Ride the Pinellas Trail
Stretching from St. Pete to Tarpon Springs, the 45-mile Pinellas Trail offers walkers, runners, bicyclists, and in-line skaters a safe place to exercise.
Built atop an old railroad line, this unique greenway carries travelers along the oak-lined hammocks of several parks, across rivers and creeks where wading birds feed, and through quaint, picturesque small towns where the weary can stop for a bite to eat.
Get a free trail guide and map online that details rest stops, bike racks, restaurants and other amenities that make the Pinellas Trail one of the most user-friendly greenways in the United States.
For long distance riders, the Pinellas Trail connects to the first segment of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail, providing a path for bicyclists to cross the state. You'll want to saddle up for this epic 250-mile route from the Gulf of Mexico in Pinellas County to the Atlantic Ocean in Brevard County.
Play Disc Golf at these St. Pete/Clearwater Parks
Leave the country club behind and stretch your legs at a disc golf course in St. Pete/Clearwater. Using the same scoring system as traditional golf, disc golf is played with a frisbee or “disc” on nine and 18-hole courses at parks. From Cliff Stevens Park in Clearwater to Sheffield Park in Oldsmar, there are more than enough courses to practice your next round.
Zip Above the Trees at Empower Adventures
Thrill seekers can take to the tree tops at Empower Adventures Tampa Bay for a sky-high adventure course. The zip line canopy tour begins with a 60-foot-tall start tower that leads into five zip lines of varying lengths and a 200-foot suspension bridge—all with views of Florida’s natural terrain. This thrilling aerial adventure park also features obstacles like log bridges, catwalk bridges, steps, leaps and jumps to the lineup of tree-top, soaring fun.
Hike Brooker Creek
Located just east of the Greek fishing village of Tarpon Springs, Brooker Creek Preserve is a wilderness oasis. With 8,500 acres of swamps, pine flatwoods and hardwood hammocks to explore, spend a few hours there, and you’re sure to see an array of native flora and fauna.
The preserve’s first-rate education center offers four miles of hiking trails open from 7 a.m. to one hour before sunset. To see the most wildlife – and Brooker Creek is home to everything from deer to bobcat – come early. A self-guided, 1.5-mile loop trail, complete with a bridge and boardwalk, is available for those who want to go it alone. Admission is free.
Skate the Ream Wilson Trail
When completed this 11.5-mile paved trail (also called the East-West Trail) will link Safety Harbor to Clearwater Beach, giving in-line skaters the opportunity to skate from Tampa Bay to the Gulf.
This seldom-used trail is a secret spot for in-line skaters who want to open up and unwind. At the time of publication, only 4.4 miles of trail are open, connecting Safety Harbor’s Bayshore Drive westward to the City of Clearwater’s Long Center. On the opposite end of the trail (to the west), a 1.2-mile section crosses the Memorial Causeway Bridge and connects the Pinellas Trail to Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach.
The trail has all the standard amenities such as restrooms, water fountains and benches, but skaters can also stop to picnic, watch people fishing or even play a little disc golf.