I have been coming to Philippe Park, in Safety Harbor, for a year now. I usually take the kids, they have 2 unique playgrounds. It’s a great place to pull the card in backwards, open the back, sit in the trunk, eat lunch and look at the beautiful views of the water. The last time we went I was surprised by a huge school of Sting Rays drifting by in formation. We took a stroll down the concrete wall that surrounds the park, low and behold, shells! Live shells moseying about in the shade of the trees. The water was crystal clear and I could have watched them for hours. If it wasn’t for the heightened mom mode I was in, I don’t need a 5 year old or 2 year old falling off a 4 foot wall!
It’s a little hard to see in the picture, but there are Fighting Conchs scurrying about. We even saw an upside down Horseshoe Crab.
Philippe Park is located in Safety Harbor, off of Philippe Parkway. The land was first inhabited by the Tocobaga Indian Tribe, you can visit the Indian Mound there. After that is was the Philippe Plantation, a few citrus trees remain. It was acquired in 1948, making it the oldest park in Pinellas County.