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Fred Howard Park – A Hidden Gem of a Beach in Tarpon Springs

I call Fred Howard park a hidden Gem because it is definitely off the main highway, and you most certainly will need a GPS to find your way through the curvy residential roads lined with luxurious homes that will lead you to the park’s entrance.

Fred Howard Park is really two parks in one. First, you have an oak tree-shaded picnic area with pavilions, restrooms, and playgrounds, then cross over the 1-mile causeway, and you have nature’s water playground, which is a beautiful beach on the Gulf of Mexico.

John and I spent a lazy afternoon there just walking the beach and then having a quiet picnic under the shade of a large oak. We found it to be a nice alternative to other nearby crowded Pinellas County beaches, as we had no problem finding a parking spot by the beach or a picnic table in the shaded picnic area.

The beach at Fred Howard park has everything you need for a great day of fun in the sun without the crowds. Rentals are available for bikes, umbrellas and chairs, kayaks, paddleboards, and the coolest thing ever, tricycles that float!!

A great place to nature watch for birds and marine life and if you are lucky, you may spot a dolphin or a manatee. Also, a fantastic spot to catch a gorgeous west coast Florida sunset.

Fred Howard Park is located at 1700 Sunset drive in Tarpon Springs. There is a $5.00 per day parking fee to park at the beach. Tarpon Springs is located on the west coast of Florida, north of the more popular Pinellas County beaches of St. Pete and Clearwater. If you visit the Tarpon Springs area, a community of Greek influences, be sure to check out the quaint downtown area full of antique shops and eateries, and also be sure to visit the historic sponge docks.

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