Parks, Marinas and other Recreation

Pinellas County, the area where Clearwater Beach is located, is home to many city, county and state parks.  At first glance, judging by the dense development surrounding them, these parks would seem to be small and insignifcant.  However that could not be farther from the truth.  Inside these parks you will find an oasis of untouched, pristine beauty referred to by locals as "old Florida".  We would highly recommend you plan a trip to at least one of these destinations during your stay.  Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Park are two of the closest to our slice of paradise and are within a 20 minute trip by car.  

Browse local parks via our interactive map below or scroll through the list just a little further down the page.  You can even get driving directions directly through the interative map and find quick info, like hours or if there is a fee to enter the park.

 

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Local and Area Parks

Below you will find a compilation of Local and Area parks in and around Clearwater Beach.  Each park also has a link to their website if you are looking for more detailed information.  
Parks with a 'Paw Print'  next to their name indicates that there is a fenced area specifically for your four-legged pals to run loose and have just as much fun as you!

Honeymoon Island State Park - Hours 8am - Sunset (Weather Permitting - Year Round)
Honeymoon Island is just off the coast of Dunedin, Florida, across the Dunedin Causeway. Back in the day, it was called Hog Island but was renamed Honeymoon Island in 1939 for honeymoon bungalows that were once built there. Visitors can come for the day and swim, fish, or snorkel in the warm waters or enjoy a picnic on the beach. Showers are available along with two cafes and stores where you can enjoy simple, freshly prepared beach fare and stock up on beach essentials. You can also rent beach chairs, umbrellas and kayaks through the store.  Honeymoon Island is famous for beach weddings and parties. The Bon Appetit Group, a local Dunedin restaurateur in business for 40 years, operates the cafes and stores and beach rentals. They also provide wedding planning and beach party services and catering.They are the only licensed caterer for Honeymoon Island and have a stellar track record for creating memorable weddings, receptions and events.
To visit their website click here: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Honeymoon-Island

Edgewater Park
Edgewater Park is a four-acre waterfront park located at Dunedin Marina. The park is well shaded and features a playground, picnic tables, rest room facilities and a gazebo that may be reserved for weddings and other functions. Edgewater Park is also the site of the City's Centennial Tree planted by the Bay Bouquet Garden Club on June 1, 1999 to commemorate the City of Dunedin's 100th birthday.
To visit their website click here: http://www.dunedingov.com/index.aspx?page=360
 
Caladesi Island State Park - Hours 8am - Sunset (Weather Permitting - Year Round)

As one of the few completely natural islands along Florida´s Gulf Coast, Caladesi´s white sand beaches were rated America's Best Beach in 2008. Beach lovers can enjoy swimming, sunbathing and beachcombing. Saltwater anglers can cast a line from their boats or surf fish. Nature enthusiasts can spot wildlife while hiking the three mile nature trail through the island’s interior or paddling a three mile kayak trail through the mangroves and bay. Picnic tables and shelters are located near the beach, and picnic pavilions can be reserved for a fee. The park has a marina with electric and water hookups, as well as a snack bar and gift shop. The park is accessible by boat or ferry. Ferry service is provided by the Caladesi Island Ferry (727) 734-1501and departs from Honeymoon Island State Park.
To visit their website click here: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Caladesi-Island

Pier 60 Park - Hours Please refer below
December 1st through February 28th [Sunday - Thursday Open 6:00am to 9:30pm] [Friday-Saturday Open 24 hours]
March 1st through November 30th [Open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week]
Closed on Christmas Day

Pier 60 is ideally located on world-renowned sparkling Clearwater Beach. It is one of the best-equipped and most attractive fishing piers in Florida. Pier 60 offers access to fishing activities, fine dining, shopping, entertainment and outstanding white sandy beaches.

Pier 60 is a multipurpose facility. It is staffed by employees that are skilled in providing "Excellent Customer Service". Our employees take pride in meeting the requests of our citizens and customers.
To visit their website click here: http://www.clearwater-fl.com/gov/depts/marine_aviation/ma_facilities/pier60.asp

Coachman Park
Coachman Park is located in sparkling Downtown Clearwater behind our main library. This waterfront, open-air venue provides a magnificent backdrop for concerts, festivals and exhibitions throughout the year.  Listen to some of your favorite national recording artists perform on the Charles Wharton Johnson Pavilion while you take in waterfront views and stroll along brick paved walkways.
To visit their website click here: http://www.myclearwater.com/gov/depts/parksrec/facilities/cp.asp

Sand Key Park

This beautiful park has two distinct areas—a beach and a park. In the park proper are two picnic shelters with grills, a playground, restroom and a dog park.  Grills, picnic tables, and water fountains are but a few amenities.

A salt marsh with viewing benches further enhances the park, where heron, roseate spoonbill, great horned owl, anhinga, and common moorhen nest and feed.

Sand Key Park houses the base of operations for the artificial reef program, an interdepartmental cooperation program to build a reef in the Gulf.  Sand Key Park’s natural communities include a beach where sea turtles annually deposit eggs.  The nearby Clearwater Aquarium takes responsibility for these nests and keeps statistics.

Walsingham 

Walsingham Park is situated on 354 acres, divided by 100-acre Walsingham Lake, one-quarter mile west of the Pinellas Trail. There are two entrances, one on Walsingham Road and one on 102nd Avenue North.The park provides pleasant, relaxing amenities for approximately 700,000 visitors to this park each year. Visitors picnic and enjoy recreation such as hiking, jogging, cycling, a 6 mile trail, a 10-station fitness area, bird-watching, observing many plant species, fishing an/or boating. (Boating is restricted to rowing, sailing, or electric engines--combustion engines not permitted.) Wildlife includes: snakes, tortoises, turtles, hawks, mottled ducks, herons, wrens, thrashers, warblers; as well as butterflies comprised of swallowtails, sulphurs, gulf fritillary, Carolina satyr, white peacock.

