In this park, a 35-foot wooden observation tower offers a panoramic view of Boca Ciega Bay. The park is a stop on the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's "Great Florida Birding Trail". You can view shore birds, wading birds, birds of prey, upland birds & water fowl. Visitors launch a canoe or kayak, or enjoy a picnic under a shelter. The park also has a covered, barrier-free playground for kids and a dog park for both small and large dogs. The small dog park includes an obstacle course for training.
The park supports seven natural communities: pine flatwoods, coastal oak hammock, mangrove swamp, salt marsh, bay head and wetlands. Boca Ciega Millennium Park is recognized by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s “Great Florida Birding Trail” park visitors can enjoy searching for shorebirds, waterfowl, wading birds, birds of prey and a myriad of upland birds. Boca Ciega Millennium Park holds the distinction of the first Pinellas County Park to have opened using only native plants throughout the parks formal landscaping.
- fishing access to Bay
- a canoe launch
- 1.5 acre dog park
- 35-foot observation tower
- .25 mile nature
As an additional cost-saving measure, some restrooms in county parks are closed weekdays. However, facilities near most popular user areas remain open during all hours of park operation. All restrooms in county parks will be open on weekends. See park diagram for details
- 7 picnic shelters
- bicycle/pedestrian paths
- 5 ponds were added to
treat stormwater water runoff and
hydrate the wetland areas before the runoff reaches Boca Ciega Bay.
- accessible to Pinellas Trail via 74th Ave. N. (old Oakhurst Rd.), sidewalks provided
Boca Ciega Millennium Park was dedicated April 7, 2001. The park has been recognized by the Florida Native Plant Society for its use of natives in landscaping.
In 2007, a major discovery of Pleistocene age fossils offered a much older history of Boca Ciega Millennium Park. Fossil bones of Columbian Mammoth, Giant Sloth, Giant Armadillo, Saber Tooth Cat, Camel and many more amphibians, reptiles and fish are now at the Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. Thousands of fossils and fossil pieces are at the Museum for identification and storage, the final story of the parks history from 12,000 – 32,000 years ago is yet to be told.
In recognition as “The Millennium” park a Time Capsule with more than 100 items are secured near the entrance for future generations to discover.