Legend has it that Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto believed he had discovered the Fountain of Youth here. Today, the site of De Soto’s enchanted springs is home to the world-famous Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, visited by health-conscious visitors from around the world who seek nourishment and rejuvenation in its 50,000-square-foot spa. Founded in 1925, the resort is a U.S. Historic Landmark, Florida Heritage Landmark and a Historic Hotel of America.
The town of Safety Harbor has an Old Florida feel, with moss-covered oaks and brick-lined streets. Park the car and wander down Main Street, exploring the boutiques and restaurants. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Philippe Park, with acres of hardwood trees and a large ceremonial mound from an ancient Indian settlement. Kick back and drop a fishing line from the Safety Harbor Fishing Pier. Or launch your boat for a day of flats fishing on Old Tampa Bay. End your day with a leisurely walk along Bayshore Linear Park.