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Picnic Island Park, Tampa

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  • i went there a drw times and enjoyed my time there ,i enjoyed the water.they have a nice boat ramp and area to park also noticed a police sitting there watching , but i liked it alot  more »
  • Had a great Easter Sunday with the family and children. Did an Easter Egg Hunt and all the children enjoyed it...Everyone got in the water and had a great time jet-skiing! It was also a beautiful sunn...  more »
  • We took our dog to the dog beach there, and although everyone raves about Fort Desoto, we actually liked this beach better--more picnic tables right on the dog beach, more places to sit down so you do...  more »
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  • The beach area isn't anything to boast of. It's kinda dirty and not something you'd want your kids to play in. But the surrounding area is nice! There are quite a few shelters and it's pretty quiet. You also catch a nice view of downtown St Pete, the bay, and a pretty sunset if you're lucky!
  • I really wish they'd upgrade the playground for the children but this is a great place to spend a family day. They offer a dog beach, a pier for fishing and a boat launch as well, a disk golf course, playground, gazebos for parties, walking paths and a great view. The mosquitoes can be a little much so be sure to bring bug spray as well as sunscreen!
  • DO NOT GO HERE!!! Okay....I had high hopes for this, especially after looking at it on a map and seeing that it was closer to the actual gulf than other options. Got here and had to drive to find the actual dog friendly beach (its right next to the fishing pier and boat launch ramp). Finally got to the dog beach area....not too bad but a ton of grass and then some mediocre sand. "How can sand be mediocre?" you might ask....well...it was rocky and incredibly dirty. Seaweed and leaf debris and dog poop everywhere. The people were friendly but that's kind of a dog owner thing not an attribute of the park. So we get in the water, my 7 year old goes in with me and instantly we realize that the sand in the water is COVERED in razor sharp rocks and shells. My son went a little bit on and sliced his foot wide open on a rock. He HAD SHOES ON. So if the rocks/shells are sharp enough to cut him through his shoes....what would they do to a dog's paw?? We are now sitting in the emergency room waiting to be seen about whether he needs stitches. I urge you not to take your pup here if he/she wants to play in the water.
  • Nice beach with rocks and shells. There is even coral and fish if you stay long enough when the crowd is gone!!! I saw a starfish and a little fish with a blue stripe. Its very peacefull and just incase anybody may be wondering about swimming here there are 2 swimming areas one for dogs and one for...well humans 😀
  • This is a beautiful park. Nice walk, nice views. My only very small complaint is that I saw two shady characters in the park, one of which was sleeping on a picnic table. Other than that, awesome!