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Picnic Island Park, Tampa

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TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
  • My dog loves this place, he can play with other dogs, play on the grass or in the sea. Has some seating area with shade. A small tip, if your going to the dog park don't bring any food as the dogs won...  more »
  • This place has changed over the years but only for the better!!! Fun playground, public tables, grills, bathrooms and much more!!! Even has a boat launch and fishing pier!!!  more »
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  • A hidden gem on the southern tip of Westshore Boulevard. One of the few real beach parks in Tampa. There's a boat launch that puts you right into Tampa Bay. The views of Downtown St. Pete AND Downtown Tampa are gorgeous! Lots of space for picnicking, lots of playgrounds, and a nature walk. A really great way to spend an afternoon with your family!
  • Most disappointing dog park experience. I expected a clean and safe beach area for both my dog and me. Nothing but rocks and the water was so dirty. If we were in the Flinstones, then this would be considered the perfect dog park in Bedrock.
  • 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. >.> :/
  • 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.
  • 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!