What to do and see in Palm Harbor, United States: The Best Places and Tips

March 31, 2018 Roger Rusk

Palm Harbor is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 64,301.
Restaurants in Palm Harbor

1. John Chesnut Sr. Park

2200 E Lake Rd, Palm Harbor, FL 34685-2001 +1 727-669-1951
Excellent
73%
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4.5 based on 350 reviews

John Chesnut Sr. Park

Reviewed By bryankatz - Tampa, Florida

This park has many diverse things to offer. The boat launch on Lake Tarpon gives you access to myriad water recreation types. But watch out for gators! Anyway, we've visited the playgrounds, wandered on the paths and boardwalks, and just hung out for a picnic at one of its many shelters. It's a beautiful park.

It also is the formal endpoint of the Pinellas Trail. You can get on your bike there and ride all the way down to Fort DeSoto. So many places to go.

Clean and well-maintained, it's worth a visit.

2. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

36 N Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3416 +1 727-937-3540
Excellent
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5 based on 190 reviews

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral was founded in 1905 and is the first and original Greek Orthodox Christian parish of the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. The present Cathedral was completed during WWII, in 1943. Much of the interior marble, including the iconostasis (icon screen), is from the Greek pavilion of the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. The Cathedral contains actual relics of St. Nicholas of Myra and is a point of pilgrimage for those who seek the intercessions of this most beloved of Christian saints. The Cathedral tower is the tallest architectural structure in Tarpon Springs and serves as the heart of the downtown and city. In the plaza to the north of the Cathedral is the famous "Cross Diver" statue which captures the pinnacle of the annual Epiphany Day (January 6) celebration for which the St. Nicholas Cathedral parish is known the world over. At the base of the statue are the names of young men - Orthodox Christian and non-Orthodox Christian - who made the supreme sacrifice during World War II.

Reviewed By Palosgirl_10 - Palos Heights, IL

We have visited this Cathedral every time we visit Tarpon Springs, usually at least one time each year. We have been there when there hasn't been a service, so we have walked around looking at all the hand carved pieces and enjoyed the architecture. It is located just before you enter the busy area of Tarpon Springs, where all the shops and restaurants are located.

3. Pinellas Trail

745 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698-5018
Excellent
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4.5 based on 353 reviews

Pinellas Trail

Reviewed By CarolW617 - Somerset, Pennsylvania

Excellent paved biking on the Pinellas Trail! Cruise through small towns and villages, stop to sample the local flavor and enjoy the views as you pedal.

4. Philippe Park

2525 Phillippe Pkwy, Safety Harbor, FL 34695-5134 +1 727-669-1947
Excellent
78%
Good
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5 based on 325 reviews

Philippe Park

An historical site and park containing an ancient ceremonial mound from the area's sizeable Native American settlement.

Reviewed By Traveler2AM - Poughkeepsie, New York

There is much to do in this nice sized park: go for a long walk, launch a boat, have your children play in the playground, or just sit on one of the benches and look at the upper part of the upper Tampa Bay. Next time I go I will bring something to eat because it is very peaceful park.

There is plenty of free parking except for those towing a boat.

5. Empower Adventures Tampa Bay

423 Lafayette Blvd, Oldsmar, FL 34677-3749
Excellent
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5 based on 136 reviews

Empower Adventures Tampa Bay

Awaken your spirit of adventure on Tampa Bay’s first zip line tour! Empower Adventures offers families and groups an unforgettable experience. Gain a new perspective on fun with a 55-foot-tall start tower, five zip lines of varying lengths, a 200-foot suspension bridge as well as an adventure park with log bridges, catwalk bridges, steps, tires, and poles. Thrills await you!

Reviewed By dlf123456

Joey and Theresa zipped us across multiple towers, challenged us with "death defying" obstacles and even convinced our 40 lbs youngest child (age 6) to do the zip line by himself. We were all very safe, but all feel very brave after a day with empower adventures. Great time.

6. Clearwater Beach

Western end of State Road 60, One Causeway Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767-1563
Excellent
73%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Clearwater Beach

With hundreds of things to do on Clearwater Beach, the main attraction is still pretty much its near-perfect beach (USA Today readers voted Clearwater Beach "Best Beach Town in Florida" in 2013). Beautiful white sand and clear, shallow water make this beach an ideal playground for families.

Reviewed By RPK1990 - West Hartford, Connecticut

We loved walking along the beach, lovely fine white sand. Sunsets were beautiful, Saw dolphins as well from Pier 60.

