The Best Hiking Trails in Caladesi Island State Park
Florida's natural beauty awaits when you arrive on the island. Explore the island on a leisurely hike, or take advantage of hiking trails in the nearby area. Keep an eye out for pelicans, gulls, and ospreys fishing in the gulf.
1. Island Trail
Most people access the park via the ferry from Honeymoon Island. When you exit the ferry, just follow the markers to make a 3.5-mile loop around the park. There are a pond and a freshwater spring that used to provide water for a homestead on the island.
2. Clearwater Beach Hike
Since a hurricane divided the original Hog Island into two in the 1920's, the island actually touches the mainland of Clearwater Beach, Florida. Start at Clearwater, one of the Gulf Coast's most famous beaches, and walk the 4 miles to where the Beach Trail starts on the island. Clearwater is home to several cabins by Caladesi Island State Park.
3. Upper Tampa Bay Area Trail
Tampa is just miles from Caladesi Island. This paved trail offers a leisurely exploration of the Florida landscape. You'll find many hotels by Caladesi Island State Park in Tampa.
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The Best Family Activities in Caladesi Island State Park
Caladesi Island is a perfect family spot, with fewer crowds and calm waters. Bring the entire family and relax for a day or more. The nearby community of Dunedin should be on your list of places to see.
1. Fun in the water
The quiet, calm waters surrounding the island are ideal for paddling about and observing the marine life and waterfowl among the mangroves. There are a food stand and gift shop for when you need a break. Kayaks – a great way to explore the unique mangrove swamps – are available for rental.
2. Dunedin Highland Games
Each April, Dunedin shows off its Scottish heritage with a huge festival including food, sporting events, and Scottish music and dance. The city was settled by Celtic families back in 1899, and the festival has been an annual treat for 52 years. Dust off your kilt and join in the fun. You can stay close by at one of the cabins by Caladesi Island State Park.
3. Dunedin Brewery
One of the oldest craft breweries in the area, Dunedin Brewery is family friendly. In the Scottish tradition, children are welcome, and the food will please everyone. There's a lovely outside seating area to relax in the Florida sunshine, and live music every weekend.