N92. Boca Ciega Millennium Park
Nearest City: Seminole/St. Petersburg
Phone Number: 727-582-2100
Website: N92. Boca Ciega Millennium Park
Features/Amenities: Some viewing is barrier free, Restrooms, Tours, educational signage and/or nature center, Birding by boat, Birding by foot/hiking, Birding by bicycle, Best time of day: Both morning and evening, Recommended length of visit: a few hours br>
Habitats: Freshwater Swamp, Freshwater Marsh/Wetlands, Mangrove Swamp, Field/Pasture, Pines, River/Stream/Spring/Canal, Lake/Pond/Impoundment, Hardwoods/Mixed Forest, Marine/Bay, Salt Marsh, Mudflats
Make time to include this outstanding Pinellas County park during your visit to the St. Petersburg area. This site’s bird list has 175-plus species, and the park has several trail options, including a series of elevated boardwalks that lead to a 35-foot tall observation tower overlooking Boca Ciega Bay. Pine flatwoods, bayheads, oak hammock, mangroves, salt marsh and freshwater wetlands attract a plethora of resident and migratory wildlife species. Start your exploration by following the long entrance road south past a series of ponds and wetlands to the first parking area (take the first right). Here you can follow a 0.5-mile paved walkway (limited shade) back towards the entrance to scan the ponds for wading birds like White Ibis and Little Blue Heron, and other aquatic creatures like Northern River Otter. Or hop on the nature trail which loops through flatwoods and a swamp in the center of the park. Next, proceed to the second parking area, where you can access the boardwalks and tower. Climb the tower and scope for Reddish Egret, Wood Stork and shorebirds loafing and feeding in the tidal shallows. Follow the boardwalk eastward along the mangroves to a viewing blind at a tidal creek in the southeastern corner of the park. Wildlife and human visitors alike appreciate the extensive use of native plants throughout the park’s landscaping. A canoe/kayak launch (accessed from the second parking area) is provided for those who wish to paddle the bay. A park map is available from the website.
Directions: From the intersection of Alt. US 19/Seminole Blvd. and SR 694/Park Blvd. in Seminole, drive west on Park Blvd. for 1.6 mi. At 125th St. N., turn left (south) and go 0.3 mi. to 74th Ave. N/Old Oakhurst Rd. Turn left (east); the park entrance is on the right (south) side of the road, 300 ft. ahead.
Open all year, 7 AM to dusk.
Location: 27.839881° N, -82.810752° W