Great Summertime Fun: Eagle Lake Park in Suburban Tampa
Largo, Florida is the 3rd largest city in Pinellas County, one of the most dense counties in Florida. As you can imagine, this area is very congested with endless strip malls and housing developments. Fortunately, there is a small oasis called Eagle Lake Park. This small local park is a fantastic place to escape the suburban congestion.
The land was formerly used by the Taylor family (an original pioneer family in the county) as a citrus grove. The park has kept up with the citrus grove theme.
A pretty place for a nature walk
A 12 foot wide recreation path will please walkers, joggers, and bikers alike. The path is long enough for a nice, moderate weekend morning jog. It is wide enough to accommodate a side by side ride or walk. Along the way, you will pass beautiful views of the lake and peaceful manicured trees. You will also find little nature trails scattered around the park, including a short fitness trail. Gopher tortoises can often be seen along the trails. Visit early in the mornings for the greatest chance of spotting wildlife.
Several boardwalks take you over beautiful wetlands. If you visit during the right time of the year, you may even see a gator. The views are gorgeous – take a look below.
A Birdwatching Oasis
Eagle Lake is a great place for bird enthusiasts. We saw plenty of exotic birds during our visit. There are helpful signs to help you pinpoint which species you have seen. Pictured below is an American Coot.
A year-round respite from the Florida heat
The park is clean and not overly crowded. Most trails are shady, so visiting can be a welcome break from the brutally hot summer afternoons. It’s a nice grassy park with plenty of space for all your activities. Eagle Lake is one of the larger and quieter parks in the area – perfect for year-round recreation of any kind.
Eagle Lake park is a great place to spend the day relaxing, exercising, or taking photography. It’s a welcome break from shopping malls, restaurants, and overcrowded attractions – any time of the year.
Other amenities include: picnic tables, a dog park, a playground, and fishing.
Location & Parking
Address: 1800 Keene Road, Largo, FL 33771