hiking trails, playgrounds, restrooms, meeting facilities, summer camp and an educational center.
This 596 acre natural park is bordered by Old Tampa Bay to the south and west and Double Branch Creek to the east. You kayak the creek or the bay, enjoying Mother Nature at it’s best among the mangroves and natural habitat of salt water marshes.
There are wonderful picnic facilities for parties right next to the playground and there is even a volleyball court.
Wander the trails and keep an eye out for osprey, bald eagle, red shouldered hawk, spoonbills and other native birds, as well as bobcat, tortoises and a variety of snakes. Remember, we do have coral snakes, rattlesnakes and cottonmouth down here, so be careful where you walk!
If you are out in the water, you can enjoy the dolphin and manatee, also be sure to watch for otter! Naturally, fishing is great since there are snook, red fish and drum in these waters.
Convenient to residents of northern Pinellas County, including Oldsmar, Safety Harbor and Palm Harbor, this great park is also close to Tampa’s Westchase area!
This 255 acre waterfront park was built in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Home to three fantastic nature trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, picnic shelters, restroom facilities, a horse shoe pit, fenced in doggie park and a public boat ramp with access to Lake Tarpon, this is one park you don’t want to miss!
Lake Tarpon is five miles long and over a mile wide. It is home to large bass as well as our Florida gator. Fishermen love fishing this lake but remember that you do need a Florida fishing license to fish from shore or boat.
The park is also home to deer, raccoon, hawks, osprey and many other creatures. With miles of boardwalk along the shores of the lake and through the swamp areas that connect to other hiking trails, this park offers enjoyment for the entire family. Just remember to bring your camera so you can capture memories you will never forget!
John Chesnut Park is one of several magnificent local parks here in Pinellas County Florida.
North Pinellas County Florida has many beautiful golf courses. Here is a list of what is available and contact information to make a tee time:
Chi Chi Rodriquez Golf Club 727-726-4673
This 18 hole public golf course, pro shop and putting green are home to the Chi Chi Rodriquez Academy. Located on McMullen Booth Road this par 69 golf course passes all proceeds on to support the Chi Chi Kids’ Programs.
Clearwater Country Club 727-443-5078
A semi-private 18 hole par 72 course is located only minutes from the crystal sands of Clearwater Beach. The course has varying elevations and well manicured greens. Naturally, there is a clubhouse and pro shop as well.
Countryside Country Club Golf Course 727-796-1135
Designed by Gary Player, this 27 hole par 72 champion golf course is divided into three nine hole sections: Bayhead, Lake and Pine. There is also a practice range, pitching green and practice bunker available on this private facility located in Clearwater Countryside.
Cove Cay Golf Club 727-535-1406
Located on the shores of Old Tampa Bay in Clearwater, this semi-private 18 hole par 70 course offers amazing views of Tampa Bay. Here you will also find a pro shop, driving range and clubhouse.
Cypress Run Golf Club 727-938-3774
Designed by Larry Packard, this private 18 hole golf course located in Tarpon Springs on St Andrew’s Blvd. offers clinics, private lessons, computer swing analysis and so much more.
Dunedin Golf Club 727-733-7836
Opened in 1927 and designed by Donald Ross, this 18 hole par 72 semi-private course has a long, proud history. This was the original home course and headquarters of the PGA of America from 1945 to 1962.
East Lake Woodlands Country Club 727-226-3382
This private country club located in Oldsmar has two 18 hole golf courses, the North Course and the South Course. Both courses are surrounded by the lushness of the Florida outdoors.
Feather Sound Country Club 727-573-5666
The 6,900 yard par-72 golf course of this private country club has lush fairways and greens. There is also a seven acre practice facility and practice putting green.
Highland Lakes Golf Course 727-784-1402
Three nine hole executive golf courses await you in this private, 55+ community that overlooks Lake Tarpon in Palm Harbor.
Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club 727-942-2000
A world famous resort and private golf club, Innisbrook offers special golfing packages for guests. This resort is home to the annual Transitions Championship, a 72 hole event, which takes place on the Copperhead Course. There is also the par 72 Island Course, the par 70 North Course, the par 71 South Course and the new 9 hole par 36 Fox Squirrel Course designed specifically for the entire family to enjoy.
Lansbrook Golf Club 727-784-7333
An 18 hole par 72 semi-private golf course awaits you at Lansbrook in Palm Harbor. Located on the east side of Lake Tarpon, there are water hazards on 16 of the holes in this picturesque setting.
St. Andrew’s Links 727-733-6728
This 18 hole par 3 public golf course in Dunedin is located just off Alternate 19 right next to St Andrew’s Links Driving Range. 27 acres of beautiful landscaping, osprey nests and water hazards await you here in Dunedin.
Tarpon Springs Golf Course 727-934-5191
This 18 hole par 72 golf course was built in 1908 and was originally only 9 holes. Today it is owned by the City of Tarpon Springs and open to the public. Located on Alternate 19, north of Klosterman Rd.
Wentworth Golf Club of Tarpon Springs 727-942-4760
As of 2011 this once private golf club has become semi-private. Surrounded by million dollar homes, this par-71 course with 83 bunkers and rolling terrain is always in excellent condition.
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.