Here in the Tampa area, we get pretty lucky with fall weather. Sure, we have our dreary grey days, but we also get plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures as well—AKA perfect picnic weather!
Whether you want to plan a romantic date, a family outing, or a little “me-time” in the great outdoors, be sure to check out one of these top picnicking spots in the area.
Lettuce Lake Park
One of the most popular parks in Hillsborough County, Lettuce Lake Park covers over 240 acres of hardwood swamp forest, pine flatwoods, and scenic waterfronts.
You’ll find plenty of picnic shelters with benches and grills scattered throughout the park, as well as a 1.25 paved trail and a boardwalk that spans a 3,500-feet to an observation tower. If you want to explore more of the park after your picnic, you can even rent canoes and kayaks on-site!
Honeymoon Island State Park
A half-hour away from St. Pete’s and a forty-five minute trip from Tampa, Honeymoon Island is well-worth the trip. Take a scenic drive across the Dunedin Causeway, and you’ll find four miles of quiet, pristine, white-sand beaches.
Since Honeymoon Island is a natural barrier island, you’ll be surrounded by waterfront views on both sides, so it’s easy to find a picturesque picnic spot. With sparkling blue waters, clear sunsets, and abundant wildlife, it’s one of the most stunning picnic spots in the state!
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
The Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park hosts some of the biggest events in the city, but when there isn’t a seasonal celebration of big bash happening, it’s also a great spot for a picnic in the heart of Tampa.
There are 8 acres of green space in the park, surrounded by glistening skyscrapers, verdant palm trees, and refreshing water features—plus, the views of the Hillsborough River!
Caladesi Island State Park
Just off Clearwater and a tucked a stone’s throw south of Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island State Park is full of unspoiled beauty—largely thanks to the fact that it’s only accessible by boat. From white-sand beaches to bayside mangrove forests, you’ll find a wide variety of vibrant flora and fauna in the park.
Set out a blanket on the sand, listen the lapping of the waves, then explore some of the nature trail walks or paddle under the canopy!
Picnic Island Park
For some sweeping waterfront views a little closer to Tampa and an incredibly apt name, check out Picnic Island Park. Just a short trip south of the city, the park features beautiful sandy beaches, blue waters, and plenty of picnic pavilions.
There’s also a playground, sand volleyball courts, and disc golf, so there’s tons to do after you finish up your meal!
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