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Address: 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
Phone Number: (727) 453-6800
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Brooker Creek Preserve is Pinellas County's largest natural area at...

Brooker Creek Preserve is Pinellas County's largest natural area at nearly 8,500 acres. Boardwalks and trails (hiking and equestrian) are currently available for public use. Opens every day at 7:00 am and closes 30 minutes before sunset. The Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education, provides numerous interactive exhibits, nature store, and resource center. Open Wednesday from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm and Thursday - Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (closed holidays).

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This was by far the most surprising place I have found in Florida. Free admission, free parking, free lectures, free information REALLY AMAZING! Great for children as there are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was by far the most surprising place I have found in Florida. Free admission, free parking, free lectures, free information REALLY AMAZING! Great for children as there are experiential areas for them to explore. Windows with rocking chairs avail viewing of animals in their natural habitat and their 'nest making'. Walking trails for personal exploration or guided walks with... More 

Thank jngrone
Odessa, Florida
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even our youngest grandchildren enjoyed the museum. Great way to spend an hour or two. Little ones liked the "hands on" portion, where they could feel and touch snake skin, deer fur, horse shoe crabs, etc.

Thank FLKenJan
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38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely peaceful easy walking through a variety of foliage. Palm trees, pine trees, etc. Nice flowers, too! Great location for speed walking or trail running. Restrooms.

Thank kjvicki
Tampa, Florida
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78 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

5 miles of hiking trails through real Florida (leave the flip flops, bring the hiking staff), a nature center/museum with the best interpretive film I've ever seen, constant events, and getting in is free. Mind blowing that it's in such a developed county.

1 Thank TravelNTed
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

No matter what time of year you visit this is an important part of understanding the ecosystems in this area. Special events occur often (eg wildflower walks) but the core strength here is the kind of experience that occurs for visitors every day. Each time I visit I learn more about the interesting diversity of Florida wildlife. There is honestly... More 

Thank Michael M
Boston, Massachusetts
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367 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

What a gem for Tarpon Florida to have this wonderfully done Preserve. The trails are in good shape. One thing that was a huge surprise was the movie inside the Education Center showing how much the landscape has changed over the years. Really informative and entertaining. Please take the time to watch. Didn't see much for animal life on our... More 

1 Thank CMC_2012
Holiday, Florida
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Brooker Creek Preserve offers lots of programs. Guided hikes are offered every Saturday morning at 9. Each Saturday morning hike is led by a different guide, so no 2 weeks are the same. Night hikes are offered Saturday nights during the fall and winter. There are also programs for children. Go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/brooker-creek-preserve-environmental-education-center-pinellas-county-extension-1249569181 to register.

1 Thank TarponNancy
Tarpon Springs, Florida
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Great place to enjoy nature without going far from civilization. Great opportunities for birdwatching and photos! Even a gator or two!

Thank Riley7777
Tarpon Springs, Florida
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65 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Wilderness close to home. This park and education center is a lovely spot for a hike and/or picnic. It is in the nature preserve and trails have been naturally carved out. Maps are provided with distances and approximate times provided. Along the way notable vegetation and nearby wildlife is identified with unobtrusive signage. There is a learning center/library that is... More 

1 Thank jfgaff
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We go there several times a year. They have education nature events. The place has great trails, and for a local park, the main building is out of this world with science....

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