Five habitat areas have been delineated within the boundaries of Walsingham Park: botanical gardens, pine flatwoods, oak scrub, Walsingham Reservoir with detention ponds, swales and wetlands; and cleared areas.

To visit their website click here: http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/22_Walsingham.htm

Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve
Located off of Gulf Boulevard between 9th Avenue & 10th Avenue - South of Clearwater Beach, about a 15 minute drive.
To visit their website click here: http://www.indian-rocks-beach.com/park_locations.php

Botanical Gardens

The Florida Botanical Gardens inspires and educates visitors by showcasing flora, fauna and natural resources in motivational surroundings that promote environmentally friendly techniques.

 Bring the family and spend a day. The Gardens are open almost every day of the year and admission is free!

To visit their website click here: http://www.flbg.org/

 

Uphan Beach Park

Where: Located off Gulf Blvd at 68th Avenue. Drive west to Beach Plaza Road. Upham Beach stretches from from about 67th Avenue to 71st Avenue.

Parking: Metered parking, $1.25 per hour or $5.00 per day. Enforced from 8am to 8pm every day. So, if you come after 8pm, parking is FREE

Upham Beach is the closest public beach access to Pasadena Avenue and Corey Avenue. It provides a reprieve from the almost constant presence of tall hotels and condominiums that line the shore of St. Pete Beach.

Upham has 4 wooden dune walkovers that lead from the long, narrow, pay and park lot, across the dunes to a very wide, white sandy beach. A short walk north takes you to Blind Pass, which has a rock jetty. This is a great place to watch the sunset. Dolphins often make an appearance and I've seen them put on quite a show of jumping out of the water

To visit their website click here: http://www.best-of-st-pete-beach.com/upham-beach.html

Heritage Village

Come visit this 21-acre open-air living history museum located in the heart of Pinellas County. The natural pine and palmetto landscape is home to some of Pinellas County’s most historic buildings.More than 31 historic structures and features, some dating back to the 19th century, include a school, church, sponge warehouse, firehouse, railroad depot and store as well as a variety of historic homes.

To visit their website click here: http://www.pinellascounty.org/Heritage/

Shell Key

This 1,800-acre preserve protects sensitive marine habitats and includes one of the county's largest undeveloped barrier islands (Shell Key) as well as numerous mangrove islands and expansive sea grass beds.

Shell Key has been designated as one of the state's most important areas for shorebird nesting and wintering and it serves as an important study area for these species. It also is an important area for recreation. A balance for both uses was established by restricting public use to the northern and southern ends of the island. A central core area for conservation is closed to the public.
To visit their website click here: http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/managedlands/skp.htm

Fort DeSoto County Park
Whether you are sitting on the beach or kayaking near the still water's edge at Fort De Soto, you find yourself absorbed in the abundance of natural beauty for as far as the eye can see. Th complexity of the ecology is not immediately apparent, but the park offers the greatest diversity of systems just about anywhere. Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wild life and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto. 

The largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, Fort De Soto park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys). These keys are home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and scores of native plants. Each of these species plays a vital role in the preservation and protection of the natural environment. 

Another amazing example of the importance of the park's natural ecosystems is the more than 328 species of birds Adobe Acrobat Reader file that have been documented over 60 years by ornithologist (examples of some of the birds found at Fort De Soto- send in your photos) Flickr file. New species are being added every year. The beach also provides refuge to the loggerhead sea turtle, which nests between April and September. 

Fort De Soto was named America’s Top Beach for 2009 by Trip Advisor, the world's largest online travel community. In 2005, “Dr. Beach,” named Fort De Soto the nation’s #1 Beach. 

Annual park attendance averages more than 2.7 million visitors.
To visit their website click here: http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/05_ft_desoto.htm

Egmont Key State Park
Welcome to Egmont Key - Although this park is primarily a wildlife refuge, it can be a personal refuge - a place to relax and collect shells along secluded, pristine beaches. Accessible only by private boat, Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. During the 19th century, the island served as a camp for captured Seminoles at the end of the Third Seminole War and was later occupied by the Union Navy during the Civil War. In 1898, as the Spanish - American War threatened, Fort Dade was built on the island and remained active until 1923. After touring the historic sites and trails, visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, and picnicking. Located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach.

Due to remote nature of the island there is no drinking water on the island and there are no stores. So please remember to bring water, food and sunscreen when youi visit.
To visit their website click here: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Egmont-Key

 

 

Local Marinas and Boat Slips

 

Below you will find a compilation of Local Marinas and Boat Loading Ramp locations.  Each marina/boat ramp also has a link to their website if you are looking for more detailed information.

Clearwater Beach Marina
Clearwater Beach Marina is a 207-slip marina that is open seven days a week, 365 days a year. The marina has recreational space available at this time.

Mailing Address:
Clearwater Beach Marina
25 Causeway Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33767
Telephone:
(727) 462-6954
Fax:
(727) 462-6957
Hours:
Office: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

To visit their website click here: http://www.myclearwater.com/gov/depts/marine_aviation/ma_facilities/Marina/index.asp

 

Clearwater - Downtown Beach Marina
Clearwater Beach Marina is a 207-slip marina that is open seven days a week, 365 days a year. The marina has recreational space available at this time.

 Mailing Address: 
25 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Telephone:
(727) 462-6954
Fax:
727-462-6957

To visit their website click here: https://activecaptain.com/quickLists/marina.php?name=Clearwater_Beach_Marina_Clearwater_Beach_FL&i=6139504576

 

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