The Best Nature Parks In The Tampa Bay Area

Check out these 5 must-visit nature parks in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is known for its beautiful beaches and parks. Here are 5 amazing spots that will allow you to become one with nature.

Lettuce Lake Park

Lettuce Lake Conservation Park is one of Hillsborough County's most visited parks. You can relax in one of the many wooded picnic areas, kids can play on the playgrounds, or you can exercise on the 1.25-mile paved trail. There is also an observation tower that provides scenic views of the Hillsborough River. The park also offers canoe and kayak rentals for an up-close experience with Florida's wildlife.

Caladesi Island State Park

Caladesi Island State Park is one of the few islands along the Gulf Coast that have been untouched. The island is only accessible by boat, but the extra effort is worth it. The island offers pristine beaches, as well as canoes and kayaks for rent to explore the bayside mangrove forest.

Sunken Gardens

Sunken Gardens is a botanical paradise located in St. Pete. It is known as St. Pete's oldest living museum at 100 years old. The garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region. Sunken Gardens provides garden tours, horticultural programs, special events, field trips, weddings, private and corporate rentals.

Hillsborough River State Park

Located only minutes from Downtown Tampa, this state park offers residents a refuge from city life. The park features seven miles of nature trails and wildlife viewing. The park also provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation with fishing, hiking, biking, and picnics. Camping is another popular activity in the park.

Weedon Island Preserve

Located in St. Pete, this park is an expansive 3,190-acre natural area comprised of aquatic and upland ecosystems. The preserve's goal is to protect the wide diversity of natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. The preserve offers almost two miles of boardwalks and pavement that lead to a 45-foot observation tower. Enjoy hiking, biking, camping, and more!

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