Breezy parks and beaches are abundant in St. Pete/Clearwater, and they’re all free – or close to it. One local attraction is even on the beach: Stroll from the sands of Redington Shores to Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, where you’ll meet the pelicans, cormorants, herons, roseate spoonbills and even owls the facility cares for as part of its rehabilitation mission. There’s no charge for admission, but donations are welcome.
In Largo, admission is free every day at the beautiful Florida Botanical Gardens, where you can stroll amongst gorgeous tropical plants and fruit trees before heading next door to the immersive Old Florida experience at Heritage Village. (Special note: Florida Botanical Gardens hosts a magical holiday lights display every year with live entertainment, and it’s free, too!)
Many local parks offer free admission along with lovely landscapes. For explorers, Weedon Island Preserve in northeast St. Pete offers boardwalks and paths through coastal scrub landscapes and paddling trails through mangrove forests. Nature lovers will also enjoy Clam Bayou Nature Preserve in Gulfport, Sawgrass Lake Park in Seminole, and Boca Ciega Millennium Park in Seminole.
Pro Tip for Outdoors Lovers: Be on the lookout for deep discounts on admission to can’t-miss spots such as Sunken Gardens, an iconic 100-year-old attraction in St. Pete – as well as water experiences like Clearwater Boat Tours.
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