It started out as a beautiful 90 degree Memorial Day 2015 here in the Clearwater Beach area so we decided to go for a ride and visit a couple of the beautiful parks in the area that we had not visited before. We wanted to see how families were enjoying this special day.
There are so many great parks to visit in this area and we have listed close to 100 Parks in the Tampa Bay Area on our http://www.tampabaysnowbirder.com website. Each Park offers something a little special or different so we enjoy finding out what it may be, in addition to great photo ops and we never know what wildlife might make an appearance.
A.L. Anderson Park a Pinellas County Park is located on Tarpon Lake at 39699 US Hwy 19 N in Tarpon Springs, Florida. It’s a nice wooded area with a dog park, walking trails & picnic spots, plus a boat ramp & fishing access. It even has its own “sink hole” on-site. The boat ramp on Salmon Bay was seeing plenty of usage this day. The picnicking families were having a great time. (More information can be found at their website: http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/01_anderson.htm).
Not too far up the road North of Tarpon Springs we find the Town/City of Holiday Florida. The Anclote River provides a good boating channel into the Gulf and along its banks we found the Anclote River Park (below). This is in Pasco County and the address is 1119 Baillies Bluff Road, Holiday, FL. This neat little Park features a 300-foot beach, a boat launch, designated fishing areas and a pavilion for picnics. (Their website: http://www.pascocountyfl.net/index.aspx?NID=674).
We were enjoying ourselves and looking forward to another brilliant sunset over the Gulf when the first rumbles of thunder began. This was followed shortly by the lightning and just as we pulled back onto the main road the sky opened up. When it rains here it can be a deluge and often ends as quickly as it begins. By the time we reached Clearwater and home the rains had stopped.
It was a very good weekend having shared a picnic get together with friends on Saturday, a quiet day of reflection on Sunday and a nice ramble to see new countryside on this day.
The Tampa – St Pete – Clearwater Area has so much to offer visitors and locals alike. There is always something new to do.