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incredible sunsets

This beautiful spot is just moments from our community. It it so very easy to leave about 15... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Birdman G
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Tarpon Springs, Florida
Nice park but rocky beach

The park is well maintained and has significant shade for those hot days. It's a nice place to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
cppptravel11125
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New Port Richey, Florida
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Fred Howard Park consists of 155 acres and is located on the Gulf of Mexico. It's location provides access to the Gulf by a 1-mile long causeway. The white sandy beach is a popular swim area and also provides a perfect location to view spectacular...more
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1700 Sunset Dr, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-2240
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This beautiful spot is just moments from our community. It it so very easy to leave about 15 minutes ahead of sunset so that we can get parked, select the music from our pandora lists, and get a glass of wine going for my bride....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Birdman G
Reviewed 5 days ago

The park is well maintained and has significant shade for those hot days. It's a nice place to walk, bike or kayak. The drawbacks are the rocky beach and $5 parking fee.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank cppptravel11125
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is best place in Tarpon Springs to watch sunset. Came here for peace and solitude and I got it for sure. The beach is well taken care of and plenty of bathrooms closeby. The water was great and found lots of cool shells. I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank rcaputo11
Reviewed 6 days ago

We love to go here and this year bought the 6 month parking pass. It was well worth the money. We like to walk the beach and like to just sit there and enjoy the sun. Before you head down the causeway to the beach...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Theresa M
Reviewed 6 days ago

nice place to spend a few hours or the day relaxing, take a picnic lunch- can easily pick up some food at the sponge docks - like Limani , There are tables throughout the park.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 2016Traveler2016
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went to Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks for some shopping, and ate at Rusty Bellies for dinner. I wanted to surprise my wife so I ordered us dessert to go. We drove to Howard Park to catch the sunset. It is a beautiful drive thru the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sanford D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fred Howard has shaded walking trails, fishing , wind surfing and sunbathing beach. There is no entrance fee and parking is free everywhere except at the beach parking lot which is $5.00 for the day. The park closes at sunset. The beach is clean and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bes9002
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fred Howard Beach is a very nice beach, one of our favorite places to hang out, family can swim, play in the sand or just hang out. The park is well patrolled, parking is $5 for the day, restrooms are clean, fishing is ok. Close...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gskipp2
Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

It's a beach for locals and visiting family to chill, hike, nature watch and put in a boat. Rentals of small personal craft available and plenty of shallow bay to play around in.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Chris S
Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful park! Beautiful sunset!!! Nice and quiet. Not a great place for shells or waves... not your normal “beach” but it’s perfect for a quiet sunset alone or with your special someone.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Anthony C
August 3, 2018|
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Response from MermaidKu | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can bring your own Jet Ski there. Florida Parks had a website where you can go get specific info on what they offer.
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BABS96049
July 12, 2018|
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Response from xandercamando | Reviewed this property |
Not that I am aware of
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Jeff W
June 28, 2018|
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Response from Karen_Steele | Reviewed this property |
The hours of the park change throughout the year as the sunset changes & the days are shorter, the park will close earlier. Currently on July 2, the park closes at 9.
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MarkBee
Clearwater, Florida
Howard Park Beach Closed Til Late '09. (1 Replies)
In case anyone is planning a side/day trip to the beach at Howard Park in Tarpon Springs, just to the North of Clearwater: The beach at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs will be closed starting Sept 02, 2008, through about Dec 2009. This is due to bridge replacement expected to take around 15 months.
October 01, 2008|
Response fromMarkBee|
I failed to mention that Howard Park will still be open to enjoy the park itself. But the beach, and the causeway between the park and beach will be closed.
MarkBee
Clearwater, Florida
Howard Park Beach To Close 9/08 - 12/09 (6 Replies)
The beach at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs will be closed starting Sept 02, 2008, through about Dec 2009. This is due to bridge replacement expected to take around 15 months.
August 20, 2008|
Response fromskyelilli|
Does this affect access to sunset beach in any way? Going there second week of November 08.
altr2004
Maryland
Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Marco Island ? (1 Replies)
We are mom, dad and a will be 7 year old boy. We want to spend a week a significant drive south of Venice. His grandmother lives in Venice, and we spent a week in St. Petersburg 2 years ago in the summer and visited Tampa, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs and things like that with a base in St. Petersburg. We are thinking about doing the same thing south of Venice and are looking for a suggestion of where to base ourselves. My first thought was Fort Myers, but there may be other places that...More
January 19, 2014|
Response fromCBNS|
Fort Myers is probably more centrally located for where you will be visiting, possibly North Fort Myers. There is Red Roof Inn and Best Western on Rt. 41 overlooking the river, nice view, Lots of restaurants very near by.