The park is a true Pinellas County hidden gem. The park was named in honor of Fred H. Howard, former Mayor of Tarpon Springs first elected to the office in 1945. Mr. Howard also served as a City Commissioner and Vice Chairman of the Pinellas County Park Board for more than 30 years.
Fred Howard Park protects many important and disappearing Florida habitats such as sea grass beds, wetlands, mangrove estuaries, salterns, coastal scrub, long leaf and slash pine flatwoods and turkey oak - long leaf pine sandhill
Aerial view of Fred Howard Park
Fred Howard Park consists of 155 acres and is located on the Gulf of Mexico. Almost 2 million visitors enjoy the park annually.
Powdery White Sand
Howard Park's location provides access to the Gulf of Mexico by a 1-mile long causeway. The white sandy beach is a very popular north county swim area and also provides a perfect location for visitors to enjoy many spectacular sunsets. Nesting ospreys and eagles may be viewed by park visitors as they fish for food in the surrounding waters. Dolphins, and occasionally manatees, are seen in the area. The causeway is used for sunbathing, fishing and exercising.
The white sand is perfect for sunbathing. Nightly sunsets are a very popular attraction.
Calm Blue Waters
The swimming and snorkeling spots around the park are very popular due to the calm waters and protected no wake beach area.
Playgrounds in the old florida oaks
Picnic while children play on the playground equipment under cover of scenic oak trees.
There are nine first come first serve picnic shelters at the park. perfect for weddings, birthdays, special events, and more.
Barbecue and Picnic Shelter
Seating for 40-60 people underneath protected shelter next to scenic waterfront.
Expansive beach area
The park vendor has boat, surrey, bike, kayak and more rentals.
The park has high quality play equipment for the little ones in your group.
These protected plant species help with beach erosion.