Picnic Island Park, Tampa
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Picnic Island park is more for if you are into water sports or sunbathing, and disc golf, fishing or have a dog. You can picnic there and there are restrooms, but the playground is hard to even call a... read more »
Don't let the drive through an industrial area to get to this park fool you. The park is nicely landscaped and well maintained. It has a boat launch, lots of sheltered picnic tables w/grills, water sp... read more »
Don't waste your time here.. it smells disgusting and it's dirty. We stayed a total of five minutes. Enough time to get out of the car walk to the water and run back to the car.
Amazing view and shine much needed seclusion from the city. Lots of bbq grills and shade! Very nice beach as well. One of the most underrated places in Tampa!
Park is kept clean and tidy. Along the beach I noticed plenty of seaweed in some places but little to no trash. Grass was recently cut and I've never seen it otherwise. Pavilions provide shade and a place to eat any food you brought. Grills are also available to use. Space is provided for some sports activities, such as volleyball. Beyond that, there's a decent amount of open space to play just about anything casually. Parking is abundant and plenty of trees provide sufficient shade. The only real problem of note is the mosquito population. It's not the worst I've seen by far but it does exist so keep that in mind when you go. Some people will say, "But it's Florida, where are there NOT mosquitos?" True but standing/stagnant water exacerbates the problem and I didn't see anything specifically contributing to such a problem while I was there. Many species of mosquito can't breed in saltwater but some can so that may be part of it. Regarding the beach, some parts have signs asking people not to swim. If you're specifically looking for beach activities, try elsewhere. Clearwater area has some nice beaches. Some minor construction was taking place near the southernmost section of Picnic Island park where a wooden deck is being worked on. Looks like it could be a nice place to view the bay or possibly even fish once done. I do not know anything about the rules & regulations for fishing in this area. Near the southernmost area of the park, along the water, there is a path in between the mangroves where you can walk a ways. It's been a long time since I've done this though so there may have been some changes. Alcohol is not permitted on site. >.> :/
Awesome park, huge space for grilling and tossing a football, amazing folf course, lots of wild life to be seen and killer sunsets with either an ocean or a city sky line depending which way you're looking. personally I got one of my favorite pictures of Florida at sunset in this park. Seriously post card worthy sunsets, great for a first date walk.
This is a beautiful park, but visitors beware: The beach area is relatively limited, being that it's a Bay beach, and the water is full of debris, which is to be expected. Of greater concern is the absolutely INSANE mosquitoes that are here. The bites these things leave on you swell and eventually scab over unlike any mosquito bite I've ever had. I may go back, but next time I'll be armed to the teeth with repellent spray for my arms and legs.
This place took a while for it to totally grow on me. That moment happened around 2pm on a random Tuesday. That is because around that time .. almost daily a squad of manatees literally swim below your feet as you stand on a pier and 8-9 of these huggable buses floating on thru. IF you love animals. you'll love it.. for sure
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