A day at the beach is an obvious way to spend some time outdoors when you’re in Treasure Island, but did you know the area boasts many different ways of enjoying the great outdoors? Whether you love hiking, kayaking, or horseback riding, there are so many ways to get out and enjoy the unique landscape of Florida! This state has much more to offer than its beautiful Florida beach resorts.

Starkey Wilderness Park Paved Trail

This trail is perfect for anyone looking to get outside and enjoy a taste of the beautiful views Florida has to offer. This paved trail is ideal for a leisurely stroll through Florida wildlife. Shelters are spaced along the walkway that offer a place to rest in the shade, or perhaps, to even enjoy a picnic lunch.

Some of these shelters even have ice water to provide relief from the Florida heat. Visitors can look forward to seeing a mixture of marshy wetlands and beautiful pinewoods. You also have the option of biking and horseback riding.

North Bay Trail

This trail begins in downtown St. Petersburg and heads north along Tampa Bay. Visitors can enjoy picturesque views as well as the beaches and marinas that are dotted along the bay. This trail also provides access to several parks such as Progress Energy Park, Demens Landing, and South Straub Park. This trail is perfect for anyone looking to truly experience Tampa Bay.

Honeymoon Island State Park

Honeymoon Island is considered a natural barrier island and features four miles of beaches.

Endangered gopher tortoises wander the island and are just one of many types of unique wildlife that inhabits the island. Honeymoon Island also features a dog park which is perfect for our guests that bring their furry friends with them to our pet-friendly hotel!

Caladesi Island State Park

This island boasts the #1 beach in the world and is only accessible by boat. Catch a ferry from Honeymoon Island and if you’re lucky, you might see a dolphin during your ride!

Once on the island, enjoy kayaking on the beach or through a mangrove. What’s more “Florida” than that!?

Fort De Soto Park

This park covers five islands and 1,136 acres on the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Plan to canoe, bike, or kayak on one of the islands. If there is an angler in your crew, set aside some time for them to fish from one of the many piers. Go on a hunt for beautiful seashells with your kids, or spend some time splashing in the tidal pool.

The park also features a historic fort, which is how the park got its name. Climb the many steps to the top of the fort for a view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Treasure Island is certainly a place for those looking to escape “real life” and enjoy paradise, and nearby parks and trails are the perfect reason to step outside your Florida beach resorts to experience the unique and picturesque landscape of the Sunshine State. Make one of these locations part of your itinerary as you plan your stay at Treasure Bay!