Shell Key, Fort De Soto Park & Egmont Key
This popular 1,136-acre county park stretches over five islands. Take in the natural scenes at Fort De Soto Park, with sights of the impressive Sunshine Skyway Bridge from the east end of the island. There are numerous beaches across the islands with shallow surf, picnic areas, a seven-mile paved trail, historic fort and a fishing pier. Fuel your adventure at the on-site concession before renting a kayak or bike. Let the kids explore the awesomely spooky remains of the 19th century fort, then catch the ferry to Egmont Key for a chance to do some snorkeling. Kayak or paddleboard to Shell Key, a gorgeous sanctuary with no amenities, from a launch point just before Tampa Bay Watch.
Top Tip: There's a ton of parking at Fort De Soto Park, so you shouldn't have a problem there. However, it's still best to arrive early, to avoid the long line that sometimes forms at the park's entrance (where visitors pay an admission fee).