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The most beautiful parks to visit in St. Pete

The most beautiful parks to visit in St. Pete

a waterfront park at sunset. A sidewalk is lined on either side with palm trees.
The view from Vinoy Park | Photo by Andrew Harlan

The parks in St. Petersburg are well-kept marvels that offer locals the chance to observe the fantastic creatures of Florida and educate themselves on their relationship to the natural world.

In 2022, St. Pete ranked No. 14 in the U.S. for park systems by the Trust for Public Land. The ParkScore index ranking was based on five characteristics: access, acreage, amenities, equity, and investment. According to The Trust for Public Land, 77% of residents live within a 10-minute walk to a park. 


Approximately 14% of St. Petersburg city land is used for parks and recreation. The city itself scored 82% for park access equity, and 87% for investment.

I am an avid proponent of green space, and so I wanted to take this chance to celebrate the best spots for long strolls in the Sunshine City.

Palm trees at sunrise in Vinoy Park
Enjoy magical sunrise views at Vinoy park

Vinoy Park

701 Bayshore Dr. NESt. Pete


If you have nowhere to be and time to kill, we recommend taking a stroll through Vinoy Park. Walk down towards the water and have a seat on the sea wall. If you wait down there, you’re sure to see dolphins swimming through. There is a play area for kids and plenty of space to just relax and enjoy the waterfront view.

large, expansive green space
A view of Lassing Park, the site of a major living coastline instillation

Lassing Park

2042 Beach Dr. SE, St. Pete

Located in Old Southeast, Lassing Park is the perfect quiet gem to take a peaceful walk and unwind. It is the perfect spot for a picnic on the water because of the large field that overlooks the bay. The houses across the street are also charming and make this space perfect for a breath of fresh air with scenery all around.

Weedon Island

Weedon Island offers the perfect shady walking trail. This park is perfect for those who like the view but aren’t necessarily adventurous because the walking paths are very clearly marked with these bridges. We recommend walking one of the trails and then sitting in the gazebo and looking for alligators. You can almost always find them hiding out in the lake.

People playing pickleball
Residents enjoy a game of pickleball at Crescent Lake Park

Crescent Lake

1320 5th St N

Crescent Lake is the perfect walking place in the Crescent Lake Neighborhood area. With a sidewalk around the perimeter of the lake, you can walk side by side with the little ducklings. For the dog-owners out there, Crescent Lake also has a dog park area that is gated off and secure for your little buddy to run around for a bit.

A nature trail during the day
Go birding at beautiful Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Pete

Boyd Hill Preserve

1101 Country Club Way South, St. Pete

We love Boyd Hill Nature Preserve because it has options for everyone. The lake at the heart of the preserve, Lake Maggiore, is approximately 380 acres and supports a large local wildlife. My personal favorite spot is The Hammock. It’s a forested area that reminds me of what I imagined Terabithia to look like. If you don’t know what Terabithia is, I DEMAND that you go get Bridge to Terabithia from the library and read it after your walk in the park. You’ll understand later.

a guided trail bridge at a public park

Sawgrass Lake

7400 25th St. N, St. Pete

Sawgrass Lake Park is one of the largest maple swamps on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The park has both a mile-long boardwalk and a half-mile dirt trail (Options!). If you look closely, you are sure to see herons, egrets, ibis, wood storks, alligators, and turtles along the canals and lakes.

Flora Wiley

13th Ave. NE. & North Shore Dr. NE, St. Pete

This park has over 11 acres of bike trails, walking paths, and scenic landscapes to explore. Located on the St. Pete waterfront, this park is always lively. You can almost always expect to run into s pick up game of soccer or kickball. If that’s too energetic for you, the good news is that there is plenty of space to find and call your own!

a waterfront park with a long walkway

Maximo Park

Pinellas Point Dr. S. & Sunshine Skyway Ln. S. 

The views at Maximo Park are stellar, but what makes it stand out to us is the disc golf course. That’s right. There’s no better way to start a morning than with sunshine, a cool breeze and a few rounds of frisbee golf. Yes, you have to bring your own gear.

The 70-acre park also features playground, boat ramps, an Indian Midden site and paintings by artist Hermann Trappman.

Abercrombie Park

Park Street & 38th Avenue N

The park is located in the Jungle Terrace neighborhood and offers a relaxing and serene area to enjoy with family and friends. You will also find picnic tables, a boardwalk, scenic views to watch the sunset, and a historic Indian midden.

Clam Bayou Nature Preserve 

4099 34th Avenue South

Clam Bayou Nature Preserve is a great destination for avid kayakers or paddlers and nature enthusiast. It also offers recreation trails and the Blueways Trail System. You can connect to both the Skyway Trail and the Pinellas Trail on foot or by bike from here.

What’s your favorite place to walk around in St. Pete? Leave us a comment and let us know!

National Parks in Florida

Want to go beyond local parks? Here’s a list of National Parks in the Sunshine State:

  • Dry Tortugas National Park – Key West, FL
  • Big Cypress National Preserve – Ochopee, FL
  • Biscayne National Park – Miami, Key Biscayne & Homestead, FL
  • Canaveral National Seashore – Titusville and New Smyrna Beach, FL
  • Castillo De San Marcos National Monument – St. Augustine, FL
  • De Soto National Memorial – Bradenton, FL
  • Everglades National Park – Miami, Naples, and Homestead, FL
  • Fort Caroline National Memorial – the Timucuan Preserve; Jacksonville, FL
  • Fort Matanzas National Monument – St. Augustine, FL
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore – Gulf Breeze, Florida and Ocean Springs,
    Mississippi , FL,MS
  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve – Jacksonville, FL 


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