Fred Howard Park
All county governed parks and preserves are closed on December 25. (exception is Fort De Soto Park, which is open all year, excluding shelter reservations).
Fred Howard Park consists of 155 acres and is located on the Gulf of Mexico. Almost 2 million visitors enjoy the park annually.
Fred 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.
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.
Many unusual animals inhabit Fred Howard Park, including some endangered and/or threatened species, such as eagles, gopher tortoises, and fox squirrels. The park also has many different kinds of butterflies and birds.
- 9 picnic shelters - reserve shelters online
- 6 restrooms
- 2 playgrounds
- ball field
- parking (fee charged)
Beach Parking Permit - Automated pay stations with daily parking fees of $5. Annual beach parking passes are available.
- white sandy beach
- swimming area
- wind surfing area
- launching area for canoeing & kayaking
- beach showers
- No road closures at this time.
Since the parks dedication on April 16, 1966, the parks popularity has continued to increase.
Who was Fred H. Howard?
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. Mr. Howard was a successful real estate businessman who was very civic minded and served the area in many political and organizational capacities.
Mr. Howard worked to secure the property
for development as a north county park for the enjoyment of residents.
A bronze plaque at the base of the park’s
flagpole commemorates Mr. Howard’s, “untiring
efforts (to make) this park a reality.”