As one of the earliest parks in the South Tampa area, Ballast Point Park has been providing outdoor fun for countless Floridians since its construction in 1894. Besides offering splendid views of downtown Tampa, Ballast features a water area, playground and covered picnic area. Families head here in droves during the summer months for some good old fashioned outdoor recreation.
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is sprawled over 56 acres (22.7 hectares). It boasts of a dual distinction of being Tampa's oldest zoo as well as one of the most kid-friendly attractions in the city. Its fauna are sheltered in eight habitat zones that recreate the natural environment of the wildlife. These include the Wallaroo Station for Australian species, the Asian Gardens and Sulawesi Aviary for giant cats, and the Florida Boardwalk for native animals. Its rehabilitation and preservation programs extend well beyond the efforts of a typical zoo. Its most notable initiative is the hospital, Manatee and Aquatic Center. After an engaging day with animals, kids can delight in safari tours, bumper boats, roller coasters and pony rides. Its traveling exhibits and talk shows educate the public on environmental conservation. This venue is also ideal for camps and sleepovers. Celebrate a birthday party, business event or a wedding in style amidst wildlife.
Croc Encounters Reptile Park and Wildlife Center shelters rescued crocodiles, snakes, lizards, amphibians, tortises and turtles. Children and adults alike are spellbound by the diversity in the textures and colors of the retrieved species. Its most popular animal is Amos, an American Alligator, who even lent his name to the owner's son. Other animals include the Broad-snouted Caiman, Nile Crocodile, Black and White Tegu, Cane Toad and Cuban Tree Frog. Each exhibit is accompanied by fun facts about the corresponding species. This park also runs manifold outreach and educational programs, including Crocodilian Biology, Wetland Wonders and Amazing Australia. The hallmark of this center is the Alligator Wrestling Show, replete with exhilarating stunts. Hire this venue for a picnic, business function or birthday with a reptilian theme.
A tranquil garden in Tampa on North Ashley Drive is counted as an ideal spot for picnics and strolls. The park opened in 1988 and is a masterwork architected by Dan Kiley. It is a 2.5acres of land that is often used for wedding ceremonies.
Eureka Springs Regional Park is 31 acres of gorgeous paths and greenery galore. Featuring a multitude of beautiful attractions like rose and butterfly gardens, gentle creeks, exotic plant life and impressive trees, this park attracts families looking for calm, peaceful afternoons. Also of note is the massive collection of ferns, which is actually the largest in the state.
Cypress Point Park is a beautiful park located right on the beach in Westshore. The park features several trails that are great for biking, running or simply strolling as well as its own small beach. Cypress Point also features several picnic areas complete with grills. The park is a favorite among locals who take often take advantage of all it has to offer.
Ben T Davis Beach is a cloistered white sand beach adjacent to the Courtney Campbell Trail in Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL. It is one of the largest beaches in the city with small shelters and shacks for refreshment. It is a pleasant sight to see groups playing beach volley or families on a picnic here.
Sweetwater Organic Community Farm situated in the heart of the city is a farm that organizes Sunday market which is open to absolutely everyone. At this Sunday market you will find freshly and locally produced organic goods and commodities being sold in a reasonable price. Apart from these, farm tours and educational classes on organic farming are organized at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm on a regular basis.