Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve is a park with 13 acres consisting of wildlife habitats, wetlands, a dog park, children’s playground, pavilion, fishing pier, public restrooms, beach access, free parking and a garden as well as a boardwalk. The park is located in Indian Rocks Beach between Gulf Boulevard and the intercostal waterway and if you like nature, then this place is for you!
Being only a 20 minute drive from home, I decided to venture out and explore what the park has to offer. There wasn’t a lot of people at the park and the weather was a bit overcast and chilly. I was hoping I could see some interesting wildlife and birds.
As you walk along the winding boardwalk into and through the park, you feel like you are miles away from the busy traffic on Gulf Boulevard. The quietness and tranquility of the area is beautiful and serene. The only sound was the wind through the trees and birds chirping. The park is open from dawn to dusk.
View of the boardwalk as I venture further into the park.
I found this beautiful Night Heron resting in a tree.
Tranquil pond that was bustling with fish from the intercoastal waterway.
View of Boca Ciega Bay from the boardwalk.
Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve has several amenities for everyone. It’s a perfect little park that you can explore and enjoy alone or with that special someone, friends or family and even your dog.
It has a children’s playground with swings and a slide.
This leash-free pet friendly dog park has benches for dog lovers to sit, relax and enjoy the beautiful, natural surroundings while watching their dogs play in a spacious area. I met Ruby while I was taking photos. She was enjoying playing catch with her owner.
The Covered Pavilion is perfect for a picnic or other outdoor gatherings. A BBQ Grill and cooler is all you need for a nice afternoon, Florida Style!
The outdoor amphitheater space is large enough to have small events or family gatherings. Perhaps some steel drums or a nice beach band playing Sublime and Jimmy Buffett.
If you are in the area, stop and take a walk through Indian Rocks Beach: Nature Preserve
For more information on the park check out http://webapps.dep.state.fl.us/DslParks/details/623
Happy Travels ~ Ruthie