7. Wall Springs Park

3725 Desoto Blvd, Palm Harbor, FL 34683 +1 727-582-2100
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 221 reviews

Wall Springs Park

Reviewed By callcri - Weeki Wachee, Florida

A Nice Park with a Boardwalk and Lot of History

Off Palm Harbor Blvd, Alternate 19, is another fabulous Pinellas County Park, Wall Spring Park. The Park has 210 acres along the Gulf with historic fresh water springs, elevated observation tower, currently closed for ADA Ramp retrofit, picnic tables, pavilions that can be reserved, restrooms, paved and boardwalk nature trails. I remember the original observation tower that was destroyed by arson in 2013. It provided great Gulf vistas and overview of the entire park, I am glad it is coming back better than ever. The Park is open during daylight hours only. The history of the park fascinates me when I think about all the joy it gave to many generations since the turn of the century. It is great Pinellas County stepped up and saved the park for public use. As you stroll down the paved walkways and boardwalk and see the concrete structures and pools with the crystal clear, fresh water feed springs. I can imagine the people frolicking in the year round 74-degree fresh water, right next to the salty Gulf. There is no swimming now, the concrete pools and structures remain as a testimonial to the glory days of Wall Springs Park. There are many large fish that inhabit the old swimming pools that are fun to watch from the wooden boardwalk. Thanks to the historical research of the Park Commission the past is memorialized with photos and text that comes to life so you can understand it’s significance. I can picture the wood framed Bath House, the railroad that ran outside of the front entrance bringing guests, now the Pinellas Walking Trail and other Park structures that made this park a fantastic place for a large part of last century. For those riding to the park on a bicycle there are bike racks to lock up your bike while in the park.

Getting back to today the park has something for all ages, including pets. It’s a great place to walk your dog on a leash but remember to bring cleanup bags. There are four fishing piers, a large covered playground that you and the children will enjoy on hot sunny days and four shelters with tables and barbecue’s that can be reserved up to a year in advance. I have seen fishermen coming out with some nice large red fish that should make for a tasty dinner. The playground has a bunch of fun things for the children to play on and work off that excess energy. Nature lovers will enjoy the large population of wild birds and plants protected in the park. As you walk along the paths there are very interesting natural benches to sit and relax as you walk along the many paths in the park. There are several rest rooms very conveniently located throughout the park. The Park grounds and restrooms are always well maintained, keep very clean and safe. Parking is fabulous with huge paved parking lots and being almost hidden the Park is never crowed. All in all, a great place to bring the family for a day to enjoy the outdoors with the weather getting better every day.

8. Caladesi Island State Park

1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698-8561 +1 727-469-5918
Excellent
73%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Caladesi Island State Park

One of Florida's few remaining undisturbed barrier islands.

Reviewed By huasheng8

This is definitely the highlight of our vacation in Clearwater. We drove to Honeymoon Island park and bought tickets for the first ferry out to Caladesi Island. It's got beautiful white sand, tons of shells, nature trails and emerald waters. We spent the entire allowed day there. The whole family can enjoy while relaxing since it's got a huge beach and not many people.

9. Fred Howard Park

1700 Sunset Dr, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-2240
Excellent
67%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Fred Howard Park

Fred Howard Park consists of 155 acres and is located on the Gulf of Mexico. It's location provides access to the Gulf by a 1-mile long causeway. The white sandy beach is a popular swim area and also provides a perfect location to view spectacular sunsets.

Reviewed By cabbageroller - Dayton, Ohio

This is a very lovely place to visit! 5 dollar parking for all day. Plenty of kite surfers doing their thing, beach walkers to watch, but overall very quiet until sunset time. At sunset this is the perfect place to take a Spring Break picture so all your friends at home will be jealous! The drive to the park is beautiful but watch your speed. The breeze is heavenly! Must return here again!

10. Horse Power for Kids & Animal Sanctuary

8005 Race Track Rd, Tampa, FL 33635-9709 +1 813-855-8992
Excellent
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5 based on 194 reviews

Horse Power for Kids & Animal Sanctuary

Animal sanctuary with exotic and livestock species. Farm animals ,exotics, pony rides ,train rides, hayrides, horseback riding all in a farm setting. We are open Thurs-Sunday, please note we are closed Mon-Wed.

Reviewed By Luv2TravelNEGirl - Quincy, Massachusetts

We didn't know what to expect showing up here and we were pleasantly surprised! Our toddler had a blast. The staff was very nice and there was actually quite a bit to do. You can do a pony ride for just $3 extra which my toddler really enjoyed. There is a Guinea pig area where you are allowed to pick them up and have your children hold them which was really cute. They have all kinds of animals! Farm animals, exotic animals, reptiles, birds, etc! The coolest animals in my opinion was the Zorse! A mix between a zebra and a horse. Beautiful animal. They have a petting farm area where you can hand ferrets, walk a goat, go in the pen with large bunnies, pet a mini pony, feed the goats, pet a llama, pet a pig, etc. They have a train ride that departs hourly that you can ride. They have a massive bird area with lots of birds to see including large exotic ones that will talk back to you and a pen you can go in with tons of little birds flying around. They also have a reptile room, a bat room, lots of horses to meet in their stalls, and just a different animal around every corner. The wolf dogs were beautiful, the deer were so sweet and eagerly offered kisses through their fence, and the albino raccoon was so cool. Watch out cause I am pretty sure one of the lemurs was trying to mark me! lol! There is also a children's playground too which was nice and they had a fire pit going since it was actually a cold day in Florida. They have a play area too with tire swings and ziplines and such. Definitely worth a visit and it is wonderful to know it is a non-profit really trying to help the animals.

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