Craig Park

Craig Park, Tarpon Springs: Address, Craig Park Reviews: 4.5/5

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DeanMurphy2020
Orlando, FL7,395 contributions
From Chamber of Commerce and Pinellas Ave, go west, young person, for two blocks along West Tarpon Avenue. Craig Park has a grand staircase descending to the bowl-shape basin containing the bay. The park also houses Heritage Museum and War Memorial, as well as green space for picnics and relaxation under towering palms or gracious Live Oaks (quercus virginiana). In early June, more manatees lazed in the water than humans in the park. For those with limited travel budgets—like me—Craig Park is a must-see Tarpon Springs site.

There’s a bonus that costs nothing: Walk along Spring Boulevard to admire restored magnificent mansions, depicted in the accompanying photos. I felt as though I was on the HGTV set for ‘Rehab Addict’ or ‘Bargain Mansions.’
Written June 25, 2020
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Barbara M
Springfield, MO3,328 contributions
Someone local suggested we go to this park. We wouldn't have otherwise. Peaceful, lovely, and a few people fishing, but not crowded on a weekday. One of the fishermen said they saw a dolphin the day before, but hadn't seen any manatees. Low and behold, we kept seeing something in the water, so we kept taking pictures. Later, we asked a biologist in Clearwater to help ID, and she said it (they) were definitely manatees! This was a couple of days after the date on the sign, so I'm thrilled they couldn't read.
Written April 21, 2021
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Dennis A
Allendale, MI103 contributions
We really enjoyed watching the Manatee in late January. There were many gathered at the point where the channel ends. There are several picnic spots. We ate lunch at one and watched them. Watch out for the squirrels. We also enjoyed a walk around the park. Please note that there is limited parking.
Written January 29, 2020
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callcri
Weeki Wachee, FL155 contributions
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Around the Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs is a town park that should be a model of what a park should be. Craig Park provides residences with a scenic location to relax, walk or exercise with many diverse activity potentials. A center piece of the park is the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum. The museum has exhibits of the culture and history of Tarpon Springs and serves regular events for dance and voice training. The park hosts many events that draw large crowds, the largest being the annual Greek Orthodox Epiphany and cross-diving ceremony. Craig Park offers a boat ramp, picnic area with tables and benches, toilet facilities, playground, illuminated tennis courts, shuffle board and recreation center. Boating is seasonally permitted in the Spring Bayou but restricted in Winter and early Spring when the Manatees are in for the winter. There are several parking areas but on weekends I recommend avoiding the lot by the boat ramp as it is the approach to the boat ramp and primary parking for boat trailers.

The Recreation Center is open during various programs and events. The park also features a band shell for concerts with movies shown quarterly. You can walk around the bayou on a paved walkway or on any of numerous walking paths where you can fish along the shore or watch the Manatee in Winter and early Spring. Tables and benches are located throughout the park area where you can sit and relax or have lunch with a backdrop of Live Oaks with Spanish Moss flowing gracefully from their branches making for a picturesque scene with the Bayou in the backdrop. Dogs are permitted with cleanup bags and trash cans conveniently located along the walkway to pick up after your pet if you forgot to bring your own. The park is well maintained and clean. The park is safe as the Tarpon Springs Police patrol regularly. Craig Park is a premier park that is a great place to go and get out of the house to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
Written July 11, 2017
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langaha
Tarpon Springs, FL87 contributions
Family
This is a small park with lots of beauty. Most people walk and jog around. I took my son here to fish from the seawall. We caught ladyfish, redfish, and he caught his first flounder!
Written April 30, 2018
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pgrierson2015
Florence, KY67 contributions
Solo
This is a beautiful small park right on Spring Bayou in downtown Tarpon Springs. Go for a stroll, have a picnic, walk your dog and enjoy the views of the water, boats and historic homes on the shoreline. There is a small recreation center and tennis courts too. Parking is free but can be full on very busy days. They also have craft fairs and different events here on some weekends throughout the year. As a photographer, I love to explore here. It is such a peaceful and lovely location to just unwind.
Written February 25, 2016
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Gene K
Salisbury, NC1,158 contributions
Couples
Nice place to walk. In the winter and early spring there often are Manatees in the Spring Branch that can be viewed from the park's walkways. We saw four during our March visit.
Written March 10, 2021
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Katina C
West Palm Beach, FL166 contributions
We happened to drive by tis park and it looked so pretty we parked and took a walk through it. We could see all the pretty homes acoss the water. Such a lovely and tranquil place.
Written January 12, 2020
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ellenkay
Saint Louis, MO1,009 contributions
Friends
Visited the park hoping to see some manatees but the water is warming so they are no longer congregating at the winter warm water springs. Still a lovely park.
Written March 16, 2019
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Ken S
George Town, Grand Cayman75 contributions
Couples
An Amazing place where you can launch a boat, kayak or paddle board, play tennis, bike or just enjoy a gorgeous view of the waterfront bayou featuring gnarly Oak Trees with spanish moss and even a visiting manatee or dolphin at times. Sunsets are great there if you don't make it to the beach in time and benches are available on the west end waterway Just a lovely place to spend some time day or night wondering at the beauty and charm of this little coastal town of Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Written March 4, 2018
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