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Off the Beaten Path-Things to do in Tampa Bay Florida

 Here’s a guest post from Robert Payne’s Blog   Where I End Up, What Life Presents, and What I Have to Say About It

Picnic Island Tampa, Fl

Sep 29th, 2008 by Robert 

My guess is that the city of Tampa offered up Picnic Island as a concession to give a large amount of oceanfront land over to industry. They also built a bunch of lifeguard towers, but later realized they would have to pay trained people to sit there. No matter, a lifeguard tower is a great place to watch the sun set.


Picnic Island Park, located in Port Tampa, has a breathtaking view of the city. It encompasses 7.8 acres of sandy beach access. Enjoy a day in the sun and on the beach, go canoeing, picnicing, fishing from the pier or escape and explore Picnic Island Bayou. There is something for everyone at Picnic Island Beach.

Picnic Island Beach offers shelter rentals. If you are interested in renting a shelter at Picnic Island Beach or finding out more information about other shelters within the City of Tampa, please call the Parks and Recreation Department Shelter Reservation Line at 813-274-8184.

Lifeguards on duty Memorial Day – Labor Day

Picnic Island is located off S. Westshore Blvd, past Interbay Blvd, approximately 3 miles south of the Westshore Yacht Club Community.  Please look at map below for directions.



Written by Rae Catanese, Realtor

Licensed Realtor since 2002, Tampa Bay’s own Rae Catanese regularly gives expert advice and insider tips about the Tampa Bay real estate market via her blog, The Tampa Real Estate Insider. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the Tampa, St. Petersburg or Clearwater areas-then this blog is for you. I typically post articles once a week. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe here! Have a real estate question? Email me here!

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