Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, St. Petersburg

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Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is a 245-acre (99 ha) protected area in St. Petersburg, Florida, Pinellas County, Florida. Boyd Hill Park originally began its life as a zoo and botanical garden for the city of St. Petersburg. It has since evolved over the decades into a mosaic of natural habitats and wild tropical landscapes along the shores of Lake Maggiore. The preserve is located on the shores of Lake Maggiore (Florida) in south St. Petersburg. It is operated by St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation and includes the Boyd Hill Environmental Center, a bird-of-prey aviary, and more than three miles of trails through a variety of ecosystems. Facilities include a playground and picnic areas. The preserve is used for school field trips and hosts environmental education programs. It is located at 1101 Country Club Way South.

The park is open 9-5, with longer hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer. It has strategically placed cold water stations around the park for relief on a hot day. There is a paved bike path that makes a loop through the park and just inside the park entrance, there is a wild bird aviary. There is also picnic area available for use, outside the park gates.
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  • Make a loop from the trails and see gators, heron, osprey, turtles, tortoises, raccoons, perhaps a snake or two...and few people (except on weekends).  more »
  • My husband and I are members of Boyd Hill so we make the most of it by visiting several times per week. The closer you look the more you will see. From amazing macro photography opportunities to...  more »
  • Great way to get out of the city and have a nice walk in nature though I'm thinking it could be an oppressively hot walk in warmer months so be sure to bring water. We saw several gators and lots of.....  more »
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  • Great place to see Florida nature. Boyd Hill has been an inexpensive, educational and beautiful place to see, and learn, about Florida's nature. Today, we were able to see how much the baby alligators have grown since April. The staff is always friendly and work hard to make sure the park and trails are well maintained and cold water is provided all through the trails. I recommend Boyd Hill for all ages.🌴🐊🐢🌴
  • It's amazing place to see!! They have tours and tell about the preserve. I don't know if there is a charge for the tour. They use to collect cans to get in. I don't know if they still do. You might want to call and find out. It's well worth it. I hope you go and have fun!!
  • Hands down, the best hike in St. Pete. Who knew such a well-preserved natural gem was tucked away in the south side of the city? Their aviary is breathtaking, you can see a real live bald eagle from 5 or 6 feet away! For the casual hiker, this is perfect. For a seasoned hiker, this is an easy yet rewarding walkabout. Everything about this place is awesome. The armadillo sculptures are 10/10.
  • This is a very nice nature park. One of my Audubon groups likes to go here on a regular basis. They have nice trails and so many birds and wildlife to view so it is great if you enjoy nature
  • A real gym close to the heart of downtown. Multiple trails through different Florida habitats. The island and view lakes are wonderful. Many bird, reptile, and small mammal species, plus all the bird exhibits. Cool nature center too. They do frequent educational events as well. $3 entry but well worth it and obvious they use the money to keep the place top notch. Also have a tram ride daily if walking is hard for you. Put on sunscreen and a hat!!

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