Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • The Pidge
    Wayne, New Jersey597 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful walking trails and beautiful birds of prey
    Admission is refreshingly free and there is a lot to do here if you like exploring walking trails. An unexpected bonus was the aviary with birds of prey exhibited. A great way to spend a couple hours on a nice afternoon.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 12, 2023
  • shugarshar
    Dauphin Island, Alabama250 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Camped
    My husband and I actually living like vagabonds w a tent and a mini van wandering around w no responsibilities!!!! (Off work one week) So we decided to stay here and camp for the night due to its proximity to some area attractions we wanted to visit. The camp ground was well maintained and very inexpensive. And the bath houses were so CLEAN!!!! Would stay again!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 18, 2023
  • Jaygarf14
    Cincinnati, Ohio6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful afternoon tram tour
    Great tram tour of the Boyd Hill Preserve. Very knowledgeable guide who pointed out turtle nesting places, native plants, nesting places, on the scenic route. History of the park was also included. There are hiking trails and a very nice gift shop too. I will be back to to walk the trails!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 31, 2024
  • Schneider231
    134 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice park
    Nice park for a walk. Flat terrain. Paths could be marked better. Had an aviary with injured birds including a bald eagle. $3 admission. We went in Feb saw a few birds
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 8, 2024
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Gail125S
Philadelphia, PA16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Great way to get out of the city and have a nice walk in nature though I'm thinking it could be an oppressively hot walk in warmer months so be sure to bring water. We saw several gators and lots of birds. Happened upon some biology interns cataloging a turtle. If you prefer not to walk there is a guided tour (I think it seated 6-8 people) and the guide appeared to be very knowledgeable.
Written April 13, 2020
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James K
Holland, OH358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This preserve was recommend by family who live in the area so we made a visit. We were VERY pleased with our ride in a tram (which I highly recommend) driven by a very knowledgeable young lady who made the trip thru the preserve worthwhile. If you want to see a lot of the park, and especially if hiking is not an option, take the tram ride. As an amateur photographer I had LOTS of opportunities to photograph many different species of birds, alligators and turtles.
Written March 5, 2020
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Carolina_Traveler_7
Charlotte127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
What a find! Wonderful place for a stroll and wildlife watching. We came at dusk and saw a lot of birds and alligators. Several of the trees were impressive also. Would recommend bringing bug spray and binoculars.
There are several cages for raptors and we got to see feeding time. Talked to several of the workers about what they do, education etc.
Whenever we visit another state, we try to find a place like this, where one can see what the area looked like before human “improvements”.
Two notes - the parkland is controlled through a nature center, so you can’t stroll through it unless the center is open.
Also, the gators are large. If you have either young kids who won’t stay close by or older ones with poor judgement, don’t go along the nature walk. It could turn out badly.
Written March 21, 2023
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Stephen S
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
It was way too hot this trip to enjoy doing anything outside . Heat index miserable . The restaurants we ate at were way overpriced with mediocre food as well. Labor issues seem to be the norm everywhere. Won't come back in the hit summer months.
Written September 5, 2022
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Ren1
Munich, Germany60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
My mother and I visited this beautiful nature preserve and were lucky enough to have a guided tram tour around the entire park. They offer 2 tours per day. Thank you to all of the friendly staff and volunteers and to our tour guide, Dave. Meeting "Honey the Bunny" in the welcome center was a real treat, too. She is so beautiful and friendly. The volunteers also fed the owls, other birds of prey and vultures while we were there, which was exciting and educational.
We enjoyed our morning at Boyd Hill very much and would recommend this to anyone visiting the St. Petersburg area.
Written July 11, 2022
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is a 245-acre protected area located on the south side of St. Petersburg, Florida, at 1101 Country Club Way South, on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Once the home of a zoo and botanical garden, it has evolved over the decades into a mosaic of natural habitats and wild tropical landscapes. From the outer Main Trail, there are more than three miles of five side trails or loops that showcase specific habitats through a variety of ecosystems--the Swamp Woodlands Trail, the Willow Marsh Trail, the Lake Maggiore Trail, the Scrub Island Trail and the Pine Flatwoods Trail. Enjoy the amusing giant armadillos along the Wax Myrtle Pond. In addition, there is a playground for children, picnic areas for the entire family, a paved bicycle path that makes a loop through the park, a wild bird aviary and many metal statues built by the late Paul Eppling, a longtime resident of St. Petersburg. From a grassy island on Lake Maggiore, you can see downtown St. Petersburg. But, don't worry, it is unlikely that you'll confront any alligators.
Written July 16, 2023
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Diane K
Venice, FL4,508 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Typically nature trails in this general area don’t have an entrance fee - so we were surprised when we were charged $3 each to enter. The staff weren’t that helpful - mostly just talking amongst themselves. We decided to walk the Main trail which was noted on the map to be .82 miles anda circular trail. There was a problem in that trail so we needed to turn around to get to the exit. For portions of the trail we were just walking on a dirt road. Not the most scenic.
Written December 5, 2023
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The Pidge
Wayne, NJ597 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Admission is refreshingly free and there is a lot to do here if you like exploring walking trails. An unexpected bonus was the aviary with birds of prey exhibited. A great way to spend a couple hours on a nice afternoon.
Written November 12, 2023
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387indy
Coral Springs, FL4,401 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is 245 acres in the middle of the city. I had a condo for 10 yrs. before I went. It has miles of trails, most important is the environmental center, which takes care of some injured birds of prey. The center has displays of native Florida. Besides the many birds, they have wildlife: gopher tortoises, frogs, snakes, alligators, crabs, muscovy duck.
Written July 26, 2021
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LoneSchwenker
Ramstein, Germany24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Great park with lots to see. Birds of prey exhibit with eagles, hawks, owls, and vultures. If your lucky you will see alligators in the wild. Some nice trails. Pretty cool art made of recycled metal. 3 dollars a person to enter.
Written February 29, 2020
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