This 390-acre park in the heart of urbanized Pinellas County serves a dual purpose. Its lake, maple swamp and man-made canals ... More
Sawgrass Lake County Park
This 390-acre park in the heart of urbanized Pinellas County serves a dual purpose. Its lake, maple swamp and man-made canals act as water retention devices to prevent flood damage and at the same time, wildlife in abundance is attracted to the area. Here, you'll spot small mammals and rodents and, at dusk, you may see armadillos. A mile-long elevated boardwalk winds through the swamp and oak hammock, and an observation tower at lake's edge offers an up-top view. A tour booklet available at the Anderson Environmental Center will guide you through your walk and helps you identify the wildlife. Picnicking is permitted and there is no admission fee.
It was Thanksgiving Day and our choices were limited as to what we could do so we decided to check out Sawgrass Lake County Park. To our surprise the park was FREE … which is always a good thing when you can find something for free when you are on vacation! They have a nice little information center that houses a small aquarium with an assortment of fish and turtles. There are also displays with info on various shells found in the area, Indian artifacts, insects and spiders and a butterfly garden outside the door. A wooden boardwalk extends 1.6 miles from the information center and meanders through the park and near the channels with several overlook areas for viewing the wildlife and waterfowl. Gators can be seen in the channels but we were not fortunate enough to see any the day we were there. We did see a beautiful Great Blue Heron stately standing on the waters edge and also a Great Egret and Little Blue Heron feeding in the shallow waters of the channels. We would have like to have walked more of the boardwalk but it started to rain so we cut our visit short. If we are ever in this area again, we WILL go back.. This is a nice little park and worth the visit.
IT WAS LIKE BEING IN THE MOST PEACEFUL, SERENE PLACE. YOU GET TO SEE ALOT OF WILD LIFE AND CAN GET AWAY FROM ALL THE HECTICNESS OF THE DAY TO DAY WORRIES AND THE KIDS LOVE IT BECAUSE THEY CAN BE "FREE".
This is the place in St. Petersburg you might safely see an alligator in the wild...and it's FREE. From the moment you leave your car in the parking lot, you'll see many types of Florida wildlife: fishing birds (egrets, herons, etc.), snakes, armadillos, rats, native fish, and lots more! If you like nature walks, this is the place.
There's a great boardwalk where you can safely traverse the nature sanctuary to Sawgrass Lake. Look for elaborate spider webs all along the path. When you get to the lake, there's a tower to observe the lake in its entirety. Alligators live all around the lake, so close to the path you could almost touch them (but don't!).
This is one of my favorite places in the city, where nature meets I-275's traffic noise and still thrives. You will not be disappointed -- it's worth the trip to this hidden gem.
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