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A Guide to Florida Nature Preserves on the Gulf Coast

Photo of plants at Florida nature preserves

One of the most notable things about the Florida Gulf Coast is the diversity of activities available. Vacationing to Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores has something for everyone, regardless if you want to spend time in the city or explore the great outdoors. Pinellas County is home to several Visit Florida nature preserves where you can spend your time hiking, biking, fishing, or kayaking. Stay with us at Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty and discover the natural wonders of the Sunshine State during your getaway!

Florida Botanical Gardens, Largo FL

The Florida Botanical Garden is a beautiful 100-acre park that highlights local flora, fauna, and natural resources. There are over ten gardens to explore featuring cacti, succulents, herbs, flowers, palm trees, and tropical plants. Afterward, take a walk on the boardwalk past the wetlands area of the park.

Fort De Soto Park, Tierra Verde FL

Fort De Soto is more than just a Florida nature preserve. This 1,139-acre park stretches across five islands and includes a historical museum, biking paths, paddling trails, beautiful beaches, and fishing spots.

IRB Nature Preserve, Indian Rocks Beach

Walk from your Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty property to the Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve. This 9-acre park includes native vegetation, wetlands, and wildlife habitats. While you are here, we recommend walking the paved trails, stopping at the nature center, and watching for animals at the wildlife observation areas.

Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty properties within walking distance: Reef Club Condos, Spanish Villas 52, Beach Trails Unit 101, & Royal Condo 1.

Lake Seminole Park, Seminole

If you are looking for a nature sanctuary where you can spot various local wildlife, visit Lake Seminole Park. The refuge is home to raccoons, alligators, waterfowl, hawks, eagles, and turtles. Utilize the trails for hiking or biking or bring your fishing pole and enjoy a day of fishing at the lake.

McGough Nature Park, Largo FL

In between Indian Rocks Beach and Largo is McGough Nature Park, also known as turtle park, due to the abundance of aquatic turtles that live here. This is an excellent park for families with short walking trails, kid’s ziplines, and a nature center with live animals!

Largo Central Park, Largo FL

Largo Central Park includes 70 acres of rolling grounds with a playground, a picnic area, and a working railroad for train rides! This park also includes one of the only playgrounds in the Bay area that is entirely accessible to persons with disabilities. 

Heritage Village, Largo FL

Heritage Village offers a location where you can experience Florida history and nature simultaneously. The 21 acres include a living museum of restored homes that take you back in time. Afterward, you can hit the Shirley McPherson Native Plant Trail to see the plants used by Florida’s earliest inhabitants!

Visit the Florida Nature Preserves 

Visit the Florida nature preserves and discover the outdoor activities on the Gulf Coast. Whether you want to hike through wetlands or kayak the waterways, there is an adventure for everyone here. Stay with us at Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty and choose from our Florida beach vacation rentals. Your Indian Shores and Indian Rocks Beach vacation is just a few clicks away with our create your own vacation page!