- The Florida Botanical Gardens is a public garden which is also home to Pinellas County Extension. The beautiful garden features native and tropical plants, demonstrating creative landscaping techniques.
The botanical beauty includes themed gardens - the tropical, rose, topiary, jazz, English cottage and celebration/wedding gardens. Guests might be treated to butterflies, herons, otters, eagles, and other wildlife encounters. One-of-a-kind gifts may be purchased in the Botanical Bounty gift shop. Call 582-2100.
Located at the southernmost tip of Pinellas County, Fort De Soto County Park is the largest park in the county’s park system with 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands.
Opened in 1962, the park boasts sandy beaches, historic features and a wealth of recreational opportunities.
In 2005, the park’s North Beach topped Dr. Beach’s list of top American beaches. Citing its wide sugar sand beach, great shelling and thriving natural dunes, this much-deserved honor came as no surprise to Pinellas residents.
Walkers, joggers, skaters and bike riders have made use of the unique Fred E. Marquis Pinellas Trail since the completion of its first segment in 1990.
The first 5-mile stretch ran from Taylor Park in Largo to Seminole City Park and provided a protected greenspace for trail-goers. A linear park and recreation trail now extending from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs, the corridor connects some of the county’s best parks, coastal areas and neighborhoods.
Parks adjacent or close to the trail include, from south to north, Trail Head Park, Azalea and Abercrombie City Park in St. Petersburg; War Veterans County Park in Bay Pines; Seminole City Park; Walsingham Park, Heritage Village, Ridgecrest and Taylor Park in Largo; Coachman Park in Clearwater; Pioneer Park, Edgewater Park and Hammock Park in Dunedin; Stansell Park and Wall Springs County Park in Palm Harbor; The Dunn Conservation Park and Craig Park in Tarpon Springs.
Located on the Bayboro Harbor in downtown St. Petersburg, the Salvador Dali Museum is the permanent home of the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by the late Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the museum. Compiled by Dali’s close friends, A. Reynolds and Eleanor Morse over 45 years, the museum collection includes 94 original oils, more than 100 watercolors and drawings, 1,300 graphics, sculptures, holograms, objects d’art, photographs and an extensive archival library.
The land boom that gripped much of Florida in the 1920s largely bypassed the sleepy backwaters of Pinellas County. Instead, most Pinellas residents scraped a living from whatever bounty the land and the sea provided.
Visitors can step back to that simpler time at Heritage Village, the county’s open-air historical museum. Heritage Village is a town that never existed. It was created, starting as a bicentennial project in 1976, to give visitors the feel of a typical 1920s Florida small town.
5K Pumpkin Fun Run & Family Mile Walk PINELLAS PARK – The 5K Pumpkin Fun Run & Family Mile Walk will take place Saturday, Oct. 22, 4 to 9 p.m., at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave., Pinellas Park.
Registration costs $15 a person or $35 for a family of four. For information, call 727-369-5678.
The event will feature a day of fitness, fun, music and food trucks sponsored by the city of Pinellas Park Recreation Department. The event will kick off at 6 p.m. with the Family Mile Walk followed by the 5K starting at 6:30 p.m. Registration will run 4 to 5:30 p.m. the day of the event. To preregister, visit one of the city’s recreation centers. Proceeds will go to the Public Service Education Foundation of Pinellas Park.
About Boating Safely DUNEDIN – About Boating Safely, a course offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Dunedin Flotilla, will be taught in two sessions Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Coast Guard Auxiliary classroom at Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St., second floor.
About Boating Safely is designed for both experienced and novice boaters. Some of the topics presented will be boating emergencies, know your boat, getting underway, navigating the waterways, operating your boat safely, and legal requirements.
Register by Monday, Oct. 17, to receive course materials prior to the class. The fee is $35 with a $5 discount each for two or more signing up at the same time. Florida Boater Safety Certification Cards are given to individuals who successfully complete the course. For more information, call Buddy Casale at 727-736-1191, or email email@example.com. Visit www.dunedin-coastguardaux.com.
Baseball in the Attic LARGO – Largo Public Library presents Baseball in the Attic with Michael Osacky on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m.
Osacky is a certified vintage sports card and memorabilia appraiser who will discuss the history of vintage cards and other memorabilia. He will include information to help the public self-appraise collections and will offer free verbal appraisals to attendees.
Belle of the Ball homecoming dresses give-away CLEARWATER – Belle of the Ball Project will provide homecoming dresses and accessories to in-need, low-income high school girls on four Saturdays this fall starting Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1210 Holt Ave., Clearwater.
The additional dates are Sept. 24, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22, all Saturdays, same times and place.
The charity, now in its second decade of serving girls, welcomes all financially needy girls, regardless of where they live. Over 250 girls from Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Polk counties received dresses last prom season.
Dresses are available to all in-need, low-income high school girls only. We respect the honor system. No referral letter is necessary. No appointment is needed. A $1 to $5 donation is requested but not required.
Church of Christ fall festival ST. PETERSBURG – A fall festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Northwest Church of Christ, 6355 38th Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
There is no admission fee. Cost to participate in activities ranges from free to $1 per visit. The festival will include food and craft vendors, petting zoo, animal exhibits, inflatables/bounce houses, crafts, face painting, children's manicures, games, balloon art and square dancing.
Crab Feast INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Keegan’s Seafood Grille will celebrate its ninth annual Crab Feast, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 21-23, at 1519 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach.
The event will feature crabs and live music. The entertainment will include performances by BillyD on Oct. 21 and 23; and JC Unger on Oct. 22. There will be special pricing. Stone crabs will be served while supplies last.