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Picnic Island Park, Tampa

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  • Its a nice park but the bathrooms were out of service and there was garbage all over the grounds. Pretty view.  more »
  • Quiet park situated in the eastern part of the Tampa Peninsula, opposite the calmer part of the Bay, providing a good interaction with nature and the sea.
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  • Picnic Island Park is nice to stretch out and walk while traveling and to have a picnic and feed the birds.  more »
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  • I really love this park for what it is. What I don't like are some of the things that happen at this park. I've seen multiple times where people are smoking week at certain parts. Or where people bring their dogs to the no dog portion of the park. I know some people might think that a dog free portion of the park is stupid, but am I crazy for not wanting dog poop in the water I'm standing or swimming in? Every time I've seen someone with a dog there. Their dog has unloaded right in the water. Spoiler alert. Their owner does not clean up.
  • You travel through an industrial Tampa port area to find this park but it is a pleasant surprise once you've been there. There is a pier near the entrance that is open 24 hours. The park has many pavilions to reserve. There is a great long strip of beach with clean sand. Viewable and close to many of the pavilions.
  • Loved it can let your dog off leash and enjoy them selves not overly crowded and very family orientated. Nice trails and several playgrounds to choose from for little ones. Highly recommended for those with pets and small children.
  • May not be all that crowded but there’s a reason why! The beach is extremely rocky. Got in the water with my dog, everything seemed fine at first but I was stepping on sharp rocks everywhere I went. Didn’t realize it till I went to sit down that I had cuts all over my feet. Finally got them to stop bleeding and left within an hour of being there. Checked my dogs paws when I got home and he has cuts on all of his paws. So if you care about your safety and your dogs don’t go to this beach.
  • Picnic island is a nice large dog beach that is fenced. The city of Tampa maintains this park adequately. It has potable water and a place to bathe your dog after they go in swimming. Sometimes there are no swimming signs posted as contaminants of bacterial and red tide nature are present. My only minor complaints are that the parking area is too far from the fenced dog park and your dog may need to defecate before you reach the dog waste bags and receptacles they provide. Also they have picnic tables within the fenced dog park which encourages people to bring food that some dogs will do anything to get at. Oh yeah, and there are sand spurs in the grassy areas. For those dog owners who don't know better, please do not bring your dog if it is at all aggressive. Do not bring a puppy that is less than 6 months of age, and has not received all of its puppy vaccines. Do not bring any dog that has not been spayed or neutered. And while you're at the park keep your dog in sight and under control. Thank you!
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